Matt Sommer

TriDot Coach

Race Distances

All Distances

Performance Level

All Performance Levels


I serve as the Fitness Director at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, NC where I work with clients of all abilities ranging from youth to seniors, sport specific to activities of daily living, and weekend warriors to high-school has beens. I have experience working with clients of all ages and fitness levels. My specialties include preventive exercise, general health and wellness, sports conditioning and post-injury rehabilitation. My true passion is in endurance sport. I am an accomplished triathlete and runner. I have been recognized by USAT as an All American every year since 2014. I have qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon annually since 2016.


I completed my undergraduate studies at Elon University in 1999 where I graduated cum laude with a B.S. in sports medicine. My graduate degree was earned in 2004 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, with a M.S. in exercise physiology. I possess nine different fitness certifications from nationally accredited organizations. I am a Level 1 USA Triathlon certified coach, a Level 3 USA Cycling Coach, a certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist througth the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as a certified Personal Training and certified Medical Exercise Specialist through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). In addition, I am a professional member of the ACSM, NSCA and IDEA Health and Fitness Association.


The foundation of every successful training program is the athlete. The best coach is an experienced ‎guide who begins with the hopes, dreams, and desires of the athlete in mind and then tailors a ‎training plan based on the athlete’s current fitness, race schedule and lifestyle. My goal is to educate, motivate, and prepare you to accomplish your goals. We will accomplish this together by focusing on quality rather than quantity, developing passion rather than expectation, and building knowledge rather than ignorance.


UNC-Greensboro, MS Exercise Physiology - December 2004
Elon University, BS Sports Medicine - May 1999
USA Triathlon Level 1 coach - May 2010
USA Cycling Level 3 Coach - January 2011
ACSM Certified Exercise Physologist - May 2003
ACSM/NCPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer - November 2007
ACE Master Trainer - October 2004
ACE Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Trainer - May 2002
ACE Certified Personal Trainer - February 2001
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - August 2004
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist - February 2012
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist - February 2018

4X Boston Marathon Finisher
5X Ironman Finisher
10X+ Half-Ironman PR
2X American Triple-T Finisher
3x 50K Finsiher
Badwater Cape Fear Finisher
3:54 50K PR
3:06:30 Marathon PR
1:26 Half-marathon PR
37:52 10K PR
17:31 5K PR
10:20 Ironman PR
4:45 Half-Ironman PR
2:08 Olympic Tri PR
USAT All American Triathlete 2015, 2017
USAT All American Duathlete 2014, 2016
Ironman AWA 2016

There is no such thing as failure. Either you win or you learn