WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
From never having swam 25m, to representing your country…
I was tired all the time. Was beginning to develop sore wrists (not the best when you’re a manual therapist), and just generally felt sluggish.
I had never run before, never swam before, and hadn’t ridden a bike for 6 years, so, for some reason I thought…
I’m going to do ALL THREE AT ONCE.
When I started, I swam one length of the 25m pool and thought… NO WAY!!! That was ridiculously difficult!!! I instantly gained new found respect for every single person swimming laps in the lanes next to me.
I went for a run. I could run about 100 meters, before walking. It took me about 3 days to recover from these initially!! I then began using a “C to 5k” app on my phone, listening to voice prompts to help get me running over a 9 week period, with the goal of completing the 6km Run Geelong event.
At this point I thought, I’d better get some coaching, because I’ve got no idea what I’m doing!!
So I did.
Best decision I ever made, because with coaching, I had a weekly program that gradually pulled me out of the sluggish person and into a fit person.
I completed my first Half-Ironman and actually enjoyed it!
With more guidance and hard work, this culminated in representing my country in a world championships. Amazing.
A complete coaching service that stands comparison against any of the others…
Thanks for the continued level of awesome coaching.
I know that as an ageing, injury-prone triathlete who came to the sport late in life and who struggles with weight-control I have posed you a number of challenges. However you have risen admirably to the numerous issues I have had to get me across more triathlon finishing lines than I would ever have thought possible.
While we’ve still to crack that IM distance I’m sure that with your professional attitude to management of my program, motivation, kit advice, nutrition, race-planning, techniques in all three disciplines not to mention your dedicated approach to communication by phone, email, or social media, I’m sure we will get there.
In short you are a consumate professional who offers a complete coaching service that stands comparison against any of the others. I wholeheartedly endorse your services and would commend you and your team to anyone looking for triathlon coaching that is second to none!
We all motivate, share and celebrate each others achievements…
18 months ago I started training with Steph, probably the best decision that I have made for myself personally. My love for the sport of triathlon has grown under the development & coaching from Steph.
Steph’s experience & knowledge in developing structured weekly training schedules not only challenge you but keep you motivated to achieve your own personal goals. ?Steph’s ability to work with each individual athlete whether you are beginner or elite is amazing.
Although each individual has different goals & challenge’s it’s the squad environment that is the most beneficial, we all motivate, share and celebrate each others achievements.
Non-athlete to triathlete…
This has been really valuable…
Triathlon is a journey. Whether your starting with a sprint, olympic, 70.3 or Ironman the common theme is that the journey is your own and unique to yourself.
I’ve been working with Steph for around 9 months on my journey (from beginner to hopefully something else one day…..). I’ve appreciated Steph’s insights and detailed orientated approach. I’m a person who likes quantitative feedback and the programs Steph has set me allow me to see the micro changes which Steph is seeking to achieve.
I’ve also appreciated how accessible Steph has been when I’ve needed to change things up due to work or home commitments. This has been really valuable as a busy professional with a family. I know the outcomes and ultimate success of our coach/athlete relationship won’t be guided by my initial race results but rather the changes in approach that Steph has made (and will make) to me over the course of this journey both as an athlete and as a person.
Whether beginner, intermediate or experienced I’m sure Steph can help you on your triathlon journey.
He always goes over and above what his athletes expect…
I met Stephane at the China Long Course World Champs, and he inspired me so much in 5 days I decided to join the squad.
The commitment, care, support and energy he puts into looking every athlete is incredible, and I’m fortunate now to reap these benefits.
I have just completed my first ironman in a time I could never have achieved without Steph’s expert guidance and support. He believes in you and pushes your boundaries to get the results you’re chasing. He always goes over and above what his athletes expect.
My Attitude to Life has completely changed…
My attitude to life has completely changed!
I would like to thank coach Kate and coach Steph for all their hard work that they have put into me. I moved to Geelong over a year ago and I didn’t know a lot of people, they have given me a great social outlet with other like minded people in the squad along with the motivation to believe in myself.
For example I joined GPC to work on my swimming and now I’m running and also discovered a passion for bike riding.
