Nic Pillonel

Nicolas Pillonel, a Swiss-Australian coach with more than a decade of coaching/training experience, is an accomplished multi-sport athlete, competing at national level in Switzerland in athletics and cross country running. Nic is based in Châbles, Switzerland and works with athletes from all over the world. He speaks French, German and English.

My philosophy fits very neatly with the methodologies. Simplicity and quality in training is the key, but there must always be an understanding of the needs and circumstances of each athlete. I believe this is why I’ve been able to specialise in coaching senior executives and busy entrepreneurs as I understand the realities of their work and home life and we work together to get the best out of the time they do have available. This method applies to all athletes however, as we are all busy! I also have a mantra which I use often as I see so many athletes training the same way year after year and not improving – “If you want something you’ve never had, you may have to do things you have never done.”

Nic Pillonel

Coach Nic Pillonel

Nicolas has competed internationally in triathlon of all distances, including 15 Ironman races in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan as well as competing at the World Championship in Hawaii. After moving to Australia in 2001, Nicolas founded a successful Fitness and Athletic coaching business and trained age group and national level athletes. He also provided personal training services to high level corporate executives and delivered corporate health programs to large organisations in Australia. Nicolas returned to Switzerland with his family in 2016 and is living in the French region.

“Growing up in Switzerland I was always obsessed with sport and competed at a national level in athletics and cross country. This transitioned well into triathlon and I started competing in Europe from an early age. Much of my training and competing was done while working a senior executive role in Zurich, so I understand the challenges of work and finding time to train and train right! I competed in all distances, including 15 Ironman races in Europe, Australia and Asia. My transition to coaching occurred after my move to Australia where I had the opportunity to train athletes of all levels and stages of development. I enjoy working with passionate athletes and the reward is seeing their development and progression.”

Years as Professional Coach

Kona Qualifications

AG Champions

Years in Triathlon

Coaching Plans

Coaching Blog

The Blame Game

“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.” T.S. Eliot If you’ve ever listened to athletes talk about their performances after an event or write about them in their “race reports” posted on social media,...

Who had the best Triathlon series and why?

Sutto Squad enjoying Alpe d'Huez (Sylvain, Luke, Marc, Ben and Chippy). Photo Credit: 220 Magazine Every athlete asks me at some stage should I do the Ironman races or Challenge? What about the newer ones such as Outlaw, the older independent races, or the ITU series...

Should I do the Birthday Set?

The posting of Nicola and Celine’s birthday party set brought a number of enquiries from members of our trisutto family? Coach why didn’t we join the swim party? How come I had my birthday set and you gave me 48x100s?  I wanted to do The Birthday Set! So let’s look at...

The Hills District Conquer Gundi

This weekend saw the traditional new year long course opener the Goondiwindi Hell of the West. 'Short course' Max on his way to victory in Gundi. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography A few days out from this years Hell of the West, I told HillsDistrict 22yr old...

Know your Sport!

After our last blog, Am I missing out, I have received feedback from several people who have been around Trisutto for a long time  asking....,why the change?  I would like to pass on the answer in more detail to not just them, but all of our regular readers. Why the...


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