Meet the Team

“We are not interested in being like everyone else. We are here to wake up and shake up the world of endurance sports”-  BJ, Triathlon Coach and YogiTriathlete Co-Founder

BJ: Triathlon Coach
Coaching philosophy: A little bit. Every day. Over a long period of time. Don’t overthink your way out of achieving your goals. Give yourself a chance by choosing to do something today. Do not delay your dreams.

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Coach “Beej” has a zeal for life that is infectious and a deep passion for serving others to achieve their greatest dreams. He works one-on-one with his athletes to empower them to be active participants in their process of physical and mental growth. When he’s not swimming, biking, or running, he’s found in the yoga studio standing on his head, making room to answer life’s epic questions.

BJ is a 16x Ironman triathlete, Ironman and 70.3 World Championship Qualifier, Boston Marathon qualifier, triathlon, and running coach with major street cred. He is a 200-hr Live Love Teach trained yoga instructor and certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

JESS: Mindset Coach
Coaching philosophy: Peak performance and athletic potential are found in the present moment. By way of mental training as its own discipline, athletes learn to sift through the clutter of their mind, deepen their relationship with presence and meet their potential with ease.

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Jess has 17 years of experience working with athletes on body/mind mastery. She is a well-respected mindset coach within the endurance and ultra-endurance sports community. Jess has worked with Ironman and Ultraman Champions, doctors, lawyers, and high-performers across the board.

She is a long-time endurance athlete, podcast host, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator and Live Love Teach trained yoga instructor.

Jess is the author of the YogiTriathlete Cookbook: High Vibe Recipes for the Athlete Appetite and High Vibe Pie: Pizza Night Finally Done Right.

She has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, Elephant Journal, Massage Magazine, and TriZone, as well as many blogs and podcasts for her expertise in holistic health and nutrition.

LIZ: Run Coach
Coaching philosophy: My coaching is simple…it’s from the present moment and current story of each athlete. It is an individualized approach with training the mind at its core. I am the “more than a running coach” coach.

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Coach Liz (aka Running on Venti) is a seeker who loves adventure. She has been lacing up her running shoes for over 40 years and has been known to challenge her limits and go beyond that edge.

Every step and mile that Coach Liz has run has brought her here. She has been coaching adult athletes for over 5 years, from those who want to be able to run a mile to the marathon and beyond. She has also been an Assistant Running Coach at Parker Charter School in MA for over 5 years. She coaches all 3 seasons which include XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track. She loves sharing her #lizdom with not only her adult athletes but with the kids she coaches. Those who know her are not surprised she is a coach. It’s where she feels most aligned.

Most days you can find Coach Liz managing her training and her multi-passionate life outside of Boston, MA with her husband and 2 daughters, 2 goldies Thor & GG, and 2 cats.

DANIEL: Triathlon Coach
Coaching Philosophy: My belief is consistency is key to the success of every athlete! My training approach is very much athlete-centered; focused on balance, adaptability, and recovery to ensure athlete wellness and goals are met.

Daniel stumbled into the endurance sports arena after losing his mother to an undiagnosed heart condition. Daniel searched for a way to literally and figuratively heal his heart. What started as a marathon to raise money for the American Heart Association and bring awareness to heart-related issues, lead to the evolution of Daniel as an endurance athlete and the creation of Vegan Powered Athlete, a lifestyle brand that seeks to spread the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

After working in retail and owning his own business for 20+ years, he understood what hard work and commitment meant. He fell in love with triathlon during the training leading up to his first full distance Ironman and truly believes the journey is the reward!

Daniel has completed 50+ endurance events. He is a 14x Ironman and Ironman 70.3 finisher with a sub 5 hour 70.3 finish. Ironman Gold All World Athlete performing in the top 1% of age group triathletes. As well as USA Triathlon All-American finishing in the top 10% of USA Triathlon National Rankings.

Training for triathlons became more than a hobby in 2019 when Daniel became an Ironman Certified Coach and began helping athletes reach their own dreams and goals. It’s a commitment he is passionate about and takes pride in guiding athletes one-on-one through the highs and lows of training and racing.

Daniel is also a certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator, certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T.Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, and the founder of the Vegan Lifestyle Brand Vegan Powered Athlete (VPA).

 

LYNDA LAYNG: Nutrition Coach

Lynda Layng Tama is a whole food plant-based chef, recipe developer, food editor and certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Passionate about whole food plant-based nutrition, fitness and mindfulness. Lynda’s has been in the vegan publishing and recipe development space for over ten years. And has had the pleasure of working on cookbooks, such as The Plant Powered Way by Rich Roll & Julie Piatt, Self Magazine Drop 10 Cookbook, Dining at the Ravens, treasured recipes from The Stanford Inn Vegan Resort and The YogiTriathlete Cookbook. Her most recent work includes No Meat Athlete, Health Made Simple Meal Plan and Mississippi Vegan’s YouTube Cooking Channel and website.

Lynda grew up in a small town outside of Hartford, Connecticut, eating the standard American diet of white bread, processed snacks and way too much diet soda. While she was in college, her mom was beginning to battle breast cancer. She passed away in June of 2001 and her care and treatment made Lynda question a few things about the connection between diet, nutrition, health and disease. She didn’t have much time to grieve, because only twenty days later she discovered her dad had suffered a massive stroke, and eventually passed away due to complications of heart disease. Now parentless and grieving, Lynda tried to move forward and slowly began to make a better life for herself. Ditching a job she hated and slowly finding her way into a healthier space. Now years later, she considers her parents passing, as their parting gift to her. A course correction towards health in her youth, that led her in a new direction. A clean eating, plant focused path to not only a healthier body and mind, but also a true vocation, and a passion to serve and help others.

Lynda is passionate about helping people take charge of their health, teaching you how to create simple, satisfying meals and experiencing all the beautiful benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Today she is blessed to teach, cook, write and share in her community of Cranford, NJ and the New York City metro area.

About the Founders
Jess and BJ are co-founders of YogiTriathlete and lead coaches for Team YogiTriathlete. They combine tried and true endurance training philosophy with a what they consider to be the real mindset training.

They are proof that when we train the mind we can live a life beyond limits. YogiTriathlete is on a mission to create a better world and Jess and BJ live what they coach every single day.

In 2016, Jess and BJ sold their dream home, got rid of most of their material possessions and hit the road to raise awareness that living a more vibrant life is within reach for all.

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