Coach Kate has provide support, guidance and most of all motivation along the journey I have taken. The entire team at GPC is amazing and I would recommended anybody considering joining to come and see for themselves
I want an individualised and tailored program to accommodate my specific areas of focus and goals…
Steph is a coach at the top of his game.
Having been involved for triathlon for over 10 years and having competed in the World Championships in all distances I want a coach who provides an individualised and tailored program to accommodate my specific areas of focus and goals. This is also particularly important with a young family as I no longer have the luxury to commit all my spare time to triathlon. Steph delivers on all these counts. In addition, he puts in 110% to his athletes and is a top guy to boot.
GPC has great coaches with no pretension. What I love is that the squad strikes an excellent balance by encouraging me to achieve my personal goals while having fun at the same. They cater for all levels from beginner to world class age groupers for all distances. Very attentive approach with personalised programs which is important for me having been in the sport for 10 years plus.
Right balance of training hard but also having fun!
Stephane was my first coach for triathlon and is one of the most knowledgable and most experienced people I have come across in the sport.
From technique, to training, diet and racing he has provided me with some of the most valuable advice that has helped me to become a better athlete. His experience in swimming, running and cycling is unmatched. He uses two decades of experiences to help us become better athletes through training smart, hard and also balancing work/family other commitments.
Stephane’s all round approach to training and the way in which he provides support to is first class and I highly recommend him to anyone considering coaching, most of all he is able to find the right balance of training hard but also having fun!
Getting older, getting faster…
I did my first Ironman when I was 27, back in 2004. It was Ironman Australia in Forster-Tuncurry. I was green and got through on too little training and not enough nutrition on the day – with a plodding time of 12hrs 24mins. The next time around (2005) I went 11hrs 56mins – again, not having been coached.
Roll forward to 2011, Ironman New Zealand and age 34. After receiving outstanding coaching from Stephane, I did 10hrs 50mins – beating my previous best by 1hr 6mins! I was thrilled (with PBs in the swim, bike and run).
2015 and I make one more return to Ironman (Melbourne) at age 38, again – under Stephane’s guidance. I finished the day with a new PB, by 14 mins – 10hr 36mins (with bike and run PBs).
The proof is there – I have every confidence in the GPC ethos. I know they’ll get results for you too!
I am already looking forward to summer weekend sets!
It has been awesome being coached by you and being part of GPC. You listen to my feedback and make my program to accommodate my individual needs.
I have always felt that you are easy to approach and can contact you at short notice when things change. You are always willing to help me out beyond just writing a program each week.
One of the best things about being in your squad are the great people to train with and I only wish I lived in Geelong so I could do more group sets. I am already looking forward to summer weekend sets.
It gave me a lot more motivation to go out and do the work…
I decided in September of 2011 that I wanted to try my hand at triathlon as a way of keeping fit over the summer break. I googled “triathlon clubs geelong”, Enduranceteam was the one I chose, and I could not have been happier with the result. Stephane invited me to his house, we went through all aspects of what was involved in regard to goals, time available to train, nutrition, equipment, everything!
I left there knowing that I was in good hands! That summer, I know I bombarded Stephane with hundreds of questions from the obvious to the obscure, and all of which he was friendly and enthusiastic about answering. I always felt that I had someone that was working with my best interests at heart, and if I ever didn’t understand the theory behind the design of a session Stephane would be more than willing to explain the logic behind it.
It gave me a lot more motivation to go out and do the work, knowing that I had so many years of experience behind me, ensuring that I would get the best value out of my sessions, and avoid spending any “junk hours” out there pounding the pavement. Stephane took me in, as a mediocre runner, an ordinary cyclist, and a poor swimmer; and over the course of the next 18months he transferred me into an Ironman.
I thank Stephane so much for his assistance in guidance in getting me over the line, not only in a time that I was happy with, but also without any serious injury along the way (testament to his guidance and insistence on performing regular core and stretching work as part of a structured program). My nutrition for my race went so smoothly, and it was all designed by Stephane as well. I almost feel guilty when I talk to people who have done IMs without any professional guidance, and have found them incredibly difficult, because it feels like I almost cheated. That’s how good Stephane is as a resource and overall coach. While I hung up the lycra since finishing my first IM in March 2013, I know that if I ever get the urge to start training again and work up to another IM, I’ll be calling Stephane first to see if he’ll take me on as an athlete again. No hesitation!
