What kind of software do you use?
We use Training Peaks. Its really easy to use and has features such as: Email reminders, automatically syncing to many devices and applications. Its perfect for measuring progress. For more information please visit TrainingPeaks.com
What are your specialties?
I specialize in Triathlon training(periodization) and injury prevention. Also, growing up in vegetarian household with a vegetable garden, I acquired a deep understanding of nutrition. In Addition, understanding how the body and heart adapt to certain hearts rates gives me an edge because I don’t have to just rely on external body signals which are less reliable. I use proven periodization principles. Primarily, I use heart rate zones which are first predetermined by a VO2max test to set workout intensity levels. This information from the VO2max test will help you lose fat, build muscle, and prevent injuries. A solid understanding of exercise physiology and the functions of workload is a must for any coach and be assured that I have the personal experience to help you achieve your goals. Also, I have the luxury of being able to consult with other mentors who are professional athletes, doctors, and nutritionists for other specific issues when needed.
Periodization is the systematic planning of athletic or physical training.The aim is to reach the best possible performance in the most important competition of the year. It involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period. Conditioning programs can use periodization to break up the training program into the offseason, preseason, in season, and the postseason. Periodization divides the year round condition program into phases of training which focus on different goals.
Have you trained someone with my body type?
Yes. We have worked with male, female, big upper bodies with a smaller lower body, or vice versa. Body types vary so much, and so our understanding different bodies, while knowing how the body works, communicating effectively, and the abnormally high desire to succeed, will always bring positive results. It is our job to understand what you envision for yourself and help create what you see. We achieve that vision in the safest, most efficient, and cost effective way possible.
How much coaching experience do you have?
Austin been coaching his whole life. Although, only within the past couple years did he start charging for his services. Many great coaches and personal trainers can have twenty years experience in the field, but they cost you an arm and a leg. (plus they may not be in touch with the latest information) Until Austin can boast twenty years experience, he will always offer a competitive pricing within your budget. The value of our services are much higher than most because of my successful race history and current training tactics. Austin is 100% committed to your success!
What kind of client do you prefer to work with?
Our perfect client is someone who is hungry to better themselves, who will adhere to the training plan, and who communicates with my regularly. That being said, The staff at FastesTTransition pretty much get along with everyone. One of our favorite sayings is “treat others how you’d want to be treated”.
Where will I train?
We may switch workout locations. Places we will go, depend on what needs to be worked on and your availability. For Example, Parks, Pools, Lakes, Oceans, Roads, Studios, and our Studio & Workout Room. Training in different places will speed the effectiveness of these sessions. You must be willing to occasionally drive to different places in the Bay Area to accomplish your workout goals.
How will you track workouts when you're not around?
After creating your weekly schedule(after about three sessions), we will give a binder of paper(workout diary) which you will need to fill out daily. In this folder you will simply need to rate your sleep, stress, fatigue and soreness every morning. You will also have space to describe your workout details such as an how you felt mentally. Also you will summarize what you had to eat, what HR zone you exercised in, and any other additional information that may be needed such as the date and duration of the exercise. This can be the most difficult part for some people, and gathering such information will prove to have tremendous benefits in later weeks as we notice trends that may not have been obvious without it. Also, this day in age, useful applications such as MapMyRun or Strava can be used in lieu to the hard copy diary. If you don’t have a mobile phone that’s OK too. Some people may choose to record everything electronically, which is ok with us too, as long as all the information needed is provided. We prefer clients to record every session electronically. Electronically, so that I can stay up to speed on a daily basis or make an adjustment based on the information that it automatically uploaded to my phone with the click of a button. Although writing down your workouts on paper is ok too.
Do we do house calls?
Yes. Many of sessions can be done in different locations depending on the season, what stage of periodization we are in, and the availability of the tools/equipment needed. Most of my training equipment portable. If you prefer to workout out in a particular place for whatever reason just let us know and we will determine if that location has the resources to achieve that sessions goals.
Will you work out with me?
If is appropriate, then yes. Working out with you is fun for me, but has its time and place. Although, the quality of your workout is priority during any session. Most of the sessions we will be observing, making corrections, and documenting results.
Can I call you for training advice?
Definitely. For example, If you are feeling fatigued from a prior day’s workout and the next day you begin to think you might not have enough energy to do your upcoming workout we can certainly adjust your session for that day, try motivate you, or give you tips on how to physically get more energy before you begin. It is important to us that you succeed. Checking our email and phone regularly is habit. Your success is our success!
Can you accommodate my schedule?
It is very important to me that you are satisfied with the session times, But it is also crucial that you come into the workout focused and motivated. We understand how difficult it can be to juggle family, working and training, that is why we will try work into your schedule. Need not worry that we don’t have time because we can make the time. We believe that people can always make time for the things they truly want to do. Also, we won’t be distracted with other clients when you need our attention. Our time is your time. Although we do take pride in our ability to multitask, we will only multitask in session on things that are about you! Austin’s multitasking skills have been honed from years managing a fast pace business environments in the past.
What age-groups do you train?
People of all ages compete in Triathlon. From ages 7 to 70 can easily finish a sprint distance triathlon with the proper training. So the sport has a wide variety of age categories, and we enjoy accommodating athletes in all of those categories including special needs age-groupers.
What if I need to cancel a session?
Life happens. We understand unforeseen issue can arise that can make it difficult to workout. Unlike many other trainers, We don’t mind rescheduling our session for a later date with at least 12 hours notice. 24 hours is the standard for most personal trainers.
Why Train for a Triathlon? Why not Train for just one sport?
Training one sport can make you fit, but doing all three makes you more fit. Just swimming, can’t give you the developed calves and shin shin muscles than a cyclist and runner builds. Just cycling, can’t give the upper body of a swimmer. And running alone make you much more susceptible to injuries. The list goes on and on. Why not get the best of each sport? Each sport compliments each other so well because it creates a body that many believe is the most aesthetically pleasing. Its works every muscle in the body. It creates a body that is resilient, energetic, and beautiful.
How do you stay in shape?
Austin likes Swimming, biking, running, lifting weights, BW exercises, and eating right. His other hobbies include rock climbing or yoga.
What are your long term Goals?
“To continue helping people become the best versions of themselves. Eventually, my mission is to achieve my level III USAT certification. That would enable me to contribute even more to the sport that I love. Also, I would like to podium at HIM(Half Ironman/70.3) World Championships. Lastly, Starting a non-profit business, donating fitness equipment to educational organizations, holding free clinics, and enabling people to obtain a healthy lifestyle by providing knowledge to people that may not be able to afford it otherwise.”