Mountain Peak Fitness is a coaching and adventure company that specializes in online coaching, consulting, and training clients & athletes in personal and group session formats. We design strength & conditioning and sports specific training plans from the beginner level, to the elite athlete.

Our focus is getting you to move the way nature intended, unimpeded and free to adventure as you please. We address your fundamental movement patterns, mobility, strength, power, speed and agility, ensuring that your are free of imbalances and compensations. You don’t have to be perfectly symmetrical but you must strive to be better, in all aspects of movement and life.

It's the basics that must be given the respect that they deserve. If your sleep is not optimal, you have poor digestive health, your movement patterns show compensations, hydration inadequate, stress mismanaged, nutrition haphazard or misguided, and so forth, it will be difficult for you to thrive day to day and in the lifestyle you wish to live. Strengthening the basics and making them part of each day, each workout, each adventure, will give you the best chance to reach your goals and increase your health & wellness along the way.

We understand your need to be free to explore your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual potential. With so many responsibilities and time restraints each of us face today, the quality, safety and precision of your training is of our highest priority. As outdoor enthusiasts and athletes ourselves, we would like to share the value of good health and the importance of adventuring outdoors!

Always adventure!
MPF


Links
Joe's Athlete Page
joe@mountainpeakfitness.com

Education
NASM Corrective Exercises Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
NASM Personal Trainer
NASM Golf Exercise Specialist
NASM Nutrition Specialist
CPR/AED Certified
First Aid Certified
Insured

Joe Azze - I have been a fitness professional & coach for the past 18 years and an athlete all my life. In 1995 I began working with clients that specialized in power lifting and sports performance, as well as helping to rehab bodybuilders from repetitive and overuse injuries that is usually associated with the sport. I learned a lot during this time period and eventually went on to work as the head trainer of one of the top Health & Fitness company's at the time.

This led to management where I focused on revamping their personal training programs and helping each club to be the top tier in the company of over 80 clubs. I educated and guided 15 to 30 personal trainers & coaches at any given time. We focused on the education and knowledge from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which included their Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist Certifications, as well as teachings from Paul Chek, Gray Cook, Pavel Tsatsouline, Gary Gray and Juan Carlos Santana.

I made the decision to leave the company in 2005 to take the opportunity to embark on some adventures and further my education in corrective exercise and sports performance. During this time period, I competed in many 24 hour mountain bike and adventure races. I started to compete in road cycling, which eventually led to 30+ races a year and racing for the Blue Ribbon Translations Cycling Team out of NYC. I currently compete at the Pro level for Mountain Biking, and I continue to race for the Blue Ribbon-Pennell Venture Partners Cycling Team as well as the Campmor Mountain BIke Team. The feeling and rewards I gain from challenging myself to dig deep and continue to push myself, gives me the strength and courage that I need to help others to do the same.

In 2007 my wife Elizabeth and I brought Mountain Peak Fitness to life. This allowed us to share our passion for health & fitness, adventure, endurance sports and the great outdoors. We wanted to be able to capture the action of our athletes as they embarked on their training and adventures so I took my hobby of photography & videograph and set out to capture the action. People keep asking me for my photography and video portfolio or tell me to create a website for it all. Mountain Peak Fitness is just that! Everything that I have captured and all of my work is deeply rooted throughout the site so please feel free to explore it and enjoy the adventures!

No matter how busy anyone's life can get, you need to always make sure that you take the necessary steps to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself. By taking care of yourself, allows you to help others, especially the one’s closest to you. Having worked with clients and athletes since 1994, from the ages of 13 to the strong age of 85, I have gained a great amount of experience, inspiration and respect for the physical ability and mental strength that is in each one of us. 

"Joe is truly a breed apart! No one will mistake me for an elite athlete, I lack the balance of a gymnast, the grace of a dancer, and the strength of a football player.  Nonetheless, after our exercise I feel their equal." Eric O.
"This morning, I did everything you suggested, right down to running a mile to warm up just before the race. The result was that I shaved a full minute and 26 seconds off my previous best!" Mark W. 
"I have learned a lot about nutrition, hydration, and recovery which play very important roles in helping an athlete perform at his or her peak level. I can't say enough good things about Joe & Mountain Peak Fitness " Marianne S.

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Links
Elizabeth's Athlete Page
elizabeth@mountainpeakfitness.com

Education
NASM Corrective Exercises Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
NASM Personal Trainer
NASM Nutrition Specialist
CPR/AED Certified
Bachelors in Science
CPR/AED Certified
First Aid Certified
Insured

Elizabeth Azze - My adventurous spirit and lust for the outdoors led me to the great state of Alaska. I arrived in Alaska in 1995 and ended up living there for 8 years. While in Alaska I structured my life around adventure, adventurous people and my studies. I lived a life of a true adventurer. I gained my experience through my studies and hobbies, which included mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing, mountain biking and of course, running the trails.

I became a coach & fitness professional in 1999. Since then I have coached over 200 athletes in swimming, triathlon, road running, trail running, ultra running, as well as general health & fitness. I truly find being a coach & fitness professional the most rewarding career choice for me. I love helping people reach their goals, whether to become healthier and stronger or to compete in an ultra endurance event.

After 18 years of gaining experience with endurance athletes and athletes of life, I have had the opportunity to take the methodology from my NASM certifications, Functional Movement Systems, and information from the top Strength & Conditioning coaches in our industry, and extensively put them to the test.

Through my experience I firmly believe 99% percent of athletes cannot reach their true potential without a program that includes periodization techniques, a corrective exercise plan, along with the proper mobility and strength & conditioning training specific to their needs and goals.

