Tri Coaching

Tri Coaching

Tri Coaching locationBristol, Bristol

(26 Reviews)

We know that everyone has their own motivations and approaches to training. Not everyone enjoys the process of training! Sport is a hobby apart from for the gifted few who can make a living out of it, so we need to enjoy it and need to smile! Every athlete is different and will respond to differing cues, so require alternative approaches to training. Time can be a real constraint to what you can get done in and around work or family lifestyles. We are determined to help push you toward your targets and goals in a focussed, efficient but enjoyable manner; challenging you physically and mentally.

We have a dedicated coaching team to offer varying services, as well as linking to some fantastic partners who can offer just that little bit more!

We work with all athletes - from novices and beginners to elites alike – and treat every individual as unique. After all, we all have our own demands, situations and lives to take care of outside of sport!

Offerings of video coaching for both swimming and running add a little extra - but aren't a necessity, but the main product we sell is a normal one to one swim lesson in a swimming pool (Riverside Leisure Club). My background with international swimming experience, and 16 years of coaching at all levels allows me to work with people of all abilities - and hopefully connect with people to help them understand and absorb information best.

Tri Coaching Reviews

Tri Coaching Reviews


Review of Tri Coaching by Colin Wilson
5 19/06/2018 Colin Wilson

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!

Review of Tri Coaching by Bristol Cyclist
5 23/11/2017 Bristol Cyclist

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Hilda-May Latham
5 07/10/2017 Hilda-May Latham

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Mark Chaplin
5 04/07/2017 Mark Chaplin

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Shawn Holland
5 22/05/2017 Shawn Holland

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Richard Folley
5 15/03/2017 Richard Folley

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Sam Thomas
5 Sam Thomas

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!!!

Review of Tri Coaching by Sabrina Patten
5 Sabrina Patten

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Hilda-May Latham
5 Hilda-May Latham

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Marcus Gaskell
5 Marcus Gaskell

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Tegan Phillips
5 Tegan Phillips

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!

Review of Tri Coaching by Jon Elvidge
5 Jon Elvidge

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Laura Nesbitt
5 Laura Nesbitt

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Vance Worsley
5 Vance Worsley

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Shawn Holland
5 Shawn Holland

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Thomas Cooling
5 Thomas Cooling

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!!

Review of Tri Coaching by Benjamin David
5 Benjamin David

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!

Review of Tri Coaching by Richard Folley
5 Richard Folley

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Brett Halliwell
5 Brett Halliwell

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Christine Mardle
5 Christine Mardle

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Mark White
5 Mark White

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Ian Powell
5 Ian Powell

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Gordon Markus
5 Gordon Markus

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Richard Payton
5 Richard Payton

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. :-)

Review of Tri Coaching by Amy Bentley
5 Amy Bentley

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.

Review of Tri Coaching by Mike Fry
5 Mike Fry

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!!

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Riverside Leisure Club, Little Stoke, Bristol BS34 6HW, UK

Tri Coaching Q&A

Tri Coaching Q&A

What do you love most about your job?

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!

What inspired you to start your own business?

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.

Why should our clients choose you?

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.

Services provided by Tri Coaching

Tri Coaching Services

121 Swim Coaching - £40 for 45 minutes

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!

121 Run Coaching - £40 for 45 minutes

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 - Prices start from £70

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.

Triathlon Coaching - £100/month

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.

Work history from Tri Coaching

Work History

Head Coach

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Currently works here.

To August 2013.

Running swim sessions, run coaching and writing training plans for athletes of all abilities

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