Nate Helming owns and operates Helming Athletics, an endurance coaching company for triathletes preparing for Ironman, 70.3, Olympic, and sprint distance races. Nate also coaches runners and cyclists for single sport preparation. 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 coaches at San Francisco CrossFit, where he oversees a fast growing endurance-specific CrossFit “Strength Endurance” program that blends CrossFit workouts with traditional triathlon programming for an innovative, effective, and fresh approach to endurance training. He also leads traditional CrossFit classes, and individual sessions focusing on post-physical therapy recovery, strength, mobility, and running technique.
Certifications: USA Triathlon I, ACSM CPT, CPR/First Aide, Cross Fit I, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Endurance, Carl Paoli’s Free Style connections.
Nate’s Story: Nate discovered 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 CrossFit 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 by adding CrossFit to his own training program.
As a CrossFit-powered triathlete and (currently) mountain biker, 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 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.