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KISS Applied Nutrition

KISS is the acronym for keep it simple stupid. In the military we have to be constantly aware of “Capt Complicated’s” efforts to derail a mission from success. I make all attempts to keeping things as simple as possible. Life is inherently complex… why add to the chaos by making eating and our hobbies the […]

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The Core 4: The Four Sups Everyone Benefits From

The Core 4™ – The Four Basic Supplements Everyone Can Benefit From The first step to fueling your body is a healthy diet that specifically and accurately addresses the entirety of nutritional requirements in relation to the volume and intensity of activity you perform on a daily basis.  All diets, no matter their composition, lack […]

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SCHEDULED RELOADS & OFF-SEASON

[row h_align=”center”] [col span=”4″ span__sm=”12″] [/col] [col span=”4″ span__sm=”12″] [ux_image id=”7686″] [/col] [col span=”4″ span__sm=”12″] [/col] [/row] I just transitioned out of a couple months of a planned and scheduled off-season of 12 weeks where I pulled back on intensity, volume and loads. Since my DNF at the Bigfoot 200 in mid August the longest […]

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Aerobic Training: Not to Be Confused With…

I recently posted to Facebook a statement about the benefits of aerobic activity at existing at less than 30 minutes per session. The discussion in the comments highlighted the common misconception aerobic training can be replaced by HITT, sprints or CrossFit style metcons. Conceptually this idea was popularized in and by CF and HITT. It […]

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Volume

Training volume.Increased volume.High volume.Progressive volume.All the volume.It is far more likely to hear athletes and coaches mention volume in terms of multiplying it, not reducing it.It has become a sort of badge worn on the chest to tell the mortals around us that we are putting our heads down and charging into the most serious […]

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END|Strength Part 1: The Basics and Who the Hell Is Doing This Stuff?

For decades conventional “wisdom” has been endurance work not only inhibits, but destroys strength and strips off hard earned muscle. Luckily for those who need both, like special operations personnel, the meatheads who came up with the aforementioned wisdom, are very wrong. Humans can, in fact, develop both exceptional strength and endurance simultaneously. In this, […]

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The BigFoot 200: Melissa Hoff On Her 131 Miles

Picture this, it is November 2016, Tony and I are on our way home from Long Island where I competed in my third powerlifting meet in six months.  This time lifting enough weight to obtain an elite total in my third weight class.  We listened to Cameron Hanes’ podcast, Keep Hammering, when he interviewed Candice […]

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Episode 7: IFBB Pro Brian Martinez

In a very informative and insightful interview, Don and Tony talk with IFBB Pro Brian Martinzez on recently earning his pro card in the Classic Physique, Class B Division and the 8 years of dedication, commitment, and sacrifices it required to get to this point in his career. http://media.blubrry.com/compedgeperformancetraining/p/content.blubrry.com/compedgeperformancetraining/Brian_Martinzez.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

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Running Shoes Update and Brief Review

I get asked about running shoes often, mostly by big guys for the obvious reasons, but by many who are also lifting and doing other work in addition to their running. Here is an down and dirty update and explanation of which and why I am wearing what I am currently. After wearing many different […]

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Half IronMan / 505lbs Squat / 565 Deadlift

A half distance Iron Triathlon followed up with a 500lbs squat and 550lbs deadlift.What is the point?The goal was prove the methods I use in my END-Strength programming could produce and maintain a respectable level of strength that is not degraded tremendously by intense endurance output. The plan was to complete the Beach 2 Battleship […]

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The Capable

The Capable actively seek challenges to test their abilities. The Capable believe in themselves. Not in the blind sense of the word, no… not the idealistic “you can be anything you want to be” type of use of the word belief. Rather, the belief based on prior accomplishments and backed by knowledge they have learned […]

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END|Strength Part 3: On Cycling

In Part 1 of this series on my END|Strength methods and hybrid training training I talked about the trade offs and compromises an athlete can expect from training for both strength and endurance simultaneously.  I talked about the various athletes who are training this way and how they must train and I spoke what types […]

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Striking Distance Episode 6: Dr. Gabriel Frank

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Episode 5: Mike Valentino of Gold’s Gyms

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I Am Finished Helping People

