Our readers often ask us to recommend what they should eat, what they should read, how they should train, other tools they should use or strategies they could employ to get better, faster results, more quickly and with less training.
We aim to provide you with awesome free content all year round from well researched sources or successes we have had in our own training or with our athletes.
There are also a ton of resources and tools out there that we ourselves use personally or with our athletes to continually get the edge to maximise our training time and our performance.
We never recommend anything we have not used, tested and loved.
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Here is a summary of the best of the best:
Triathlon for Beginners by our very own Dan Golding.
Everything you need to know about getting start in triathlon. Training, nutrition, kit, motivation, racing, and much more…
Triathlon for Women By Charlotte Campbell, our beloved triathlete, coach and resident writer
Triathlon: Winning at 70.3 Stepping up to 70.3 or higher is more than just doubling your existing Olympic training. There is a ton more involved in terms of race strategy, nutrition becomes critical, hydration to get right, transition strategy and specific training for 70.3 which is quite different to both Olympic and Ironman 140.6.Check out this book to ensure you are on the start line feeling prepared and confident, not in a panic that you do not know what is about to unfold!
By Charlotte Campbell, our beloved triathlete, coach and resident writer
The Ketogenic diet is being taken up at a rapid rate amongst people seeking better health but also amongst endurance athletes seeking better performance. By choosing low carb, high fat predominantly, the body is encouraged to burn fat for fuel instead of glucose tapping into an abundant energy source and yielding hormonal benefits.
It may also have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. This book specifically explores how to best apply this diet for endurance athletes.
by Ben Greenfield Fitness. Ben is an ex champion body builder and ex pro-triathlete, regularly completing Ironman in sub 10 hours. Most triathletes in our experience lack strength (even though they are fit) and who better to learn from than someone who is an expert in both worlds and has adapted his strength program specifically for triathletes.
Amazing self- running coach. It gives you instant feedback on your running technique plus coaches you on how you can improve it AS you are running!
Awesome piece of tech and will dramatically improve your running cadence, stride length, running speed and style. Wear it in your shorts- it does the rest!
The best and fastest way to get quicker times running is through optimising your technique. This will allow you to get faster, with less effort. Most people, do not understand how to run, and end up finding it very tough and getting injured along the way. All good runners do drills and have some coaching to improve technique- because it is that important.
This program is a 6 or 12 week online program to teach you how to run better and exactly what to do to get there.
Packed with awesome instructional videos, drills and strength training.
This one is close to our hearts as with 2 of us being physical therapists as well as triathlon coaches, we have treated so many runners who suffer knee pain, ITB syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome. The problem is straight forward to fix-but does involve a rehab program and re-balancing muscles imbalances. Usually there is local muscle weakness around the hip and knee ( even if the runner is fit).
It CAN be fixed- if you know the right exercises to do. If you have had this problem as while or it keeps returning, we highly recommend this program to beat it once and for all.
These are the best on market: medical-grade graduated compression to help stimulate resolution of lactic acid and swelling post workout. Instant results for improving recovery after a long run. Some athletes wear it during the run to help performance. Whilst these claims of performance enhancement are unproven (although many Olympian wear them during their events), they have been proven to speed up recovery. Wear them around the house post run or at work under your trousers. Train just as hard the next day without calf fatigue. We love these.
We love this company because they elegantly bridge the gap between between “off the shelf” generic insoles and expensive custom built insoles. Note: not everyone needs orthotics or insoles! However if you have flat feet, plantar fasciitis, Achilles problems, shin splints or knee pain, insoles may help address the cause of the problem.
TreadLabs design orthotics that can be fit into sports shoes and even cycling shoes for a semi- custom fit at an affordable price
Upgraded Coffee, which is reportedly free of harmful mycotoxins, which are essentially fungi and mold. Try with Brain Octane Oil, a supercharged version of MCT oil which helps to trigger weight loss by way of ketosis, a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that kicks fat-burning into overdrive; it kills pesky cravings; and it boosts cognitive function.
Boy- is this a well needed product! All the great rates psychology as the one missing piece from most of the coaching programs out there. It’s all very well saying on race day “control your nerves” or “feel confident” but how to we actually do this? If you are only thinking about this on race day- it is already too late. This need to be thought about and trained along with your physical training. Finally this program (which is also recommended by Ben Greenfield) guides you through exactly what to do…. Highly recommended to get the edge. Plus these techniques you will be able to apply in all other aspects of your life.