I absolutely love the sport of triathlon! Growing up I raced semi-professional Motocross but due to a near death accident I was forced to quit. I then found the sport of triathlon. As a child I was very obese. As I grew older and changed my ways from an obese child to an athlete and a Motocross racer to a triathlete I also had an urge to help people. I became a personal trainer and triathlon coach with the aspiration of helping regular people and professional athlete reach there fitness goals no matter how high they may be. My greatest tool is education. I use it in everything I do because I believe that training "smarter instead of harder" is what separates fast from world record pace. I work with beginners as well as Ironman triathletes and everyone I have trained has broken there previous personal best time.
Education / Certifications:
- Graduated 3rd in class from the Nation Personal Training Institute
N.P.T.I. Diploma of Nutrition Coaching
N.P.T.I. Diploma of Personal Trainer
N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer
Unique Areas of Interest / Accomplishments:
- Triathlon Specific Training
Hosted talk radio show on health and fitness
Voted Life Time Fitness of Johns Creek, GA's Most Valuable Trainer in January 2009
- 1st in age group at Tugaloo Olympic triathlon
2nd place at Beast Of The East Triathlon
2nd place in age group at Savannah GA Sprint triathlon
5th place in age group at Clermont FL Ironman 70.3
PR of 5:44:45 at Ironman 70.3 Orlando FL
"I have been in triathlon for almost a decade, competing in approximately fifty triathlons ranging from sprint to Ironman distances. I typically finished top 10% of my age group in the shorter-distance races, qualifying for Nationals at races such as Wildflower, and top 20% in the longer races. I always found training for the longer races -- 70.3 and Ironman -- to be laborious, boring and dreadful. Each day was a grind and I was constantly worn-out, taking valuable family time away from my wife and children. In fact, after Ironman Arizona in 2007 I actually walked away from triathlon for over one year simply from burnout.
Earlier this year I hired Mitchel Black as my personal trainer and coach. I learned from Mitchel the key attribute to successful racing is quality of training instead of quantity. His advice regarding diet, HR threshold training, core-strength development, fast-twitch exercises and recovery was not only refreshing but effective, putting me at the top of the podium in my first race of the year. My training sessions are no longer dreaded but actually anticipated thanks to Mitchel's teaching techniques. Even my swimming, which I've competed in from the age of seven (I'm now forty) drastically improved after a few quick suggestions by Mitchel.
Thanks to Mitchel I am now happily training for Augusta 70.3 this year and look forward to hitting Ironman distance again next year, while still being a good husband and father who's awake and aware during family time. Even at work I have much more energy due to Mitchel's diet and training recommendations. I strongly recommend Mitchel to anyone interested in triathlon, whether it's your first sprint or you're a seasoned Ironman veteran. Trust me, if Mitchel Black can teach an old stubborn dog like me a few new, effective tricks than he can for you too!"
-- Tom Thomason
Johns Creek, GA
"I'm a 40 year old mom with 3 small children and I recently completed my first Triathlon. A goal I did not think I could achieve. Back in February I told Mitch Black, who was the personal trainer I trained with from time to time, that I had always wanted to do a Triathlon. At this point I could barely run 2 miles had very little experience on a bike or swimming. Mitch told me he could get me ready in time for a triathlon in June but I had my reservations. So I joined Mitch's Tri for Fitness class that met 3 mornings a week and started my training. The class was great because we were all different fitness levels but we had one common goal. We all learned, exercised and had a great time doing it.
Unfortunately, I could not stay in the class so Mitch trained me on a one to one basis. He knew my goal and continued to encourage me to obtain it. Mitch had more faith in my finishing than I did. Aside from the improvement in my endurance I started to see a transformation in my body. I felt stronger and I looked leaner and I started to get a little faster. But what was most important to me was my ability to now run and bike without feeling as though my body was going to give out. That gave me the confidence to do my first triathlon.
Mitch was a fundamental part of my success in completing a triathlon. In addition to the physical training he was always the voice of encouragement when I doubted myself. Being an experienced triathlete he provided me with many tips on equipment, going through the transition stations and what to expect. He even described what I great feeling of accomplishment it was going to be for me. Mitch had so much enthusiasm for me. I plan on doing more triathlons because I see the lure in them. It's an incredible achievement as well as a great adrenaline rush. I plan to compete in more triathlons that are greater distances and make better times. And I plan to continue to work with Mitch to get me there."
-- Jeanine Schmid
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