TRIMAC Triathlon Program

Trimac Team

Whether you are contemplating in doing your first duathlon, aquathlon, sprint triathlon, olympic distance triathlon or a full Ironman, the TRIMAC Triathlon group/ individual training program will help you prepare reach these personal goals.

Lead by one of the premier triathlon coaches in the country, Coach Jojo (Jomac) Macalintal and his brilliant professional coaching team who are likewise ranked in the local triathlon scene, all will help you overcome your fears, break through old and bad training habits and achieve your peak performance on race day.

Coach Jomac during the launching of the Trimac Triathlon program

The program is a 3-month training program designed for beginners, intermediate and advance triathletes. Under the guidance of Coach Jomac and his coaching staff, athletes will train to improve their technique and build their endurance as they prepare for their target race. Training will cover all facets of a triathlon, including swimming, cycling, running, transition, brick work-outs, open water swimming, pacing, and nutrition.

‘‘As local triathlon grows, Trimac would like to extend its knowledge to help provide solid basic skills and hone talents,’’ Macalintal said during the press launch held yesterday at the Earth Kitchen at the Bonifacio Global City. Macalintal has coached scores of triathletes in all levels and ages — from beginners to elite and national athletes and from youngsters to seniors.

This 3-month long program is ideal for athletes who want to get an early start to the season and do sprint/Olympic races such as the TriUnited, Century Tuna, SBR Tri Series, and hopefully Cobra Ironman and Challenge Philippines. This program is ideal for someone who wants a short, 12-week program designed to get them ready for their first sprint triathlon, duathlon or aquathlon.

According to Coach Jomac, the programs aims to get more followers through this sport. First, the budding athlete is assessed if he/she has the potential to undergo the rigors of training, then focus on developing fundamental skills and improving technique. As your technique improves, they start to build race-specific fitness. Trimac don’t treat triathlons as a one-time challenge, but rather as a part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle.

With the Coaching staff of Trimac Team. (L-R) Jun Engracia, Coach Jomac and Coach Ian

The program begins on April 4 at the AS parking lot at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City. Special introductory rate would be at P3,500.00/month or P10,500.00 for the 12-week program.

For more information, contact Coach Jomac at: 0977-8236529.

Coach Jomac being flanked by his wards, the Batang Tri Kids

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PRESS RELEASE:

One of the country’s top triathlon coaches, Jojo Macalintal, will launch a curriculum for beginner, intermediate and advance triathletes in a bid to complement the country’s campaign to send Filipino triathletes to future Olympic Games.

There will be a three-month program for each category where participants are prepared according to their fitness levels, Macalintal, owner and founder of Trimac Coaching, announced during the launch of the program at Earth Kitchen in Bonifacio Global City on Friday.

The program begins on April 4 at the AS parking lot in at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City.

Popularly known in the triathlon community as Coach Jomac, Macalintal has 18 years of experience in triathlon coaching and competition. Coach Jomac has been in every nook and cranny of the sport as competitor, coach and organizer.

The program can accommodate affiliated and non-affiliated triathletes who wish to improve. Assisted by a pool of coaches, Macalintal will not only train beginners and turn them into triathletes; he will also train triathletes to be more competitive.

“Anyone can be a triathlete. Kids, students, housewives and mothers, and office workers and even whole families who aim just to be physically fit can swim, bike and run any distance, from sprints and mini-sprints to Olympic and Ironman distances under a good triathlon coach with a good program,”Macalintal said.

If they wish to, trainees may qualify as members of Team Trimac, one of the oldest and most active triathlon teams in the country.

Macalintal is certified as coach by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and was selected Coach of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2012, by the swimbikerun.ph, the country’s most popular multisport website. His team Trimac was Triathlon Team of the Year in 2011 and his program continues to churn out top-level age-group and elite and youth triathletes.

Also a certified spinning and TRX instructor, Macalintal also turned promising youths into national pool triathletes under the pioneering Trimac Kids program. Currently, he overseas the grassroots Batang Tri program, which trains poor but promising youths under the sponsorship of Seafood Island with the support of other sponsors like Brooks Running.

Trimac Coaching hopes to help a lot of newcomers at the sport with this program. After observing the impressive performances of youngsters in the IronKids part of the recent Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Subic last weekend, Macalintal said it won’t be long before the country’s ever-growing triathlon community will produce a competitor who will compete in the Olympic Games.

