About Us

What is RIAK Fitness?

We started out in 2017 as a simple triathlon coaching business and whilst coaching is still at the heart of what we do, RIAK has become so much more.  Nonetheless, our principles of Balance, Simplicity and Accessibility still pervade and inform everything we do (see Philosophy below).

COVID-19 has significantly shaped and changed the way we do things and as for many small businesses, the last 18-months have been extremely challenging.  However, whilst some doors have closed, others have opened and we are extremely excited about the future.  With the establishment of RIAK ONLINE and all our online sessions, RIAK is now able to exponentially increase its offering.  To list just a few of the things we offer:

  • Online coached turbo sessions leveraging RGT Cycling’s immersive virtual training platform;
  • Online Strength & Workout classes always focused on building functional strength, muscular balance and mobility;
  • Online run club sessions, which are available to and challenging for everyone regardless of their experience level;
  • Cycle Seminars where we put on a an endurance/active recovery group turbo workout and then either one of our coaches or a recognised expert will do a ‘deep dive’ into a particular topic;
  • Online personal training;
  • We continue to provide first class triathlon and other coaching services, which are now massively supplemented by our online offering to the extent that we know of no other coaching outfit that offers such resources;
  • Video Swim Assessments where we analyse a swimmer’s stroke from a number of different angles and provide them with a detailed report and drills to improve; and
  • Training camps – our inaugural Provence based training camp has been a while in the waiting due to COVID, but just take a look at what is on offer, it’s an endurance athlete’s paradise!

Our Philosophy

 

We believe the key to achieving your fitness goals is consistency. At RIAK Fitness we feel the best way we can assist you in attaining that aspiration is by helping you to achieve balance in your life; help keep things straightforward for you and be as inclusive as possible.  BALANCE, SIMPLICITY and ACCESSIBILITY are the corner-stones of the business and everything we do.

What this means in practice is that while we take cycling, triathlon and fitness seriously and want you to come back because you see improvements, nonetheless, we also take balancing your training with the rest of life’s demands equally as seriously.  That is why we want every service we offer to be as simple and as accessible as possible so you have more time for life’s other demands.

One area where we are particularly vehement in our passion is inclusivity.  Cycling is probably the greatest sport on this Earth in our opinion, but it has its issues with elitism, lack of diversity, chauvinism and sometimes, just a complete lack of logic.  We like to think triathlon is much more inclusive but even so, it still has its barriers to entry.  In short, at RIAK Fitness, we desperately want everyone to feel welcome and able to ask questions.  There is no ego here.  We all know only what we know and it’s not like we get taught the intricacies of training when we’re at school.  So no one can be expected to be an expert.  The old adage that there is no such thing as a stupid question is completely applicable when it comes to joining our sessions.  So don’t be shy! We’re here to help.

Our Founder

Richard Akers

``I have been a keen cyclist for most of my life and a triathlete for about the last decade. I was once a lawyer and lived the stressful city life where every minute seems to count, especially when it comes to life outside of work, which sometimes felt like an interlude between bouts of working. That is why I am so passionate about the sessions and services RIAK Fitness provides. Everything we do is specifically designed to either educate or make life simpler for you.``

``I have been a triathlon coach for over four years. Originally it was on the side whilst I worked to earn as much money as possible to set up the business. Now it is not only my passion, it’s my career and one I absolutely love! Coaching and personal training is not obviously a noble cause. However, seeing the difference it can make to someone’s sense of self-worth as I have over the course of the last few years is really what it’s about for me. Often people seem to underestimate the importance of personal achievements outside of work and the effect they can have on how happy you are.``

Richard still runs many of our RIAK ONLINE sessions, triathlon coaching and personal training operations.

Affiliated Coaches

Matt Wright

Matt is a BTF L2 tri coach, with a wealth of experience in coaching athletes of all levels. His coaching philosophy is founded on the idea that a coach’s role is to accelerate the rate of improvement for each athlete, whilst enriching their experience in the sport. An engineer by training, his approach is rooted in scientific research, whilst recognising that if we aren’t having fun, we are missing the point!

As an athlete, Matt has 20 years of experience competing as a swimmer up to national standard. He races triathlon up to domestic elite level in the British Super Series and has won medals at age-group national championships, all whilst balancing training with a successful coaching business, a day job in engineering, and a busy social life.

Matt offers individualised training plans and 1-2-1 coaching through ΔTRI (pronounced Delta Tri), and coaches squad sessions for Savage Tri Club in Basingstoke. Head to www.deltatri.co.uk for more info.

Matt now also runs some of our RIAK ONLINE sessions. In particular, you can find him on a Thursday turning and burning and imparting his impressive level of technical knowledge.

Tanya Selby

Tanya is a qualified England Athletics running coach, Level 3 Personal trainer and Sports Massage Therapist.

Coming from a background in rehab and performance means she has experience helping a wide range of abilities, from athletes to beginners. Her specialisms are in posture, hypermobility and strength and conditioning for endurance sports.

Tanya is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and ensuring you enjoy the process along the way. She is an approachable coach who will work with you to achieve long lasting change. Her sessions focus on technique and functional exercises to help you regain your energy and ensure you feel confident in your daily life. Her enthusiasm will help you push yourself to achieve measurable results.

Along with many personal successes as a runner and cyclist Tanya has experienced her own setbacks, linked to overtraining and poor biomechanics. She is now more passionate than ever to help others avoid common pitfalls and can empathise fully with the many frustrations that come from falling in and out of training.

Tanya is the Run Club’s lead coach, which is now meeting online but outside of the COVID-19 crisis, can be seen dominating the asphalt in the vicinity of the RIAK Fitness Studio. She now also runs our fascinating and incredibly beneficial Prehab Strength sessions.

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