Taren Gesell, aka Triathlon Taren
Meet Taren Gesell, a Canadian triathlete and social media professional. Known for his YouTube channel and podcast — Triathlon Taren — Gesell is the creative mind behind the "Team Trainiac" community. Gesell, though, did not grow up swimming, biking, and running. He was active in his youth —skateboarding, playing baseball and curling competitively —but had traded sport for bacon and beer. In an effort to lose weight, he began going to the gym and eating better.
Inspired by a friend, Gesell did his first Try-A-Tri, and he was hooked. Gesell has since made triathlon and endurance sports a way of life while sharing his passion with amateur athletes around the world.
Becoming Triathlon Taren
Growing up, Gesell took swim lessons and had a pool in his backyard. Yet, he developed a fear of the water that continued into adulthood.
"I was scared of the water, and I was awful at swimming," he says of his start in triathlons.
But just as Gesell had transformed his life through sport, so did his appreciation for the water and swimming.
"Now I love it," he says. "Swimming is one of my favorite things to do for relaxation. I find it really calming to be surrounded by water."
Swimming can be the most intimidating discipline of triathlon. "It's a real shame because it’s holding people back from doing this great sport," Gesell says.
To improve their swim, Gesell says, it’s not about focusing on stroke rate or kick. Athletes can take time to improve their technique and change it so theyare calmer in the water.
"A swim spa is a very controlled environment where you can see the bottom, you can touch the sides, you can stand up in it at any point," Gesell says. "It's going to be a huge benefit for people who want to overcome that fear and improve their technique."
About the H2X Challenger Swim Spa Series
Taren Gesell is training with a Challenger 15D swim spa, which is part of the H2X Fitness Swim Spa line. The Challenger series is the newest product lineup from Master Spas.
- Airless VIP jet system
- AuqaSpeed VSP (25 speed levels)*
- Xtreme Therapy Cove
- Jetted Hydrotherapy Seats
- H2Xercise Fitness System
- Year-round use
*For International Challenger swim spas, the VSP system is currently not available. Instead, 3 high flow pumps create a strong, deep, and wide water current from a combination of 7 available speeds.
When it comes to triathlon, it’s not always about training harder. It’s about training smarter, and recovery is an integral part of that. While there are many recovery items on the market, just being in water can help athletes. Water’s natural buoyancy and resistance provides a compression-type affect that helps with inflammation and increases circulation.
"Everything you can do to recover – whether it’s sleeping more, staying off your feet, getting into the swim spa to just chill out – that's actually where you get faster," Gesell says.
H2X Fitness Swim Spas
At Master Spas, we want you to enjoy making fitness and wellness a priority. Whether you are a novice or a world-class athlete, it takes more than desire to balance workouts with life’s demands. It takes commitment. That's why we are an official partner of IRONMAN World Championships. Our swim spas are designed to make training and recovery convenient, just steps away in your backyard.