If you are an aspiring athlete at any age, level or sport and located here in the greater Boise area there is no better place to train than Competitive Edge with Matt Wattles.  Whether your goals are to exceed in a specific sport, experience massive strength gains, or to be in the best shape of your life, Matt’s methodical and scientific way of dialing a person in is second to none.  His knowledge of the human body and it’s reaction to different types of training and nutrition are amazing.

Over the past few months I have worked with Matt I have learned more about my body and strength training than my previous five years as a college athlete and Kinesiology student.  Training under Matt’s program at Competitive Edge I have seen my strength numbers go through the roof.  Not only that, at 260 lbs my speed, agility, and explosiveness are better than they were when I weighed 240.  At 260 lbs. I have been able to keep the lean physique that I have always wanted because of Matt’s extensive knowledge and experience regarding nutrition.

Matt’s personalized programs and approach to workouts makes the atmosphere at Competitive Edge supportive and always with your best interests in mind.  Let Matt take you to the top of your game, whatever your sport may be; It only takes a couple weeks to see your body doing things you never thought possible!

Dan Paul - BSU Play     

Dan Paul (#47 – Fullback, Boise State University:  2009 – 2012)


I found out about Competitive Edge from some of my football teammates at Bishop Kelly, where I went to high school.

In my short time at Competitive Edge, I made tremendous gains. In just 3 months, I put on 22 lbs, with 16 of those pounds as lean body mass. I improved my bench press by 60 lbs, and made significant improvements on all my other lifts. Competitive Edge has helped me prepare for the extreme physicality of Division 1 college football, and without going to Competitive Edge; I would not feel nearly as prepared.

The huge gains you make in a short amount of time at Competitive Edge is what makes it so unique from any other facilities.   I would highly recommend it to any other athletes in the Treasure Valley that are looking to play collegiate sports.  There is no other place in the Valley that will give you the type of preparation and success that Competitive Edge does.

Spencer King

Spencer King:  Air Force Academy, Tight End / Defense End  (Bishop Kelly, Class of 2014)


I’m a 6’3 300 pound offensive lineman at Snow College in Utah. I first found out about Competitive Edge through a friend in the Treasure Valley. When I returned to Boise over the summer break I could see how much bigger, stronger and faster he had gotten since I had last seen him. My friend highly recommended I to go and check out Competitive Edge and what I found was amazing!

Matt worked with me to get me into the best shape of my life in the 10 weeks I was able to train with him and my numbers sky rocketed in that short time! I cut my body fat percentage and added a lot of lean body mass which is essential for any college offensive lineman. I have noticed such a difference not only in my athletic performance, but also my daily life. I feel healthier and more energized throughout the day. I am much quicker, more explosive and am by far the strongest I have ever been!

I plan on training with Matt throughout my football playing career. I highly recommend Matt and Competitive Edge to any athlete who is serious about maximizing their athletic potential.

Hunter Nettles - Snow College

— Hunter Nettles (#78 – Offensive Tackle, Snow College:  2012 – Present)


“My son Tyler O’Donnell has been an athlete at Competitive Edge APC since it’s opening. Tyler loves coming and working with Matt and his performance shows his commitment.

As the father of a young elite level athlete, I knew that to continue to advance my sons athletic ability we had to get him into strength and conditioning program.  For me, selecting a facility and a coach was extremely important.

With the rapid increases in Tyler’s strength his personal goals include being able to dunk a basketball by the end of the summer.  His core strength is evident in his throwing and hitting a baseball   More than anything else, Tyler’s self-confidence is up 100%.    Because of his confidence he performs better against the more competitive kids.  He is now focusing on his nutrition as he understands how it relates to his performance.

What your program has done for my son socially and as a human being is far beyond what we could have imagined.  “

Tyler - Basketball (Boise Slam)

– Jim O’Donnell, Father of Tyler O’Donnell (Rocky Mountain, Class of 2018) 


“My now fifteen year old son, Dane, has been training with Matt Wattles since March 2011.  Since that time, Dane has found a passion about being strong, not just physically, but mentally.  In one year’s time, Dane has gone from a dead lift of 165 to 350 lbs.; box squat from 115 to 340 lbs; overhead press from 75 to 160 lbs.,  bench press from 95 to 170 lbs., and a box jump of 44″.

If it were not for only the time, but more importantly the knowledge that Matt has invested in Dane’s training program, we would not be seeing these types of results. Dane starts his sophomore football year well ahead of his fellow sophomore teammates, and with much more confidence and enthusiasm about the football season because of his involvement with Competitive Edge and Matt Wattles.”