I have achieved things I would only have dreamed about!
I started training with Stephane in April 2014, and in that short time I have achieved things I would only have dreamed about! It was the best thing I have ever done for myself.
I came 6th at OD Australian Titles in 2014 and started training with Steph soon after that and since then he has coached me to win the 2015 25-29 Sprint Australian Titles. I had a long way to go if I wanted to be up with the best in my AG. Stephane knows his stuff. He improved my performance out of sight through his thorough programs but most importantly by providing a hard working, supportive, challenging and fun training environment within the squad.
Triathlon is a hard and time consuming sport to commit to. I cant speak highly enough of how Stephane approaches his job as a coach. He understands training, work, life balance. He has pushed me to my limits through training to get me to where I am today but has also taken work and life into consideration to ensure athletes don’t burn out or they stop enjoying the sport!!
My experience with the squad over the last 12 months has been the most amazing, exhilarating, exciting, hard, challenging and testing of my life! And results speak for themselves. He turns average athletes into World, National and State Champions.
Stephane is truly excited by seeing each of us reach and exceed our goals…
I moved to Geelong from Texas in July of 2013. Within the first week of moving here I had met Stephane and he had a program worked out for me by the next week! Stephane got me ready for the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas that September through the cold Geelong winter and then started me on the buildup for Ironman Melbourne in March. Stephane has an unwavering and fierce determination for the athletes under his guidance. It starts with a true belief in each of our potentials and then follows it through by his daily commitment to each athlete. Stephane is truly excited by seeing each of us reach and exceed our goals.
When looking for a triathlon coach you should look for a few key things. Here are three things I was looking for and found with Stephane:
1. A tailored individual plan. There are a ton of generic training plans out there… Stephane will develop a plan that suits your current fitness, racing schedule, work schedule, family schedule and any injury. He will adapt it week to week and even day to day to get the best out of your current situation.
2. Feedback. In fact, Stephane is more often than not trying to get more feedback back from us the athletes. The more feedback you give him the more you get back. Often coaches have to many athletes and it is easy to get lost in the shuffle. This is not the case with Steph!
3. Face to face time. Stephane is out there with us almost everyday and every session. He is at the pool, the track and on all the long rides. He will personally drag you on a 200km ride if he needs to! This face to face time is invaluable as he can see in real time how your fitness is progressing or not.
I managed a 45 minute PB at Ironman Melbourne and qualified for the 70.3 World Championships again at the Auckland 70.3, all under his guidance. He has also nursed me through an achilles injury this winter. So, if you want to get results, work hard and spend time with a great group of people look no further!
Stephane has always shown patience and flexibility with my training program…
Stephane has coached me from a beginner athlete competing in sprint distance triathlons to my first Ironman in March this year, I’ve benefited from Stephane’s experience and his openness to share his insist to training and recovery methods. Having easy access to an experienced coach has helped me continually improve across all disciplines, Stephane provides one on one training and technique coaching within sessions to build on strengths and improve on weaknesses.
The squad training sessions are always great value and Stephane is clear on the intended focus of the training sessions and provides personalised interactive coaching during the group sessions. My work requires me to travel frequently and Stephane has always shown patience and flexibility with my training programmes to fit in around my work schedule which was essential in the lead up to my first Ironman.
Stephane is a very passionate and enthusiastic coach who looks to push each athlete within his squad to their potential and the results within his squad reflect this.
Welcoming group of people…
I joined the Geelong Performance Coaching family just over a month ago and have loved every minute! From the very beginning I felt like Coach Stephane understood me on a personal and an athletic level.
I couldn’t recommend Geelong Performance Coaching enough for anyone wanting to take their training to the next level, or simply just to enjoy the atmosphere of an encouraging and welcoming group of people.
The training is fun and the group is amazing…
I went from being a runner that did a little riding to achieving my goal of representing Australia in the Olympic distance triathlon in my age group. Without the focus and support of my coach Stephane. This was all possible within 2 years of being coached by Stephane.
The training is fun and the group is amazing bunch of people with someone to challenge you to strive to become better.
Thank you Steph I could not have been as successful athlete without your coaching.
