Episode 185: Alex Viada - Hybrid (Concurrent) Training Masterclass

This episode's guest is Alex Viada from Complete Human Performance.

Alex Viada, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Triathlon Coach, is the founder and co-owner of Complete Human Performance. A lifelong athlete, he has participated and competed in nearly every sport imaginable (some with greater success than others), since being dragged to his first swim meet when he was four years old.

Alex has close to 13 years of personal training and coaching experience with over 300 athletes of all ages and levels, in sports ranging from bodybuilding to ultra running to triathlon to cycling to powerlifting. He has also prepared close to 40 individuals for Ranger School, SFAS, BUD/s, and other selective military programs.

A graduate of Duke University, currently on hiatus from a Masters of Physiology program at NC State University, Alex enjoys lifting heavy things, biking, running long distances, and otherwise pushing himself to his limit (though his body is not always on board with the program). He is also an avid homebrewer, and if you give him much of an opening, he will happily bore you with details on hop schedules and yeast strain flocculation. You’ve been warned.

On this episode Alex and I discuss:

  • Alex's background & Influences 
  • What are the good and not so good things that Alex currently see's with the physical preparation profession, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things he is seeing?
  • I ask Alex how did he get into Hybrid (Concurrent Training)?
  • I ask Alex - what considerations need to be made for strength athletes wanting to start endurance sports, and what considerations do endurance athletes need to mark when they want to get into strength sports
  • I ask Alex what is it like to deal with the different personality types between strength athletes vs endurance athletes when they begin their journey into concurrent training
  • I ask Alex about the nutritional needs for the hybrid athlete
  • I ask Alex - How does he calculate an Athletes caloric needs when they begin to engage in concurrent training
  • I ask Alex - what are the common myths that he consistently has to dismiss with concurrent training and what are the benefits for strength athletes to incorporate some endurance work into their training regimes and vice versa for the endurance athlete
  • I ask Alex to discuss his design of training cycles for concurrent training and how he consolidates stressors
  • I ask how does he peak individuals for powerlifting meets and endurance events that are very close together on the competition calendar?
  • I ask Alex - How does his learn?
  • I ask Alex - what have been the biggest Lessons he has learned so far in his life?
  • I ask Alex for his top resources
  • I ask Alex for his top life advice 
  • I ask Alex if he only had 1 year left on Planet Earth - how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Alex if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - Complete Human Performance

Facebook - Complete Human Performance LLC

Twitter - @HumPerformance

Instagram - alex.viada

Books Mentioned:

Bad Science

Bad Pharma 

Science and Practice of Strength Training


Hybrid Training

People and Resources Mentioned:

Dr. Bryan Walsh

Berndt Mueller

Lyle McDonald

Dan Duchaine

Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Theodore Roosvelt

Donald Trump

Robin Williams

Alexander The Great

Elon Musk

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Complete Guide to Training the Female Athlete

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