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Merlita Rook

30 June 2019

It has been really good for my son to have had some 1-1 sessions with John again. We first met John 4 years ago when our son had some sessions with him when he was 11.John helped him with stroke technique and his approach to his coaching was so good and made him feel very comfortable, so much so that he has wanted to see him again.It’s been a good experience for him and John has given him lots of positive feedback and things to work on to help make things easier for him in the water. We are very happy with how John has worked with him and shown a great deal of care and attention and hope to revisit him again in the near future. More...

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Marcus Rendle

7 June 2019

Coming back to triathlon after three years off, my swimming presented significant opportunity for improvement! Five sessions later I am no longer belligerently try to fight my way through the water. I am swimming significantly quicker, with less effort meaning I am am getting out of the water fresh for the bike. I have gone from a back of the pack two minute a 100mage group athlete to a GB athlete looking forward to being at the right end of the pack in the European championships in a few weeks. More...

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Adrian Wilkins

4 June 2019

Coming from a swim background and being a relatively strong swimmer I was aware of an imbalance in my stroke but could not put my finger on the cause. After just one session with John he suggested a few changes which have made a huge difference to my stroke and have definitely knocked off a couple of seconds per hundred. Whether you are new to swimming or an old stager like me, John's keen eye and professional advice will get you performing at your best in no time. Highly recommended. More...

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Michal Gniewek

29 January 2019

John is a great coach, John`s swimming programme and lessons help me a lot to improve my swimming time and get me ready for an Ironman .

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William White

27 December 2018

Went to John for help regarding a swimming event. Even though it was non tri related he was so helpful and enthusiastic. Instantly improved my technique and helped me pass it. Could not have asked for a better and more friendly coach. More...

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becky harris

30 November 2018

I went to see John for a running assessment. I was really apprehensive but he put me straight at ease. I left feeling reassured that there were some good aspects of my technique to take me forward into my first marathon (I am not a natural runner). I also took away really clear advice and a plan for improving my technique. John has a great way of making his advice sound simple and also achievable - which is really helpful when you're as uncoordinated as me! More...

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Becky Harris

4 November 2018

I went to see John for a running assessment. I was really apprehensive but he put me straight at ease. I left feeling reassured that there were some good aspects of my technique to take me forward into my first marathon (I am not a natural runner). I also took away really clear advice and a plan for improving my technique. John has a great way of making his advice sound simple and also achievable - which is really helpful when you're as uncoordinated as me! More...

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Sam Pearce

26 October 2018

John is a fantastic coach who has helped me with everything from technique and strength to season planning. Couldn't recommend enough!

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Ian Mussell

17 October 2018

After just one technique session with John and implementing his suggestions and working on the drills I have taken 90 seconds off my 400m swim time.

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Mike Smith

11 August 2018

Had a swim session with John and I didnt think I could get much out of a one off session. But it was brilliant, he only changed a few little things and what a difference that made. Average before the lesson was 2:08 and with a little bit of practice now 1:56 per 100m More...

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Benjamin David

23 July 2018

As with the majority of people new to triathlons swimming was comfortably my weakest discipline. John put me at ease straight away, he asked me what I was hoping to gain from the lessons and we got straight to it. John knows what he is talking about, he doesn't over complicate things and he describes what he needs from you in a clear way that's easy to understand. After the lessons it was really useful talking to John as he is always giving you things to work on in your own time, which I really benefited from. I also liked that fact that it would have been very easy for John to tell me I needed loads of lessons and I would have believed him, but he didn't. He's a decent guy, I had two lessons and that was pretty much all I needed for the level I'm at at the moment. He offered advice on transitions, my cycling and running. In the two lessons I had I knocked 8 mins off of my 1500 time. Cheers, John! More...

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Mark White

23 July 2018

As well as excellent monthly swim training sessions with the Flying Monk Tri Club I have had several one to one sessions including in the endless pool. Has definitely improved my technique and picked up on my many deficiencies! Thanks John. More...

