Personal Trainers Conference 2014

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    Join Us for the 2014 Personal Trainers Conference!

    For the first time ever on the East Coast, join hundreds of other dedicated fitness professionals for unmatched opportunities in career growth. With over 64 hours of lecture and hands-on sessions directed by leaders in the industry, there’s no better time or place to set yourself in motion. Join us in Washington, D.C., and challenge yourself to grow and evolve as a personal trainer.

    Cutting-Edge Sessions | Industry-Leading Speakers | New Perspectives in the Field
    Training Techniques Backed by Evidence-Based Principles | Innovative Tools and Technology

    Two full days of networking 

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    Date: October 2-4, 2014
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    CEUs: NSCA 1.6  |  BOC 16

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    Thursday, October 2 - Saturday, October 4

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    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.  

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    Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

    Washington DC - Crystal City
    300 Army Navy Dr.
    Arlington, VA 22202

    Room Rate: $129.00 (Single/Double) 

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    Conference Rates

    Cutoff days are by postmark

      Thru 8/24/2014 8/25 thru 9/21  After 9/21/2013
    (on-site only)
    Conference Registration (Non-Member) $370 $405 $430
    Professional Member Registration $225 $250 $275
    Registration and Join as a Professional Member $345 $370 $395
    Associate Member Registration $280 $305 $330
    Registration and Join as an Associate Member $327 $352 $377
    Student Member Registration $180 $205 $230
    Registration and Join as a Student Member $245 $270 $295
    Pre-Conference Symposia Rates       
    Registration $119 $144 $169
    Student $99 $124 $149
    Other Rates      
    One Day Only - All Categories $175 $180 $225
    Program Book (Print Version) $45 $45 $45


    All attendees will be receiving an electronic version of the conference program/speaker handouts before the conference. If you would like to reserve a printed version of the conference program/speaker handouts there will be a $45 charge and you will receive it when you check-in.


    All refund requests must be submitted in WRITING and should include the reason for cancellation. NO refunds will be accepted via phone.

    Full refunds less $20 if postmarked by August 24, 2014

    50% refund if postmarked August 25 through September 21, 2014

    NO REFUNDS after September 21, 2014

    Event Itinerary

    Thursday, October 2 (Pre-Conference Symposia - additional charge, please see Registration Info for pricing)

    1:00pm-5:00pmACL Prevention Strategies and Trunk Training
    1:00pm-5:00pm21st Century Sports Nutrition - Very High Protein Diets, Kids on Creatine, and Just Say No to Bro-Science

    Session Descriptions
    21st Century Sports Nutrition - Very High Protein Diets, Kids on Creatine, and Just Say No to Bro-Science
    by Jose Antonio, PhD, FNSCA, FISSN, Jeff Stout, PhD, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN, Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS, *D, FISSN and Darryn Willoughby, PhD, FACSM, FISSN, FACN
    Pre-Conference  |  Sponsored by ISSN
    1:00pm-1:50pm - The Surprising Tale of High Protein Diets – And Other Things that Affect Body Composition, Jose Antonio, PhD, FNSCA, FISSN
    The role of protein vis a vis performance, recovery, and skeletal muscle hypertrophy is intriguing. No doubt you’ve heard that too much protein is bad for you kidneys, bones, and egads, it makes you fat. What’s the dirty little secret behind eating more protein than a steakhouse? Hopefully you had a juicy hamburger before sitting down for this provocative seminar.

    2:00pm-2:50pm - Youth Training and Nutrition-Why Your Kids Should Use Sports Supplements, Jeffrey R. Stout, PhD, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN
    Intensive sport development programs have directed children to specialize in one or two sports at an early age. Many coaches worldwide believe that in order to compete at the highest level, it is necessary to begin intensive training well before puberty and to continue through adolescence. Demanding sport training during childhood and adolescence can have a huge impact on proper growth, pubertal maturation, and health. Recent studies suggest that nutrition is critical during the stress of intensive training for proper growth, development, performance, and health of young aspiring athletes. The purpose of this presentation is to review the macro- and micronutrient, and supplement needs and of young athletes when participating in a long-term intensive sport development program. So for those of you who have kids, leave them at home with the babysitter, take out a pad and pencil, and write down copious notes. Should your kid take creatine? Answers to that and more.

