I work with TriMax because it gives me a competitive advantage. I could train myself (as I have tried in the past) but I’ve found that I tend to overdo the training and injure myself ultimately defeating the purpose since I never make it to the race. In addition, knowing what to expect from a coach whose done long distance triathlons has been an incredible benefit. I watched as friends of mine competed in races with little understanding of nutrition, training, or even the simple logistics of the bike and they have failed miserably. I didn’t want to go down that road, not with the hours of training (mental and physical), the stress it puts on my household, and the overall investment that’s required to complete a long distance triathlon. I wanted to experience a long distance tri and feel motivated to do more, not beaten down and burnt out as I have in the past.
I wanted to explore my personal limits. If you train yourself poorly you’ll never reach the height of your potential. However, if you are trained by someone who is knowledgeable, has experience, and takes the time to keep educated on cutting edge of training and nutrition then you have the tools and knowledge necessary to find out what you are capable of achieving.
I would definitely recommend TriMax, as I have, to my friends. I feel as if it is the single best investment you can make if you want to succeed at long distance triathlons.
In order to coach and develop some of the best high school lacrosse players in the state, I'm always looking for an edge. Whether that edge is on or off the field, I want to know about it and implement any changes that improve performance. The training from TriMax Fitness helped my team reach the Connecticut high school boys state final last year--this year I'm bringing them even earlier to develop the strongest possible athletes I can both before the season and throughout. My team is stronger and more fit because of TriMax Fitness
-Rip It founder and Simsbury High School head lacrosse coach Dan Corcoran
I originally signed up to get help training for a bike ride and half marathon. I wanted some assistance in finding a training plan that would be efficient and would take the guess work out for me. I knew for me, the e-mail correspondences would help keep me on track.
What I didn't expect, but was pleasantly surprised with was how immediate the feedback was from TriMax. Also, the 1:1 meetings (at my home, gym and at the track) were so beneficial to my training. I really was taken with the knowledge and expertise, but also with TriMax’s sincerity. I tried the 1:1 training at the gym I go to, it's ok. But the e-mail feedback was practically non-existent and the whole time you are in a session, I really felt that the gym is just trying to make their next sale for more sessions to keep you roped in… I never had that feeling with TriMax, again I felt nothing but your sincere efforts to help me reach my goals. You've helped me reexamine what I'm doing when I exercise and why I'm doing what I'm doing.
Max’s knowledge is incredible, I know that I can call with even the smallest questions and he always shows patience and understanding. TriMax plans are awesome and I just really enjoyed having someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of and steer me in the right direction. I always felt that I had no idea what I was doing or if my training was productive. Now I know every session is worth it!! I always recommend TriMax to everyone and anyone I talk to!!
Before my meeting with Max I was becoming increasingly frustrated with my lousy swim times in my third season of triathlon. I actually started to see my swim times go up rather than down. This after doing a Total Immersion class and swimming a whole lot of training yardage in preparation for IMLP. After IMLP, I made it my goal to get some one-on-one coaching from a coach/triathlete— someone with experience and success in the sport.
Max fit the bill for me. He took the time to listen to what I wanted and needed from the session and was very frank about what I’d need to do if I wanted to swim faster. In our session Max was able to point out the major flaw in my mechanics — a nasty crossover that had me snaking across the pool rather than swimming in a straight line. The harder I went at it, the worse it got — and, it was exhausting! The video I went home with was all the proof I needed to know that Max was right on with his assessment. He was able to prescribe a specific drill to help correct this. This drill has also helped me to understand my timing, as well as the effect of this timing on the catch and pull phases of my stroke. The other big idea I got from Max was that to swim faster I was going to have to swim faster! I needed to own every session and “feel some pain” each time. Make every session count. I realized that the bulk of my swim training for my first IM was just swimming a million laps at the same speed. Max gave me just what I needed. I was able to get into the pool and begin working to correct the problem and began to see results almost immediately. I like that he didn’t overwhelm me with a ton of drills or pick apart every aspect of my stroke. He told me what I was doing right and exactly what was slowing me down. I went away with a very specific and focused plan of attack that has me excited to be in the pool again.