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Ian Powell

23 July 2018

I have had 2 lessons so far with John and am now swimming more efficiently and quicker. My warms ups and cool downs are now faster than I was swimming flat out before. Can’t recommend enough.

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Gordon Markus

23 July 2018

John Wood has been coaching our club (North Bristol Tri) for a number of years for our swim sessions and has always been extremely helpful, supportive and knowledgable. In order to try and progress my swim further, I had a 1 on 1 endless pool session with video analysis which was absolutely superb. It was actually a complete revelation to see what I look like when swimming compared to what I think I look like. Within the session John gave me several drills to work on my kick, and I am already seeing a big improvement in my pace. I can definitely recommend having a session with John if you're looking to improve. More...

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Richard Payton

23 July 2018

Had a swim analysis session with John today which I was initially apprehensive of, and thought that I may be wasting yet more money on triathlon! Instead, I have come away having had my first ever real appreciation of what a fluid stroke feels like, and more importantly the cues that I need personally to make improvements. So often coaching follows a one size fits all "idealistic" textbook type of approach, but not here, John obviously has a wealth of knowledge and is able to adapt it to the client giving simple and individual cues that can be taken away. I will work on everything John says and hope to see some improvements over the coming weeks. :-) More...

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Amy Bentley

23 July 2018

I've had coaching with John since July 2013. I was a 8:30 for my 400m. I had regular 1-1 and I got my swim time down progressively over 3 years reaching a 6:45 which I never thought I would achieve. In 2016 I asked John to write my swim sets for me so I had more of a focus when I swam. I am pleased to say 2017 saw me regularly achieve 6:30. I am pleased that John is working with me again in preparation for the European sprint championship at glasgow later this year.
I did a css test today and along with it new pb of 6:20, very happy. Consistency, hard work and a great coach, it all pays off.
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Mike Fry

23 July 2018

Both Heather and I have been entering triathlons since 2015, mainly Standard distance Age Group GB qualifiers. I came from a none swim background and was typically at the back of the field after the swim leg, with Heather mid pack in her races. After one swim session with John, focusing on the main gains we could make, in our next race we both improved by 2-3 minutes when compared to our competitors. Heather was out of the water in the lead pack and I made significant gains to come out mid pack. Huge thanks to John and thoroughly recommended for anyone wanting to improve their swim performance. Excellent swim coaching!! More...

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Sam Thomas

23 July 2018

Thank you John for sorting my snaking hips out in the pool!! If your looking for a knowledgeable and understanding coach who can help you maximize your training whilst fitting it around everyday life I would definitely recommend Tri Coaching. John really understands his athletes and provides brilliant feedback on any problem areas and exercises to improve them. My run form and swim technique improved massively under the coaching of John, drastically reducing my injury risk and improving my overall speed. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to fully maximize their ability whilst staying healthy and happy!!! More...

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Sabrina Patten

23 July 2018

Thanks to John I have made good progress in my swimming. John has provided great coaching and advice on how to train while managing a shoulder injury . I recently completed my first event of the year and I am pleased with my improvement. John has set specific drills and sessions that have helped me to regain my confidence and improve my technique after being injured for nearly a year. I highly recommend John if you want to improve technique or if you are struggling with a swimming related injury. More...

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Marcus Gaskell

23 July 2018

Thanks John for an excellent swim coaching session at the Triathlon Shop endless pool in Bristol. The video analysis of my initial swim style helped to see my head position was too high in the water and how inefficient my sinking legs were! I particularly liked the way we practiced specific drills like the deadman float, the side kick drills, no air swimming and the sculling to help correct my overall body position. As a result my CSS Time Trial this morning was nearly 25 seconds faster thanks to your coaching. I would highly recommend a session with John for anyone who wants to improve their swimming technique. More...

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Tegan Phillips

23 July 2018

For the most awesome, professional experience if you want to do ANYTHING related to swimming, running or biking - John is your guy. He coached me from abroad, preparing me over a very short amount of time to do a 1400 mile triathlon! His help was truly invaluable, not only from a training guidance and insights perspective but also in terms of encouragement the whole way through. An absolute champion - I'd recommend him to anyone, any day. Thanks John! More...

