Andy Hamilton

SENIOR COACH

Coaching highlights…

  • Specialist novice 70.3 and Ironman coach, taking athletes to first time middle and long distance racing with a 0% failure rate
  • Intermediate to advanced coach for existing long course athletes looking to improve across all disciplines.
  • Coaching athletes for GB Age Group qualification at both World & European championships, across Sprint, Standard and Middle distances
  • British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach since 2013
  • IRONMAN® University Certified Coach
  • Training Peaks Level 2 Certified Coach
  • Former Lead Coach at Chester Triathlon Club
  • Master Swim Coach specialising in Swim Analysis and technique improvement, as well as Squad development.

Personal highlights…

  • British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach since 2013
  • IRONMAN® University Certified Coach
  • Training Peaks Certified Coach

Andy (“Hammo”) has built a fierce reputation for getting results by creating a philosophy built around driving consistency, giving honest and direct feedback and coaching the athlete behind the machine. He believes a triathlete is not built from a training plan but from the combination of structure, accountability, honesty and dedication.

All too often, coaches focus on analysing the numbers rather than the drivers that motivate and stimulate an athlete. Andy ensures his athletes get his personal attention to help find what motivates, inspires and drives them to want to improve, and with a healthy blend of humour and critical data analysis he can find way to allow all his athletes achieve greatness.


Hammo is well known within the Total Tri family for his ability to motivate everyone and drive every piece of effort out of both his and other TTT athletes, but keeping that real sense of humour and the personal approach.


A famous Coach Hammo quote is “Achieving greatness is not measured at a single point in time, but in the continual, consistent and unrelenting pursuit of it”.

Meet Andy

My journey in this tough crazy, amazing and rewarding sport began back in 2006 after a colleague inspired me to enter a local sprint race. Having played rugby at a good amateur level but serious injury forcing me to retire in my early 20s, I needed to find a way back to fitness. I like to think my second chance at an active sporting life started then…..

I’ve now competed at every distance, including 7 Ironmans, 20+ 70.3s and plenty of Sprint and Olympics races throughout the world and have the best memories to go with it, plus in the last few years some performances that have seen me go against the very best in the world.

I decide to become a coach from my underlying passion to drive my own personal improvements in each area of the sport coming from not a natural endurance background. I believe it is fundamental and vitally important as a coach to do all I can to help someone achieve their goals, no matter how big or small. I believe in a the right mindset and by surrounding yourself with the right people like here at TTT, greatness is only every one step or one pedal turn away.

Being coached by Hammo…

Testimonials

Read what our athletes have to say about being coached by TTT. Click on each testimonial to read the full story.

CHRIS KEMP, IRONMAN ATHLETE, “I can not thank Andy and the broader TTT group and coaches enough for their huge commitment to helping all of us achieve our goals…. .”    READ MORE >>

"I started triathlon around 2015 after injuries stopped my rugby career (I actually played with Hammo when he was a very "confident" colt breaking into the first team, but those stories are for another day 😉) and after completing my first middle-distance (Vitruvian) in just over 6 hours it was suggested to progress to the next level I should look to find a coach. Knowing Andy was a coach (from social media) I reached out to find out how it all worked.


Having come from a similar sporting background it was clear early on that Andy would be a good fit as coach for me. He has always been extremely approachable, knows when to build his athletes confidence up, but also give them a well-deserved face-palm or "talking to" when needed. He has always led by example and willing to suffer with the rest of us and his achievements in the sport inspire me to see what may be possible for me to achieve.


As far as my progress 9 months after starting to work with Andy I competed again in the Vitruvian and achieved a new PB by 45 minutes (5:16). Andy has subsequently coached me through 2 full-distance Ironmans (Zurich 2017, Whistler 2018) as well as other events and continues to be a key factor in my continued participation in the sport and helping me to achieve my goals.


I cannot thank Andy and the broader TTT group and coaches enough for their huge commitment to helping all of us achieve our goals. This has been exemplified throughout the global Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. The way Andy and the other TTT coaches have adapted to create a community spirit and drive us all to use these unprecedented times as an opportunity to actually improve where we may not have the time due to individual race plans has been phenomenal."

