All athletes are unique. We all have different strengths, areas that need improvement, and time constraints. At X3 we factor in all of these considerations in crafting training programs that are as unique as the athlete for whom they are designed.
Weightlifters do not train like triathletes. 5k runners do not train like ultra-marathoners. Personal goal races and events are the guiding light of all X3 training programs.
Our bodies are wonderfully effective at adapting to training stress. For continuous improvement, training must gradually grow more and more demanding – either through increased intensity or increased duration. X3 programs do just that: they continue to evolve as the athlete progresses.
Training without recovering is a sadly short journey. Periodic phases of reduced intensity and volume allow the muscles, nervous system, and immune system an opportunity to recover and rebuild. They are absolutely necessary for sustained, long-term training. If not formally part of the training plan, recovery periods are very often overlooked.
X3 looks at each workout you do. Knowing that someone is checking up is often enough motivation to get each one done.
X3 walks you through the training process from base building, to event-specific training, to tapering and peaking.
Our primary interest is to see you succeed. X3 sees the big picture when it comes to your training and is not hampered by an athlete’s individual biases.
X3 keeps up-to-date with the latest in exercise science. You can feel comfortable that you’re getting an effective and contemporary training program.
you’re a self-coached athlete looking for guidance and help with maximizing performance.
you want a fully curated and supported training program that takes you from today to race day.
you want a fully curated and supported training program AND built-in testing
*local athletes only. remote athletes pending service availability in your area.
Michael has been involved in endurance sport for 12 years. His passion for the sport and drive for continuous self-improvement was a natural fit for coaching, so he quit his job as VP of a medium-sized construction company and founded X3 Training in 2013. Since then, Michael has worked with dozens of clients: from first-time triathletes to serial marathoners looking for their first BQ, to obstacle course racers, and ultra-distance competitors.
He has coached cycling for the Toronto Triathlon Club (the largest adult triathlon club in Canada) since 2013. In late 2013, he accepted the role of Club Director of Training. He held was on the board until late 2015.
That same year, Michael opened the X3 Training Lab. This facility is all about the pursuit of endurance sport excellence. At the Lab, we combine power-based indoor cycling workouts with the resilience and power development of our strength and mobility program to build a faster, stronger, more resilient athlete.
Recent racing results:
5k. PB 19:12 at the MEC Toronto 5k, 2013
10k. PB 39:36 at the Sporting Life 10k, 2014
Half Marathons. PB: 1:31:19 at the Goodlife Toronto Marathon 2013
Marathons. PB 3:11:21 at the Waterfront Toronto Marathon 2019
50k Ultra. PB 4:46, 2nd OA at Chase the Coyote 2019
Sprint Triathlons. PB: 1:04:18 at the Toronto Triathlon Festival, 2019
Olympic Triathlons. PB 2:18:05, at the Toronto Triathlon Festival, 2013
Half Ironman. PB 4:33:33 (short swim) at Chattanooga 70.3, 2017
Ironman. PB 11:14 at IM Muskoka, 2015