The Well-Built Triathlete

Turning Potential into Performance

By Matt Dixon


In The Well-Built Triathlete, elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon rewrites conventional methods of triathlon training.


In The Well-Built Triathlete, elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon reveals the approach he has used to turn age-group triathletes into elite professionals and champions.

Dixon’s method breaks new ground in triathlon training, introducing a new, comprehensive approach that builds the whole athlete for stronger performance. Dixon details the four pillars of performance that form the foundation of his highly successful purplepatch fitness program, showing triathletes of all abilities how they can become well-built triathletes and perform better year after year.

The Well-Built Triathlete does not focus narrowly on workouts and training, but instead gives equal weight to training and workouts, recovery and rest, workout and daily nutrition, and functional strength and mobility. Dixon considers the demands of career and family to prepare athletes to achieve their goals through a realistic, practical ecosystem of stress and recovery.

The Well-Built Triathlete is Dixon’s guide to every aspect of triathlon performance. Chapters on swimming, cycling, and running explain the most effective ways to train for each. His pragmatic approach to stretching, recovery, and effective strength training shows athletes where they can recover valuable time. A purplepatch section shows how triathletes can achieve long streaks of high performance.

Dixon’s whole-athlete approach to triathlon will help triathletes become greater than the sum of their workouts. By becoming better all-around athletes, well-built triathletes will train and race faster than ever.

Foreword by Meredith Kessler
Paperback with two-color interior. Tables and illustrations throughout.
7 3/8″ x 9 1/4″, 368 pp. $24.95, 9781937715113

The Well-Built Triathlete: Turning Potential into Performance

Matt Dixon

Paperback. Foreword by Meredith Kessler. Two-color interior with tables and illustrations throughout.

Shipping Dimensions: 7.38in x 9.25in x 1.00in 368pp $24.95, Inventory 9781937715113, Shipping 2.00lbs


Foreword by Meredith Kessler

1 Building a Foundation for Athletic Performance

Part I: Pillars of Performance
2 Stress & Endurance Training
3 Recovery
4 Nutrition
5 Functional Strength

Part II: Endurance Training
6 Swimming in Triathlon
7 Cycling in Triathlon
8 Running in Triathlon

Part III: Turning Potential into Performance
9 Mapping Your Path to Performance
10 Setting Up Your Plan for Training
11 Racing
12 What Experience Tells Me

Appendix A: Answers to Four Pillars Self-Assessment
Appendix B: Functional Strength Exercises
Appendix C: Training Templates
About the Author

Preview book.

The Well-Built Triathlete is an in-depth manual full of the tools and tips that helped me go from a perennial age grouper to a professional triathlete.” — Meredith Kessler, professional triathlete

“Elite coach Matt Dixon shares his approach for what it takes to create a well-rounded athlete who continues to improve year after year.” — Triathlete magazine

“’Well built’ refers to Dixon’s long-term and comprehensive approach toward athleticism, going well beyond the standard training programs, and outlining a great deal on nutrition, recovery, and strength and conditioning. The book gives the reader a framework for performance.” — USA Triathlon magazine

“Triathletes frustrated by poor performance despite long hours of endurance training will want to get their hands on The Well-Built Triathlete.” —Triathlon Magazine Canada

“Dixon gifts the reader with a wealth of knowledge he accumulated over years of training and study as a pro triathlete, coach and exercise physiologist…Dixon delivers new insight into training zones and the importance of nutrition and recovery; often overlooked or undervalued by the masses of age groupers. If you are in the market for any kind of athletic improvement, we highly recommend you give them your full attention.” —

“One of the things that has struck me most about Matt Dixon and his coaching philosophy is his emphasis on quality over quantity. Many coaches load on volume and training hours, whereas Matt is able to create superior performances from his athletes on few hours of training. This translates into better overall quality of sessions, more time to recover, and more time for healthier life balance. His philosophy is one that I admire greatly.” — Sarah Piampiano, professional triathlete

“Matt Dixon taught me to not view my training in isolation but rather implement a holistic focus where my program was planned in the context of maintaining a healthy body, happy family, and fulfilling life. Not only have my performances drastically improved, but also my entire triathlon experience has become far more enjoyable.” — Tim Reed, professional triathlete

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