Smart Coaching, Flexible Planning & Guaranteed Results

How Steel City Endurance is Different…

Science backed principals of endurance training provide the fulcrum of our athlete’s success. Head Coach & Founder Suzanne Atkinson, MD has taken over 30 years of teaching & coaching experience, blended it with a masterful understanding of physiology, and infused it with her ability to connect with people on a one to one basis. The results are a training plan that reflects your individual needs and response to previous efforts, adequate time to recovery between workouts and races and still spend time on other pursuits, and increased speed in your planned races.

Our Core Values

  • Continuous Incremental Improvement in Sport, Attitude, Nutrition
  • Open Communication
  • Non-judgemental Approach: There is no “fail” on team SCE
  • First Move Well, then Move Often
  • Technique, Efficiency & Consistency yield Performance

Our Approach to Your Success

Steel City Endurance Coaching helps you perform to your potential. At Steel City Endurance our priority is making sure that we understand and listen to your needs and your endurance performance goals, and then help craft the training plan, accountability and support that helps you reach them.

My Personal Guarantee

I guarantee that you will see results within your first 30 days, or else your first month is free! If you follow your custom training plan for the first month and do not feel fitter, faster, smoother, more efficient or do not feel you are getting the service you expect from Steel City Endurance, your first month is free.

Suzanne Atkinson, MD


Suzanne Atkinson, MD is a world-class triathlon & endurance coach with over 30 years of experience coaching.   She has worked with age group elite & professional triathletes in addition to designing beginning training groups for first time triathletes.

Her teaching career includes working as a wilderness instructor for Outward Bound School, Mountaineering & Rock Climbing fitness director and teacheing medical students & residents at the University if Pittsburgh Medical School.

Suzanne brings motivational skills, technical instruction and an understanding of physiology to each individual athlete’s training. She has helped both first-time triathletes as well as world champions accomplish their dreams.

Training with Coach Suzanne and Steel City Endurance has greatly improved my confidence and enjoyment of open water swimming, and by improving my efficiency has enabled me to save energy for the bike and run in triathlons. During the best if the US race (Leon's race), it was a turbulent start with the best of the us and faster men/women all together.

Due to the work on swim efficiency I was able to hold a place just behind the lead swimmers. I remember feeling like everyone around me was expending a lot of effort, while I felt pretty comfortable. I feel like the effort saved by not working extra hard to stay right there at the lead payed off with a strong bike and run.

Kirsten Sass

2015 Olympic Age Group World Champion

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I utilized Anne-Marie as a coach to increase my 5k and half marathon time as well as to complete a 70.3 distance triathlon. I met all my goals with great success and I largely attribute that success to Anne Marie’s coaching. We seamlessly work together from two different parts of the country. Anne-Marie was incredibly informative, responsive, flexible and offered amazing guidance along the way. I highly recommend her as a coach.

Jodi Blaine

From Mom to 70.3 Ironman

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CoachSuzanneOlympicSwimClubAbout The Head Coach

Steel City Endurance Head Coach & Founder is Suzanne Atkinson, MD.  Suzanne relentlessly pursues ongoing experience in direct mentoring relationships with elite coaches and soaks up training information from primary sources, journal articles, and university level education.  She has experience not only in 1 on 1 coaching for swimming, cycling & running, but has also coached triathlon and swimming camps in Cabo Rojo,  Puerto rico; Kona, Hawaii;  Boulder, CO & London UK.

Certifications imply a standard has been met by a national organization.  While they are not a guarantee of coaching ability or knowledge, the maintenance and achievement of certification shows ongoing pursuit of continuing education, experience with athletes  and a commitment to the sport.

Suzanne has achieved a Level 2 USA Triathlon Certification with Elite Mentoring Experience, qualified for USAT Level 3 Certification in 2016, as well as USA Cycling Level 2. She achieved the high distinction of Master Coach during her time with Total Immersion where she also helped lead and develop coaching education for new trainees

In addition to her endurance coaching experience & credentials, Suzanne is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, has masters level coursework in Exercise Physiology, is am a former Outward Bound instructor with experience teaching expedition skills, whitewater kayaking, rockclimbing & mountaineering.

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