Corporate supporters of the program are Brooks, TYR, Gu Gels, Apotheca, KLEAN and Unilab Active Health.

Runners Flock to Adidas U.P. Adination Opening

The opening crowd

Long awaited and anticipated, the Adidas Adination of Runners (aNR) running group/community has finally made its debut at the UP Campus grounds last Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

The running group threw open its doors to about 124 runners for the first time in Quezon City and it takes aim to provide regular runners of the UP Diliman Campus and its environs a piece of the great action that is taking place in their other four regular venues, the Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Triangle Makati, Ortigas and Ayala Alabang.

Beyond just providing a venue for runners to run around the UP campus in groups, aNR-UP will will spearhead the participants to various running sessions which will include proper running technique to develop their skills, stamina, proper running form and motivation to sustain all runners into this healthy running lifestyle. And last Tuesday’s opening session just gave a glimpse of what runners would expect in the coming Tuesday evening sessions to come.

I have been tasked to head this group at UP being a regular here with the Runnex group that also hold its own running clinic every Sunday. My only concern was how much we could draw runners to come and have them attend the weekly sessions regularly. I’ve had regular discussions with the Team Leaders of the other groups and specially from Jinoe Gavan of takbo.ph who is the overseer of aNR and gave some valuable feedbacks on what to expect, the procedures, hassles and the benefits runners has to gain in joining aNR.

Elite Triathlete Monica Torres and Coach Jojo Macalintal as guest instructors

We were fortunate enough to have as guest lecturers Coach Jojo Macalintal and multi-awarded triathlete Monica Torres who both gave valuable tips in form, techniques, stretching exercises and the value of proper nutrition.

In terms of anticipation and initial runner reception for the rain soaked and dark venue fronting the Abelardo Hall which we had to vacate to transfer in the more well-lighted front portion of the UP Theater, around 50 runners were assembled ahead of the 6:30pm start which swelled to around 120 participants when the sessions began. Co-TL Abby Jocson, designated Assistant TL Cecille Lavarez and myself breathed a sigh of relief when the rain stopped, in time for the running drills.

And it’s worth noting that Adidas had added a little incentive for the newly registered aNR runners in offering loot bags of Adidas products. Thanks to Jinoe and Que Gavan of http://takbo.ph, Sidney, JM, Jillian of Adidas and Mike and co. of BrandAction.

To the unregistered members who attended last Tuesday’s opening and those who plan to join for the first time, please register now for Adination membership at the following Adidas stores:

adidas TRINOMA , adidas GREENBELT, adidas ROCKWELL , adidas GATEWAY, adidas GLORIETTA , adidas SHANGRILA, adidas EASTWOOD, adidas ATC , adidas Newport City, SM MOA . Registration is FREE!

The aNR-UP will be held every Tuesday evening, starting at 6:30pm in front of UP Theater. See you there!

We are also on facebook.

Giving praises to aNR UP! Hallelujah!

Coach Jojo talks on running

Loot Bags from Adidas

Running Clinic Visits The ULTRA

It was a Sunday to remember when the Runnex Running Clinic went to the Utra Track Stadium in Pasig to do interval and other speed training workouts, this time concentrating on developing speed in running. Coach Jojo Macalintal continued the form drills, strength drills and other core exercises before concentrating on the improvement of our strengths, efficiency and speed.

The work-outs were fun yet challenging, tapping the potential of the runners on the specifics of speed and racing in the middle distances like the 5 and the 10ks. It was a fun experience for all oldies and newbies. After the run, the runners proceeded to Betty’s Valle Verde residence for a hearty breakfast. Thanks, Betty!

The Running Clinic is still open for beginners, intermediate and advance runners. Assembly is in front of Abelardo Hall, U.P. Campus, 5:30am-6:00am every Sunday. Just look for Mr. Rudy Fernandez.

Running Clinic is FREE!

Stretching before the run

Panoramic view of stretching exercises before the run

More stretching

More stretching

Coach Jojo supervises the trainees of the running clinic

Coach Jojo supervises the trainees of the running clinic. Doc Pinky in pink shirt

Runners take turns in pacing the ladder guide

Runners led my Mel Severino take turns in pacing the ladder guide

Marsha taking it easy in front

Marsha taking it easy in front

Coach Jojo seems to be demonstrating how to play "patintero"

Coach Jojo seems to be demonstrating how to play "patintero"

"What dance step is that, Betty?"

