Train For Top Dollar is a website devoted to teaching personal trainers, triathlon coaches, nutritionists, gym owners and fitness professionals how to make money and enjoy a successful fitness career. No matter how much you know about anatomy, physiology, swimming, cycling and running, you simply won’t succeed unless you structure your triathlon business properly and set yourself up to be able to get new clients and keep your current clients happy. In a new USA Triathlon webinar that I taught, you’ll learn how to structure your business, set-up pricing and fees, collect payment from clients, advertise, design your web presence, and much more!
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Free NewsletterEnter your name and e-mail below to subscribe to our Money-Making Tips & Tricks Newsletter and receive a FREE COPY of the entire first chapter of Train For Top Dollar! One of the differences between being a pure swimmer and a triathlete is that your training time is split between the three disciplines so you have time less available form swimming. If you have a coach at your pool or club, seek out their help and get some advice on your stroke and how to go about improving it. As a distance swimmer, one of the biggest mistakes you can make with your swimming preparation is to solely focus on your technique, swimming only 50 or 100m at a time. Drill work is a great for your swimming but also incorporate continuous swims of 200m, 400m and even 800m into your sessions so that you develop a stroke that you can maintain over longer race distances. If you are training for Ironman then you have a 3800m swim ahead of you in the race and because of the longer distance, your weekly long swim arguably becomes the most important session of your swim week. If you train with a club or masters group that never does any longer distance sets it’s well worth missing one of the club sessions, replacing it with a session of your own focusing on steady distance pace. When you swim your sets in training, keep an eye on the times you swim for each repetition.

If you are interested in investing in a gadget to improve this area of your swimming then we would highly recommend a Wetronome to you. When you swim behind, or to the side and slightly behind another swimmer you save up to 25% of your energy expenditure – or put another way, swim much faster for the same effort. Your ability to swim straight in open water is also critical as it’s easy to lose large chunks of time by swimming off course. The key is to practise your sighting skills in the pool so that come the race you are entirely comfortable raising you head slightly to look forwards without excess effort or ruining the rhythm of your stroke. Swim Smooth is an innovate swimming coaching company famed for its straightforward approach to stroke correction. Learn how to maximize your income as a personal trainer, gym owner, or nutritional consultant.
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Not only are they inexpensive, at $6.95 per month, but they have excellent customer service and a huge range of options, including some pretty good looking, pre-designed website templates and the ability to add things like blogs and forums to your website with literally one click. As a matter of fact, just about everything there is to know about triathlon coaching can only be found by traveling to expensive conferences or buying big books. Maybe you’re just trying to find out more about a triathlon coaching career or how to coach triathlon. To find out more about Ben's book "Train For Top Dollar", and how you can make more money as a fitness professional, just click here. We understand the different preparation required to race in open water versus the pool and the need to balance out your training between the three disciplines.
However, triathlon is a true distance event in that you will be racing for at least an hour and as such you need a distance focus to your swim training. If you can, build up your long swim so you reach 4000m a few weeks before the race and you’ll be all set for a fantastic Ironman swim leg. With any swim that you do, be it in training or a race, it’s extremely easy to start off quickly and then slow dramatically after 100m or 200m.

If you can, also monitor your splits within each set – so if you’re swimming 200m, monitor each 25 or 50m split. You can program it to a certain time per length and then place it under your swim cap where it will beep to you at the time you should be turning each lap. Well, you really can save several minutes by optimising your drafting and navigation skills for open water swimming. This sounds easy but is actually very skilful to perfect as you have to swim very close to other swimmers to get maximum benefit. We’ve recently been equipping some triathletes with GPS tracking devices and seeing how straight they swim in open water – the answer is not very straight at all!
Whether you want to make more money as a personal trainer or enhance your income as a coach or gym owner, this website, combined with Ben Greenfield's book "Personal Trainers' Guide to Earning Top Dollar" will give you everything you need for a successful fitness career. There are all manner of drills and techniques you can work on with your swimming and it can be quite overwhelming – try and simplify things down to your individual needs wherever possible and you’ll make much quicker progress.
By only ever swimming short drill sets you tend to develop a technique that overloads the smaller muscle groups of the shoulder which quickly tire beyond 100m.
It’s fascinating how easy it is to get ahead of the beep over the first 25 or 50m and then how the beep catches up with you as you slow down. Don’t miss our amazing new DVD Catch Masterclass featuring incredible underwater video of champion swimmers in action. If you’re doing Sprint or Olympic distance then building up to 1500m of steady swimming will build the necessary endurance for your race. You can swim this continuously or if you prefer break it down into a set with short recoveries – e.g.

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