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Laura Nesbitt

23 July 2018

John coached me on and off as an age group swimmer for Bath University. I booked a session with John before I had shoulder surgery in May, so I had material to work with after. We are both coaches of sorts, the nature of my coaching job means I don't have the time join a club and be coached, it was really good to get Johns perspective of my stroke. As a coach you often think you are doing the things you are constantly nagging your own swimmers about, it was only until I saw the footage and watched the mirror at the bottom of the pool I realised I was not doing those things! It was a really good experience as a swimmer and a coach. More...

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Vance Worsley

23 July 2018

I would like to thank John for a brilliant coaching session at the Triathlon Shop endless pool in Bristol today. Very friendly and puts you at ease quickly. The video of my initial swim style helped me see my poor body position in the water and how low my legs were ( just like a tug boat in the water!) Within 5 Mins I had mastered the correct overall body position and was feeling the water with my fore arms and hands just like paddles. I would highly recommend a session with John for anyone who wants to improve their swimming technique. More...

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Thomas Cooling

23 July 2018

A one hour 121 session with John has renewed my enthusiasm for swimming after being unable to break 1:08 for the Ironman swim.
I was recommended by a few friends from Monmouth Triathlon Club and would wholeheartedly recommend his swim coaching to anyone looking to improve their stroke.

I went for the 'Long Distance' package and had the full video analysis in the pool at Bristol Triathlon Shop. John quickly identified the errors with my freestyle and used short videos to supporting each of his comments and simple swim drills to correct them. John was a great coach and has a very effective calm approach.

I think I'll owe him a few beers if I can make the top 10 at Alpe D'huez this year!!
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Brett Halliwell

23 July 2018

I have now had 2 sessions with John with the focus being on my technique. Having been watched by other coaches the main area they seemed to work on was the front of my stroke and the catch phase which was great but I still wasn't as smooth as I wanted to be. I contacted John after being recommended by Rio 2016 Olympic Paratriathlon Gold medalist Andy Lewis.

After my first session where we concentrated on my body position and being streamline in the water I went away and did my normal sessions where I ended up knocking off 5 seconds over 100m and felt like I wasn't working as hard as I used to. With that being the improvement's already I am really excited about improving my swim going into the 2017 triathlon season. And working with John weekly to keep the improvements moving forwards.
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Christine Mardle

23 July 2018

I was really looking forward to my coaching session with John after all the positive reviews I'd read and I was not disappointed. He put me at ease straight away, explained the format of the session and after a breif chat of what i wanted to get out if it we got right to it.
John cleary knows his stuff, after a warm up he was pointing out technique changes and got me doing drills and clearly explained the reasoning behind each one. His way of explaining and obvious enthusiasm makes it so easy to pick up what he wants you to do. And by the end of the session I felt stronger, more comfortable, and I was going faster. Great!
After the session i got a plan going forward and personalised drills to work on, and I honestly can't wait for my follow on session in a few weeks time.
I am so pleased I went for this, definitely money well spent.
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Hilda-May Latham

23 July 2018

I wanted to complete a multi-day adventure race and a middle-distance triathlon this year, but needed to balance it with more responsibility at work. With less time available to train I soon realised that I would need some support to get the most out of my training.

I used to be a ‘same pace athlete’, but with John’s coaching I was able to reduce my training volume and still increase my performance. John helped me train smarter, peak for the races and improve my running. His training plans, supportive nature and ability to motivate people helped me achieved 2 personal bests and complete the multiday adventure with a smile on my face.

John - I really enjoyed the training and the journey, thank you.
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Jon Elvidge

23 July 2018

I had aspirations of completing my first ever Ironman triathlon a couple of years ago. I approached John and asked him if it was feasible to take me from a struggling Olympic distance triathlete to a Ironman finisher. It is fair to say that without John's help and guidance I wouldn't have crossed the line for Ironman Copenhagen.

