Meet Coach Meg

Meg Stolt Johannessen, or Coach Meg as she is called by her athletes is coach and an athlete. Meg competes in and trains for various road races, lifeguard competitions, open water swims and triathlons throughout the year.

The athlete and the coach, has faced various obstacles in her training, which have taught Meg a great deal about training, competing and performance. The most significant training battle was the return to the playing field after her cycling accident. Through this, Meg has learned to celebrate life and all the little moments that create it. She brings this to her coaching style in her attitude and approach. The little steps along the way create the journey. These steps can be tracked, and used to demonstrate improvement along the path to excellence.

Meg has borrowed the philosophy: Get Strong, Get Fast, Get Fit, Get Specific, and Compete! In that order….. From Jimmy Radcliffe, the Oregon strength coach.

    Meg ‘s coaching philosophy is simple:

  • There is simplicity in the programming. Programming surrounds you the unique individual.
  • Coaching is more than a training plan.
  • Each training session has a specific purpose.
  • Fundamentals First.
  • I believe in FUN.
  • Anything is possible.
  • There is no busy work. (Quality over Quantity).


MSJ 4 Her, her daughter company, was conceived to create opportunity for females to learn to be fit and strong in sport. Through her current coaching opportunities, Coach Meg uses her knowledge and skills to assist these athletes achieve excellence through sport. Her passion is females in performance. It is her goal, to use the assets of this company to influence our youth to compete in a intelligent fashion. We are in an era where physical education and play has been or is being removed from the institutions, and the focus is competition. More children are competing in sports than ever before. Unfortunately, many are not prepared for the sports for which they play. These do not have the underlying strengths from which a training foundation can be formed. As a result, injuries are on the rise. It is the intent of MSJ 4 Her to create opportunities for females to learn to train and build that foundation to compete.

As a strength coach focusing on Athletic Development , Coach Meg has had the opportunity to work with athletes from a variety of sports. These include: softball, baseball, soccer, american football, rugby and basketball.

By coaching endurance athletes, Meg is able to share her love of triathlon, and open-water swimming. She teaches swimming all summer long and works with many first-times triathletes, to gain comfort in the open water.

She also serves a consultant for various open water events to ensure swimmer safety, as an ocean and pool lifeguard, and has served as the chairperson for the Open Water Sanctions Committee of the New England Chapter — US Masters Swimming. Additionally, meg has worked with various fire and rescue agencies practicing open water rescue protocols.

Coach Meg is part of the GAIN Network and is a member of the United States Lifesaving Association, American Swim Coaches Association, US Master’s Swimming, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Meg is certified by National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Triathlon, USA Track and Field, as a Spinning (Indoor Cycling) Instructor, USA Swimming and is also a certified open water lifeguard. She has a BA in physical education and a MS in Sport Injury Management. Meg is currently pursuing coaching certification through USA cycling, and USA Weightlifting.

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