TrainingPeaks, a global leader in providing digital training solutions for athletes and coaches, has today announced that Gear Fisher, Co-Founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer, will be leaving the company to launch a new video feedback and communication platform. Andy Stephens will continue his role as CEO of TrainingPeaks and its parent company Peaksware.
Gear Fisher (Co-founder and CEO of TrainingPeaks from 2010-2018), started the company with Joe and Dirk Friel in the late 1990s. At the time, coaches had to painstakingly email individual attachments or fax training data. This was exacerbated by desktop software solutions that were fragmented and incompatible with one another.
Recognizing a need for a web-based training log for coaches to create and capture their athletes’ training data in one place, the three began to develop the TrainingPeaks platform. Over the course of 20 years, Fisher helped revolutionize the way endurance athletes and coaches track, analyze and plan their training, growing the company into the endurance training and coaching platform that it is today.
“We wish Gear all the best with his new endeavour,” said Dirk Friel, TrainingPeaks co-founder and Chief Evangelist. “We started TrainingPeaks with the goal of empowering endurance athletes and coaches to achieve their goals, pursue their passions, and improve their lives. It’s been a great pleasure working alongside Gear for all these years. Although he will be missed here at TrainingPeaks, we’re excited about our vision for the future with Andy leading the company.”
Andy Stephens stepped into the role of CEO at Peaksware, TrainingPeaks’ parent company, in September 2018, having first invested in the company in 2007. In addition to TrainingPeaks, Peaksware includes the strength training online platform TrainHeroic and interactive musical training and publishing platforms MakeMusic and Alfred Music.
“Over the years TrainingPeaks has grown from an innovative platform where athletes and coaches can plan, track, and analyze their training into the world’s largest online endurance training marketplace,” said Andy Stephens. “I’m proud to lead this team and will continue to drive home the principles that have made this company great; putting the needs of our coaches and athletes first, building valuable partnerships within the industry, and consistently developing cutting-edge software solutions – that improve the training experience.”
TrainingPeaks adds that it continues to pioneer endurance training technologies, with a renewed focus on providing coaches with a marketplace to sell their services and a trusted platform where athletes can find expert instruction.
Adaptive training plans built by expert coaches, new partner integrations and a soon-to-be-released recommendation engine are seen as a few examples of what the future holds for TrainingPeaks.