Now F.I.S.T. Certified

Setting all the excuses aside I accepted a long time invitation and finally made it to the F.I.S.T. tri bike certification. Held by Dan Empfield and a host of experts high up in the San Gabriel mountains of Southern Califiornia, the clinic is unique in two ways.  One, it is held at Dan’s ranch and most of the “class” time takes place in a converted garage filled with fit bikes, tri and road bikes and equipment from nearly every vendor you can name in the tri industry.  I especially found this format to be to my liking as I also curently work out of a converted garage turned studio.  The second unique element is that the whole 2 day/ 18 hour course is about triathlon specific bike fitting. 

The class is limited to a small number of attendees who stay on the adjacent property of former professional Mark Montgomery.  His house and compound is converted into a bed and breakfast for athletes and all the meals and lodging are on his property.  The food over the stay, by the way, was excellent.  In attendance with me were coaches, specialty fitters, bike shop staff, and industry insiders.  The classes are also unique in that the majority of the time was spent on practical application of the learned principals and protocols.  Bottom line is this is a hands on class, and everyone in the class performs several fits,  which includes being the subject of a fitting. 

Attendees are also offered an optional third day from a guest presentor.  I of course could not pass up the opportunity and was able to spend another 9 hour day working on shoe/ pedal interface protocols from the guys at Bike Fit. They are the makers of the original bike fit cleat wedges and many other devices designed to optimize lower extremity biomechanics.  HBW has been using these products for years to better fit and optimize athletes. That experience, coupled with working directly with Paul and his staff was an excellent opportunity to further refine my technique, skills, and diagnostic tools. 

Over the course of the three days spent on the ranch, I was able to practice my craft, refine old techniques, learn several new ones, gain some new skill sets and best of all get confirmation that HBW has been providing and will continue to provide their clients with the most up-to-date technical skills and knowledge available.  If you are interested in scheduling a bike fit for your triathlon bike, TT or road bike or any other bike, you may learn more at under bike fit.


One Response to “Now F.I.S.T. Certified”

  1. […] Phil writes about his Slowtwitch Fit Institute experience in his Hypercat Bike Works […]

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