Steph always puts the utmost faith in each of his athletes & inspires them to be great…
I started training with Stephane & Geelong performance coaching in late November 2014. I had always enjoyed endurance exercise & prided myself on my commitment & fitness. It wasn’t until I met Steph & the team that I realised what commitment really meant & the level in which I could reach. I have had an incredible first triathlon season.
Knocking off 1hr 23min off half ironman time. 17min off Olympic distance. 18min off 1900m open water swim. Biggest & most satisfying achievement is qualifying for the Australian age group squad 25-29y category.
Steph always puts the utmost faith in each of his athletes & inspires them to be great. I for one would not have been able to achieve what I have without Steph’s leadership, guidance, support & specific training plans. Looking forward to the next few months training in anticipation of the age group world championships.
He puts in 100%…
Stephane Vander Bruggen is a very passionate and knowledgeable athlete and coach. He puts in 100%. He has a great wealth of experience and understanding for the sport of triathlon. I have been on a program with Stephane from 2010. He is very understanding regarding the difficulties of training with family and work commitments. With regular feedback and correspondence he was able to write a program that fitted into my busy lifestyle.
Under Stephane’s guidance, I am fitter and faster in my 40’s than I have ever been! My swim, bike and run are all much stronger. I have had numerous wins and podium finishes. I represented Australia for my age group at the worlds New Zealand 2014. Qualified for the worlds 70.3 in Canada 2014, Australian Aquathon champion age group 2013 and won my age group for the Gatorade series 2013/14.
If you have a goal, Stephane will get you there! I have achieved much more than I would have ever dream for! Thank you Stephane Vander Bruggen.
Big improvement even with a busy work & family life…
I just wanted to say a big thankyou to Geelong Performance Coaching and especially Coach Kate on her coaching, I have been a member now for just on 5 months and been coached by Kate for the same time.
Even though I live in Lorne and don’t really get to any of the group sessions, each of the races I’ve been to, GPC has welcomed myself and my family with open arms which makes it a little less stressful on race day with a family of five,
My improvement from last weekend’s Gatorade Olympic distance race has made me want to push even harder at training towards my goal of completing my first full ironman, and with the support and guidance of GPC I am confident of this.
Looking forward to a great year, and my next race at Geelong 70.3.
Combination of hard work, fun and friendship…
It’s still hard for me to believe that at 52 years of age and over 20 years in the sport I could still improve on my previous personal best at Ironman by over 40 minutes, as well as, going sub 10 hours for the first time.
Your support and guidance as coach is the only reason for my dramatic improvement. Your commitment and dedication to your athletes along with your impressive ability to prepare each individual for their goal race, is rewarded by the amazing results they have achieved, including world championship titles.
My time training as part of your squad will always be one of the most fondly remembered chapters in my life. The combination of hard work, fun and friendship while training is a special attribute you have been able to perfect. The things you have taught me about nutrition, recovery and training intensity are priceless and will benefit me well into the future.
Thank you for your continued support.
Steph has a habit of bringing about the unexpected…
Stephane, doesn’t just coach you, he needs to know you and understand what it takes to get you to your end goal?. Steph, shares not only his wealth of experience, but also his passion and commitment to see you succeed?. Steph has a habit to bringing about the unexpected?.
Steph coaching is based on a partnership and expects constant two way communication to bring out the best?. A coach can set an awesome program, but it’s when the coach understands you and works closely with you results exceed your wildest dreams, thanks Steph.
Two and half years ago I did my first triathlon. Without any firm ambition in mind other than to do the best with what I had, Stephane and I ended up at the World Championships and we took home the gold hardware. He brought out the best in me, whilst your programs are awesome, it was your passion to see me (and see others) succeed that took my ability to a whole new level.
Steph, your programs are awesome, but it was your passion to see me succeed that made the difference in realising my full potential.
Incredible guidance and support…
Steph has the ability to see your potential before you can see it yourself. When i first met him, he asked me whether I would like to represent Australia at a World Championships. I thought he had rocks in his head!
However, in the last three consecutive years this is exactly what Steph helped me achieve. His guidance and support is second to none. The training, training camps, racing and trips away have provided me with some of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
Steph is a caring coach who takes on feedback to help modify my training to suit my working hours, injuries and other commitments. I believe this is what makes him such a successful coach and the reason why his squad won so many world championship medals.