Over a 30 month period John worked with me as a full time coach; setting out a training plan and taking me for private swim, bike and run sessions. With his combination of knowledge, energy and passion for coaching John was able to revolutionise not only my level of fitness but my approach to training and racing. I can't recommend John enough, he is one of the best coaches I have had.
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Colin Wilson

3 July 2018

John is very detailed and helped me develop/reinvent my swimming technique, knocking loads of time / effort from my position before.I highly recommend John for his patience and attention to detail. And most of all the lessons are fun too! More...

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Mark Chaplin

29 May 2018

I used John to help improve my technique in preparation for the Outlaw Ironman and he very quickly helped with my confidence and I can know swim quicker with much less effort. His instructions were very clear and he also explained what I needed to change and why it would help. Very easy to communicate and book lessons. I would strongly recommend John if you would like to improve your confidence and technique. More...

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Bristol Cyclist

29 May 2018

John Wood has been coaching our club (North Bristol Tri) for a number of years for our swim sessions and has always been extremely helpful, supportive and knowledgable. In order to try and progress my swim further, I had a 1 on 1 endless pool session with video analysis which was absolutely superb. It was actually a complete revelation to see what I look like when swimming compared to what I think I look like. Within the session John gave me several drills to work on my kick, and I am already seeing a big improvement in my pace. I can definitely recommend having a session with John if you're looking to improve. More...

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Hilda-May Latham

29 May 2018

I used to be a ‘same pace athlete’, but with John’s coaching I was able to reduce my training volume and increase my performance. John helped me train smarter, peak for the races and improve my running. His training plans, supportive nature and ability to motivate; helped me achieved 2 personal bests and complete my first multi-day adventure race.I’ve really enjoyed the training and the journey with John. More...

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Hilda-May Latham

24 September 2017

I wanted to complete a multi-day adventure race and a middle-distance triathlon this year, but needed to balance it with more responsibility at work. With less time available to train I soon realised that I would need some support to get the most out of my training. More...

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Thomas Riches

5 September 2017

This has been my first year of triathlon, which started with a very limited swimming ability! With John's help over the last year my swimming technique and endurance has gone from strength to strength. Before Johns coaching my 750m open water time was 16m50s and is now 12m40s! Personally for me that is a huge improvement. Im now looking forward to more help over the off season to help me achieve even better results next year! Thanks John! More...

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Michelle Cook

22 August 2017

Brilliant first lesson with John today. Feel like I've have a better understanding of what adjustments I need to make, now to practice what I've learnt in preparation for the next lesson in 2 weeks

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Ross Armstrong

29 May 2017

Had my first run session with Tri Coaching last week and I've noticed a difference immediately, granted I am now concentrating on a lot more than I was before whilst out on a run but it is absolutely worth it. Less aches and pains in the days after running, quicker times and generally feeling more comfortable in the run. The approach of breaking down my technique, showing me using video made me appreciate where I have been going wrong for years and giving me small areas to focus on to begin with was exactly what I need. Great first session and I'm looking forward to another and pushing on towards a successful racing season in 2017. More...

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Richard Folley

29 May 2017

John Wood has been my triathlon coach for around 18 months and I simply cannot recommend him highly enough. John has worked with me over that time to refine a training plan and approach which is reaping rewards. John builds a great coach-athlete relationship to a point of real understanding and is able to motivate, reassure, guide, sometimes restrain and sometimes push me all with seemingly mystical timing. Whenever I feel I need something from my coach John is there - right place, right time, right words. He has excellent technical expertise across the three disciplines of triathlon along with a wealth of knowledge and experience around general health and fitness, injury prevention, diet and not least the mental challenges of training and competing.He has worked with me around a hectic work life which sometimes can mean very long hours and we have reached a perfect balance with training and life.I have improved dramatically under John's guidance and intend to continue to work with him for a long as I am racing Triathlon. I am currently in the most consistent and best block of training I've ever achieved and I could not have done this without his help.John Wood is a brilliant coach and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. More...

