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    Welcome to TSAC Annual Training

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association invites you to attend the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Annual Training in Orlando, FL.

    The 2015 Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Annual Training is set to deliver a comprehensive learning experience to strengthen your skills and give you tools to get your tactical athletes physically prepared. Experts on human performance, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, and nutrition who work in the military, law enforcement, and fire/first responder fields share valuable insights on injury prevention/rehab, general fitness and performance. Take your learning from the classroom to the field and apply your knowledge in hands-on sessions. Register now.

    Date: April 6-9, 2015

    Location: Wyndham Resort | Orlando, FL

    CEUs: NSCA 2.0 │ BOC 20  

    You won't want to miss TSAC Annual Training - see what the 2014 attendees thought!

    "The presentations were really great during the TSAC Conference. I am a first time TSAC attendee and needed to get more insight on the different training strategies for these athletes. I am very glad that I took the time to go learn new ideas."

    "This is my second year attending TSAC. Your staff and presenters did a great job. Your approach to strength and conditioning is remarkable and I plan on acquiring the TSAC-F certification."

    "Having the ability to not only network but also strategize with leaders in the variety of fields was highly resourceful."

    "I can't thank the NSCA enough for the conference, it has been the best of the 3 I have attended with respect to content deliver, hands on sessions, and the information that I can take back to the RAF with respect to tactical strength and conditioning!"

    Mike Asken, PhD and Psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police | Opening Ceremonies Keynote

    Asken Frequent advice to veterans returning from a tour of duty, as well as police and public safety personnel at the end of shift, is that they must change their behaviors and attitudes when they come “down off the wall.” While some adjustment is required when reintegrating into non-tactical environments, this presentation will discuss how a warrior mindset can be appropriate and productive across many aspects of one’s life. Further, it will suggest that strength and conditioning programs, whether rehabilitative, preparatory, or competitive in mission, are ideal platforms for helping warriors use and even strengthen mindset for success and satisfaction. Mike is the author of MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations and Warrior Mindset: Mental Toughness Skills for a Nation's Peacekeepers with Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman and Loren Christiansen.

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    TSAC Annual Training

    The NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Annual Training will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 7-9, 2015 at the Wyndham Resort in Orlando, FL. 

    Click on the links to the left to view the schedule by day. 

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

     

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    Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive 

    8001 International Drive
    Orlando, FL 32819
    1-800-421-8001

    NSCA Room Rate: $117/night (Single/Double) 

    When reserving your room, please indicate that you wish to be under the National Strength and Conditioning Association room block. 

    You will love your stay at The Wyndham Orlando Resort; a newly multi-million dollar renovated resort in the center of America's theme park capital! 

    If your time outside the TSAC Training sessions is better spent doing more active things, then the Wyndham's lush gardens, heated swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness center and courtyard area are perfect for you to hit up while there. Want to go exploring while in Orlando? Hop on the free shuttle, just steps from your hotel room, and head to Universal Studios Orlando, or SeaWorld Orlando! 

    Going hungry isn’t an option with the Wyndham's 3 onsite resturants! At Gatorville Poolside Bar and Grill, you can soak up some sun while enjoying casual American fare (open for lunch and dinner.) If you are in the mood for some small Mediterranean style snacks and a signature cocktail or craft beer, be sure to check out the Lobby Bar. Have a major sweet tooth? Make sure to stop by Screams Ice Cream and Gift Shop for a freshly baked breakfast pastry or a scoop of ice cream. 

    All NSCA Training's, Conferences and Events are subject to change location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.

    Rooms for the 2015 TSAC Training are provided EXCLUSIVELY by the Wyndham Resort. These exclusive, discounted group rates are only available to conference attendees and exhibitors by booking through the link attached or calling them directly. In order to provide the best rates for our Members, we ask that if you are contacted by any third-party offering to book you a room that you please report it to our Conferences Department at conferences@nsca.com. 

     

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    TSAC Annual Training Rates

    Cutoff dates are by postmark.
      Now-
    Thru 2/17/2015   
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    After 3/23/2015 
    Onsite Only  
    Training Rates      
    Registration $325 $375 $425
    One Day Only  $220 $270 $320
    Program Book* $45 $45 $45
    Pre-Conference (April 6) Symposia Rate      
    Member/Non-Member $150 $150 $150
    Student  $150 $150 $150

    *All registered attendees will receive the speaker presentations electronically, the $45 is if you would prefer the printed program book.

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    REFUND POLICY 

    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 February 17, 2015.

    50% refund if postmarked between February 18 thru March 23, 2015.

    NO REFUNDS after March 23, 2015.

