Coaching & Training

 


Hard Inc. coaches offer triathlon training programs to athletes of all abilities from the first time triathlete to those athletes aiming for the Ironman Hawaii World Championship.

 

 
 
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Barry Edwards

As a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach, Certified Leadership Coach and 7x All American Triathlete, Barry’s purpose in life is helping people like you get out there and reach your goals and dreams. Racing and training in this sport that we love is his strong passion. Having raced triathlons since 2002, succeeding at all distances including 4x 70.3 World Championship qualifier and 3x Kona qualifier, his desire is to move from success to significance. Coaching offers that significance of adding value to others with quality coaching and training services specifically for aspiring endurance athletes. 

There are three levels of training packages offered making it easy and flexible at a price you can afford. From high level personal coaching to a maintenance plan, there is a plan for you. Contact Barry for assistance in selecting your plan or if you have additional questions.

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Mark Berger

Mark Berger is a New Orleans native and attended Louisiana State University. Mark has a private yoga, fitness, running, triathlon, and strength training business, BergerFitness.  He is also a partner in Varsity Sports, a local running store, which is one of the sponsors for the team. He created the largest running group in the city of New Orleans, Happy’s Running Club NOLA, and enjoys putting on local races, such as the 504K and The Gleason Classic.  Mark was also the strength & conditioning coach for Loyola Women's Basketball where they won three conference championships in a row.  He has been the Keynote speaker for Humana and American Diabetes Association on movement, nutrition, goal-setting, and corporate wellness.

Mark’s philanthropic efforts can be seen through his involvement with Youth Run NOLA and Project Peaceful Warriors as their consultant and marketing manager, as well as teaching running and yoga to children at inner city schools.  He is heavily involved with Team Gleason and the Crescent City Classic, where he provides many services to help both of these charitable organizations.

His love for all things fitness can be seen by his participation in over 100 endurance events, including Ironman events, marathons, and fitness competitions all over the country.  He has trained collegiate and professional athletes to perform at their highest levels and has been in the news and online media for his contributions to the athletic world.  He most recently has gone around the world with Big Freedia mixing fitness, yoga, and bounce dancing, won the 2016 Millennial Award for Business, and brought New Orleans The Power of Love Yoga Jam, the largest yoga event the city has ever seen at the City of Love Church.

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Dawn Naquin

Dawn Naquin is a happily married (21 years) mother of 2. She has a 13-year old son and a 10-year old daughter (whom she has the honor of coaching - basketball and softball).

Dawn has been a personal trainer certified by ACE (American Council on Exercise) for 20 years.  She is also a certified Health Coach with ACE and a certified Exercise Physiologist with ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). She has a business degree from Nicholls State University that she puts to good use as a small business owner.  

Dawn has owned and operated Liberty Fitness for 13 years.  She coaches boot camp classes 3 days a week at her gym and hosts a run group from her house 3 days a week.  Workouts include strength, power, agility, speed, balance and mobility training.  All classes have different ability and experience levels.  The workouts are scale-able so that everyone gets in a challenging, fun, effective and doable workout. Her favorite part of training and coaching is the privilege of witnessing someone achieve greater fitness levels than they ever imagined for themselves.  Fitness has been a lifelong passion of hers and Dawn absolutely love teaching others how to incorporate fitness into their busy lives.  

Dawn's fitness career has always led her to try new things.  One of those things was triathlon 7 years ago.  After teaching herself how to swim and borrowing a bike, she raced a super sprint and got super hooked.  Dawn became a solid competitive age grouper at sprint and Olympic distance races.  Shortly after beginning her triathlon journey, she was afforded the opportunity to become the director of VMR.  Dawn has been the director of VMR for nearly 7 years (almost as long as she has been racing).  She has since graduated from shorter distances to 70.3 distance earning Ironman All World Athlete Silver status for 2017.  Dawn has also been on Team Zoot for 3 years.

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Todd Judice

Todd Judice is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Electrical Engineering and a Louisiana native currently living in Mandeville.  He is happily married to Andre Sagrera Judice and has a daughter Logan in her twenties. Todd and Andre own several successful small businesses in the New Orleans area.

Todd has been immersed in triathlon for many years and is currently actively racing long course triathlon.  In 2018, Todd qualified for the IM 70.3 World Championship in South Africa and he was the number 1 ranked athlete in his Age Group in the state of Louisiana by USAT for 2016. He maintains Ironman All World Athlete status annually. Todd will routinely race both the 70.3 and 140.6 distances as well as local sprints and Olympics in most years. Todd is a USAT Level 1 certified coach

Todd is using his Engineering background in numbers and data, to offer a highly successful program that he has developed from being coached/mentored, personal race experience, and from formal training along with his passion for the sport to coach triathletes of all levels.  Todd is offering a highly interactive, custom fit style of coaching for all athletes. This includes athletes just entering the sport or those who are experienced but looking to hit loftier goals.