USA Triathlon offers several educational opportunities for coaches, race directors and officials. Select from the courses below.

This presentation will provide an understanding of the physiology unique to the young triathlete from age 6 to 19. After laying this physiology framework, Coach Michael Harlow of Endorphin Fitness will then discuss specific training regimes to address the unique demands of the youth physiology to ensure long-term development and success.  Michael Harlow Michael is the Founder and Director of Endorphin Fitness. As a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Certified Coach, Michael is regarded as one of the premier triathlon coaches in the country. Michael was awarded the 2012 Youth Developmental Coach of the Year from USA Triathlon.  In 2018, Michael was honored with the nomination as the US coach for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina that same year.  Michael is asked to lead presentations and webinars nationally for USA Triathlon on topics such as youth & junior physiology, draft legal racing / training, and swim, bike, and run skills and development.  Additionally, Michael was invited to participate in the USA Triathlon Elite Mentorship Program at the US Olympic Training Center, an honor only given to the top coaches in the country. Michael is the head coach of the Endorphin Fitness Junior Elite High Performance Team which has consistently placed in the top 5 nationally for the past 6 years and the Endorphin Fitness youth team which won the national championship in 2017.   Michael has coached hundreds of athletes from age 5-75 across all levels and overseen the coaching of thousands of athletes by his staff. He has taken athletes from beginner to top honors at National & World Championships. Michael’s success lies in his ability to motivate and communicate knowledge effectively across all levels. As an athlete, Michael has been competing in triathlon since 1993, at the age of 10.  During his career, Michael has consistently ranked in the top 5% in the Nation and top 1% in Virginia.  He has represented the state of VA in the Best of the US Competition twice and raced for Team USA for 3 World Championships in Short Course Triathlon, Long Course Duathlon, and XTERRA.   https://www.endorphinfitness.com/ Read More

There are several technique, training, and pacing differences that many triathletes and coaches are unaware of for wetsuit legal races. Michael Collins Michael is the head coach of the 300+ member Nova Masters Swimming Program in Irvine CA. He served as a swimming subject matter expert for IRONMAN U. He co-founded the EQX H2O Signature Swimming Program for EQUINOX. He has over 30 years experience as a coach and elite level athlete. He coaches athletes of all ages and ability levels to reach their “Personal Excellence”. Read More

This webinar covers all of the topics that are needed to design an adequate and safe training program for youth and junior athletes! Topics covered: • Peak oxygen uptake • Testing • Frequency and duration of training • Length of training programs • Intensity • Aerobic training • Interval training • Mixed training and more Ryan Riell Ryan is the Head Coach of Break Through Multisport and is recognized as a fitness and nutrition expert. Ryan holds two master’s degrees (Exercise Physiology: Biomechanics and Organic Chemistry: Biology) and has attended the USA Triathlon Elite Coach Mentorship Program. Read More

In this webinar, sports nutritionist Ben Greenfield will speak about proper endurance nutrition for anyone preparing for a long distance event; trail runners, triathletes, adventure racers, cyclists, paddlers, and epic hikers. You’ll learn how to fuel before, during and after your event, and set yourself up for success by eating smart. Ben Greenfield  Ben was then accepted into six medical schools but opted to instead attain a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics. In 2005, he leapt hardcore into the fitness world, partnering with physicians and opening a series of personal training studios, gyms, and physiology and biomechanics labs across northern Idaho and eastern Washington, and eventually was voted as America’s top personal trainer in 2008. While building his empire in the brick-and-mortar fitness industry, Ben competed as one of the top-ranked amateur triathletes in the world, completing over 120 races and 12 Ironman triathlons while racing for the elite Team Timex multisport team, winning gold medal for the USA in long course triathlon, and leading squads of swim, bike, and run enthusiasts in guided adventures through Hawaii, Thailand, Japan and beyond. Eventually, Ben became the father of twin sons and pivoted into media, writing, speaking, and consulting, launching one of the world’s first fitness podcasts, becoming a New York Times bestselling author of “Beyond Training” and 13 books, designing and creating the Christian Gratitude Journal, and starting a blog that now reaches over a million rabid fans each month. During this time, while making a name for himself as a relentless self-experimenter and biohacker, Ben became a professional obstacle course racer; completing the coveted Spartan Delta; training with the Navy SEALs; competing across the globe in open water swims, mountain runs, and adventure races; winning multiple USA bowhunting competitions; and appearing on the planet's toughest reality TV shows. In 2013 and 2014, Ben was named as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in health and fitness, and by 2015, Ben was coaching the world’s top CEO’s, chefs, biohackers, poker players, tennis, motocross and endurance competitors, and professional athletes from the UFC, the NHL, the NBA, the NFL and beyond—all while advising and investing in top companies in the health, fitness, and nutrition industry.  In 2016, he joined Spartan SGX as one of its certified coaches. As co-founder of Kion, Ben now creates step-by-step solutions—from supplements and fitness gear, to coaching and consulting, to education and media—for the world’s hard-charging, high-achievers to live truly limitless lives with fully optimized minds, bodies, and spirits… All from his quiet home on 10 acres in the forested wilderness of Washington state.   https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/ Read More