    3:00pm-3:50pm - Nutritional Considerations for Women: Weight Loss and Supplementation, Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS,*D, FISSN
    This talk will highlight the physiological and metabolic demands of women, and potential implications of dietary manipulations for this population. The role of nutrition and supplementation, studied in women, will be presented to augment changes in body composition and health. Let’s face women are different than men. But how different? Dr. Smith-Ryan will edify us all.

    4:00pm-4:50pm - Title: Novel Supplements for Increasing Muscle Mass, Darryn Willoughby, PhD, FACSM, FISSN, FACN
    This talk will focus on specific, novel dietary supplements that have been scientifically proven to increase muscle mass. In addition to the theoretical rationale for the supplements mode of efficacy, the talk will also basically and practically address the physiological and biochemical mechanisms relative to each supplements modes of action. So drink plenty of caffeinated beverages because you’ll need to have all your neurons in your brain firing at maximal capacity to learn all of the latest and greatest info on this fascinating category.
    Event Itinerary

    Friday, October 3

    8:00am-8:50amUnderstanding Swayback Posture and the White Collar Client
    8:00am-8:50amThe Physiology of Fat Loss: New Findings
    8:00am-8:50amIntegrating Motor Patterns into Exercise for Performance and Prevention
    9:00am-9:50amSingle vs. Multi-Set Training: How Many Sets for Optimum Results 
    9:00am-9:50amThe Influence of Meal Frequency & Nutrient Distribution on Body Composition
    9:00am-9:50amCore Training Continuum
    9:00am-9:50amPower Training for Everyday Clients
    10:00am-10:50amTraining the Pregnant and Postpartum Client
    10:00am-10:50amLight Weights for Bigger Muscles
    10:00am-10:50amAdvanced Athletic Testing and Assessment for the Personal Trainer
    10:00am-10:50amLTAD: Hands-On Personal Training Strategies
    11:00am-11:50amHow to Get First Responder Clients
    11:00am-11:50amThe Science of Motor Unit Recruitment for Muscle Growth and Explosiveness
    11:00am-11:50amFacilitated Stretching
    11:00am-11:50amSmart Agility to Ignite Circuit Training
    1:00pm-1:50amUnderstanding Swayback Posture and the White Collar Client
    1:00pm-1:50amThe Physiology of Fat Loss: New Findings
    1:00pm-1:50amIntegrating Motor Patterns into Exercise for Performance and Prevention
    2:00pm-2:50amSingle vs. Multi-Set Training: How Many Sets for Optimum Results
    2:00pm-2:50amThe Influence of Meal Frequency & Nutrient Distribution on Body Composition
    2:00pm-2:50amCore Training Continuum
    2:00pm-2:50amPower Training for Everyday Clients
    3:00pm-3:50amTraining the Pregnant and Postpartum Client
    3:00pm-3:50amLight Weights for Bigger Muscles
    3:00pm-3:50amAdvanced Athletic Testing and Assessment for the Personal Trainer
    3:00pm-3:50amLTAD: Hands-On Personal Training Strategies
    4:00pm-4:50amHow to Get First Responder Clients
    4:00pm-4:50amThe Science of Motor Unit Recruitment for Muscle Growth and Explosiveness
    4:00pm-4:50amFacilitated Stretching
    4:00pm-4:50amSmart Agility to Ignite Circuit Training

    Session Descriptions
    Hands-On  |  Sponsored by Perform Better
    Event Itinerary

