About FItlabWho are we and what's our story...
This Is Our Story…
Fitlab is a company using sport and fitness testing for a more structured, scientific training. Specialist cycle racing trainers and testers. Our mission is to make a more professional, scientific approach to training available to everyone from beginner to elite.
Andrew Jamieson (Fitlab Boss/Sport Scientist/Head Coach)
– BPhEd, BA-Design, GradDipTeach
Ex Elite Racer 28 years of racing and counting…from local club races to international stage races and Belgian Kermesse. National and Elite Coach Andrew previously worked as BikeNZ Coaching Development Manager and has been coach/manager of several New Zealand Junior teams (road and track). Through Fitlab Andrew coaches and tests many elite riders, up and coming juniors and those wanting to improve at all levels (see our Fitlab testimonials page). Andrew has tested Jack Bauer, Joe Cooper, Shane Archibald, Paul Odlin and many others and has been coaching Grayson Napier since 2012. His most recent project was the Fitlab Cycling Team. Racer Dad Now with a family (4 girls 7 and under…Millie, Ada, Indie and Madeline – the last two being rascally twins), riding time is a bit more limited so Andrew often is experimenting with training ideas and workouts to maximize the hours he can sneak out on the bike.
Training Dads “With many clients in the same situation as me, I find I can relate a lot better to their situation. Many coaches struggle to understand how to train dads with limited time and try to apply the same rules they use with elite riders, but an even more specific and measured approach is called for. Testing fine tunes our method, making everything we do highly accurate. It’s also a good chance for a chin wag and catch up!”
Steve Bale (Fitlab Tester and Coach)
– BA Victoria University
A devoted Wellingtonian, data addict, blogger and vlogger – Steve brings 20+ years experience riding in wind and rain on the track, mountain bike and road to the Fitlab Team.
Steve has previously managed corporate teams in some of New Zealand’s largest banks and telecommunications companies, before successfully operating his own rental business and now testing and coaching with Fitlab.
Married, with 2 ferocious daughters, Steve now specialises in Mountain Bike, Road Racing and Time Trial coaching.
- Level 1 Cycling NZ Qualified Coach, 2015
- NZ Hour Record Holder – 2015-16
- Wellington Hour Record Holder 2014-17
- NZ Champion, Master 1 Mountainbike Cross Country 2014, 15
- NZ Masters Games Champion, Time Trial & Road Race, 2017
- Trust House North Island Cycling Series 2nd Overall, 2016 & 2017
- NZ Veterans Time Trial Champion, 2017
Steve’s YouTube Channel. Coaching Tips, Reviews, Race Analysis and Tactics
– Ex European Pro Hardman for 7-Eleven and Motorola/Fitlab Coach
Nathan is the man with experience! He has not only competed in two Tour de Frances, won a stage of the Tour of Switzerland (pulling a swifty on the great Sean Kelly) and been 39th in the Giro de Italia, but is legendary amongst old pros for his commitment to training and work ethic. There are few countries Nathan has not ridden or raced his bike in.
Nathan provides his expertise with training camps, tactics and technique. His most recent project is to record a world record for riding a bike at the highest elevation…watch this space or read about it on his blog.
Scott McDonnell (Fitlab Tester/Coach)
– BTchLn, PGCertSpecTchg
Scott has raced competitively since he was 16 and is still going. He has raced internationally for NZ teams and a Swiss team in his younger days competing around Europe, Asia and Australia. Nowadays, he is a specialist teacher of deaf children an active
dad with a large family and races when he can.
Scott still has a passion for cycling and thrives on seeing and helping people reach their own personal goals. He can help you find your correct training levels and give advice how best to use that information to reach your goals.
- Overall winner South Island Calder Stewart series 45+, 2017
- M3 Canterbury Road cycling Champion 2017
- 28 th in UCI World Master Champs Perth M2 2016
- Winner of 2017 Graperide M3 2017
- Round wins and podiums in Trust House North Island Series 2015/16
- KOM winner and 2nd overall Tour de Vineyards 2015
- Winner and Podiums in Le Race age groups
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