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Helen Beswick

29 May 2017

I am 51 years old. I am a competitive person inside but greatly lacking in confidence. A few years ago, I took up running and managed a few half marathons before my knee ground me to a halt. After that, I found it immensely frustrating to be surrounded by competitive people who were achieving great things whilst I seemed unable to join them. One day, someone suggested that I could do an open water swim. I said no, that wasn't possible because I had never been taught to swim front crawl and hadn't got access to any teacher. That was when I heard about John and contacted him to ask for his help. Fortunately, he agreed. I will never forget my first lesson. I got in the water feeling like a complete idiot. I had never worn a swim cap or goggles. John asked me to just do one length to show him what I could do. I looked at him blankly and said, "No John. I can't even do one stroke!" Breast stroke was all I could manage. After 3 lessons, I was able to swim a length of crawl. After 5 lessons, I swam a mile of crawl. One day, I really do hope to achieve a major endurance open water swim. John Wood is the most talented coach. I know that he coaches high level athletes but his calm, gentle manner makes you feel just as valuable a person for him to teach as any other at any level. Every time I have a lesson, I come away with renewed confidence. As soon as I had had lesson 5, I knew that the next time I swam, I would be able to achieve my one mile target. Granted, it took me 45 minutes but I did it! If you are an absolute beginner or if you are an experienced triathlete who wants to improve, I couldn't recommend John highly enough. I can guarantee that you will have one lesson and make tremendous progress. THANK YOU John for your continued support. More...

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Shawn Holland

29 May 2017

I’m not a great swimmer having only been swimming front crawl just over a year, I’ve been working with John to help me understand the mechanics of what I should be doing and with his advice and him demonstrating the various drills my swim stroke has improved greatly. Above all this is the confidence John has given me in the water and I no longer dread swimming sessions. I would recommend John to anyone lacking confidence or wants to improve technique, it’s amazing how quickly you will feel the benefits in the water. More...

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Jeremy Tiley

18 May 2017

I took the 'plunge' to get some swim coaching, after entering the Outlaw Triathlon! I have previously struggled with the triathlon swim for some years now, but after only a few sessions, with John, my efficiency, speed and confidence have all improved greatly, and I knocked 5 mins off my swim time in the first standard distance Tri this year. I can't recommend John highly enough. More...

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Maggy Blagrove

2 April 2017

I found the session so useful, John was great �

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Larry Snizek

23 February 2017

I had a swim analysis session with John that was very helpful as the next day I improved my practice 50m butterfly repeat time by 5 seconds!

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JohnW-461

5 December 2016

Had a series of 5 swim sessions, found real benefits, swimming faster, easier and further than I have before. Would recommend to anyone!

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Brett Halliwell

19 November 2016

I have now had 2 sessions with John with the focus being on my technique. Having been watched by other coaches the main area they seemed to work on was the front of my stroke and the catch phase which was great but I still wasn't as smooth as I wanted to be. I contacted John after being recommended by Rio 2016 Olympic Paratriathlon Gold medalist Andy Lewis. More...

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Claire Willcox Hurp

28 July 2016

John took my daughter for a swim coaching session and she throughly enjoyed every bit of her training. He helped her perfect her skills and worked on her turns. I would definitely recommend John

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Louise Alleyne

27 July 2016

I signed up to my first Triathlon in September 2015 and I opted for an Iron Man distance without being able to swim one length. I met with John and he basically taught me how to swim from scratch. Whenever I doubted my ability he was always at hand to put my worries aside with various strategies. He not only coached me to be able to take on a 2.4 mile open water swim he supported me throughout the whole process, offering tips and guidance along the way. I would definitely recommend John; he is calm, very patient, personable and knows his sport very well. John played an instrumental part in me completing my Triathlon on Sunday 24th July 2016. When I returned to the hotel after 12hrs and 51 minutes of training, I checked my phone and he was one of the first people to congratulate me. Thank you John. More...

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Leon Burns

19 July 2016

Had a block of lessons with John recently and have seen a big improvement in my swimming in a short space of time. He has a very good appreciation of the correct drills and exercises to improve your technique and I would thoroughly recommend him. Thanks.