     

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    Speaker Lineup - 2015

     

    Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, USAW
    Mark Abel is an Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, fitness, and performance of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has been employed as a firefighter and participated in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Abel is currently a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel. Abel also owns Tactical Fitness Institute, LLC which assists fire departments and law enforcement agencies in meeting their health and performance goals.

    Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, FNSCA
    Brent Alvar holds the rank of Full Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in Provo, UT. Alvar is also the Vice President of University Research, overseeing all areas related to the scholarship of discovery at RMUoHP. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) and recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). His research focus is in the area of physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness (sports, firefighting, and military), and health-related benefits from resistance training.

    Emmanuel Ashamu
    Emmanuel “Manny” Ashamu is entering his third year as the Human Performance Specialist for the 21st Special Tactics Squadron. He has been a strength and conditioning coach at several schools including Bowling Green State University, University of Virginia, Howard University, and Amherst College. By developing programs that encourage the attainment of new, healthy, and sustainable skills, he effectively helps to prepare tactical operators and support staff for the physical stresses of their jobs.

    Breton Asken, MS, ATC
    Breton Asken is a second-year graduate student in the University of Florida’s Clinical and Health Psychology Doctoral Program, specializing in Neuropsychology. He previously attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, where he received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, as well as Exercise and Sport Science - Athletic Training. While at UNC, Asken worked as a research assistant at the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, and was also a student athletic trainer with a number of the UNC varsity sports teams. Currently, Asken serves as the Neuropsychology Clinical and Research Coordinator at the University of Florida Sports Concussion Center.

    Mike Asken, PhD
    Mike Asken is a psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In that capacity he works with the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Tactical and Negotiation Teams. In addition to providing psychological evaluations for cadet candidates and troopers, Asken teaches at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and works with performance issues. He has presented training strategies to various organizations including the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA), the Memphis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to name a few. Asken has written several articles that have appeared in esteemed journals and has authored the books “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations” and “Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for Optimal Response in High Stress Crisis Negotiations.” He was also a co-author for the books “Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing,” and “Warrior MindSet.” His most recent book, written with Battalion Chief Eric Nurnberg, is called “FirePsyche: Mental Toughness and the Valor Mindset on the Fireground.”

    Tristen Asken, CSCS
    Tristen Asken earned an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science with a Certificate in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburg. He is currently set to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2015. Asken was previously an intern with the University of Miami football team and at the IMG Academy.

    Mason Baggett, CSCS, TSAC-F
    Mason Baggett is currently in his fourth year as the strength and conditioning coach of the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion located at Camp Lejeune, NC. Prior to this position, he spent four years with East Carolina University as the strength coach for the baseball and tennis programs, as well as an assistant strength coach for the football program. Baggett also spent time as an intern with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, CO and completed his undergraduate and graduate programs at Virginia Tech, where he served as a graduate assistant strength coach.

    John Barela, MS, CSCS, RSCC 
    John Barela was appointed as a Sports Specialist (Strength and Conditioning) for the Fort Bliss Department of Human Performance in July 2010. At Fort Bliss, Barela is the facility manager of the Ironworks Gym East, leads the Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program, and provides education on the MEF Certification program to soldiers. He is also the owner and operator of PowerZone Performance in El Paso, TX that specializes in sports performance training, small group, and personal training. Barela was appointed as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he was responsible for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. He has also served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Tulsa, where he was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for men’s tennis, football, and softball teams. Barela received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Arizona State University and his Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University.

    Nick Barringer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
    Nick Barringer is an active duty Army dietitian with 10 years of experience working with soldiers on how to optimally fuel for performance. Barringer’s previous assignment was at the 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as the Regimental Nutritionist assisting with the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program. He has presented on nutrition and the tactical athlete at multiple conferences which include the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) TSAC Conference, International Society of Sports Nutrition conference, American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports Cardiovascular Nutrition (SCAN) conference, Annual Meeting of Israel Society of Sports Medicine, and Special Operation Medical Association (SOMA) conference. Barringer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M University under Dr. Richard Kreider and is a research assistant in the Exercise and Sport and Nutrition Lab (ESNL).

    Neal Baumgartner, PhD
    Neal Baumgartner is an Air Force (AF) exercise physiologist currently serving as the Exercise Physiology/Physical Fitness Consultant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel (HAF/A1) for the AF Fitness Program. He provides exercise physiology, human performance, and physical fitness research, consultation, guidance, and training instruction to Headquarters (HQ) AF leadership and staff to include development of criterion-based physical fitness testing requirements and standards. Additionally, he serves as Program Director for Force Fitness responsible for managing human performance physical fitness initiatives for HQ Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to improve and maintain optimal physical fitness of USAF Airmen to include Special Operations Battlefield Airmen. Baumgartner served as an active duty Air Force Aerospace Physiologist and retired in 2001. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the USAF Academy, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

    Maryrose Blank
    Matt Devine is presenting today with Maryrose Blank on “The Use of Applied Strength and Conditioning Methods to Facilitate Mission Relevant Mental Performance Optimization.” Maryrose Blank is a Mental Performance Coach with Digital Consulting Services. She has worked with the military since May 2009 serving as a contractor at Fort Bragg, NC and within the National Capital Region. Her background and training is in sport and performance psychology.

