MATT PENDOLA : Content Development I started strength training originally as a hotshot in Flagstaff. That was just kind of what you did, you had to be in shape for the job. One day, a tree fell on me fracturing my back. After that I was forced to slow down and learn how to train smart so I could run again. This injury led to my guiding principle: FIT, which stands for Focused Intentional Training. It really is about helping people gain function through training. I started Pendola Training in 2001 to help the people out there who are following programs designed for body builders or aesthetics instead of what their functional goals might be, and they may not even realize it.
At the same time, I was coaching high school cross country, and I saw that I could use what I had learned about strength training to prevent injuries in endurance athletes. I met Bobby McGee in 2015 and my approach to training has evolved incredibly since then. When I started working closer with elite athletes I was forced to take my learning to the next level. At a certain point I realized with a brick and mortar business I could at most affect 40 people at a time. I built R3 so that I could make everything I’ve learned over the last 20 years available to any runner at any level.
- Reno Orthopedic Clinic Return to Sports Strength Coach
- EXOS Performance Specialist
- Performing Edge Coaching Professional
- Jack Daniel’s VDOT 02 Distance Certified Running Coach
- Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA) Coach
- Bobby McGee Run Transformation Camp Strength and Wellness Coach
- Athlete’s Performance Institute- Sports Nutrition, Mindset, Strength Training certifications
- Nevada State licensed massage and manual therapist (NVMT #9941)
CHAD SWEET : Operations & Creative Oversight Matt and I met over 25 years ago in Americorps where Matt was effusive about his love of running and I was effusive about my disdain of running because it was hard. Flash forward 10 years later when I helped build Matt's first strength training gym, Pendola Training. Matt won me over during that time and convinced me that not only was running fun but it could be a great way to meet new people, explore wilderness and cities, and give me the feeling that I could conquer anything. While I have worked for the last 10 years in the arts and theatre industry, my love of training and nutrition, especially to suit the lives we want to live, has never wained. Matt approached me in the Fall of 2020 to help him set up this one-of-a-kind online training program.
BILL RODGERS : Research & Business Development I have been a client of Pendola Project for over seven years. Prior to working with Matt, I was a mid-pack masters runner struggling with nagging injuries and setbacks as I endlessly chased junk miles and cookie-cutter training plans into the ground. After dealing with two torn menisci, a torn soleus, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, and sciatic nerve issues, I almost gave up running. Pendola Project taught me the importance of proper strength training and form development. Matt showed me how to get stronger in order to run smarter, not harder. Ultimately, I got my love of running back and achieved success at the senior ranks. I placed 5th in my AD at the US National Half-Marathon Championship in 2015, as well as 1st place AD in the North Face Western US Endurance Challenge Half-Marathon in 2019. As a competitor now in my sixties, I believe Pendola’s strength training is critical to aging athletes’ success and longevity in the sport. So much so, I am now a partner in the business.
These are some of the amazing athletes we have the honor of being involved with. They've used the R3 system. You should, too.
2016 Olympian and 2nd Place at IM70.3 World Championships
2016 Olympic Gold Medal and 2x World Champion in the Triathlon
2021 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Womens Basketball
Whether you're training for a Gold Medal or a local 5k, we have a training plan that's right for you.
RELATIVE RUN READINESS
Strength Training progressions specifically for runners. You will learn and master movements that address the needs of runners, so you can run happy and healthy. The program starts by addressing your mobility weaknesses and progresses you toward more specific strength movements that will help you run faster and longer.
with Bobby McGee
World class training for running mechanics taught by Matt Pendola and 6x Olympic Coach Bobby McGee. In this program you will learn how to assess your own running form and address your weaknesses through specific drills and movements.
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