In Chicago 2015, I achieved what I never dreamed possible- winning a world championship in sprint distance triathlon. I attribute my results & success to the hard working, yet fun culture he has developed in the squad.
I cannot thank Steph enough for the opportunities he, and triathlon have provided me.
He pushed me to places I didn’t know existed…
Yesterday, I finished my 5th Ironman race- IM Busselton WA. Last year, same race, I notched up an 11:11. I had two goals this year – a sub 11 hrs and a sub 4hr marathon! Well at 10:48 I nailed the first goal but missed the marathon at 4:03!
Not that I am worried the priority was the Sub 11. In doing so I picked up an AG place of 15th. Stephane Vander Bruggen kindly agreed to work with me and to that end he has pushed me to places I didn’t know existed. Thank you to Stephane and his amazing squad at Geelong Performance Coaching.
I doubt I would have made it to the start line…
I joined GPC in 2015 to prepare for the Melbourne Marathon after a few years of following generic, web based training plans. Although the web plans were useful to begin with, my performance had flat lined.
Since joining GPC, my running has started to improve again. The coaching team (Steph, Kate, and Graham) are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about helping athletes at all levels reach their goals.
Thanks Kate for everything you did during the marathon prep. I doubt I would have made the start line, let alone run that time, without your coaching, advice, and injury management. I look forward to running better and better with your guidance
I can’t speak highly enough of GPC and would recommend them to anyone who wants to take their performance to the next level.
Helped me train efficiently and effectively…
I started training with Steph after a recommendation from a friend with the goal of running a marathon.
I was provided with a detailed weekly program which included cross training such as swimming, cycling and pilates as well as running sets. This helped me train efficiently and effectively. In the 2 years I trained with Steph I completed the Melbourne marathon and the New York City marathon which were both massive achievements for me.
I would highly recommend Steph if you are wanting to improve on your running, he believes in his athletes 100% and is committed to helping you achieve your goals.
Clear & concise communication…
I took up running 15 months ago mainly for enjoyment and to keep fit. After competing in local fun runs and the Geelong Cross Country Club I found that I wanted to take my running to another level. I called on Stephane from Geelong Performance Coaching to coach me after I had heard about his service and how thorough it was. Also the fact that he is world class in his chosen sport was an enticing factor.
Everything about my running has improved and gone to a higher level than I expected since employing Steph’s services. Steph has changed my running technique so it is far more efficient and I can now run faster for longer. He has taught me how to train properly and he has given me plenty of advice on nutrition and other important running factors.
Steph writes my weekly running training programs with set goals in mind and can cater for a key event you are aiming to reach. The weekly programs are scheduled to work around my work and family life which is great.
Steph is very clear and concise with his communication and he is always available for advice. My program is always full of variety and very enjoyable with a sense of achievement when a program is completed at the end of the week.
My whole experience with Geelong Performance Coaching has been very rewarding and a great learning experience. I would highly recommend Stephane’s coaching tuition to anyone who wants to improve their running and most importantly continue to enjoy it.
The results came rapidly…
2 hours – that was my goal for a half marathon. I was slightly overweight at 102kg and I was tired of plodding along with mediocre 5k times for 15 years. I ran for fitness several times a week and considered myself to be healthy.
I also wanted to take on some longer distances, but just could not get up the motivation and as I got older the opportunity seemed to have passed. BUT then I decided to get professional help. I talked with Stephane and he discussed with me some things I would need to do to improve and said we could even design programs and work outs to take on longer distances. I signed up and started following weekly training programs that ran in four week cycles. The running started out easy and gradually increased in pace and distance. The results came rapidly – within months I was improving my 5km times and shedding kilo’s. The combination of speed work, hill training and longer easy runs was paying off and allowed me to complete my first half marathon and full marathon.
After completing these milestones I decided I wanted more than just to finish – I wanted better times. Stephane ramped up my training and added biking to provide opportunities to stretch out my legs. He monitored me closely and when a nagging ankle injury slowed me down he found a way to add swimming into the routine to rest the ankle but continue progress. The results speak for themselves – I now weigh 93 kilos and improved my 5 km time to below 24 minutes from 31 minutes several years earlier. And most of all I met that 2 hour goal by clocking a PB of 1:59:12 just a few weeks ago at age 47! I am running faster than I have ever run before thanks to the collaboration with a World Class coach Stephane Vander Bruggen!
