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Coach Profile

PASSION, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE.

 

BENJAMIN EITELBERG

OWNER AND HEAD COACH

 

Hometown:

Auckland, New Zealand

 

Athlete:

A competitive age-group athlete at - 

  • Sprint to half ironman distance triathlons

  • XTERRA and cross-triathlon

  • Swimrun

  • Mountain bike stage racing

  • Trail and ultramarathon running

 

International:  

  • South Africa representative at the ITU World Age Group Championships

  • New Zealand representative at the ITU World Age Group Championships (including team captain on 2 occasions)

  • XTERRA World Championships

 

Ben has multiple-years’ experience of triathlon and endurance sports coaching, with a keen interest in a wholefoods plant-based diet and its relationship with performance and recovery. He has had unique opportunities to shadow world-renowned individual and team coaches, work with a vast range of ability and experienced athletes in achieving their own goals, and delivering training camps, workshops and clinics throughout New Zealand and Australia. Ben continues to achieve success with both beginners and the seasoned athletes, tailoring his approach to each individual.  

 

As an athlete, Ben has won numerous provincial and national age-group titles. He has been competing for over 20 years across the various distances of triathlon, both on and off-road, as well as swimrun, trail running and mountain bike stage racing. Whilst Ben has always placed an emphasis on ‘real food’ nutrition, his personal journey to a completely wholefood plant-based approach has been an extremely favourable one that he continues to integrate into his coaching. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge waiting to be shared with his athletes.

 

With a diploma in vegan nutrition and numerous collaborations with plant-based health professionals, Ben continues to experience tremendous successes in his advocacy for a wholefood plant-based lifestyle. These include educational workshops, speaking engagements, and personalised consultations that include meal plans.

 

With a past concurrent 18-year career in a very demanding corporate world whilst accommodating a passion for training and competing, Ben knows first hand that there is no secret formula to balance. It's a constant moving target that requires delicate managing, best achieved through a well-established athlete-coach relationship.

 

Coaching Achievements

  • National Triathlon and Aquathlon Age Group Champions 

  • ITU World Long Distance Championships Age Group Silver Medalist

  • Ironman 70.3 podium finishes, in New Zealand and abroad

  • Secondary Schools National Mountain Bike Champion 

  • Qualifications to ITU World Championships and XTERRA World Championships 

  • Guidance to completion of extraordinary endurance events – The Pioneer, Cape Epic, Tarawera and Taupo Ultramarathons, Comrades Marathon, various Ironman events abroad.

 

Qualifications

  • Triathlon New Zealand Level 3 Accredited Coach

  • XTERRA Certified Coach

  • Cycling New Zealand MTB Accredited Coach

  • Triathlon NZ Open Water Swim Certified Coach

  • No Exceptions Training Certified Coach (Halberg Disability Sport Foundation)

  • Certified Functional Movement Systems Professional, Level 1

  • Trigger Point Performance Therapy Certified Trainer

  • TRX Suspension Certified Trainer

  • Foundations in Heart Rate Variability

  • Vegan Nutritionist Diploma

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