    Doug Briggs, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    Doug Briggs has been involved in strength and conditioning for over 30 years and was voted the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator of the Year for 2014. Currently, he is the Director of Human Performance for the United States Army at Fort Bliss, TX. Briggs is the founder of the Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program currently being used to train United States soldiers. He is also an adjunct associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas-El Paso and is a former faculty member in the Human Performance Department at New Mexico State University. Briggs is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Briggs has also written for numerous magazines including Pure Power Magazine, Bliss Now, and Army Times, to name a few, and has two published books: “Sixteen Weeks to Weight Training Success” and “Built for Strength: A Basic Approach to Weight Training Success for Men and Women.”

    Lee Burton, PhD, ATC, CSCS
    Lee Burton is currently the President and co-owner of Functional Movement Systems (FMS) a consulting and educational organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University and his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Burton received his Doctorate degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Burton is currently consulting with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo Clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement.

    Jorge Carvajal, CSCS, FMS, USAW
    Jorge Carvajal is a high performance coach and consultant from Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), and is Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified. He has trained elite athletes at places like the University of Florida, University of Nebraska, and Olympic Training Center. He currently works with National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), Olympic, and tactical athletes.

    Dan Clemons, CSCS
    Dan Clemons is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron in the United States Air Force. In this role, he is in charge of the day-to-day training of over 100 Special Tactics Operators. Clemons earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and his Master’s degree in Human Movement. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

    Christine Coniglio, MA, CSCS
    Christine Coniglio is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She obtained her Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science under the world-renowned sport scientist, Dr. Mike Stone at East Tennessee State University. Coniglio is interested in the long-term development and monitoring of tactical athletes. She is also a co-owner of ATPStrength.com.

    Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS
    Eric Cressey is President and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, which has facilities in Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL. Cressey has worked with clients from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks, but is best known for his extensive work with baseball players; more than 100 professional players train with him each off-season. Cressey has authored over 500 articles, published six books, and co-created six DVD sets that have been sold in over 60 countries around the world. Cressey has lectured in five countries and more than 20 states, and his research has been published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Cressey publishes a free blog and newsletter on his website, www.EricCressey.com.

    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 (ASCA) as a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Additionally, Dawes was recognized as a Fellow of the NSCA in 2009.

    Matt Devine, CSCS,*D
    Matt Devine currently works with the Department of Defense as a contractor in the greater Washington, DC area. Prior to this station, he worked with soldiers in an outpatient physical therapy clinic and for a nonprofit company that focused on the transitional elements of military life. Devine has worked in the biomechanics lab with United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Sciences and as a volunteer coach with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition, he has experience with collegiate athletics at the University of Pennsylvania as well as professional and developmental athletes at Velocity Sports Performance, EXOS, and the Moorestown, NJ Community Olympic Development Program.

    Randy Dreger, PhD, CSCS
    Randy Dreger is an instructor/researcher in the Personal Fitness Trainer Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Canada. Dreger received his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alberta in Occupational/Work Physiology. For more than 20 years, Dreger has been studying the physical demands of firefighting. He co-developed the Canadian Forces Firefighter Pre-Employment Testing Standard, which is used across Canada. From a physiological perspective, Dreger has studied the cardiopulmonary responses to exercise in firefighter gear, with a particular emphasis on the self-contained breathing apparatus. In addition to his research, Dreger has trained numerous fire, police, and paramedic applicants to meet the associated physical test requirements.

    Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, EMT-P, CSCS
    Bryan Fass is a leading expert on public safety and industrial injury prevention. Fass is the President and Founder of the Fit Responder, a fitness company that works nationally with departments, corporations, and state and local governments to design and run targeted injury prevention and wellness programs. He is frequently contacted for expert opinion and content contribution for all aspects of public safety fitness, ergonomics, and wellness. Fass authored the “Fit Responder” book used by departments and schools plus he writes for numerous web and peer-reviewed journals including the TSAC Report, officer.com, ems-1.com, and firerescue1.com. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with over 17 years of clinical practice and was a paramedic for over eight years. Fass is a highly sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including risk reduction, employee self-care, real world wellness, and how to eat on the street. 

