Pillars of Performance

The Purple Patch 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 Purple Patch training plan or program.

Optimal endurance performance rises out of a training journey that delivers consistency of specific training load. 

Lets look at each Pillar of Performance in more depth:


This is the sport specific demand placed on the body to trigger adaptations in the areas of swimming, biking, and running.  The Purple Patch 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 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 fueling are what Purple Patch Fitness uses to highlight the specific purposes of caloric intake. They are distinct, yet synergistic aspects of an optimal nutritional approach to support training.  Fueling describes the calories needed to successfully complete a training session or event. Nutrition will encompass the remainder of an athletes diet, outside the fueling window.



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.