I believe everyone is an athlete, whether you’re an athlete of life or sport. I am here to guide you, motivate you and support you to reach your goals and beyond. When you choose to have me as your Coach, we become a team, from beginning to end.

"My goal for many years had been to run a 50 mile race.  I would never have been able to accomplish this without Elizabeth’s expertise, encouragement, training and support.  She helped me rehabilitate injuries I thought I was destined to live with." Ilene L.
“I met Elizabeth in July of 2007 when I got worried about getting out of breath just going up one flight of stairs. When I met her, I could barely do 10 minutes on the elliptical, and I am now about to run the New York City Marathon!" Mike W.
"Thanks to Elizabeth's training plan, not only was I mentally and physically prepared for The North Face 50 come race day but I was running pain free for the first time in my life!" Ali R.


Links
Ben's Athlete Page
ben@mountainpeakfitness.com

Education
Ph.D. in Biology, Tufts University  
B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Hobart Collage
Professional Background in Stress Physiology
Currently Studies the effects of Chronic Stress on behavior and Physiology in his lab.

Ben Nephew - I started running track and XC in high school, and although I finally made it to the state XC meet my senior year, my PR’s in track were only 4:50 and 10:40.  I made progress throughout my college XC career at Hobart College, getting my 8k PR under 27 minutes, but most importantly I learned how to train smart and make running a long-term endeavor from my coach, Ron Fleury. 

I was fortunate to attend graduate school in the Boston area, and soon joined the Greater Boston Track Club.  With GBTC and the New England road racing scene, I was exposed to another level of competition.  My road times improved steadily, running 25:50 for 8k and 1:11 for the half marathon, but I also discovered that I was much more competitive on the trails than on the roads, where I won the Western Mass Athletic Club trail series 9 times between 1999-2009.  I was active on both surfaces from 1998-2003, when I started racing ultras after joining the Central Massachusetts Striders

My first road 50k was a 3:14 in 2003, and my first 50 miler was a 6:18 for 4th place at JFK.  My PR’s are now 3:10 and 5:47.  I was the USATF National Trail Marathon Champion in 2006, and I’ve won a few other USATF medals at the road and trail 50k championships.  I’ve been selected to the US team for the IAU Road 50k Championship twice, and I’m a three time member of the IAU Trail Championship team where I was 6th in 2011.  Over the past four years I’ve been attempting Fastest Known Times, and some of my current FKT’s include the Devil’s Path in the Catskills and the Pemi Loop and Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains. 

My professional background is in stress physiology, and I study the effects of chronic stress on behavior and physiology in my lab.  This research focus has benefitted my running, and I’ve also studied training and racing physiology informally for the past 15 years.  I’m excited to join the Mountain Peak Fitness team, and look forward to helping others establish healthy training plans to maximize both enjoyment and performance.


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Links
Iain's Athlete Page
iain@mountainpeakfitness.com

Education
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology Bangor University. 2001.
PhD Physiology Glasgow University. 2005.
Level 1 Certified USA Track & Field Endurance Coach. 2014.
Mountain Leader (Summer) Award. 2008.

Iain Ridgway - I have been involved in sports since my very early years and whilst soccer dominated, running was always my second sport and slowly it took over when I began to move around the world with my education and work. Following obtaining a degree in Marine Biology at Bangor University in Wales I moved to Scotland and completed a PhD in Physiology at Glasgow University. Whilst at Glasgow as a bet, I entered the 96 mile West Highland Way race when I was 22, DNF'd after 81 miles but got the bug and returned a few times to complete and further better my time. From my mid 20's mountain running, or fell running as we call it in the UK, dominated and I went on to compete for Wales, through residency eligibility, at various international events including the World Long Distance Mountain Running Trophy in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Although focus shifted to shorter distances and on the road I always maintained a strong interest in ultra-marathons and competed for Wales at the Annual Anglo-Celtic plate 100 km and the Commonwealth mountain and ultra championships back in 2009 at the 100km, finishing 11th. However my greatest success came at the 2013 IAU World Trail Running Championships where running for Great Britain we took team Gold, and I finished 4th overall. I have been re-selected for the 2015 World Trail Running Championships in Annecy, France at the end of May. In total I have ran over 50 marathons and ultra-marathons over the past decade including 13 road marathons.

On the roads I have ran 55:56 for 10 miles, 1:13:36 for a half marathon and 2:36:45 for the marathon. I particularly enjoy running with others and helping people develop the skills to have their own adventures. Back in the UK I co-founded and ran a guided mountain running business and now am assistant cross-country coach at Penn State Unniversity.


Links
Len's Athlete Page

Education
Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Group Exercise Certified
CPR / AED Certified

Len Huffman - I am a lifelong fitness enthusiast and have always wanted to be involved in fitness and improving people’s lives. Early on that took the form of coaching high school wrestling and youth track & field. After years of working behind a desk, I missed my days of coaching. I decided I needed a change and earned personal training & coaching certifications. I spent my first 3 years in the fitness industry working in a corporate fitness center for a fortune 500 company. There I performed one on one personal training, led group exercise classes and conducted seminars on various health and wellness topics.

For the last 3 years I work doing in home personal training for clients of all ages and fitness levels. I am an avid runner both on the roads & trails and enjoy competing in races of distances anywhere from 5k to 50 miles. I also enjoy cycling, climbing, hiking and almost anything outdoors. Additionally I train in martial arts and hold rank in a number of disciplines including black belts in Judo, jujitsu and kempo.