Posts by Alex Viada

The price of a mile

Back in 2013, I’d been running my own coaching company for close to two years.  It was thriving, word of mouth had built a solid client base locally, and my reputation as the big jacked guy who was always running had been solidified in the region. Writing on concurrent training (strength and endurance) is something…

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The completely (un)official CHP RPE scale for endurance training

Here at Complete Human Performance, we aim to provide the most cutting edge, scientific, yet immediately applicable and practical information to our athletes and followers.  The following RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) scale for endurance activities may prove useful to yourself or your colleagues: 1/10: This doesn’t feel like exercise at all. It is actually…

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Musings on active recovery

In keeping with my own posting of random snippets of conversation, this is a blog post, of sorts, musing on what defines active recovery, and whether or not a “lower intensity” metcon session involving lighter weight or lower rep explosive movements (muscle ups, snatches, etc.) could EVER be considered active recovery by CrossFit athletes. Without…

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Random musings on quads, squatting, and running

This is the first in an installment of random answers to questions that any member of our team has addressed.  They may be useful, totally useless, funny, dull, timely, or so specific as to be completely worthless to anybody other than the asker, but hopefully at least they’ll lend some insight into our thought process.…

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Alex Fucks Up

I stared at the piece of egg sitting there on a hot rock. Man, I thought, “that tasted much better going down than it did coming up”. I flopped onto my back, a sharp rock digging into my lower back somewhere, but honestly it felt good. Something that reminded me I was still conscious and…

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Old Man Training Part 1

Old man training, part 1. Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas   Ten years ago, I was unstoppable. I was indestructible. I was strong, capable, my body could do anything I asked of…

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Special Endurance Sport Considerations for Strength Athletes.

Complete, all around athleticism has always been our major goal in training our athletes.  Though we focus on techniques used to maximize performance in every specialty, the focus has always been in developing individuals who can be ready to take on any challenge, and compete with high level competitors who may only be specializing in…

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Say No to GPP

GPP: One of the most popular buzzwords in the strength training community that’s gaining some traction among endurance athletes.  GPP stands for General Physical Preparedness, though what this actually means truly depends on who you ask.GPP, going back to the days of eastern block periodization (Eastern bloc “block periodization”, to be precise), referred to true…

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The “quick and dirty” on Strength Training for Endurance Athletes

One of the most frequently debated topics among endurance athletes (among others, such as the utility of power meters, footstrike versus heelstrike, value of “junk miles”, water versus sports drinks, costs versus benefits of disc wheels, whether the catch up drill is good or bad for swimming form… actually, endurance athletes seem to argue about…

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