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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

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“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 don’t 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 pillars—training, recovery, nutrition, and strength—that 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 Dixon’s 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 Dixon’s 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.

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 1st edition, 2014 edition (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937715116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715113
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,81,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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