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Jon Elvidge

19 June 2016

I had aspirations of completing my first ever Ironman triathlon a couple of years ago. I approached John and asked him if it was feasible to take me from a struggling Olympic distance triathlete to a Ironman finisher. It is fair to say that without John's help and guidance I wouldn't have crossed the line for Ironman Copenhagen. More...

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Rich Shirley

7 June 2016

John has been coaching me for three years now, which has seen me do a 3:12 Marathon and Age Group at Long Distance Duathlon twice. Over the same period my times have been dropping quite substantially as well. Genuinely cannot fault the service! More...

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Victoria Baker

2 June 2016

John has done a few training plans for me now, one was leading up to the European Championships qualifier in Bala where I qualified and the last one was leading up to the European Championships in Lisbon where I came second in my age group...so the proof of the pudding is right there!! Will continue to use John, he has great advice and knows what he's talking about, highly recommended!! More...

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Martin Neill

25 May 2016

John's been a great triathlon coach. In particular he has provided some fantastic insight into where my swim stroke was breaking down. The subsequent coaching and drills made a significant improvement my form and enabled me to deliver my fastest swim time at the Nottingham Sprint Qualifiers. This performance help me secure my spot at the World Age-Group Sprint Championships in Chicago last Sept. Additionally, John has provided a lot of guidance on my running rehabilitation after I tore a muscle in my hip. A very knowledgeable and friendly guy. More...

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Gareth Jones

10 May 2016

I started out by having some swim coaching with John and have since progressed to a full training programme and have seen my performance in all three disciplines improve considerably. John has a knack of explaining things in an easy to follow way and is very approachable. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a relative newcomer, I would highly recommend speaking to John about how he can help improve your triathlon performance. More...

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Ashley Brookes

10 May 2016

Thank you for your excellent advice and coaching. Your guidance pushed me to new limits and multiple personal bests. This new performance got me into the world and european GB Age Championships in one season!

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Chrissy Roberts

10 May 2016

Great swim session with John Wood yesterday. What John doesn't know about swimming isn't worth knowing, so he will always be quick to identify problem areas. His real strength, however, is in how positive, constructive and creative he is in working out drills and thoughts that will work specifically for you to solve those problems. Result? Smoother, faster, more efficient swimming. Thank you, John! More...

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Russell Gibbs

9 May 2016

John has finally got me to swim efficiently despite my best efforts not to. His patience and knowledge shows in his coaching style a great coach for all levels.

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Zoe Alexandra Cornock

5 May 2016

Thank you Tri Coaching for the amazing service you provide. Having had 1-1 sessions and a video analysis, my swimming has improved dramatically. Coming from a non swimming background I was thoroughly impressed with my 4th female out of the water in my first ever open water Triathlon, which wouldn't have happened without your help. Many thanks for your hard work at helping me to relax and enjoy open water swimming. A great service, thank you. More...

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Dan Wood

5 May 2016

If you are looking for swim or triathlon training, I would highly recommend John Wood of Tri Coaching, whether you are a beginner or seasoned athlete. Many thanks for the swim coaching which has helped me tremendously. More...

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James Eacott

4 May 2016

I had some swim coaching from John after a year in triathlon. Over just 5 x 1-1 sessions he brought my 400m TT time down from 6:00 mins to 5:20... Personable, reliable and highly knowledgeable, I'd recommend him to anyone. More...

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Chris Riches

4 May 2016

Thanks John for your monthly swim coaching sessions with our Flying Monk Triathlon Club and weekly swim programmes over the years. As Chairman for the past three years (and now ex-chairman) I just wanted to say what a fantastic service you have given the club in that time and just how much we have all benefited from your expertise. We look forward to your continued involvement! Cheers, Chris. More...

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The smile that people come out of sessions with, having enjoyed and feeling like they are moving through the water easier, faster or both! The lightbulb moment is a joy to watch!

I've always coached through my life - my coach had me teaching young swimmers from the age of 15 and it's something that I have always enjoyed. Running my own business allows me to do the things I enjoy.

