Select a Triathlon Training Level
Each program has been carefully designed and delivered by top notch triathlon coaches
Who is this product for, you ask?
First Timers – Want to give yourself the ultimate challenge? Start training with Macca right now and see if you’ve got what it takes! Every session has a beginners option included.
Weekend Warriors – Want to pick up your game? Macca will kick your ass and you’ll love it! Dominate your mates with ease and they will soon start asking you for pointers.
Fitness Fanatics – Weights and cardio? These won’t even get you close to the level of fitness that good triathletes have. Up your game and go elite with your training!
Triathlon Lovers – Love the sport but having a hard time finding enough time to train and improve? If you’re up for the challenge, Macca will show you exactly how to get back on track!
Semi-Pro Triathletes – These workouts have been hand-picked by the Australian Olympic team, Tour de France cyclists, and Olympic runners. They will absolutely blow your socks off and make you a better athlete in every way!
Coaches – Use this to enhance what you’re already doing with your athletes. This is not a coaching program, but when combined with the knowledge and execution of a good coach, it is very powerful!
What’s included in the plan?
Only the best sessions, no junk miles. Best bang for your buck
The perfect race day preparation training set.
This session was used religiously by Mark Bone while training triathletes Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty in their build up to the 2004 Summer Olympics where Hamish got the Gold and Bevan Silver.
Like the name suggests, this will get your heart rate right up there.
The main set is 2400 meters long and strategically designed to increase your swim speed and strength for race day.
Mark Bone is hands down the #1 triathlon swim coach in New Zealand and has a history of making great athletes who can’t swim turn into front of the pack swimmers.
Triathletes from all over the country move to Auckland, New Zealand to swim with Mark Bone. This is his #1 foundation session, in detail! No stone is left unturned.
Triathletes are swimming faster and faster, this set will help you swim extremely fast.
Mark Bone took non-swimmer Hamish Carter to being a front of the pack swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist by doing this exact set. Along with Terenzo Bozzone, Bevan Docherty, Dylan McNeiss & Cameron Brown.
This session is being done by every single professional triathlete on a regular basis.
This is the meat and potatoes session that you have to be doing before you tackle any of the speed sessions. This lays down the foundation and gives you the confidence you need to swim long open water distances.
Taught to Macca by Cole Stewart (Father of Miles Stewart) in the 1990’s and still one of his all time favorites today! loose ends help you stay in control during the back end of your swim, great for Olympic to Iron Distance.
Perfect for maintaining speed and strength so you can come out of the swim fresh and ready to demolish the bike leg.
Open Water Session
Done in Kona, Hawaii, while Chris prepared for Ironman World Champs 2012, he walks you through his #1 open-water swim set that he uses before every big race.
You won’t want to miss this.
Set in the mountains of Davos, Switzerland, this is a key training set that Chris used to recover his bike endurance after he converted from Olympic to long course.
He won the ITU long-course world championship two weeks later.
These will get your heart rate going and strengthen your respiratory system, allowing you to dig deeper on the bike, perform stronger on the hills, and enjoy a strong and smooth ride.
Introduced to Chris by Nick Gates, a multiple Tour de France rider and now the Saxo Bank sports director, these sessions are short but extremely effective and will improve your ability to maintain a faster pace on race day.
Hammer Time Hill Repeats
Five-time world champion triathlete Terenzo Bozzone shares with you his #1 workout session for hilly bike courses.
He currently holds the Wildflower course record and is a regular training partner of Macca’s. No stone goes unturned with this workout; he gives you everything!
Strength & Power, big gear work. Perfect off season maintenance session when you don’t have much time.
Wolf (full length)
FULL SESSION: Train with Macca in real time!
Great speed session to help you break away right out of T1 or to stay away and hold off the pack behind you. Turbo Trainer, Indoor session. Race simulation work, problem solving session.
The Bank (full length)
Hands down Macca’s favorite indoor trainer set of all time. A classic he learnt in the 90’s that he still uses religiously today to help with his foundation work and peddling efficiency.
The Classic (full length)
FULL LENGTH: Train with Macca in real time and watch him suffer!!
Taught to Macca by his strength and conditioning coach Mick Gilliam who used this alot with Greg Welch and Spencer Smith in the 90’s. Excellent indoor trainer set for those that are dealing with bad weather and still need a solid training session done.
Tempo Trial Run
Tempo based trail run that Macca has specifically modified over the years for triathlon.
Done differently than a traditional tempo run so triathletes can benefit from running off the bike and remaining in control up and down hills.
Echoes (full length)
The perfect indoor set for those bad weather days when you’re unable to get outside. Suffer with Macca in real time using one of his core Speed workouts.
Adjust the speed to your own pace and enjoy this 30 minute tough as nails workout.
