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Chris Hauth: Building Better Athletes, Training For Optimal Performance & Achieving Fitness For Life

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“The prize never goes to the fastest guy; it goes to the guy who slows down the least.”

Chris Hauth

This week marks the highly anticipated return of Chris Hauth to the podcast.

A sub-9 hour Ironman, Chris (@AIMPCoach) is the current Age Group Ironman World Champion, a former Olympic Swimmer and one of the world’s most respected endurance coaches. In 2006, Chris won the Ironman Coeur D’Alene and went on to be the first American amateur & 4th overall American at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

When he’s not training and racing, Chris expertly coaches a wide spectrum of amateur and elite professional athletes across a variety of disciplines, including Ironman and Western States top finishers, Ultraman winners and myriad swimmers towards age group nationals and Olympic Trials.

My relationship with Chris began in 2008. A coach/athlete mentorship turned friendship that profoundly and forever altered the trajectory of my life. Brilliantly guiding me through three Ultraman World Championships (’08, ’09 & ’11) as well as EPIC5 in 2010, my debt of gratitude for Chris’ tutelage cannot be overstated. Simply put, I could have never achieved the level of athletic success I have enjoyed without his deft counsel, which has been instrumental in maximizing my potential as an athlete and bettering me as a human being.

Today I am pleased to share his wisdom with you.

This is a general conversation about Chris’ evolving philosophy on training, racing and life. It’s also a granular and technical masterclass on optimal training protocols, the common mistakes most athletes make, the approach and mindset required to break the glass ceiling on potential, and how to effectively balance performance goals against general health and well-being.

But at it’s core, this is a conversation about multi-sport as a crucible for self-awareness and growth.

Endurance sports as metaphor for life. 


We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including:

  • Chris’ training & racing philosophy
  • aerobic vs. anaerobic training
  • the benefits of calculated progression
  • pros & cons of external monitors/trackers
  • race plan execution
  • prioritizing core strength
  • strategies for optimizing recovery 
  • the facts on fad dieting and fitness nutrition
  • striking the proper balance between performance & general health
  • overcoming adversity through mental & physical fitness, and
  • the imperative of fitness for life

I have an inkling this episode will leave you wanting to hear more about Chris’ story and philosophy. If so, check out RRP #21 — our first podcast exchange back in the early days of the program. Then check out his website AIMPCoaching and let him know what you think on Twitter at @AIMPCoach. Still have questions for Chris? Shoot him an e-mail at [email protected] (Chris – you might regret sharing your e-mail here!)

I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange.

Peace + Plants,


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Background, Context & Reference

Notable People Discussed

  • Craig “Crowie” Alexander: Australian triathlete who is the 2008, 2009 & 2011 Ironman Triathlon World Champion
  • Scott Jurek: American ultramarathoner, New York Times bestselling author of Eat & Run*, and public speaker
  • Krissy Moehls: American ultramarathon athlete who specializes in trail running
  • Hillary Biscay: American triathlete, Ironman champion (2008) and Ultraman World Champion (2013)

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, interstitial music and audio engineering; Chris Swan for production assistance & show notes; Shawn Patterson for graphics.

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