Results beyond expectation…
I thought it was only fair that I share with you my thoughts and progress on the GPC programs to date. I have been a member now for just under 12 months ago.
I initially signed up to;
A. Improve Fitness
B. Run a marathon in under 3:30
C. Stay injury free
It’s without doubt I can say I have achieved all 3. More pleasingly though is the fact by how much my results have improved. Beyond my initial expectation. If someone had told me in October 2015 last year that GPC can get you to;
- Run a 3:30 Marathon along the Great Ocean Road
- Run 10km in under 40mins
- Run 21.1 k in 1:24 @ 3:58 min/k
- Have you on track for a 3hr Melbourne Marathon 2017
I would have said, pffft.. You’re dreaming !!!!… GPC have set targets I personally would not have set for myself at times quite optimistic however GPC had the confidence in their programs to get me there. To that I am impressed and thankful.
Training is always fun and enjoyable yet no doubt tough at the same time. Training with a group of athletes who all have optimistic goals certainly drives and motivates.
The GPC crew have been inviting from day one and has a fantastic crew of coaches and athletes from all ranges.
I look forward to seeing where the next 6-12 months takes my fitness and setting new goals post Melbourne Marathon. I would highly recommend the GPC club if you’re looking for training club to have fun and more importantly improve.
David (Kevi) Bartlett
Extend your limits…
I have been training with Stephane for a couple of years and after initially starting with triathlons, I have shifted my focus to purely running due to time pressures.
After telling Steph of my goal to run a sub 3hr marathon I set my focus on trying to achieve this at Melbourne this year. Steph agreed that this was a realistic goal and promised he would do everything possible to make it a reality. Steph has a fantastic ability as a coach and person to structure your training around existing commitments and push your limits without creating unrealistic expectations. He is unrelenting in his drive towards training standards and his motivation is amazing when there are times you are lacking.
I can’t thank Steph enough for pushing me outside of my comfort levels and encouraging me all the way to ultimately achieving a huge personal goal of a sub 3hr marathon this year. Thanks Steph you are an amazing coach who gets the most out of all your athletes by setting the bar so high yourself. I cannot wait for extending my limits even further for the next race.
Injured to completing Run Geelong
Ivan could not run 6 months due to an injury to his ankle and now he finished Run Geelong 12kms in 52:25 on a hilly course.
Thanks again, Kate for your great coaching for getting me up and ready for run Geelong. 2 months ago there was no chance I was even thinking about doing this run or even running that distance… Thanks for supporting me throughout the run.
I really appreciate it a lot and it helped me get through the race in the end.
I strongly recommend coming and doing his classes…
Well what can I say, Stephane is a great swim coach and really cares about his students. No matter if you are the best, fastest swimmer, or someone like me who was never taught how to swim properly as a kid and who has now taken up swimming at an older age, Steph takes the time to show you the correct techniques and the encouragement you receive from him is great appreciated from me.
Steph assists an individual and tries to understand their problem and then helps them accordingly. I strongly recommend coming and doing his classes. I have been coming off and on over the last for the last one and a half years and have enjoyed every moment of my training even when after a tough but awarding session I’m nearly fall asleep at my desk at work, I look back and say yeah I am improving. Thanks Steph.
Training with Steph makes you feel like all things are one day possible!
I want to thank Steph for his infectious enthusiasm that just makes you want to be involved, even if it means hard efforts with a band around your ankles at 6am!?Whether its to improve your body position, catch or strength, Steph guides you through which swim aids and drills will be the best for you to improve or correct your technique to make your swim stroke more efficient.
And yes swimming with tennis balls in your hands is one of this favs to throw at me at the moment! ?Swimming with the squad is great and Steph continually gives feedback and encouragement throughout the entire session.
Even if all I might be able to hear during a time trial is ‘kee sh an ly min PUSH’, I know a high 5 and a big ‘WELL DONE’ from him after finally getting under the 7mins mark was all worth it!?Training with Steph makes you feel like all things are one day possible!