Nate Helming owns and operates Helming Athletics, an endurance coaching company for triathletes nation-wide preparing for Ironman, 70.3, Olympic, and sprint distance races. Nate also coaches runners for marathons and half marathons. Helming Athletics athletes finish their first races, conquer new distances, overcome pre-existing injuries, set new PRs, reach the podium, and qualify for national and world level events.
In San Francisco, Nate also coaches at San Francisco CrossFit, where he oversees a fast growing strength & conditioning program for endurance athletes, and regularly publishes articles and videos related to triathlon, running, and strength training. He also leads SFCF member classes, and individual sessions focusing on post-physical therapy recovery, olympic lifting, gymnastics, strength, mobility, and running technique.
Nate currently travels speaks on the weekends for his triATHLETE seminar, for Carl Paoli’s Freestyle Connections seminar, as well as for other events put on by USA Triathlon, Runners world, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Certifications: USA Triathlon I, CPR/First Aide, Cross Fit I, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Endurance, Carl Paoli’s Free Style connections.
Nate’s Story: Already an endurance coach, Nate first learned about San Francisco CrossFit back in 2008 after a hamstring injury ended his plan to race in Kona at the Ironman World Championships. Despite 6 weeks of concentrated physical therapy, it wasn’t until working with mentors Alex Margolin (now of CrossFit 5B in Sun Valley) and Kelly Starret (of San Francisco CrossFit), that he turned a corner. While Kona had passed, Nate realized the necessity of trunk stability, body mechanics and strength for his future triathlon training.
Ultimately, Nate learned that proper strength & conditioning can be used to boost performance and prevent injury because it teaches athletes how to move better while under fatigue, stress, and distraction. Nate realized just how weak and disconnected he had become by only doing triathlon, and he quickly became a more powerful and efficient athlete when he started training at San Francisco CrossFit.
As a triathlete, race highlights include top 5 amateur finishes at Vineman 70.3 and the Nation’s Triathlon, in Washington DC, and top ten amateur finishes at Wildflower and at the LA triathlon. Additionally, his resume includes multiple sub-1o hour ironman finishes, multiple marathons and one ultra marathon, qualification to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, and qualification to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, as well as several seasons as a USAT All-American.
As a mountain biker, Nate has raced the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race in addition to the Norther California cross-country circuit. After his first season of racing, Nate earned enough top finishes including the overall Cat II win at the Tamarancho Dirt Classic to upgrade to a Cat 1.