CEO, Head Coach and Race Director
“To be a great coach is to know more than crunching numbers and analyzing data. To be a great coach is to know your athlete. When you know your athlete because you have built a relationship with them, you know their fears, and the stumbling blocks that they put in front of them and their potential performance. To be a great coach is to know how to listen, look into that athletes eyes and know how to pull out the best in them. That’s only possible when you have a relationship with your athlete. I’m grateful to call Joe not only my coach but one of my best friends. Because of that he pulls out the best in me.” – Jada B.
Coach Joe, through dedication, reliability, motivation and pure enthusiasm, has helped hundreds of individuals and teams achieve their goals. Through a unique blend of personal experience and quality education, Joe will help you improve your lifestyle and have more fun!
Joe has been coaching adults and youth for over 30 years: business professionals, Scouts and Scout Leaders, and successful athletes. Joe specializes in and has a passion for the development of high performance life skills and personal power. His protégés have achieved breakthroughs in many aspects of their lives, athletic and otherwise. His soon to be released book, Beating the Demons, will help athletes become all they are meant to be in training, racing and life.
“Some of you have asked how my event went this weekend, so here’s the story. One year ago I set a goal to complete an Olympic/International #triathlon I hired the best Tri coach around, Joe LoPresto and started the journey. This past year here is what I discovered, I’m not too old to run faster, I’m not too afraid to swim in open water, and snap in shoes for a bike aren’t as scary as I thought. I realized whether it’s in #business or #life, you have to stretch yourself, #challenge yourself to do the things you think you can’t. I believe to really engage in life you have to invite challenge in, get close to it and figure out how to go through it, not over it, not under it but through it. Yesterday I completed my goal and finished! I came out of it and said, “Wow, that was hard, but I did it!” #Chineseproverb “Those who say it can’t be done, shouldn’t interrupt the people that are doing it!” Thanks everyone at Experience Triathlon for the support! #believeandachieve #workhard #nogutsnoglory #proud” – Nicki A.
“A huge thanks goes out to my coach, Joe LoPresto, for guiding me and supporting me throughout my Tri career and especially getting me to the Ironman Wisconsin finish line yesterday! Couldn’t have done it without you coach! Thanks as always!” – Cathy O.
“Joe takes his passion, enthusiasm, and the love of triathlon and incorporates into his teaching. Whether you are the experienced triathlete looking to improve on times, or the novice beginner, whatever skill level, you will leave each training session inspired, confident, ready to take on any challenge. I’m hooked. Thanks Coach Joe!!” – Lynn B.
“Joe is a detail-oriented professional with a focus on the customer. His work ethic is extraordinary. I have observed, from direct interaction on the ET Batavia Triathlon Race Committee, he is exceedingly prepared, understands the issues and works diligently to align all of the various resources within the triathlon’s scope to a single vision. He is a joy to work with. Joe gets things done and done well. I recommend him with enthusiasm.” – Anne D.
“I’d like to thank Coach Joe of Experience Triathlon for his help getting me to a PR in the marathon. After six months of working with him I shaved 45 minutes off my previous best.” – Mike L.
“Coach Joe, I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the time you spent with me today. I want you to know that every day I train I do so knowing that I’m in great hands and its times like tonight I’m grateful for how much you care about the people around you. It shows in everything you do and one thing I’ll never underestimate is how much your guidance means to me and my success is our success. You’re the best coach hands down.” – Jim R.
Coach Joe is an Expert Level USA Triathlon Certified Coach, USAT Certified Race Director and the Founder of Experience Triathlon. He is the Race Director for the ET Batavia Triathlon & Duathlon and an Ambassador for lululemon athletica. Joe played a key leadership role for several years on the Personal Training staff at Life Time Fitness, where he developed and coached endurance training programs for running, swimming, cycling and strength conditioning at four locations in the Chicago area. Joe is also a USA Swimming Certified Stroke & Turn Official. He has been recognized as one of the best swim teachers in the Chicago suburbs. Joe has helped hundreds of adults learn to swim so they could complete their first triathlon. Joe is a Certified USA Track & Field Coach. Prior to establishing Experience Triathlon, Joe held various leadership positions at IBM, Nike, The Boy Scouts of America, United Way and the Wheatland Athletic Association.
“I’m 47 with a background in powerlifting. I’ve also enjoyed running and other fitness activities throughout my life. I wanted to incorporate swimming into my fitness routine to remain active as I grow older because it is easier on the joints. It also seemed like it would be a nice stress outlet. So I hit the pool but I had never had formal training and my first sessions were extremely frustrating. I tried reading books and watching youtube videos to learn proper technique but it seemed like the more I tried on my own the worse I got. So I turned to ET. Within four lessons coach Joe systematically corrected all of the major flaws in my form. Now swimming has become my primary form of cardio and is extremely enjoyable. Lessons with ET was one of the best investments I’ve ever made.” – Jim B.
Joe is an accomplished age group triathlete and runner, often with podium finishes and competing at the USA Triathlon National Championships. He has competed at all levels of the game, from 5K to marathon run racing and Sprint to Ironman distance triathlons & duathlons. Joe personally uses multisport training and racing to improve his lifestyle. Like many of us, he balances the challenges of daily life: raising a family, running a business, and trying to maintain a healthy body. Joe understands both the challenge and the beauty of living a well-balanced life. Joe will enjoy working with you, whatever your level of training, to understand your background and personal goals, and then design a training program perfect for you and your life!
Joe lives in Warrenville, IL. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. Joe is also a graduate of the Landmark Forum. His son Michael, is a Graduate of Purdue University, an Eagle Scout, and Big Ten Champion water polo player.
Joe takes pride in helping athletes obtain their personal health, happiness and fitness goals.
“Recently Fitness Magazine made a call for stories. Their question… “Have you met a fitness person who changed your life? We’re looking for women who met someone significant in their lives through a fitness activity or sport.” This made me think about my first triathlon. I wanted to do one, but could not swim. A friend suggested I get a coach. That’s when I found the amazing, Coach Joe LoPresto. I would not have been able to do this without his kind heart, patience, and coaching. The triathlon event was the scariest and most fun I’ve had. I didn’t have anyone waiting at the end of the tri for me, but as I leaving, there was Coach Joe and his heart warming hugs. With amazing people around you amazing things can happen.” – Angie D.