Hi Hillseeker® Friends around the world,

 

Following a long couple of flights with plenty of airport yoga, I just arrived in Encinitas, California, home of SEALFIT, for two weeks of what I consider dream coaching work. Since leaving the corporate world 4 years to do what I love, earning a position with SEALFIT has meant the world to me and illustrates firsthand that if you pour your passion and hard work into a direction you believe in, you will unlock opportunity after incredible opportunity.

 

The energy at a training academy like SEALFIT's is intense. Days are packed with mind and body training, from ocean swimming to heavy lifting, running, yoga, meditation, functional training, Unbeatable Mind lectures and more. Men and women come from around the world to INVEST in themselves here, to invest in their mind, body and soul. It is an intense, IN THE NOW, experience for both the athletes and the coaches. I see life-changing moments every time I'm here and my life grows and becomes more enriched each time as well. "Grateful" is an understatement.

 

 

Today we're featuring our Triathlon Specialist Coach, Gilles Chatelin.

 

Coach Gilles joined the Hillseeker team in late 2013 and has been receiving excellent feedback on his coaching work ever since, like this great note from a triathlete "I am so thankful, Gilles,1/3 of my finish is your success!" and this from a marathon client: "I'm so happy that I'm in a such a great shape right now. I've never been as fit as I'm right now and a big thank you goes to you! I would have never been able to train as intensively all this time if I didn't know that I had to report my progress to someone. I have now a much better understanding of running and training thanks to all the advice you have given to me!"

 

I love feedback like this, so I wanted to feature Gilles in an interview so that more in our community would be aware of the great coaching work he's doing. To get us started, I'm jumping right in with a big question: Gilles, are you passionate about coaching?

Today I'm really excited to announce the newest member of the Hillseeker® Online Coaching Team, Gwyneth Stokes!

 

Gwyneth's background is in distance running, CrossFit and endurance sports. In addition to coaching general fitness and endurance sports, she specializes in pre/post-natal fitness. We've been friends for several years and I've finally found the right moment to attract her away from the corporate world to fully focus on coaching others. Gwyneth is currently accepting clients interested in online coaching (training plans for endurance events, general fitness, pre-post natal fitness). 

 

We're so happy to have you on our coaching team, Gwyneth! To get us started, I'm jumping right in with a big question that's very important to me and hopefully to anyone looking for a coach: Are you passionate about coaching?

 

Absolutely. All of my personal sporting success has been made possible by the incredible coaches I've been lucky to work with along the way.  Now to be able to turn around and offer other athletes the opportunity to get faster, stronger, and to find more balance in life is an honor, and one that I'm diving into with full enthusiasm.  The amount of energy and passion behind Hillseeker Fitness tends to "rub off" on anyone who comes in contact with us, and I'm excited to share our motivation and help more athletes become true Hillseekers!

I'm right at the 3-year anniversary of starting a full-time pursuit of doing what I love for a living. The time has flown by and I'm very grateful for how this journey has unfolded. As I pass this milestone, what's on my mind is how important it is to recognize key ingredients in your life and to optimize the various combinations of those ingredients. To explain, let's talk cooking.

 

As is the case with most television shows, I discover programs years after shows start to air, which explains why I just heard of a show called Chopped. In this show chefs are given a surprise collection of ingredients and a time limit to prepare a meal with them. Some chefs succeed and are able to prepare creative and tasty meals with a diverse set of ingredients and others crash and burn. Oh, the drama!

 

 

This reminds me of when I made the big decision to start my own business and then asked myself ...

 

Have you ever wanted a custom video greeting from the Swiss Alps with your very own alphorn tune? How about a video of a group of smiling teens in the African nation of Malawi singing and dancing for you? Here’s the deal: I need some group help to rally to fund a project I directly work with in Malawi. It’s about helping people help themselves. The approach is unique and has application in other disadvantaged parts of the world as well. 

 

Guy Spier is a good friend and entrepreneur-investor-athlete whom I coach. Guy is based in Zürich and reached out to me a year ago for support in regaining and perhaps surpassing a fitness level he once had as a rower and Ironman triathlete. Guy runs a successful global business, has an inspiring and ever-growing network and in 2013 had committed a huge amount of time and energy to authoring a book, The Education of a Value Investor. I started coaching Guy, both in person and online and encouraged him through the peaks and valleys of transforming one's fitness level while balancing extreme work and travel. We became friends and Guy opened doors for me to give motivational talks to both the Young Presidents Organization and the Entrepreneur's Organization. He also taught me how to make a stunning cappuccino on a La Marzocco GS/3, but we'll save that for another article!

 

We'd like to extend an OPEN invitation to join our global Hillseeker Team for the May 2014 Whole Life Challenge. For a look at our motivational videos for the team for the winter 2014 challenge, please visit this link.

 

This is an 8-week challenge. It's open to all fitness levels and people in all countries. It's fun and effective, plus participants learn a lot regardless of their level going into it. Most importantly, it teaches a sustainable lifestyle and helps establish the discipline we all need for new habits and lifestyle choices to stick.

 

 

For all 55 team members for our global Hillseeker Team doing the 2014 Whole Life Challenge, we'll share team videos here as well as on our private Facebook page. Registration for the January edition WLC 8-week challenge is closed, but please visit our info page here and feel free to join us in the next challenge!

 

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Training Goals

 

Kitchen Clean-out

 

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From CrossFit® sessions to training for endurance athletes, runners and triathletes, sandbag training offers an excellent opportunity to condition and strengthen the body with functional, real-world movements. Here's our Top 7 list of sandbag workout ideas. Check it out and if you have other ideas for awesome sandbag workouts, let us know on Facebook.

 

 

As Many Rounds as Possible (AMRAP) in 12 minutes of:

 

  • 6 Sandbag Push Press
  • 200m Run (optional: carry sandbag)
  • As long as possible arms locked out Sandbag Overhead Hold. Note time.

*After 12 min, determine the total time in arms locked out position and continue with the duo of 4 Push Press + 200m run for that amount of earned bonus time, counting the additional rounds toward your score.

 

We'd like to extend an OPEN invitation to join our global Hillseeker Team for the January 2014 Whole Life Challenge. Late registration closes on January 19th. If you missed this one, please check back for a future WLC and feel free to join us then. For a look at our motivational videos for the team for the January challenge, please visit this link.

 

This is an 8-week challenge. It's open to all fitness levels and people in all countries. It's fun and effective, plus participants learn a lot regardless of their level going into it. Most importantly, it teaches a sustainable lifestyle and helps establish the discipline we all need for new habits and lifestyle choices to stick.

 

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