22 episodes

Real Coaching with international triathlon coaches Joel Filliol and Paulo Sousa is a conversation about high performance coaching through the eyes of coaches and athletes on the front lines. From training basics, periodisation, planning, and performance to communication and athlete management, we discuss how to improve every athlete.

Real Coaching with Joel Filliol Joel Filliol

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    • 4.6 • 40 Ratings

Real Coaching with international triathlon coaches Joel Filliol and Paulo Sousa is a conversation about high performance coaching through the eyes of coaches and athletes on the front lines. From training basics, periodisation, planning, and performance to communication and athlete management, we discuss how to improve every athlete.

    Championship Coaching

    Championship Coaching

    In this episode of the Real Coaching podcast Joel discusses preparing to coach athletes in championships with Swedish coach Joachim Willén, coach of rising star Vasco Villaça of Portugal. "The more you look, the more you see." Topics discussed include what's different about championships and the Olympic Games, how coaches can get the best out of their athletes. Preparation, the physical and mental approach, what to say and what not to say. Value based coaching, creating stability for yourself as a coach and for your athletes. How to develop as a coach and be ready for big opportunities at the right moments.
    Notes from Episode 22: 1-1 Consulting with Joel for coaches or athletes
    Joel's eBook 3-Pack
    Joachim Willen Instagram
    Joachim Willen Twitter
    Vasco Villaça personal site
    Future Stars of Triathlon: Macca
    Show notes page

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Triathlon Swimming Revisited

    Triathlon Swimming Revisited

    In this episode of the Real Coaching podcast Joel revisits the topic of effective triathlon swim training, on the basis of the original popular “Top 20 Rules for Faster Triathlon Swimming’ article. Joel coverers why conditioning trumps drills, the role of frequency and volume in swim training, how to use swim ‘toys’ such as band, pull buoy and paddles, and different types of paddles. Joel also covers program design and set design and why triathlon swimming is different than pool swim training.
    Show Notes
    1-1 Consulting with Joel for coaches or athletes
    Joel's eBook 3-Pack
    Real Coaching Podcast 5: Swim Myth Busting
    Joel’s Top 20 Swim Tips original article
    Send a Voicemail question to Joel for the Podcast

    • 1 hr
    Barrie Shepley

    Barrie Shepley

    Canadian triathlon legend Barrie Shepley joins Joel on Episode 2 of season 3 of the Real Coaching Podcast. Barrie and Joel talk about Joel's progression from athlete to coach, and lessons learned along the way. From Joel's start racing in the Kids of Steel series in Ontario Canada, to the move to Victoria British Columbia to start 'real coaching', the Beijing Olympics, and how to work with top athletes, coaching 'superstars'. Why Joel left Canada, the move from British Triathlon before London 2012 and starting the JFTcrew squad, and where the sport headed in the future. 
    The episode starts with a discussion on the coaching workflow, planning process with the view on the season plan. Common mistakes in coaching are discussed and short term vs long term coaching issues.
    Links: 
    Anti-Process 2020 ebook
    Joel's ebooks and webinars: ebook 3-pack Building the Elite Triathlete, Characteristics of the High Level athlete and How Champions Train
    Characteristics of Effective Coaching webinar + ebook
    Barrie Shepley LinkedIn Twitter Personal Best Barrie's online clinic with Joel's interview and many others

    • 47 min
    Anti-Process 2020

    Anti-Process 2020

    The Real Coaching Podcast is back for Season 3. Joel reflects on the 2020 season, where finding process in uncertainty was necessary for success, and answers questions on managing training within the covid19 context, coaching remotely, planning changes over the short and long term. Joel talks about his background in coaching, advice for ITU focused coaching. Also discussed are tips for athletes who suffering from running injuries, differences between volume and intensity for men and women, metrics for recovery, managing different plans for athletes, choose camp locations, determining the pace of run sessions, choosing the level of races for your athletes and finding and sustaining success and how talent factors in ITU racing. 
    Joel's eBooks and video resources: joelfilliol.com/shop
    Jack Daniel's Running Formula
    VDOT Calculator
    Show Notes 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Arild Tveiten Norway Head Coach

    Arild Tveiten Norway Head Coach

    Arild Tveiten the Triathlon Norway Head Coach sits down with Joel to discuss all things triathlon and high performance, from the rise of Norway as a triathlon power, to testing, organization of sessions, altitude, season planning, the 70.3 world best time, Tokyo 2020 and more.
    Show Notes: http://joelfilliol.com/podcast/2019/1/21/arild-tveiten-norway-head-coach

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Questions and Answers

    Questions and Answers

    The Real Coaching Podcast returns, with Joel answering questions on training, racing, performance, squad dynamics and more following the Gold Coast ITU Grand Final where the JFTcrew men went 1-2-3 in the WTS podium, and Katie Zaferes took silver for the women.
    Show notes: https://joelfilliol.com/podcast/2019/1/17/17-questions-and-answers 

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Applejakc ,

I wish this was a weekly thing!

Unparalleled source of information for coaches and self coached athletes!

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excellent insight - ideas that transfer to unrelated fields

Intelligent coaches
Refreshing authenticity
On more than one occasion they've made a sports-related insight that strikes me as incredibly relevant to my own non-analogous field.
Many thanks for the time and effort the two of you put into the podcast.
Please keep up the outstanding content as your schedule allows.

Man Gut ,

long overdue

Great level-headed insight into elite triathlon coaching. Sousa can come across as smug but he and Filliol are rightly dismissive of the trendy buzzy nature of triathlon. I imagine it is difficult to organize episodes once the season starts and their groups are out and about throughout the world but now would be a great time to provide an interesting look into competition training from the coaches' perspective and the planning required to balance squads, stars and new or transitioining members. Beats rubbish like Ben Greenfield.

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