Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast

Move better and build resilience * Simon Ward and Jess Elliott

July 1, 2020

Back in 1995 when I started my triathlon coaching career, my first published article for 220 Magazine was about strength training for triathletes.  Back then I was in a tiny minority of coaches who felt that this was an important piece of the puzzle in helping athletes to build resilience, stay injury free, boost consistency, and ultimately improve their performance.

You can often hear me talking about how important it is to build a strong foundation, and 25 years later I feel that we might actually be making some progress.

In today’s podcast I’m delighted to be chatting with Performance Coach Jess Elliot from Boulder, Colorado.  Jess and I share a very similar philosophy when it comes to athlete preparation and in today’s call Jess shares this philosophy as she answers questions sent in by members of my SWAT and Triathlon Coach Cafe Facebook pages:

  • Why we should call it “physical preparation” instead of "strength & conditioning”
  • Your goals should just be “move better” and “build resilience"
  • Why we are all on a journey to the same destination form different starting points
  • Jess shares her ideas on how to create a simple home gym
  • The best exercises to build a strong core
  • Effective strength training when you are 70 years old
  • Why your gym programme should include activities which are the opposite of those in your sport
  • How often should you change your strength programme

Here are some of the links mentioned in the show:

Monster resistance bands for your home gym

Sports Research resistance band set which Jess bought for her father

How to make your own sandbag

How to use sliders

Jess’ favourite book “The Language of Coaching

EXOS Human Performance

Hollow Body Holds

To find and follow Jess, please visit this Link Tree which has links to all of her social media channels



To find out more about Simon’s SWAT programme, please click HERE 

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