1:1 Coaching

Tailoring Success to Your Individual Journey

In today’s landscape, where “Instagram fitness” and one-size-fits-all workout plans are prevalent, sourcing reliable and high-quality fitness information can be challenging. Recognizing this, OCR star Faye Stenning and Olympic runner and Exercise Physiologist Jessica O’Connell joined forces to address the need for top-tier coaching. Together, they bring effective, science-based, and personalized online training to athletes globally, cutting through the noise of generic fitness trends.

Our Approach

At Grit Coaching, our 1:1 coaching embodies a philosophy of personalization, excellence, and science-backed methods. With Faye and Jessica’s unique blend of elite athletic experience and academic knowledge, we offer an unparalleled coaching experience tailored to each athlete’s specific needs and goals. Our commitment is to guide, support, and empower you every step of the way. Here is what you can expect from our 1:1 Coaching:


Every athlete’s journey is distinct, and our coaching reflects that diversity. With Grit Coaching, you’re not just receiving a training plan; you’re getting a comprehensive roadmap for success. Each session is an opportunity to learn, grow, and push your boundaries, supported by coaches who understand the intricacies of both the mental and physical aspects of training. Whether you’re aiming to set a new personal record, recover from an injury, or prepare for a major competition, our 1:1 coaching ensures that you have the expertise and support needed to achieve your ambitions.

how it works

Embarking on your personalized coaching journey with Grit Coaching is straightforward and simple. Here’s how we guide you towards your next personal best:

Number 1

Questionnaire & Book A Call

Fill out our questionnaire via Google Forms and provide background to information on your goals and training history. Then, you’ll be prompted to schedule your first meeting effortlessly using Calendly. 

Number 2

Initial Consultation call

We’ll use this initial phone or zoom call to get to know each other and ensure we’re a good fit. This initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss your goals, challenges, and preferences, laying the groundwork for a great coaching experience. This call is free – there is no obligation to sign up!

Number 3

customized plan

Based on the insights from your consultation and questionnaire, we craft a customized training plan that aligns with your individual goals, lifestyle, schedule, and current fitness, ensuring that every aspect of the plan is tailored just for you.

Number 4

ongoing support

Your journey doesn’t end with receiving your plan-we’re just getting started!. We provide options for ongoing support, feedback, and adjustments to your plan as needed, ensuring you stay on track, overcome challenges, and continuously progress.

Tailored Coaching for Every Athlete's Journey



Our run coaching service provides personalized training plans, expert guidance, and ongoing support tailored to your running goals, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned marathoner.



With our specialized OCR coaching, you’ll receive comprehensive training that combines endurance, strength, and technique, preparing you to tackle any obstacle course race with confidence.


HYROX | DEKA FIT coaching

Our coaching for Hyrox, Deka Fit, and other hybrid events focuses on building your endurance, strength, and versatility, equipping you with the skills needed to excel in these demanding athletic competitions.



Tailored to athletes recovering from injuries, our post-injury support program emphasizes safe, effective training strategies to help you regain strength and performance while minimizing the risk of re-injury.

I can't recommend Grit Coaching highly enough. When l was looking for a new coach, I had a few priorities: someone science focused who wouldn't just program to the latest fitness trends, someone who would be flexible and get me "adventure ready" if and when my goals shifted (especially during Covid!), and someone who would be nice and fun to work with. Jess and Faye have been all that and more. With their training, I've had some amazing experiences including completing my first 100K and my first multi-day ultra challenge, I feel prepared and excited to tackle whatever races come up next, and most importantly, I enjoy my training every day!

Caroline Staudt Ultra Runner

I was struggling to become the athlete I wanted to be and had difficulties building myself the right program for the objectives I had. I wasn't sure if I wanted to invest in personal coaching. I've had known that Grit Coaching was training the OCR Queen, Lindsay Webster, and if I was going to make that jump I wanted the same trainers. I thought that I should try and if it wasn't for me that I could stop anytime.

Karolynne Johnson OCR Athlete

Signing up for Grit Coaching was one of the best things I’ve done to help and improve my training. Jess and Faye are not only two amazing athletes, but they are wonderful mentors. They have helped me physically and mentally prepare and achieve different fitness goals already; OCR, Hyrox, 5k etc. I can’t wait to see what more is to come in my fitness journey with their knowledge and support!! You guys are the best!!

Alanna Morrissey OCR Athlete (and Soon-To-Be Ultra Runner!)

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Coach Faye in 'GRIT' athletic attire confidently poses with crossed arms.

Faye’s journey in athletics is marked by dedication and impressive achievements. Throughout her high school and university years, she was deeply engaged in running, competing for the University of Calgary’s track and cross-country teams. Her standout moments include earning the “All Canadian” cross-country status and participating in the 2008 Olympic trials for the 5000m. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Faye embarked on a career as a personal trainer, where her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle became a source of inspiration for her diverse range of clients.

Transitioning from competitive running, Faye soon discovered her next athletic passion: obstacle course racing (OCR). Her strong foundation in running and strength training quickly propelled her to success in the OCR world. Faye’s talents were recognized in 2016 when she joined the Spartan Pro Team, and her athletic ability was furthered with a bronze medal at the Spartan World Championships.

Continuing to compete among the elite, Faye has consistently demonstrated her skill and tenacity in OCR. She has secured two 4th place finishes at both the Spartan North Americans and the Spartan World Championship. Her record of Spartan podium finishes over the past decade showcases her enduring excellence in the sport.

Beyond the thrill of competition, it’s the OCR community that deeply resonates with Faye. The opportunity to travel, share her passion for fitness and adventure, and connect with an array of positive, inspiring individuals fuels her year after year. Faye embodies the essence of the “work hard, play hard” ethos, living it to the fullest in both her professional and personal life.

Jess O'Connell

Coach Jess in 'GRIT' athletic attire confidently poses with crossed arms.

Though Jess spent much of her free time growing up competing in Irish dancing, once she hit the track, she never looked back! As a specialist in the 5000m, she boasts a personal best time of an impressive 15:06.66. Her accomplishments include competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 5000m and formerly holding the Canadian national records for the indoor 3000m and 2 mile races. Jess’s career is further highlighted by being a 15-time Canadian national team member across track and field, cross country, and road running, a four-time National Champion, a Pan Am Games silver medalist, an NCAA Division I All-American, and achieving a personal bests of 32:22 in the 10km (road race) and 4:30 in the mile.

Jess has always been “nerdy” about her training, which shows through in her impressive academic background. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary. As a CSEP-CEP (Clinical Exercise Physiologist) with a High-Performance specialization, Jess holds the highest level of certification available in Canada. Jess also holds NCCP Performance Coach certification for endurance events. She applies her vast athletic experience and educational background to her role in Grit Coaching, and also serves as the distance track and cross country coach at the University of Calgary. 

Jess’s commitment to sport extends beyond her personal achievements, as she actively works to inspire and uplift the next generation of athletes. She has passionately volunteered for Fast and Female, an organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women to remain active and engaged in sports, and has served as the athlete representative on the board of Athletics Alberta, the provincial governing body for track and field. Jess believes that balance, health, and FUN are essential for longevity in sport, and she loves sharing her love of running with others.