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Highland Training was founded in 2008. We are a coaching and consulting business for endurance and ultra endurance athletes. We provide programs are for all athletes, from novice to elite, who are interested in improving their athletic performance, strength and fitness for endurance and ultra-endurance events.

Mike Schultz, CSCS, CPT, is the head coach and founder of Highland Training. He brings more than 17 years of racing and training experience from national endurance and ultra-endurance events, from 100 mile off road and 24 hour solo cycling events, to road and cross country mountain events. He is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Personal Trainer (CPT) and with USA Cycling as a Certified Coach. Mike also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University.


Mike continues to compete within endurance and ultra endurance events on a regional and national level and continues to further study the science behind sports specific training. He also competes to practice what he teaches. Mike resides in the south west of PA where he coaches and trains full time, and year round.



Mike Schultz, CSCS is the head coach and founder of Highland Training

 Training & Coaching Articles

  • How to Recover From Endurance Mountain Bike Races

    Marathon and ultra-marathon mountain bike races are hard endurance events to compete in and finish. The various terrains, from gravel roads to steep rocky mountain trails, combined with upward of 10,000 vertical feet of ascent, make for a long day in the saddle..... Read the full article

  • The Art of Peaking - Cycling

    Peaking for a single day race means you are arriving on race day as mentally and physically prepared as possible, with potential for your strongest performance of the season. The art of peaking requires smart, creative scheduling for a proper taper.... Read the full article

  • Strength and Flexibility exercises for the Indoor Training Season

    Indoor cycling workouts are inevitable for most cyclists living in cold weather climates. While some will brave the cold weather daily, vowing to never train indoors, others will seek the benefits indoor cycling brings. Indoor trainer or roller workouts are great, allowing you.... Read the full article

  • Does it Matter if Your Threshold Heart Rate is High or Low?

    Heart rate is the most widely used metric for tracking intensity, yet it is the most commonly misunderstood. This is especially true when it comes to threshold heart rate. Having a high or low threshold heart rate does not relate to athletic performance.... Read the full article

  • The Primary Muscles Used For Cycling

    Primary muscles, or movers, are the first muscles called upon when there is a need for increased speed or force. For a cyclist, these muscles are located in the hips and legs. Sometimes referred to as pistons, the legs, revolving at 80 to 100 reps per minute... Read the full article

  • The Best Strength Exercises for Cyclists

    When you think about the best strength and conditioning exercises for cycling, you first examine what's needed. Cycling happens one leg at a time, is predominately aerobic and requires repeated force production. Cycling also requires a strong core for handling your bike... Read the full article

  • Seasonal Reviews

    Looking back on your race season is a learning tool, allowing you to access strengths and weaknesses, along with what worked well in training. Every race is a snapshot to where you are at mentally and physically ... Learning from these race experiences and results will help...Read the full article

  • Preparing for Cross Season

    For some, cyclocross is the only thing to focus on all year long, but for many it’s a way to maintain a high level of fitness through the fall and winter seasons. It can be a long season of racing after a long season of racing, but when properly set up, ‘cross season is a lot of fun. Read the full article here

  • Functional Overreaching

    All competitive cyclists strive to improve performance. As fitness increases, an increase in the volume and intensity of training is common and necessary. It is no secret that to make gains in speed and fitness on the bike, pushing your limits while training is needed. But how far beyond your limits do you need to train.... Read the full article here

  • How to Train with Power and Heart Rate

    Cyclists that train with both power and heart rate zones often ask which one is more accurate. The answer? Both are valuable sources of information and have their own advantages and disadvantages. Heart rate is a good way to measure intensity but it is not as accurate as a power meter.... Read the full article here

  • Building Endurance with zone 3 efforts

    For cyclists entering into their late base training phases, increasing muscular endurance and strength on the bike needs to become a greater focus. The greater your muscle endurance, the less fatigue you will experience towards the end of a long race... Read the full article here

  • Yoga For Cyclists

    Yoga, a practice that dates back many thousands of years, has great benefits for today’s cyclists. At its core, yoga is an exercise for the body and mind that leads to greater aerobic strength, flexibility and focus. Some of the most elite cyclists use yoga as part ... Read the full article here

Head Coach Mike Schultz racing in 2013

Highland Training LLC


Phone: 814.289.6620 | Email: schultz@highlandtraining.net