John H., Imperial Beach, CA Triathlon Coach

John H.

mPower Triathlon Coaching



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Current certified USA Triathlon Level I and Level IIE Coach (one of only ~50 in the entire US). mPower Triathlon Coaching's daily mantra is, "Get out there!" View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
Training Locations
  1. Imperial Beach, CA
  2. San Diego, CA
  3. Coronado, CA

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles


Trial Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach John. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$50 1 session + one-time fee

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Light Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

3 session package with Coach John. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$144 3 sessions ($48/ea) + one-time fee

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Standard Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

5 session package with Coach John. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$225 5 sessions ($45/ea) + one-time fee

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Elite Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

10 session package with Coach John. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$430 10 sessions ($43/ea) + one-time fee

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  • United States Naval Academy (MD)

  • 24 years

  • Qualified Private Coach

  • Adults

  • Swimming, Running, Cycling

  • Transitions, Injury Prevention


  • United States Naval Academy (MD)

  • 24 years

  • Qualified Private Coach


  • Adults

  • Swimming, Running, Cycling

  • Transitions, Injury Prevention

More About Coach John

With over 24 years coaching experience, USA Triathlon Level IIE Coach John Houfek coaches athletes of all abilities, from beginner to the most experienced, serious athletes. Coaching in individual sports - swimming, cycling or running - is also available. Coaching is based on a holistic approach that includes training in any one or all three sports, nutrition advice, and comprehensive full-body strength and core conditioning that are all phased into an annual plan for best individual results. mPower Triathlon Coaching offers very competitive rates and daily athlete feedback.

Certifications, services and accomplishments include:

- Current Certified USA Triathlon Level I and Level IIE Coach (one of only ~50 in the US)
- Certified American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II Masters Swim Coach with decades of swimming experience
- Tailored coaching services, video analysis in all three triathlon disciplines, as well as individual sports available upon request
- 8-time USA Triathlon All American Athlete with a proven training approach. mPower Triathlon Coaching will help you attain your goals!
- Custom-designed training plans available for all distances, Sprint to Ironman
- Current and prior athlete testimonials available on line

- Triathlete since 1981
- Current Certified USA Triathlon Level I and Level IIE Coach (one of only ~50 in the US)
- Kona Ironman qualifier and finisher
- 8-time USA Triathlon All American
- Qualified Member Team USA 2013 (London) and 2014 (Edmonton)
- #2 American in Military Olympics (CISM Triathlon)
- Results of 51 races 2009-2017: 9 Overall Master Wins; 33 Age Group Wins; 27 Top 10 Overall
- Coached athletes with multiple podium finishes, age group wins and overall race winners

All of your training will be tailored exclusively for you, at your level, in concert with the day-to-day demands of your life. A typical session is completely dependent on what you need. We could meet to work on swim technique with on-site video analysis, or do a dynamic bike fitting, or conduct a run form bio-mechanics analysis. We can meet to learn the proper way to conduct a periodized strength routine that complements your annual training, or work through a plan for your season races. I provide daily email contact, and additional contact options. Your training requirements dictate what I do for you each day. mPower Triathlon Coaching will help you be the best athlete you can possibly be which is defined by you.

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Amazing coach and very fast with responding to any questions and concerns! Very professional and respectful. Definitely knows what he’s talking about and can’t wait to keep training with him! Very hard to find a coach that will work with a disabled veteran and he didn’t flinch at all and was very interested and happy to work with me and get me to my peak!

I highly recommend booking John. He is exceedingly knowledgeable about triathlons and triathlon training, very friendly, and an excellent instructor. John tailored our session exactly to my needs and level. Everything I hoped to accomplish, we did and more. I therefore left my session more excited and much more knowledge about training and triathlons because of his clear, practical advice and instruction method. Additionally, John took additional time to help me write a more robust training plan that has significantly improved my physical conditioning. I look forward to future sessions with him. He is an excellent coach, and I trust you will enjoy being coached by him as much as I am.