    Saturday, October 4

    8:00am-8:50amMarketing Topic
    8:00am-8:50amMastering Motivation: Understanding Why Your Clients Hired You and What You Must do to Keep Them
    8:00am-8:50amGlute Training
    8:00am-8:50amTeaching Structural Integration and Movement Efficiency
    9:00am-9:50amLong-Term Athletic Development: Application to Training Youth
    9:00am-9:50amThe Trainers Checklist to Help Coach Any Movement
    9:00am-9:50amGut Health and its Impact on Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
    9:00am-9:50amTop 20 Mobility and Warm Up Exercises
    9:00am-9:50amThe Trainers Checklist to Help Coach Any Movement
    10:00am-10:50amHelp Your Clients Slow the Aging Process: Loaded Movement Training for Strength and Power
    10:00am-10:50amEccentric Training and Application
    10:00am-10:50amShoulder Assessment/Corrective Exercise
    11:00am-11:50amThe New Paradigm for Personal Trainers Seeking Excellence
    11:00am-11:50amTracking Changes in Body Composition and Performance: Are Your Measured Changes Really Real?
    11:00am-11:50amKettlebells for Mobility & Flexibility
    11:00am-11:50amSingle Leg Training for a Two-Legged World
    1:00pm-1:50pmMastering Motivation: Understanding Why Your Clients Hired You and What You Must do to Keep Them
    1:00pm-1:50pmGlute Training
    1:00pm-1:50pmMind-Body and Personal Training Topic
    2:00pm-2:50pmLTAD: Application for Training Youth
    2:00pm-2:50pmThe Trainers Checklist to Help Coach Any Movement
    2:00pm-2:50pmGut Health and its Impact on Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
    2:00pm-2:50pmTop 20 Mobility and Warm Up Exercises
    3:00pm-3:50pmAnti-Aging Exercise Program Design
    3:00pm-3:50pmEccentric Training and Application
    3:00pm-3:50pmShoulder Assessment/Corrective Exercise
    4:00pm-4:50pm2015: Cure- The New Paradigm for Personal Trainers Seeking Excellence
    4:00pm-4:50pmTracking Changes in Body Composition and Performance: Are Your Measured Changes Really Real?
    4:00pm-4:50pmKettlebells for Mobility & Flexibility
    4:00pm-4:50pmSingle Leg Training for a Two-Legged World

