Wow, what a great weekend I just had at this year’s Functional Training Summit on Long Beach, CA. Chris Porier and his staff at Perform Better know how to get it done! You can’t beat 3 days of seeing some great presentations while also getting to hang out with may colleagues and friends and also meeting a lot more. Here is my top 6 presentations that I saw based on how good it was and what I learned and will apply with my athletes (I couldn’t get it down to 5 as it was tough to pick as I saw 14 presentation and learned something in all of them:
1- Vern Gambetta- Foundational Legs- Building the Athlete from the Ground Up. What I really like about Vern is that he is a coach. He tells it like it is all the time. Like Al Vermeil, when he speaks, you should write what he says down.
2- Todd Wright- Vertical Core. Todd is a pretty funny guy who shows his passion for helping his guys get better every time he speaks. He is definitely a guy who has figured out a way to use Gary Gray’s information and break it down to a system that works for him and his athletes.
3- Todd Durkin- Going for Greatness. This lecture was very motivational and it was something I needed to hear (especially with training camp only weeks away).
4- Thomas Plummer- The 7 Habits of a Financially Successful Trainer. Like Todd Durkin’s, this was something I needed to hear. Thomas has obviously been doing this a while and knows what he is talking about.
5- Alwyn Cosgrove- The Evolution of Personal Training. I always have to see Alwyn speak. Very entertaining and a great guy. Always tells it how it its.
6- Robert Dos Remedios- Building Better Athletes: Getting Stronger and More Powerful Outside the Weightroom. I love seeing real coaches talk about what they do. Dos was awesome.
Besides seeing those guys and others speak, I also got to meet up with some other people such as Mike Boyle, Anthony Renna, Mike Potenza from the San Jose Sharks, and Pete Friesen from the Carolina Hurricanes.