I have had the great privilege to work with some fantastically talented and dedicated athletes across a range of ages and abilities. I have a very low turnover of athletes and have been working with some for several years now. Maintaining a strong long term working relationship is key to learning how to get the best out of my athletes and is central to my coaching philosophy. Here are a few experiences from current and past athletes.
Off Shore Worker
Having played about in all sorts of sports for a good few years I found my performance on and off all the time mainly due to not training properly and my work, coming and going all the time at the drop of a hat.
It was when I turned 39 I always said I would hang up the race kit when am 40 so decided to make the most of it and find a coach for my final year. Having known and heard about Graeme and the team he has trained I thought why not get in touch and see what he can offer. After speaking to him I was very impressed with the knowledge and what he had to offer as a whole, I knew then it was for me.
From the start my training changed so much and I was a bit taken back by it but Graeme kept saying don’t worry then the improvements in tests showed. Then the racing started and all but a few events on the podium for the whole season not just the A races.
Always able to change the training program at short notice or on emails and at the end of the phone, no other coach can match his commitment to his clients like Graeme does.
One of the best investments I have ever made was getting involved with his coaching and commitment. Now the decision to continue 40-45 age group??? Am sure Graeme will have a say in it.
Graeme keeps it simple and is always very current with his ideas. This has allowed me to develop my skills and strengths and also address weak areas with specific workouts. His plans actually revitalised my training at a time when I was about to call it a day. I now compete more than ever at a higher level and enjoy every minute of the coaching and racing. All thanks to Graeme, he is the future.
Graeme goes over and above what I would have expected from a triathlon coach. He takes into consideration my individual needs as an athlete and has worked to provide me with a very individualised training programme that includes strength work, nutritional advice and psychology exercises. An incredibly busy man himself he understands the pressures of fitting in training alongside other commitments and has produced a scientifically- based programme that has allowed me to achieve my personal goals with the limited time that I have available for training.
I feel extremely privileged to be coached by Graeme, I do not believe there is another coach who has the same level of understanding of the human body. His expertise in analysing training results and performance is second to none and the level of knowledge he has is outstanding. Graeme is more than just a coach; he is more like a mentor and someone that I look up to with the up most respect. Depending on your aspirations for your sport, he will more than likely become a fundamental part of your life as his ability to get the best out of one, in sport and in life, is unparalleled. I simply believe there is no other coach as good or as qualified as Graeme.
Consultant in Respiratory medicine
After a poor novice season ‘coaching’ myself, I approached Graeme as I knew others who had had success with him. Despite my worries of being too inexperienced, he met with me, we discussed my goals, and he took me on. This year Graeme has completely invigorated my triathlon training, and racing. His scientific approach to training methods appeals to my sensibilities, coupled with his willingness to discuss, alter, and modify the training plan at any point through the week, month or year. He provides access to the latest research, up to date training software, video swim analysis, and an enthusiasm for the sport that comes with the success he has had, in competition, and in coaching. My 2012 season has been a complete contrast to 2011, with steadily improving times, results, and enjoyment: I even came second in my age group in a race this year.
Management consultant and Swim Smooth train coach
Graeme is pretty unique as a coach. His experience racing at pro level IM means his insights on how it feels, how different training works and the knowledeg gained in areas like nutrition, pacing and strategy is different class. As if that isn’t enough his research scientist background makes him tireless in interrogating all the latest sports science research and being able to distinguish between science fiction and science fact. The combination means the input he gives leaves little to chance and I’ve lost count of the PB’s he took me to at every distance from sprint to IM.
Coming to the sport of triathlon as an overweight novice with high cholesterol at the age of 40 was tough to say the least. I secretly harboured a dream of one day completing an Ironman triathlon but my hopes were dashed after I was advised by an orthopaedic consultant to give up the Ironman dream as a degenerative knee injury would make it virtually impossible to train for such an event, let alone complete it. Utterly dejected, a friend suggested I speak to Graeme. Thankfully Graeme was not of the same opinion as the consultant and his ‘there is always a way’ approach became my mantra too. Graeme agreed to coach me providing we put the Ironman dream on hold while we embarked upon a rehabilitation programme along with a bespoke triathlon training programme. Eighteen months later I am now proud to say “I am an Ironman!” I successfully completed Ironman Austria in 2012 in a little over 12 hours. I of course take some of the credit for the achievement but I have no doubt in my mind that without Graeme’s careful management, guidance and continual feedback I would still be that dejected, overweight, middle aged wannabe Ironman! I can not recommend him highly enough. Graeme has helped changed my life for the better.