    Session Descriptions
    While the reasons people hire a personal trainer vary widely between clients, there are universal requirements that must be met in order to keep them. This session will focus on the number one goal clients have when hiring, and how to tailor training sessions to meet that goal.
    It is well known amongst strength and conditioning professionals that the glutes are critical for maximum sports performance. Whether training for sprinting speed, jumping power, or powerlifting prowess, optimal glute development will enhance performance. However, the most effective methods for strengthening the glutes are foreign to many practitioners. In this hands-on session, attendees will be introduced to some new and highly effective glute exercises, which will increase the efficacy of training. Attendees will also learn how to classify glute exercises, which will ensure that glute training sessions are comprehensive.
    In this hands-on session, attendees should be prepared to challenge their mind-body and to sweat, no shoes required. Attendees will learn simple ways to cue, feel, and teach others how their body is designed to move as a single cohesive unit. Attendees will learn evolutionary movements that belong in all programming. From this experience, assessment for both the personal trainer and client becomes a moment-to-moment and movement-to-movement process.
    This session will cover long-term athletic development (LTAD) from the positive youth development perspective and will show personal trainers how to implement proven strategies of LTAD with their young clients optimally. Trainability of youth, encouraging all kids to be active, and proper strength and conditioning of youth in a variety of situations will be addressed.
    This session will review how the health of the digestive system affects overall health. Attendees will learn how gastrointestinal health impacts fat loss and muscle gain, and discuss signs and symptoms of poor gut health. This session will also review foods and supplements that have been shown to have a positive impact on gut integrity.
    Mobility and warm-ups are some of the hottest subjects in the fitness field. But with hundreds of different exercises from which to choose, it can be difficult to decide which drills offer the most value. This session will show attendees the presenter’s top 20 mobility and warm-up exercise applications to use for helping clients and athletes feel better, move better, and increase the productivity of their training session.
    This session will provide attendees with a simple flow chart system to help determine how a movement is being affected by a multitude of different subsystems, and how to work through each one. Concepts that will be covered include neuroprotective tension, structural variation, strength versus stability, conditioning, and injury mechanics.
    Strength and power training can help boost production of the hormones many consider to be the fountain of youth. Attendees of this session will explore specific principles, strategies, and techniques for developing a program that creates an anabolic response to exercise, and in the process, help clients find their fountain of youth. This session will cover how to identify the hormones responsible for promoting muscle growth, explain how loaded movement training can improve the architecture of the myofascial system, and design an exercise program to help clients maintain their youthful appearance and energy levels.
    This session will cover topics such as the history and physiology of eccentric exercise, the sequence of events leading to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), the repeat bout-effect, the mystery of eccentric exercise and metabolism, and muscle strength and hypertrophy with eccentric training and real-world application to personal trainers.
    This session will cover how to assess/screen for common shoulder pathologies and implement the appropriate corrective and strength training strategies to address them.
    by Todd Wright
    In this session, attendees will be given insights that allow them to better understand the foundations of health; the interconnectivity between thought, nourishment, and actions; and how simple revisions in habitual behaviors can manifest radical shifts in human betterment. This is an innovative session for those willing to consider a pioneering movement to allow fitness professionals to become pivotal players on the allied healthcare team. Topics that will be covered include how to tap into the current market, how to monetize a career in the industry, the six key points of overall health, a new scientifically based strategy for improving recovery, and nutritional lessons that can be applied to clients.
    The measurement of body composition is an often misunderstood and inaccurately performed component of a fitness assessment. Performance measurements such as aerobic capacity, speed, power, and strength are also often done incorrectly and interpreted improperly. Utilizing the appropriate methods and understanding what is “truly” being measured is vital when trying to track changes in both body composition as well as performance. This session will focus on both non-clinical body composition analysis techniques and general performance measurements, with special attention paid to measurement protocols. Attendees will learn how to easily calculate their own test-retest reliability and learn how to determine if a change in body composition or performance is actually “real” or if it is just a measurement error.
    This practical session will use the kettlebell overhead squat to identify weak links in a client’s kinetic chain. Are these weak links due to a lack of flexibility or strength? Specific length and strength tests will be covered along with flexibility and corrective exercises using kettlebells to create balanced bodies that recover faster, perform better, and reach their potential.
    As bipedal animals, our world is experienced through a two-legged prism; however, our experience is that of a two-legged world that is often experienced one leg at a time. This session will discuss the biomechanics of single-leg activities and how to prepare for them. A variety of single-leg exercises will also be provided during this session along with the rationale behind their use.
    by Adam Bornstein
    by Todd Wright

    2014 Personal Trainers Conference Speaker Bios

    Colin Aina, CSCS,*D, USATF

    Colin Aina is the Head Strength and Conditioning Specialist at 212 Health and Performance in Rumford, RI. He holds a degree in physical anthropology, is a United States of America Track and Field (USATF) coach, and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) for 10 years. He currently trains numerous professional, collegiate, and adolescent athletes as well as the general population. His expertise has also been called upon to assist in training of the military. He has presented for the NSCA and Perform Better in the areas of speed and agility, injury prevention, as well as exercise modification for injured clients. 

    Jose Antonio, PhD, CSCS, FISSN, FNSCA

    Jose Antonio is the CEO and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition ( and is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He was the 2005 recipient of the NSCA Research Achievement Award and the 2009 NSCA Educator of the Year; moreover, he has published 14 books and numerous peer-reviewed scientific and consumer publications. Antonio completed his PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Exercise and Sports Science in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

    Alan Aragon, MS

    Alan Aragon is a nutrition researcher and educator with over 20 years of success in the field. He is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. Aragon writes a monthly research review focused on providing cutting-edge theoretical and practical information. Aragon’s work has been published in the popular media as well as the peer-reviewed scientific literature. He co-authored “Nutrient Timing Revisited,” the most-viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Aragon maintains a private practice designing programs for recreational, Olympic, and professional athletes. 

