Nate Helming, based in San Francisco, coaches Olympic level cyclists, professional triathletes, junior elite mountain bikers, and national-level ultra runners on their strength and mobility in the weight room in addition to coaching runners and triathletes of all levels outside the gym. Nate travels nationally and internationally to speak about better strength training for endurance athletes, and regularly publishes videos and articles on how runners can do it better! You can follow him @natehelming on instagram/twitter and visit him in person at www.sanfranciscocrossfit.com for one of his classes or one on one sessions.
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.