I am slated to do IMLP again next year with the understanding that taking a few minutes off my swim time will only impact my overall race minimally, but if I can swim a little faster with less effort, it will help me achieve my goal for the race — which is to finish faster than the first time!
THE BIGGEST MAHALO to Max at TriMax. He rescued me, much a like a little kid in the corner with her hands in her face, he picked me up and sorted out my nutrition mistake from Kentucky. I had no idea he was following my triathlon adventures and that he cared... but he did and he worked long and hard with me to get my nutrition back to where it was in Kona 07 & IM Japan... he solved my blond moments in run nutrition and hopefully saved me from ever walking that many miles again!
Testimonial Link: http://breeweehawaii.blogspot.com/2008/09/running-for-joy.html
2007 Ford Ironman Female Amateur World Champion
I wanted you to know how much I enjoy and am inspired by your website!
Gary's blog opened my eyes to just how lame my training intensity has been!
You deserve to get feedback from people other than those you coach so you know that you are touching people's lives even though you may not coach them. Thanks for inspiring me with your race reports and all the other goodies you pack into the monthly e-letter.
After my first year of triathlons, I knew that I needed a more structured plan in place to help me improve my times and my fitness. I turned to Max because I wanted to talk with someone who’s had success and was willing to listen carefully to my challenges. I also wanted to be able to talk with him about the techniques and strategies that I should consider when training and racing. I was thrilled with the plan set up for me, which was tailored toward my goals and training times – and it’s been paying off on race day. His work and his access were a great fit for what I was looking for – a mentor and confidant who understands success and wanted to help me get there.
I'm a middle of the pack swimmer with no prior swim experience before starting tris 8 years ago. I was getting frustrated playing catch-up with the other racers on the bike after blowing everything I had on the swim. I decided to seek out some help from Max because of his impressive resume and race results. I was expecting him to totally tear my stroke apart and rebuild it from scratch, making it feel like I had started all over again from the beginning. But after sitting down with him and going over my goals and how I was training, he evaluated my stroke and was honest with his assessment. He made a couple of suggestions with regards to my stroke, but the real problem was the way I was training. He gave me specific workouts to perform and after 6 weeks I've gone from swimming 1:35 - 1:40 100's to 1:20 - 1:25, without being totally drained like I was prior, leaving me more energy to expend on the other events. I actually can't wait for the first tri to see how this improvement in the pool translates to the open water with a wetsuit; hopefully I'll be starting the bike with everyone else instead of racing to catch-up.
My first experience with Max was through his swim clinic. As an average swimmer I was looking to get to the next level. Max quickly corrected my stroke and then took the clinic to another level and provided drills, race tactics, heart rate training, and more. The hour long session was packed with practical information that I have incorporated into my pool sessions and I'm already seeing major improvements. Generous with his time, Max also provided tips and training advice for the bike and run that I have now incorporated into my training. Max's energy is infectious and he's full of tips and knowledge that can get you to that next level.
When Max first posted this, I was figuring out how to finish the swim portion of the Nutmeg half iron without sinking. I had no competitive swim experience, and represented HEAT well at the back of the pack coming out of other swims. I chatted with Max prior to this post, and then took him up on this offer after a very long swim at Nutmeg. Max was easy to work with, taught the points of good technique clearly, and provided good footage of progression of technique during the session. Even a minor snafu didn't get in the way, Max insisted on a second session at no cost to me. The benefit has been that I now feel comfortable in the water, and dropped over 6 minutes on a 1000 yard swim time trial in two months! It was a bit of a tough choice as to whether to get a one on one session or to find a masters group, but the one on one was well worth it. I will be attending the Masters Workout when my schedule permits, but that wouldn't have been possible for me if I didn't have the one on one.
As with everything else, look at your long term goals to dictate your training needs. I wanted to start doing much more than just finish triathlons, and Max gave me the tools to get that done. Now it's up to me to get to work.
You can also contact me if you have questions about his offer.
...I have used a few different coaches with lackluster results. I just started using Max a coach as I get ready for L.P. I think his coaching plan is dead on for the money. For what he offers for the $ I think it is a good investment. Max might not have all of the coaching credibility, but he definitely knows what he is talking about. He is by far better than my last coach.
Give him a shot you might be pleasantly surprised.