    Barton Bishop

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    Adam Bornstein

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    Bret Contreras, MA, CSCS

    Bret Contreras is currently pursuing his PhD in Sports Science at Auckland University of Technology. Contreras is the author of “Strong Curves” and “Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy,” the co-founder of Strength and Conditioning Research Review and Get Glutes, the inventor of Hip Thruster, the Editor of NSCA’s Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ), the founder of Glute Lab, and the creator of the 2 x 4: Maximum Strength system. 

    Gray Cook, CSCS

    Gray Cook has taken the Functional Movement Screen (a system he developed) and his advanced assessment practices, and combined them with reactive-based exercises that enhance motor learning for both rehabilitation and performance. These two components were the pillars of the Reebok Core Training System which he developed in 2000. Cook’s ability to teach at many different professional levels is the result of his diverse background as both a sports medicine and conditioning expert. He is the author of the book, “Athletic Body in Balance” which serves as a working example to trainers, coaches, and athletes of the unique way in which he looks at assessment, movement, and exercise. 

    Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, USAW, FNSCA

    Jay Dawes is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has worked as a strength/performance coach, personal trainer, educator, and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and continues to act as a performance consultant for a wide variety of athletes, law enforcement officers, and those in physically demanding occupations. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®), the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) as a Club Coach, and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Additionally, Dawes was recognized as a Fellow of the NSCA in 2009. 

    Tony Gentilcore, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

    Tony Gentilcore is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) holding a degree in Health Education with a concentration in Health/Wellness Promotion from the State University of New York at Cortland. Gentilcore has established an outstanding reputation due to his no-nonsense approach to training, unique perspective on program design, and corrective exercise experience. He is also one of the co-founders of Cressey Performance (CP), located in Hudson, MA. His ability to relate closely to CP student-athletes, aspiring professional athletes, and experienced professionals, dates back to his collegiate baseball experience. Gentilcore is a regular contributor to many reputable fitness publications such as Testosterone Magazine (,,, Men’s Health Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine, to name a few.  

    Johnny Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

    Johnny Gillespie has been presenting for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) under the title Balanced Athlete since 2005. Gillespie is the founder of Plexus Fitness and Empowered Yoga in Delaware. Plexus Fitness operates public fitness centers, a CrossFit box, and offers an array of health and fitness services in corporations, country clubs, and private in-home settings. Empowered Yoga is a practical approach to the healing art of yoga, incorporating modern-day exercise science and mindfulness-based principles. Empowered Yoga operates three individual yoga locations. Gillespie regularly appears on TV and radio as an expert on health, fitness, and yoga. 

    John Hofman, MS, CSCS, USAW-1, USATF-1

    John Hofman is one of the leading experts in the field of firefighter health and wellness. As the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department, Hofman oversees the Wellness Centre, coordinates the department’s medical and fitness assessments, develops recruit fitness training, develops pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations, and assists the department’s 20 certified Peer Fitness Trainers. In addition, he also works as a strength and conditioning coach for the California Regional Fire Academy, Sierra Fire Technology Program, as well as numerous other fire departments in Northern California. In 2012, Hofman was appointed the Health and Wellness Coordinator of the Firefighter Cancer Foundation. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, United States of America Track and Field (USATF) as a Level 1 Coach, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and American College of Exercise (ACE) as a Peer Fitness Trainer. Hofman is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics such as fireground rehabilitation, low back injuries, and developing a health and wellness program. In an effort to help keep firefighters safe, Hofman authored “Beyond the Turnouts: A Comprehensive Guide to Firefighter Health and Wellness,” where he combined the latest research and his years of experience developing firefighter health and wellness programs within the fire service.  

    Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS,*D

    Rick Howard is currently working on his Doctorate degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals. Howard earned his Master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University in School Leadership, and his Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Exercise Science. He is very actively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he serves on the Youth Special Interest Group (SIG) as a founding member and Immediate Past-Chair, as well as the Chair of the NSCA State Provincial Director Committee where he is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, overseeing strength and conditioning clinics in seven states. He is an Associate Editor of the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ), was Guest Editor for a youth feature edition of the SCJ, and contributes a column on youth training to the NSCA Coach. Howard is an Adjunct Instructor in Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning at Delaware State University, Rowan University, Temple University, and West Chester University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) by the NSCA. His primary interest is presenting concepts of pediatric exercise science and active learning to sport coaches, physical education teachers, and those who wish to improve the lives of our young people.  

    Phil Kaplan, NSCA-CPT

    Phil Kaplan, a 30-year veteran and pioneer in the field of personal fitness training, has traveled the world tagged as a human betterment expert. Finding that the keys to health and healing lie in the balance between physical, emotional, nutritional, and spiritual variables, he started Health Care AGI in 2014. His ALIVE program, a stand-alone exercise and eating intervention offered in hospitals and health facilities worldwide, has moved thousands back towards excellent health. As a long-time media personality, author, health club owner/operator, speaker, and presenter, his insights never fail to leave audiences with a distinctive sense of new possibility.

    Len Kravitz, PhD

    Len Kravitz is the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and Research at the University of New Mexico, where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award. Kravitz was honored with the 2009 Canadian Fitness Professional “Specialty Presenter of the Year” award and chosen as the American Council on Exercise 2006 “Fitness Educator of the Year.” He also has received the prestigious “Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award” and the “Global Award” from the Aquatic Exercise Association. 

    James Krieger, MS

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    Loren Landow, CSCS,*D

    Loren Landow is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. His goal is to maximize human performance, while decreasing the likelihood of injury. Landow has trained thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities, including over 500 professional athletes in the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Olympic athletes. He has presented on the national and international level in the performance field, and serves as a consultant for professional and collegiate teams across the country. Landow has developed the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Prevention Program and ACL Return to Sport Protocols for the world renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, CO. His recent accomplishments include the publication of “My Offseason with the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody’s Watching).” He also served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach on the 16th season of the Ultimate Fighter Reality TV Show for Team Carwin. His passion is assisting athletes to perform at their peak level on the competition field. 

    Annette Lang, MS

    Annette Lang has been in the fitness industry since 1983, working in sales, management, personal training, and education. She was the Program Director for the original Equinox Fitness Training Institute and for the Reebok University Master Trainer Team for Personal Trainers. She has spoken at health club conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Lang develops and teaches education programs for personal trainers on a regular basis. She has a Master’s degree in Health Education and is a private personal trainer in New York City, NY. 

    Bob McAtee, RMT, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

    Bob McAtee maintains an active, international sports therapy practice at Pro-Active Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs, CO. He is the co-author of “Facilitated Stretching,” a how-to book about proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, used by health and fitness professionals worldwide. Now in its 4th edition, the book has sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. McAtee regularly presents workshops on facilitated stretching, sports therapy, and rehabilitative exercise nationally and internationally. 

    Pete McCall, MS, CSCS

    Pete McCall is a personal trainer and fitness educator in San Diego, CA. McCall holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, completed a Fellowship in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute of Functional Transformation, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He is dedicated to helping clients improve their fitness levels and he has spent a large portion of his career educating personal trainers as a workshop instructor and international speaker. In addition, he has authored numerous articles for trade publications, online blogs, and textbook chapters. Currently, McCall is the Science Officer for the Institute of Motion and an education consultant with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), where he previously served as an exercise physiologist. Frequently quoted as a fitness expert in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, U-T San Diego, SELF, Glamour, and Shape magazines and featured as a fitness expert on a variety of TV news outlets including WRC-NBC (DC), Fox News, Fox 5 San Diego, and NBC7 San Diego, McCall is a sought-after media resource for accurate, in-depth insight on how to get results from exercise.  