JO FORSTER, 40-44 AG GB SPRINT & STANDARD ATHLETE,  -, “Hammo sets you targets, believes in you and pushes you hard so you achieve your goals. Thanks to Hammo, I am not only a busy mum of 2, but I can also call myself a GB age group athlete! ”    READ MORE >>
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I decided to invest in having a triathlon coach in 2019 as I dreamt of competing in Triathlon for GB for my Age Group. I was new to triathlon… and cycling…and I hated running…but I found the sport addictive and I seemed to do ok at it, but the harder I trained, the more fatigued I became and the slower I got.

Hammo took me on and I soon realised that I had been training wrong, ineffective and it was wearing me out. He wrote individual plans for me, talked me through what I need to do and helped me understand the basics of training which was all new to be. In my first season with Hammo, I qualified for GB in both Olympic and Sprint distances plus I ran a half marathon (for fun!!) which is something I would never have thought possible for me. He sets you targets, believes in you and pushes you hard so you achieve your goals. Thanks to Hammo I am not only a mum of 2, but I can also call myself a GB AG athlete!

TTT are not only a triathlon coaching company, they are a community of passionate like mined people who support each other and offer an amazing pool of knowledge, experience and support. Throughout lockdown the group training sessions and chat got me through each 'home schooling' day and when I was able to race, I was the fastest I had ever been. Thank you Hammo and TTT.

 DAVE WILSON, 70.3 and IRONMAN ATHLETE -“I have been training for endurance events for years, however I wasn’t seeing the desired progression and started picking up some  niggly injuries. I was also starting to get bored. I met with and started working with Hammo, 18 months ago and it has been a really good decision.”…  READ MORE>>
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I have been training for endurance events on my own for years, however I wasn’t seeing the desired progression and started picking up some niggly injuries. I was also starting to get bored. I met with and started working with Hammo 18 months ago and It has been a really good decision. I now have a lot more structure, consistency, specificity and variety to my training sessions and it is a lot more enjoyable. At 41 I now feel fitter and stronger than I have been since my early 20s. Hammo provides regular honest and direct feedback for each session and he is always on hand to provide info on new tech, kit, races etc. I have learnt a lot about triathlon over the last 18 months thanks to Hammo and the other coaches at Total Tri.


Total Tri as a club have been absolutely outstanding during 2020. During the initial lockdown they really came together as a club offering daily virtual group sessions. This provided an opportunity to train and communicate with all of the Total Tri athletes and listen and learn from the coaches across the club. The coaches and athletes have created a close club community and it is fantastic to be a part of a club that is developing and going from strength to strength. Congratulations to all involved.

 MEL BROOKS, 70.3 40-44 AG ATHLETE -“Andy is such a knowledgeable & approachable coach. To say he has technical proficiency across all disciplines an understatement. He targets weaknesses, builds on strengths, cajoles, nurtures, encourages self-belief.”….READ MORE>>

MEL BROOKS, 42 yrs, MUM OF 3, STANDARD AND 70.3 ATHLETE -"Andy is such a knowledgeable & approachable coach. To say he has is

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Triathlon training from books was getting me nowhere. The ‘grey training area’ and I were best buddies. In races on the bike I’d be smashing my legs only to hear the incessant ‘zoom’ of bikes going past me. How was everyone so much faster when I was putting all this training in? Some great advice from a friend helped though, and led me to trust her recommendation of Andy Hamilton at Total Tri Training.

Andy had coached her from amateur to GB Athlete in just a year. With a slightly lower ambition (!) I initially signed up for 3 months to see if I could make it work with family life, improve and also meet some likeminded individuals to train with. The improvement in all disciplines felt immediate.

Andy is such a knowledgeable & approachable coach. To say he has technical proficiency across all disciplines is an understatement. He targets weaknesses, builds on strengths, cajoles, nurtures, encourages self-belief. He understands what motivates you and what’s holding you back – even before you’ve admitted it to yourself! Andy tells you how it is. If it’s a great session, he’s full of praise. If it’s a race he’ll be there to tell you himself if possible. If he feels you’re holding back, he’ll tell you that too. He’ll tell you how to execute it better, fuel better, think better – so much so that you’ll finish the session feeling like a pro athlete! He’s got incredible race advice from personal experiences, across all distances, he’s been there & done it – but there’s no edge, no ego to him at all – that’s refreshing. He’s not just a ‘fair weather coach’ either. Through injuries he’s still there for you – dedicated to getting you 100% fit. All of this support, in his unique style, with a shed load of patience and a cracking sense of humour. I really didn’t think I had time for a coach, but with all the hours of wasted training I’ve stopped doing – it’s been the best investment I’ve made!