*Military and Veterans…  nothing in this article applies to you.   Without getting into the psycho babble, I am a provider and protector at my core.  Society teaches us that giving is the best thing we can do; that helping others is never a bad thing.  The reality is, that is not necessarily true and […]

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Episode 4: A Healthy Ego

Build A Bullet Proof Ego for Success http://media.blubrry.com/compedgeperformancetraining/p/content.blubrry.com/compedgeperformancetraining/Ego_Audio_forPODCAST_1_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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No Ones Wakes Up Awesome

The motivational memes that proliferate social media might tell you differently, but we do not just become awesome in our sheer existence. Many would have you believe you are perfect, beautiful and need no improvement just the way you are. As if we are just magically great and are without need of betterment the way […]

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An Ultra, the Highest Elevation Triathlon, and Three Elite Totals in Three Weight Classes. A Year In Review with Comp|EDGE Coach & Athlete Melissa Hoff

by Melissa Hoff 2016 has been a pretty eventful year for me. I am extremely happy to have been able to achieve a few goals and complete some events I would not have thought possible a few years ago. So many people believe it is difficult or even impossible to train concurrently for strength and […]

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No Options… The No Way Out Route to Success

We have all heard and are familiar with the term an animal is most dangerous when cornered. Take away all options and the one that remains becomes the way. When you take on the mindset that success in your goals is the only option, you can increase your chance of success to nearly 100%. When […]

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END|Strength Part 3: On Cycling

In Part 1 of this series on my END|Strength methods and hybrid training I talked about the trade offs and compromises an athlete can expect from training for both strength and endurance simultaneously. I talked about the various athletes who are training this way and how they must train and I spoke what types of […]

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Striking Distance: Episode 3 Don Varady of Clean Eatz

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The Road to the 106º West Triathlon and Why Fear Is The Best Reason

What do you say when someone asks you to do a triathlon in Colorado at 10,000 feet… in September… with a swim in a lake with average water temps of 50º… the ride being up a steep mountain road… and just as bad, down an extremely curvy mountain road. The run, well the run would […]

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Striking Distance: Episode 2 – Brian Carroll

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Striking Distance Episode 1 – The Intro with Tony Cowden & Melissa Hoff

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Running Makes You Skinny

Running makes you skinny! http://www.strengthsensei.com/is-cardio-making-you-skinny-…/ You’ve heard it… written in articles like the one linked above and from out of shape, bro-gym lifting types (they don’t compete in lifting or bodybuilding so I’ve no name for them), but also from the CrossFitters who preach “functional” fitness. Funny, since they won’t do the one true, most […]

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END|Strength Part 2: On Running

As we discussed in Part 1, developing respectable levels of strength and endurance concurrently can be done. More and more strong guys want to be able to get outside and be active. Conversely, endurance athletes are recognizing the benefits of being stronger. Sadly, when most of either attempt to add work to their already taxing […]

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Competition Day Nutrition

by Melissa Hoff CrossFit Tier 1’s 2nd Annual, women’s’ only competition, “Low T” is this coming Saturday.  Have you thought about your plan for nutrition on competition day? Below are a few considerations and recommendations for what to eat, what supplements to take, and when to take them.  A few years in the making, with […]

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50k and Strong: END|Strength Applied

by Melissa Hoff I just completed my first 50K trail run on January 30th. The first annual Southern Tour Ultra 50K, set just north of Wilmington in Scotts Hill, NC, was my first ultra distance run.  I just wanted to share with you a little about my training leading up to the race, my mindset […]

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END|Strength Part 1: The Basics and Who the Hell Is Doing This Stuff

END-Strength – Part 1: The Basics and Who the Hell Is Doing This Stuff? For decades conventional “wisdom” has been endurance work not only inhibits, but destroys strength and strips off hard earned muscle. So what if I told you that a guy did a half iron distance triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, 13.1 […]

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The Core 4™ – The Four Supplements Everyone Can Benefit From

The Core 4™ – The Four Basic Supplements Everyone Can Benefit From The first step to fueling your body is a healthy diet that specifically and accurately addresses the entirety of nutritional requirements in relation to the volume and intensity of activity you perform on a daily basis.  All diets, no matter their composition, lack […]

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Welcome to Competitive EDGE Performance

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