The Well-Built Triathlete: Turning Potential into Performance Paperback – 29 May 2014
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"The Well-Built Triathlete is an in-depth manual full of the tools and tips that helped me go from a perennial age grouper to a professional triathlete." - Meredith Kessler, professional triathlete"Elite coach Matt Dixon shares his approach for what it takes to create a well-rounded athlete who continues to improve year after year." - Triathlete magazine"Well built" refers to Dixon's long-term and comprehensive approach toward athleticism, going well beyond the standard training programs, and outlining a great deal on nutrition, recovery, and strength and conditioning. The book gives the reader a framework for performance." - USA Triathlon magazine"Triathletes frustrated by poor performance despite long hours of endurance training will want to get their hands on The Well-Built Triathlete." - Triathlon Magazine Canada"Dixon gifts the reader with a wealth of knowledge he accumulated over years of training and study as a pro triathlete, coach and exercise physiologist...Dixon delivers new insight into training zones and the importance of nutrition and recovery; often overlooked or undervalued by the masses of age groupers. If you are in the market for any kind of athletic improvement, we highly recommend you give them your full attention." - TriEdge.net"One of the things that has struck me most about Matt Dixon and his coaching philosophy is his emphasis on quality over quantity. Many coaches load on volume and training hours, whereas Matt is able to create superior performances from his athletes on few hours of training. This translates into better overall quality of sessions, more time to recover, and more time for healthier life balance. His philosophy is one that I admire greatly." - Sarah Piampiano, professional triathlete"Matt Dixon taught me to not view my training in isolation but rather implement a holistic focus where my program was planned in the context of maintaining a healthy body, happy family, and fulfilling life. Not only have my performances drastically improved, but also my entire triathlon experience has become far more enjoyable." - Tim Reed, professional triathlete
From the Back Cover
Matt Dixon remains at the forefront of the sport, a beacon to the rapidly expanding triathlon world. Meredith Kessler, pro triathlete & Ironman champion
Training Recovery Nutrition Strength
Coach Matt Dixon is in the business of developing world champion triathletes. With 150 championships and podium finishes in Ironman® and Ironman 70.3® events over the past five years, purplepatch pros are proving over and over again that he knows how to draw out performance. But Dixon will be the first to tell you that his pros dont train according to the conventional methods.
In The Well-Built Triathlete, Dixon upends the myths with which triathletes have been indoctrinated and spells out a better way to train for swim-bike-run. His progressive training program is grounded in the belief that performance is supported by four equally crucial pillarstraining, recovery, nutrition, and strengththat must all be developed together. When any one of these pillars is underdeveloped, athletes fall short of their potential.
The Well-Built Triathlete begins with a thorough self-assessment that will identify imbalances that threaten performance. Then Dixons groundbreaking book on triathlon training supplies the tools you need to tap your full potential:
- Guidelines and protocols to improve training consistency and recovery
- No-nonsense advice on triathlon nutrition, fueling, and hydration
- Functional strength tests and exercises to launch a strength training program that builds resiliency
- Sample training blocks for every phase of training as well as Olympic-, half-Ironman-, and Ironman-distance race prep
- Workout sessions to evolve swimming, cycling, and running fitness over multiple seasons
The Well-Built Triathlete is your guide to implementing Matt Dixons winning purplepatch program and uncovering superior performance year after year.
Matt Dixon, MSc, is an exercise physiologist and an elite triathlon coach. He is founder and president of purplepatch fitness, a fitness and coaching company that caters to triathletes and endurance enthusiasts of all levels, from world champions to beginners.See all Product description
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I really wish that any author wanting to write a triathlon book would follow these simple guidelines:
1) keep it simple, leave the tech talk for the paying coached athletes.
2) describe your success in the race distance you are talking about, good and bad experiences
3) provide some general plans, with the understanding that this is a guideline for the general triathlete and provide a seasonal plan that can be followed to some success or ways to modify it for less or more.
4) not only talk about your nutrition philosophy, but support it with some examples for everyday, training, racing etc. again, support the season.
This book did have a couple of good points, first, it was easy to read and understand. It does take some talent and restraint to take a technical sport and break it down for the average athlete. Matt does an outstanding job at this. There are also sections on weak point training and fixes to common problems that were the real value this book provides. The appendix also describes Matt's exercises in detail, which is good but there is nothing for which ones to do as part of a training plan. That minor detail is up to you. It Is a good effort and has some good parts, so I think the book is almost worth the Kindle price. However, my general opinion is that it lacks any substance towards turning potential into performance unless you hire Matt Dixon as a coach. There is hardly any of the usable, training plan information I was looking for on any of the topics he discusses. I would not recommend this book if you are looking for actual guidance.