"What dance step is that, Betty?"

One of several exercises

One of several exercises

Few rounds around the track

Few rounds around the track

Merriam, getting the hang of running the Kenyan way

Merriam, getting the hang of running the Kenyan way

Rudy is hot on her trails

Rudy is hot on her trails

Hmmp...ang bagal nyo kasi, eh!

Hmmp...ang bagal nyo kasi, eh!

Enjoying the faster paced runs

Enjoying the faster paced runs

Norion san, getting ready for the challenge of Mr. Murakami

Norio san, getting ready for the challenge of Mr. Murakami

Listening to Coach Jojo for interval run assignments

Listening to Coach Jojo for interval run assignments

Newbies getting the feel of it

Newbies getting the hang of it

Enjoying it

Enjoying it

The oval was exclusively all for themselves

The oval was exclusively all to themselves

Fat burners

Fat burners

View from afar

View from afar

More stretching

More stretching

After the run, a buffett breakfast was hosted by Betty in her Valle Verde residence for all who joined.

After the run, a buffett breakfast was hosted by Betty in her Valle Verde residence for all who joined.

On Running Form: The Kenyan Method

Just when you think you’ve learned all there is to know about running form, someone lectures about how the rules have changed. Way back when during the 80s, we were taught that the best foot strike was to land on your heels first then roll your foot forward and take off with your toes. I’ve had my share of injuries while doing this style of foot strike so i abandoned this and just ran on something i would feel comfortable with. Well, it still didn’t make me a faster runner nor did it make my running more efficient so i experimented with various running forms until i found the stride and the form which kept me more relaxed without stressing the muscles too much.

Now, enter Coach Jojo Macalintal. Jojo has been recently hired by Runnex to coach the participants of the Runnex Sunday Running Clinic on proper running technique, fitness, mental technique and devise a training program geared towards the participants in finishing the 42k 1st Quezon City International Marathon this coming October 18. Lecturing what he has learned from the latest on running techniques at the running clinics he attended in Singapore recently, Coach Jojo now preaches the “Kenyan” method of running.

The Kenyan method dictates a straight body to a slight forward lean, a mid-foot landing on a slightly bent knee, a fast turn-over or cadence of about 130 steps per minute, and short strides or the so called “baby steps”. The Kenyan way uses less over-all energy and alleviates the shock in the knees. However, the pain would initially shift to the calves, hamstrings and buttocks once you start this technique for the first time.

The Kenyan technique incorporates long, flowing, seemingly effortless stride.

The Kenyan technique incorporates long, flowing, soft, effortless stride.

But why the ‘baby steps’ as the elite Kenyans are famous for their long, smooth giant strides? Coach Jojo explains that the shorter strides would automatically make your midfoot or forefoot land first thereby avoiding the usual ‘heel-toe’ push of the regular runner.

During our first Sunday with Coach Jojo, we started with stretching and warm-up exercises. He demonstrated the drills we had to do, firstly, the jump rope drill of up and down bouncing, jumping on one leg while the other is stretched sidewards, at the front and at the back then vice-versa. We did short backward runs to emphasize the butt kick. We then ran 3 laps (2.2k per lap) at the academic oval while he critiqued and corrected each runner’s form. He showed us how the arms should go forward and back and avoid the side to side sway in order to help the legs propel straight and the foot to strike underneath the center of gravity. (But we already knew this).

Short strides, fast turnover, stand tall, fall tall is the name of the game

Short strides, fast turnover, stand tall, fall tall is the name of the game

During the run, some of the pacers would shout out the cadence steps of “1-2-3-4/1-2-3-4” like drills in ROTC. It would be repeated intermittently with the reminders of “stand tall, fall tall” and when the slower pacers couldn’t keep up with the fast pace, they would order, “slow down, slow down!”

While looking at the runners in front off the pack, i observed that some of the newbies were adapting and getting the feel of the new method. Coach Jojo informed us that it would take about a month to master this technique.

Getting the feel of it

Getting the feel of it

Smile, the Kenyan way

Smile, the Kenyan way

I was even more surprised to see the grizzly old-timers and marathon veterans in the group like Art, Rudy F., Jun , Obet and the others, including myself  (who were first adamant and skeptic of this new technique) gamely adjust to this new method, like true Kenyans doing their cool-down jog after a grueling 20kms of hill training.

Now, who ever said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?