I first have to thank Chris Poirier and his staff at Perform Better for putting together one of the best 3 day conventions in my recent memory. My objective for this recap is to share with you my experience over this past weekend. Unfortunately, with so many great speakers, and some of them going on at the same time, I was unable to attend every presentation. However the presentations I did attend were great.
The summit began on Friday for a full day of presentations. As soon as I finished working with the basketball team at BU, I jumped in the car and headed south.
|So many choices…
To give a general summary of the entire weekend…It was like being a fat kid in a candy store. Sure, in this day of epidemic obesity levels, the fat kid analogy might not be the most “correct” thing to say but, hey, its true. If the ideas that were shared at this summit were candy, then I would have walked away about 50 lbs heavier over the three days! For every strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, physical therapist and athletic trainer who was in attendance during the weekend…you got to sit in on and participate in some GREAT presentations from some of the best leaders in our profession. I say our profession but seriously, it wasn’t just focused on one profession. I was lucky to to be able to listen to strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, nutritionists, fascia experts. I mean seriously everywhere you turned during the weekend, you were able to find something to learn.
As I had said before, with so many great speakers during the weekend, it was not easy to choose which one to see. So, although I was pleased with my choices, don’t think that I didn’t want to see the other speakers…I just didn’t have enough time. On Friday, I got to listen to Lee Burton, Al Vermeil, John Berardi, and Thomas Plummer.
First, Lee Burton and the “Fundamentals and Techniques for Core Testing and Assessment.” Lee did a great job of decyphering and discussing the differences of the inner core and the outer core. Along with that, he also went into great detail about what the purpose is of the core and how ultimately the result of stability and postural control, along with energy transfer and breathing results in one thing…efficient movement. If you have a stong core that produces efficiency and symmetry, you will move better.
Next up was Al Vermeil and “Speed: The Secret Weapon.” What can I say about Al that his rings don’t already say. Al, who happens to have more World Championship rings than any other coach from the 49ers and the Bulls, knows his stuff. His philosophy of getting faster and getting stronger is so effective. As he said when someone asked him, “What did you do with the Bulls that made you so good?” “We lifted…we got stronger.” But not only with lifting, he maintained that “you have to keep a thread of speed work in your training at all time to help reduce the incidence of injury.”
After Al, I went to listen to John Berardi present on “Nutrition and Injury Recovery.” The information presented here was simply great. From all the research that he presented during his presentation to wrap it up with the case studies at the end…wow. To say that the proof is in the pudding would be true…and a little funny because of the nutritional effects of the pudding.
Day one finished with a presentation from Thomas Plummer…”Passion Alone is Never Enough…Lessons from some of the most successful people in the Fitness Industry.” Sitting there and listening to Thomas speak, his presentation fires you up. In fact, if you don’t get excited from listening to Tom then you should check your pulse to make sure you have one. As the title says, passion alone is never enough. Well, Tom did a great job of talking about the passion of people but the big thing was great in his presentation was when he gave real world examples from the leaders in the fitness industry. I do not think it was a coincidence that most of those examples were actual presenters and orgranizers for the summit. Chris, Mike, Alwyn, Gray and others…ALL are leaders in our industry because they are more than just passionate people and coaches…They live the definition of success: “They live the life they have created.”
As I wrap up my Day one experience, I have just made the decision that I am going to break this up into a 3 post installment. Otherwise this post would be pages and pages and pages. That being said…now you’ll have to come back again for my Day 2 and Day 3 experience.
Again, thank you Chris and all of Perform Better for putting together a great learning experience.