Clients should choose the person that best suits them. It may be cost affected, but the person that listens to you and understands what you need best is the person that is going to get the best from you.
The benefit of working with me is that I offer a time tested formula to help people improve their skills, while being flexible enough to make tweaks and changes to that approach where needed.

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These are sessions that can be done on a one-off basis or as a series of sessions; or as a regular check to see how techniques are improving and progressing. We run swim coaching in Bristol and around the country. Swimming efficiently is the first target; then we can look to make it faster! The main aim is to make sure everything is as high in the water as possible and minimising the resistance. There are many schools of thought, the ASA, Total Immersion, Swim Smooth – countless others. What we will look to do is help you find the way that is best for you. Sessions are £40 for 45 minutes. They are based completely around quality – so if things start to fall apart, for whatever reason we will stop. You still have my time, and we can work through things off the treadmill or out of the pool; but we won’t be encouraging bad habits!

These are sessions that can be done on a one-off basis or as a series of sessions; or as a regular check to see how techniques are improving and progressing. Running is something that is not normally taught. We just do it. However there are many things that will help make things just a little easier and/or faster. As with swimming there are many schools of thought – Chi Running, Pose Method, Barefoot Running, heel striking… As with the swimming above we will aim to help you with what works for your body and unique mechanics. Sessions are £40 for 45 minutes. They are based completely around quality – so if things start to fall apart, for whatever reason we will stop. You still have my time, and we can work through things off the treadmill or out of the pool; but we won’t be encouraging bad habits!

Video swim analysis isn’t a necessity for skill improvement. However it certainly is a very useful tool. One of the benefits with video swim analysis is that you can change your technique and see what you’re doing wrong in real time. It also allows you to see what you are ACTUALLY doing as opposed to what you THINK you are doing! These can be wildly different, even for experienced athletes! Video assessment allows us to target particular weaknesses in your technique; things that might be causing injury / niggles, fatigue, or just slowing you down. For swimming, our packages are as follows: Swimming – Sprint package £70 – (1 hour session, with Instant Video feedback). Swimming – Olympic package £90 – (1 hour session, with Instant Video feedback, DVD to take away). Swimming – Middle distance package £110 – (1 hour session, with Instant Video feedback, DVD to take away, Full analysis report and Swim Correction Drills). Swimming – Long distance package £130 – (as Middle distance package, with an additional 20 minute swim session for video analysis, at a later date). Video swim analysis sessions are done at the Triathlon Shop, our major partner. They have an endless pool which allows us to video swimmers essentially swimming on the spot.

On-going coaching follows your season all the way through your target races from recovery, to preparation to race and back through again if that is something you are after. It is important to have an initial one-to-one consultation, as this will help determine your targets and aims, and what you want out of this relationship. The coaching process is a two way thing, and requires athlete input – and we want you to feel comfortable with the person who is going to write your programme! In an ideal world this would be in person, but is not necessary; in this digital age we can use skype or good old fashioned phone calls! You will then receive an individual training programme tailored to your ability, aims, strengths and weaknesses. This training plan will outline each individual cycle and the intentions within that; then obviously the daily sessions within each cycle. Focussed coaching means that we can look to suggest strength & conditioning elements as a holistic part of your whole schedule. This is obviously arranged around the time you have free around your lifestyle. Your programme is written on triblogs.com so that we can plan ahead for you – and that you can keep them abreast of how you are getting on. It is also a useful tool for yourself, to see how you progress! Communication is key to the operation, so both athlete and coach know where they stand. Most of this will be via regular e-mail, texts, phone calls and may include one-to-one consultations or training sessions (additional charges may apply). What are the benefits? Minimal thought – you know your training ahead of time, no need to plan something out. Motivational – you will have your own reasons; but a good structured plan will keep you fresh mentally Adaptability – if circumstances change (and in life they regularly do!) we can make quick alterations to your plan to help you get the best out of your time. Relationship – you know that you are getting to know someone who can get the best out of you and the time you have available.