Pillars of Performance


Keys to athletic success.

purplepatch 4 pillars of performance

The purplepatch methodology is grounded in a belief that optimal endurance performance, for every level of athlete, arrives from a balanced approach to training. The foundation of these beliefs evolved from the education, athletic and coaching experience of Matt Dixon, and are the foundation of every purplepatch training plan or program.

The key is this:  Optimal endurance performance rises out of a training journey that delivers consistency of specific training load.  No matter what level you are, the key is to achieve consistent load, that facilitates positive fitness adaptations.  For this to occur, you need to work hard, there is no secret there, but you also must remain healthy and ensure training load can be integrated into the stressors of life. 

For you to realize your ‘perfect training recipe’, that allows consistency over many months, your endurance training cannot exist as a stand-alone entity.  It has to be supported by adequate recovery, proper nutrition and a smart functional strength program. These purplepatch pillars of performance should retain equal philosophical value in your weekly training, something that so many athletes miss.  This simple guiding philosophy applies to fitness enthusiasts just as much as our professional athletes. We all share the passion to improve, and our smart approach to training will ensure that you get your best results, again and again.

Lets look at each pillar in more depth:


Endurance Training: This is the sport specific demand placed on the body to trigger adaptations in the areas of swimming, biking, and running.  The purplepatch focus of this training is to achieve the necessary volume while combining it with healthy lifestyle practices to avoid accumulated fatigue and improve performance.


Functional Strength: Functional strength is resistance training to target mobility, stability and strength to support and improve the movements necessary for a specific sport.  Proper and progressed functional training can improve your biomechanics and efficiency of different muscle groups which all lead to more athletic movements, improved performance, and injury prevention.


Nutrition and Fuel:  Nutrition and Fueling are categories purplepatch fitness uses to highlight the specific purposes of calories consumed; two distinct yet synergistic aspects of the optimal nutritional approach to support your training plan.  Fueling describes the calories needed to successfully complete a training session or event; this includes the quality, timing, and amount of those calories.  Nutrition will encompass the remainder of an athletes diet, outside the fueling window, focusing on macronutrient consumption and describes ways to optimize & support key components like recovery time and body composition.



Recovery:  Recovery is the body’s physiological process to compensate for the demands of a progressive training load.  Physiological adaptation (e.g. metabolic rest & rebuilding) of the body takes time and must be structured in order to elicit the changes that will optimize athletic performance.