Posted On February 1, 2006 By In The Phish Bowl And 529 Views

Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center Creates Comprehensive New Program for Multi-Sport Athletes

Since the 2005 triathlon season in North Texas has come to a close, and the 2006 season is right around the corner, I’d like to share with you some of the exciting changes that have taken place at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center. Being a multi-sport athlete myself, I understand how crucial comprehensive training is, so we at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center have created an all-encompassing multi-sport training program specific to the needs of these athletes.

Since these athletes are a big part of our valued membership, we have designed the program with them in mind. The purpose is to offer them access to a first class facility in which they can train and receive professional coaching. What sets this program apart is that it is offered year-round, but the biggest advantage to these athletes is that it is offered in one nice neat package—all under one roof.

With membership in the program, a multi-sport athlete will be able to participate in weekly swim workouts in our heated junior Olympic-size pool with additional access to our deep water running workouts. They will be able to participate in weekly running workouts on our cushioned indoor track or in our seven-acre park where they will have full access to ¼ and half mile running trails—not to mention the scenic surroundings. These run workouts are designed to improve efficiency, 5k and 10k performance. In addition to running and swimming training, seasonal indoor and outdoor cycling programs will be available to them as well. Plus, for an additional fee, they will have access to the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center’s physiology lab where they can receive Max VO2 and Lactate Threshold testing and hydrostatic weighing.

Some other benefits to the program include access to extensive weight and cardiovascular equipment, personal training, and nutritional assessments by registered dietitians and exercise physiologists. Also, each athlete enrolled in the Multi-Sport program can take advantage of our comfortable locker rooms with private dressing and shower areas, complimentary towels and other toiletries. Again, all of this offered in one place.

Enrollment in the year-round Multi-Sport program allows the athlete 10 visits a month to the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center for only $62 a month—how each athlete wants to use those 10 sessions is to their discretion. There is no initiation fee, but the program requires an initial three-month commitment. The Multi-Sport program is also available with a full-time membership to the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center.

In addition to this new program, the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center will continue to offer its annual triathlon training and marathon programs, preparing athletes for the Tom Landry Triathlon and White Rock Marathon.

For more information about the Multi-Sport program, feel free to contact me at 214-820-6715 or e-mail me at michada@baylorhealth.edu, Michael Dawdy, CSCS, Multi-Sport Programs, Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center; Ashley Howland, Marketing & Public Relations, Baylor Health Care System, 2001 Bryan St., Suite 2200, Dallas, Texas 75201, 214-820-7540 direct, 214-344-4417 pager, 214-820-4697 fax, ashlehow@baylorhealth.edu.

Chris Phelan has written, laid out, photographed, and published The Phast Times News since 2001. He’s crisscrossed Texas on his bike three times, swam 5 miles across Lake Ray Hubbard three times, completed three Ironman triathlons, and has represented the US in completion three times, and run with the Olympic Torch. He maintained All-American status for five years and has also biked across the country, 3600 miles in 30 days. The running/triathlon coach has PR’s of 2:27 marathon, 15:40 5K, 3:55 at the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred, and 10:00:52 Ironman. Chris is the only person to have won overall and Master’s at Dallas’ Crosson Dannis road racing series, DRC road racing series, and the USAT/SMW duathlon series. In 1988 he began Dallas’ oldest track workout, 1998 started north Texas’ first treadmill class, and 2003 he founded the world-wide Ride Of Silence. He’s been twice nominated Master’s Road Runner of the Year, highlighted in a variety of magazines and is frequently asked to speak at camps and organizations about fitness. Outside of swimming, biking, and running, Chris has summited several mountains including Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.