    Vince Metzo, CSCS

    Vince Metzo is the Director of Education for KettleBell Concepts as well as the Dean of the Exercise Science/Advanced Personal Training Program at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. He is also the Chairman of the Science Department at the Swedish Institute and the Director of the Your Bodyworks Personal Training and Massage Therapy Program at H&D Physical Therapy in New York City, NY. Metzo’s dance, theatre, and acrobatics background lead him to choose exercise science and education as a career. In addition to the development and teaching of the Focus on Flexibility Workshop Series and Flexibility and Corrective Exercise Specialist (FCES) certificate, he is a strong advocate of training with kettlebells because of their transferability to real life movements. Metzo teaches kettlebell boot camps at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy for exercise students as well as members of the community at large. 

    Jonathan Mike, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW

    Jonathan Mike is finishing his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY while also serving as a strength and conditioning assistant. He also worked for the University of Louisville as a strength coach and has been a frequent contributor and guest host of several websites and radio shows. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Exam Developing Committee for the Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) certification and Job Analysis Committee, and has authored or co-authored various works related to sports nutrition and strength and conditioning. He has been published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal for the NSCA and has both authored and co-authored multiple book chapters in areas of sports nutrition and strength training and conditioning. In addition, he has co-authored many articles on a variety of topics in IDEA Fitness Journal, has authored articles for many consumer magazines including Oxygen Mag, Experienced Life, and Muscle and Body, is a team member and columnist for EliteFTS, and is a monthly contributor for MuscleMag International. His research interests include strength and power development, functional movement, exercise and energy metabolism, and areas of sports nutrition. 

    Todd Miller, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA

    Todd Miller is Director of the Weight Management and Human Performance Lab at George Washington University (GW). He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at GW, and is responsible for the development and oversight of the Master’s degree program in Strength and Conditioning. He has served as a consultant for the International Health, Racquet, and Sportclub Association since 2005, and has extensively studied the psychosocial factors associated with health club membership and use. He has degrees in Exercise Science from Pennsylvania State University and Texas A&M University, and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at both of those institutions. He is extensively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors.  

    Jordan Moon, PhD, CSCS,*D

    Jordan Moon is currently the MusclePharm Research Director, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Colorado State Director, as well as a faculty member for the Department of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy. Moon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the NSCA and a certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), as well as college athletes, youth, and fitness clients. He has presented at multiple scientific conferences and has published more than 50 research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition, human body composition, and changes regarding age and fitness level.  

    Ben Reuter, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D

    Ben Reuter is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Exercise Science and Sport Studies at California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University, and his Master’s degree with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Reuter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also holds an Athletic Training Certification from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is a Certified Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance. Reuter edited and co-authored a chapter in the NSCA’s “Developing Endurance” book (Sport Performance Series). He has presented at a number of NSCA conferences and symposiums. Currently, Reuter serves as an Associate Editor as well as the podcast editor and Flexibility and Rehabilitation Tips column editor for the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Reuter’s area of interest is in injury prevention and performance enhancement for masters and age group endurance athletes, with an emphasis on the prevention of sport-specific muscle imbalances leading to dysfunction. 

    Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D, USAW, USATF, FNSCA

    Carlos Santana received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University. He has been a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1994. In his 18 years with the NSCA, he has served as Vice President, served two terms on the Board of Directors, was a Conference Committee member, was the Chair of the Sports Specific Conference, and served as the Florida State Director. Santana has produced over 70 videos, written 14 books, and published over 200 articles in the area of strength and conditioning. He now serves as the CEO and Director of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton, FL, where he trains over 20 combat athletes as well as police, SWAT, and Special Forces operators from the military. He holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the NSCA and as a certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Santana is also certified as a Senior Coach and Club Coach Course Instructor with United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), and a Level I Coach with the United States of America Track and Field (USATF). 

    Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA, NSCA-CPT

    Brad Schoenfeld is a lecturer in the Exercise Science Department at Lehman College and is the head of their human performance laboratory. His primary research interests focus on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Schoenfeld writes for many of the leading fitness magazines and speaks internationally on a variety of fitness topics. He is a best-selling author of 10 fitness books, including his latest, “The M.A.X. Muscle Plan.” 

    Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS,*D, FISSN

    Abbie Smith-Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Her research interests center around exercise and nutrition interventions to modify various aspects of body composition, cardiovascular health, and metabolic function. She is an active researcher in the field of sport nutrition and exercise performance, in both healthy and clinical populations. Some of her primary work has focused on high-intensity interval training, beta-alanine, and creatine supplementation. Smith-Ryan contributes to the current body of scientific literature through her many peer-reviewed manuscripts, scholastic book chapters, and international/national presentations. She is also heavily involved with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). 

    Dean Somerset

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    Jeffrey Stout, PhD, CSCS, FACSM, FISSN, FNSCA

    Jeffrey Stout is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida. Stout has published over 200 research studies, presentations, books, and book chapters that have focused on nutrition, exercise performance, muscle function, and body composition in young and elderly populations. Currently, Stout enjoys mentoring his graduate students who help to manage the various research activities in the Human Performance Laboratory.  

    Nick Tumminello

    Nick Tumminello is the owner of Performance University, which provides practical fitness education for fitness professionals worldwide, and is the author of the book “Strength Training for Fat Loss.” Tumminello has worked with a variety of clients from National Football League (NFL) athletes to professional bodybuilders and figure models to exercise enthusiasts. He also served as the conditioning coach for the Ground Control Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fight Team and is a fitness expert for Reebok. Tumminello has produced 15 DVDs, is a regular contributor to several major fitness magazines and websites, and writes a very popular blog at 

    Diane Vives, MS, CSCS,*D

    Diane Vives is owner and director of Vives Training Systems and Fit4Austin in Austin, TX. She is an internationally recognized presenter who focuses on providing integration strategies based on science and experience. Currently, she works with Functional Movement Systems and serves on the Under Armour Performance Training Council. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She currently serves as a mentor and educator on her website and authored the “SMARTsets” DVD series and “Training the Female Athlete” DVD and ebook series. 

    Chad Waterbury, MS

    Chad Waterbury is a neurophysiologist with a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and he is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Southern California. He is the author of “Huge in a Hurry” by Rodale Publishing and has been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Fight!, Showtime, and Chicago Tribune. Men’s Fitness United Kingdom (UK) named him one of top 25 trainers in the world. Waterbury works with athletes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB). He also has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Center.

    Dawn Weatherwax, RD, CSSD, LD, ATC, CSCS

    Dawn Weatherwax is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a specialty in sports nutrition and is the Founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. In addition, she is an athletic trainer who holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Weatherwax brings a comprehensive and unique understanding of the athlete’s body, and its nutritional needs, to those interested in achieving specific performance goals and optimal health. Weatherwax is also the author of the “Official Snack Guide for Beleaguered Sports Parents” and the “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sports Nutrition.” She is an official speaker for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and on the approved speaker list for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She has also been featured on television shows such as Good Morning America, MSNBC, Geraldo Rivera, and Fox News. 

    Darryn Willoughby, PhD, CSCS, FACSM, FISSN, FACN

    Darryn Willoughby holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Tarleton State University and a PhD in Neuromuscular Physiology and Biochemistry with a sub-emphasis in Nutritional Biochemistry from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN), and American College of Nutrition (ACN). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the ISSN. He is also a former President of the ISSN and serves as a nutrition and supplementation consultant for a number of major nutrition/sport supplement companies. He has served as a resistance training and conditioning consultant for high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. In addition, he also consults with amateur and professional bodybuilders about to their training and nutritional programs.  

    Todd Wright

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