In this informative webinar, Matt will highlight the process and framework he utilizes to help athletes perform in each season, as well as season over season, to maximize their performance potential.  Matt will outline a performance framework, showcase how to help the athlete embrace the journey of performance development, and highlight several case studies of athletes of all levels who have excelled in their own performance goals. Matt Dixon Matt is a world-class triathlon coach, former professional triathlete and elite swimmer, and an exercise physiologist.  Under his guidance, Purple Patch athletes have recorded over 350 professional IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 victories and podiums, including multiple world championships.  His distinct performance methodology focused on integrating performance into time-starved life has made him a highly sought after resource for many industry leading CEOs and executives. Matt is the author of The Well-Built Triathlete and Fast-Track Triathlete, a regular contributor to sports magazines and publications, an IRONMAN U master coach, and a corporate speaker to major companies on performance and leadership. With Matt Dixon’s Purple Patch Pillars of Performance, athletes of varying goals and capacities are able to train throughout the week using the same philosophy and methodology. The Purple Patch mission is to create an effective program for all to follow, without forcing athletes into a standardized program that simply doesn’t fit into their life.   https://www.purplepatchfitness.com/coaches-1/2019/3/22/matt-dixon Read More

Many triathlon coaches aspire to grow a business that they can rely on to meet their financial needs, while getting to do what they love. In a market space that has become saturated, how can you have your business standout? Most triathlon coaches start coaching because its their passion and then hope to create financial stability, only to find out that they must coach and maintain unreasonable athlete loads to do so. This webinar will take an in-depth look at how to plan for the future growth of your business, how to get it off the ground on the right foot, and how to create stability in cash flow. Learn from one of the top triathlon educators, and founder of one of the largest triathlon coaching businesses in the world! Jesse Kropelnicki Jesse began creating QT2 Systems as a coaching outlet to those who have already peaked the performances that they can reach on their own, and are looking to make a jump to the next level.  Jesse’s vision was to have a core of coaches who were equally trained in the QT2 coaching protocols, as well as a commitment to every possible detail.  Under this philosophy, and the mantra “if your coach can’t tell you why you are doing a particular workout, then get a new coach”, QT2 was born and has grown to be one of the world’s leading providers of multisport coaching. In 2010 Jesse created TheCoreDiet.com with a similar purpose: to take athletic nutrition to the next level of detail, with an equally trained core of specialized nutritionists. What separates Jesse’s coaching from the others is equal attention to nutrition/body composition, race fueling, training protocol, mental fitness, and race execution. Jesse’s approach, and that learned by the other QT2 coaches, is very detail-oriented giving consideration to all aspects of training, racing, and nutrition.  Jesse has coached various Ironman Champions, USAT National Team Athletes, many elite age-group athletes (including over 15 Kona qualifiers), and even professional UFC fighters. Jesse’s current PRO athlete squad includes:  Caitlin Snow, Pedro Gomes, Jessie Donavan, as well as many others.  Jesse has presented on almost every aspect of training, racing, and nutrition over the past several years, is a regular contributor to Lava Magazine, Ironman.com, and XTri.com, has a Master's Degree from Northeastern University, and maintains certifications as a USAT Level III coach, NSCA CSCS, and ACSM CpT.  Jesse was also invited to, and completed, USAT’s Elite Mentorship Program in Colorado Springs.  Currently, Jesse focuses on continuing to be the best coach that he can be for his athletes, utilizing logic, technology, science, and any other means available. https://www.qt2systems.com/coach-jesse-kropelnicki/ Read More

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