Coach John's guidance really moved the needle for me this year. I increased my speed in all three disciplines and went from finishing in the top 10% of the field to finishing near the top. I even earned my first podium finish thanks to his training program. Coach made my goals his goals, and he was there for me every step of the way with advice, encouragement, and a training plan I knew was working.
If you are looking for results – Coach John Houfek is who you should turn to. After several years of “dabbling” in the sport of triathlon, I wanted to do better than placing in the top 20% of my age group. I shared my goals with John and he produced a meticulously thought out training plan. That plan, along with a little work on my part produced 2 age group victories, one each in a sprint and an Olympic distance race as well as a season ending 3rd place finish in a half ironman distance event. I was blown away with the results. In less than one season, I had gone from a mediocre triathlete to a qualifier for the age-group National Championships. I wanted results and Coach Houfek produced them. After choosing Coach Houfek as my triathlon coach, I have improved in every discipline – especially the all-important transition. His experience and sage advice has helped me improve my strength, lose excess weight and approach working out with a purpose." Vic S - Feb 2014 John's training plan made a huge difference in my performance. He films the athlete performing each discipline, analyzes and reviews form with the athlete to improve form and prevent injury as the training program begins. He demonstrated and prescribed functional strength exercises that alleviated long standing back and shoulder mechanical problems I had. My overall health improved as a result of his coaching. He is an expert at training periodization. The result for me was the best half marathon I ran in 4 years, and the best half ironman triathlon finish I have achieved (of 4). I recommend training with John if you have the desire to put in the work to really improve performance. He made a big difference in mine." Jerry L - July 2012 I worked with Coach Houfek for 9 months leading up to my successful participation in the Providence Ironman 70.3. Thanks to his efforts I was able to knock nearly 25 minutes off my time in the same event from the previous year, finishing in 5:45. Coach Houfek's guidance and broad knowledge of the sport helped me improve each of my three disciplines, but was particularly evident in the swim where I was almost 25 percent faster. In addition to a great flexible training plan, which I was able to execute around my sometimes crazy work schedule, Coach Houfek also gave me the whole-athlete perspective and the confidence to push myself beyond where I thought I could go. John L - July 2012 John Houfek is a phenomenal coach. Not only is he an inspiring athlete with decades of experience in his own right, he offsets his own personal successes with supportive encouragement and quiet resolve in aiding you in accomplishing any Triathlon goal. For me, John has helped me transition from just being a runner to being a triathlete. In the year that I’ve known John, he has provided me with a long-range strategy to aid me to my goals. For 2012, my main goal was to really improve on my swim. With the result being taking someone who could barely swim 50 yards in a pool, to someone who can swim a 1 mile swim in 30 minutes. Throughout the year, John has provided me the structure I needed to be more balanced in all three triathlon disciplines. I have enjoyed John’s coaching immensely as he has taken the mystery out of training. Now I no longer follow my friends in how they train. Instead, I follow a program that is tailor made for me, and my abilities. The success has been huge knocking 40 minutes off of my 2nd Half Iron Man distance in June 2012 from my first HIM I attempted in September 2011. As I look to 2013, I am excited to have John as my coach. It will be fun and exciting to see how much further I can improve and grow into this sport. Andrew B - September 2012 Coach Houfek's training and guidance was instrumental in the success of my first triathlon. The step by step workout plan got me in peak shape and was easy to follow within my schedule restraints. His insight on race preparation was invaluable and helped make a potentially overwhelming situation into a great and positive experience that allowed me to completely focus on the race. I look forward to training with him for my first Half Ironman next summer. I highly recommend working with him whether it is your first triathlon or if you are looking to take your training to the next level! Milo K - Oct 2012 Coach Houfek's program worked wonders for me. After previously completing three sprint triathlons training on my own, I signed up with Coach and within six shorts weeks I was able to complete my fourth triathlon while taking an amazing 15 minutes off my time from the previous year!!! I was shocked at how much I did not know and how inefficient my previous training sessions were. He was able to customize a program to maximize my limited training opportunities in a busy schedule. He covered every item down to the smallest details which really helped out on race day. Jack L - Oct 2012 John Houfek is the kind of coach you dream of. Many coaches teach you to be a better swimmer/runner/biker/triathlete. Houfek does that and more. He shows you how he's doing it himself. >>Coach Houfek inspires by example.<< I had the opportunity to train with Coach over a 12 week period leading up to my first sprint triathlon. He meticulously broke down every part of the sport: swim, run, bike, diet, transitions etc - he gave me the keys to success. Additionally, even after training was complete he served as an unofficial tri mentor - helping connect me to another triathlete looking to sell his tri bike - which I gladly purchased. Coach Houfek doesn't just get by - he goes the distance. I look forward to training with him this triathlon season and recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their health and fitness. Ian B - Nov 2012
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