Putting in the base miles is key for every endurance athlete.
Chris shows you exactly how you can do this more effectively while keeping it fun and, hopefully, injury-free.
This will enable you to build pure running speed.
Chris did this set with five of the 2012 female Olympians (two weeks prior to the games) for triathlon, including Lisa Norden, who won silver in a photo finish.
A must do session for any hilly races you may have coming up. Used by Macca and Terenzo in their build up to Wildflower over the years (5 wins + Course Record).
After mastering this session you will only want to race on the toughest courses in the world.
Bricks & Mortar – Track
A must do track session taken from Brett Sutton, something he’s had every single one of his 11 World Champions do over the years. If you’re not doing this session you’re seriously missing out. Macca also throws in an Ironman specific modification to this session that he’s used in all his Kona training camps over the years.
Set on the beautiful trails of Davos, Switzerland, this set was introduced to Chris by one of Australia’s greatest marathon runners of all time, Steve Moneghetti, to help strengthen the second half of his marathon.
This is used to increase your leg speed so you can run faster. It’s used heavily in training for sprint or olympic distance races.
Chris shows you exactly how he uses the treadmill with Cameron Good a rising ITU star actually doing the session.
Drills with Mark Bone
New Zealand’s greatest triathlon swim coach teaches you the same exercises he’s been drilling into… Hamish Carter (Gold Medalist), Bevan Docherty (Silver Medalist), Terenzo Bozzone (5 x World Champ), Cameron Brown (10 x IM NZ Champ) and many more
7 Key warm up sessions you can pick from to do before any of your run sessions.
These will allow you to loosen up the right muscles and get the blood flowing to the right places so you can run out of the gate feeling good and avoid any potential injuries.
Macca goes through each of these drills and their purpose with the help of his personal strength and conditioning coach, MG.
Strength & Conditioning exercises for triathletes, designed specifically to build up the relevant core muscles and strengthen the appropriate body parts to prevent typical triathlon related injury’s.
Runners knees, ITB band, swimmers shoulder, achilles tendon, shin splints and more.
Introduced to Chris by Craig Walton, one of the greatest triathlon swimmer of all time, and Coach Denis Cotterell, who coached China’s Sun Yang to gold in the 2012 1500m final.
Builds leg speed & pace, great during the off season or during taper mode. Can be done at the gym or at home on treadmill.
Used in Kona, Hawaii, during training camp in preparation for the 2012 Ironman World Championships, this will help you with your bike speed and increase your ability to go fast!
The perfect lunch time session when you’ve only got an hour to train. High intensity, low in time. Best bang for your buck.
Why should we listen to you?
Here are some of my career stats:
- Won 76% of career events.
- Finished on the podium 88% of the time.
- Won 200 + races around the world since 1993.
- Only person ever to be Olympic Course + Ironman World Champion.
- Broken 8 hrs in Ironman distances 4 times. (Only man to do so)
- Five-time International Triathlete of the Year.
- Five-time Competitor of the Year.
- ESPN World’s Fittest Man.
Frequently Asked Question
No problem, these are stock plans that give you the basic structure and blending of sessions that Macca has used for years. I suggest you pick a plan closest to what you need then add it to your cart. The next screen will allow you to pick a coach who you can work with to customize this exactly the way you need it based on your needs and schedule. You can also do this your self but the coaches can help save time and eliminate mistakes.
One of the biggest requests we’ve had since launching MaccaX is that the sessions are great but many said they didn’t know how to fit them into a plan. We’ve found the most experienced coaches we could find, Chris has reviewed all the sessions with them and taught them his training philosophy so you can have access to plans that perfectly blend his sessions together allowing you as an athlete to just follow a tried and proven road map. These are time savers so you can avoid any garbage mileage.
No, there is a mixture in there. On average the plans will include around 50% of the MX12 video sessions then a blend of the sessions specifically recommended by that Coach. Over time we will be recording the coaches sessions on video also and embedding these into your calendar so everyone has video as well as text instructions.
Yes, once you purchase the plan and “add to cart”, you’ll then be given the option of selecting a coach and customization options. These will include consultations with the coach to full understand your needs, then allow them to customize the plan for you and allow you monthly communications to keep you on track and held accountable.
Once purchased we will upload the plan into your own on-line calendar you can access from http://plans.maccax.com here you’ll be able to view your calendar and keep track of your progress. There is no cost for this. Many of the sessions include MX12 sessions and these will have the videos embedded into your calendar as long as you are a team member. Once everything is uploaded (24/48hrs) you will get an email with your login details. You will also be able to export your plan into pdf format to take with you.
Yes, 100%. We’re always going to be adding more plans and more coaches. We are launching with 12 plans and will expand these quickly.