Vickie Gooch, Mother of Dane Gooch (Bishop Kelly, Class of 2015)

Dane # 1


“When it comes to fitness in the Treasure Valley, one of the best-kept secrets is that we have a world-class strength-and-conditioning coach in our midst. Matt Wattles of Competitive Edge in Meridian would probably be a highly sought-after “trainer to the stars” in L.A. or Manhattan; luckily for us, he plies his trade here in Idaho with a no non-sense approach that produces amazing results, whether the goal is to shed body fat, gain muscle, improve sports performance, or all of the above.

“Matt takes your fitness to new heights with his enthusiasm and beautifully designed programs. You can be confident he’ll push you as far as you can go in a given session—but never so much that you tip into “overtraining.” You’ll be gassed at the end of your workouts but have such a sense of accomplishment, and so much fun, that’ll be chomping at the bit for your next one. During my 15-year career as a fitness journalist, I’ve worked with the best, and rest assured: Matt’s one of them.”


–Jeff O’Connell, Editor-in-Chief, Bodybuilding.com; author (Sugar Nation, Formula 50 with 50 Cent, etc.)


“Selecting team members at elitefts™ isn’t taken lightly. We use a very detailed process including competitive history, background checks, interviews, referrals, and spend a great deal of time looking for all the reasons they should not become a member of team. This is a 6-8 person process than can take between 4-6 months. It is our goal to bring in the best of the best to Team Elitefts.

By this we do not necessarily mean the #1 ranked competitor or the one who has the most programing knowledge.  Best of the best means they are the total package and possess the ability to help, educate and coach our readers to the next level.  Amy encompasses our passion to, “Live, Learn and Pass On” and has my highest endorsement.”

Dave Tate – Founder & CEO Elitefts.com, Inc.


“After years of unsuccessful attempts to lose fat while staying strong, I had pretty much given up. I had trouble making weight, I was unhappy   with my body, and my metabolism just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. With the help of Matt Wattles and his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to dieting, I was able to drop 10+ pounds of fat while retaining muscle and strength. It’s one thing to SAY you’re willing to do whatever it takes; it’s quite another to stick to the plan and tough it out. My experience with the Wattles Way has really changed my perspective on “eating” versus “fueling” my body, mind and performance. I’m a forever follower!”

Hannah “The Minx” Johnson-Hill

Elite Level Powerlifter & National Figure Competitor, Team EliteFTS


“If you are sick of the classic big box, boring, get you by kind of atmosphere to train at, training with Matt at Competitive Edge is where you want to go.  This place is legit for anybody who wants to be the best at their chosen athletic endeavor.  There is no other place in Idaho like it.  You get a one on one system even if you train with a group.  Everything is tailored to your goals, your body, and your needs.  You will not only get what to do, but why to do it.  This way when you are traveling, go off to school, or are at a competition you are not lost and end up not competing at your best because you know why you are doing something and how attack it.

I came in to Matt’s gym as a complete newbie to the world of powerlifting and really just kind of a walking mess.  Through my time with Matt my lifting patters got much better, my health elevated, and I was able to crush some of my previous goals.  I dropped nearly 10% body fat in a year, my powerlifting lifts (squat/bench/deadlift) went from 365/285/415 to 555/395/565 and my passion for the sport elevated being in an environment that was not meant for the weak.

Matt is truly one of the best coaches that I have ever had after playing several sports in high school and after high school, Matt still ranks as one of the best.  If you want that scholarship, that opportunity to go pro, or are looking to go from making a competition a hobby to a passion, Competitive Edge is the place to go.”


— Dan Oldham


“As a law enforcement officer, it has always been important for me to have a balanced diet and remain in the best physical condition possible. I always considered myself to be strong. In February of 2011 I started training with Matt Wattles. At that time I weighed 167 pounds, and was at 12.5% body fat.

Matt dialed in my nutrition and began training me.   I saw and felt my body change not only in size, but also in areas like grip strength which is important as a law enforcement officer.  I currently weigh 184 pounds, and have 7.5% body fat, that is 24 pounds of solid muscle in 1 years time.

Through Matt’s expertise, he helped me reach my goals beyond what I ever thought possible in a short period of time! His training and nutritional methods are based on the same proven standards used by some of the top athletes in the world. I am grateful for his commitment to people and his passion for constantly researching and improving upon his already high standards.”

Matt Sly