    Chris Frankel, MS
    Chris Frankel is Head of Human Performance for TRX. A coach, trainer, and educator for more than 25 years, Frankel has trained and consulted for collegiate and professional sports teams, the U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Secret Service. Prior to working with TRX, Frankel served as instructor of record for undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science at the University of New Mexico where he is currently completing his PhD in Exercise Physiology.

    David Frost, PhD, CSCS,*D
    David Frost is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. He has lectured internationally on topics pertaining to wellness, athletic performance, and injury prevention; authored several journal articles and book chapters on exercise, movement screening, and firefighter fitness; and worked as a performance and injury prevention consultant to numerous organizations, including the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). Frost is an engaging and passionate presenter whose research is focused on the development of training strategies to help tactical athletes withstand the physical demands of their lives.

    Gaëtan Girard, MSc
    Gaëtan Girard has been promoting fitness and lifestyle in law enforcement for the past 18 years. Girard has been the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Chief Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor, leading the Fitness for Duty (for police officers) and Fitness for Life (for all employees) programs since 2003. During that time, he also provided advice and support to other agencies, such as Parks Canada and the Department of Oceans and Fisheries, in the adoption of physical abilities tests and fitness initiatives. His initial work with the RCMP began with leading the Divisional Fitness and Lifestyle program in Québec from 1996 to 2002. Girard has also been a part-time Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa since 1987. Other work experience includes working with Health Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, public health departments, aboriginal communities, wellness centers, and as a freelancer for health magazines and media. Girard holds a Master’s degree from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University.


    Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
    Paul Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Western State Colorado University and his Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Before becoming the Human Performance Coordinator for the 10th Special Forces Group, he worked in human performance for Naval Special Warfare for 14 months and was the Head Strength Coach and Dietitian for the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL) team for 11 years. Goldberg also served as the Assistant Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Colorado State University for four years and as the Head Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Eastern Michigan University for one year.

    Brandon Gray
    Brandon Gray has served in the fire and rescue community for 10 years, and is currently a professional firefighter/paramedic at the Des Moines Fire Department. His duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing Advanced Life Support emergency medical care, structural firefighting, extrication, and water rescue operations. His occupational focus on service is paralleled to a 17-year military career in the Army National Guard. Gray has served as an enlisted infantryman and as a commissioned infantry officer. With multiple overseas combat tours and stateside peacetime mobilizations, he brings practical experiences to both professions.

    David Gutierrez
    David Gutierrez is a highly decorated military professional, who has served over 10 years in the United States Armed Forces, and the last nine with U.S. Army Special Forces. He has extensive experience in hostile fire and combat zones in Latin America and Southwest Asia. His experience in a variety of work conditions, from dynamic team environments to ambiguous individual and small team settings, gives him a unique understanding of ever-changing training priorities, physical preparation requirements, and psychological motivations of the tactical athlete during a variety of operations. Gutierrez is passionate about serving and promoting the betterment of the special operations community.

    Victor Hall, CSCS 
    Victor Hall is the Performance Manager for EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) in San Diego, CA, where he trains professional, elite, and youth athletes. Prior to his current position, he was the Performance Manager of the Human Performance program for the Department of Defense (DOD) in the Washington, D.C. area. His undergraduate education was completed in Physical Education from Pacific Union College and he attended California State University-Sacramento for his post-graduate studies.

    Travis Harvey, PhD, CSCS
    Travis Harvey is the Program Analyst for the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Human Performance Program. Harvey was previously the Human Performance Program Coordinator for the 75th Ranger Regiment Ranger Athlete Warrior program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at West Point where he taught and conducted human performance research.

    John Hofman, MS, FMS, 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 Center, 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 the 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®), USA Weightlifting as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, USA Track and Field as a Level 1 Coach, Functional Movement Systems (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 fire ground rehabilitation, low-back injuries, and developing health and wellness programs. 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. Hofman is also a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel.

    Joel Jamieson
    Joel Jamieson is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports. He has more than eight years of experience working with many of the top fighters from all over the world and has trained over 30 of the biggest names in mixed martial arts (MMA), including eight world champions. He has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Pride Fighting Championships (FC), Dream FC, and worked as a consultant for countless top-level teams and organizations including the United States Special Forces. Jamieson is the founder of 8weeksout.com, author of the highly acclaimed book, “Ultimate MMA Conditioning,” and creator of the BioForce HRV Training Management System. He is a highly sought-after speaker and is a regularly featured contributor to Fight! Magazine, Fighting Fit (UK) Sherdog.com, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, and his training programs and articles have been featured in a variety of online and print media around the world.

    Dan John
    Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad.

    William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    William Kraemer is a Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Ohio State University. His research has focused on endocrine interfaces with exercise training and military demands. He has published over 450 manuscripts of peer-reviewed literature, over 100 book chapters, and 10 books. Kraemer is a former officer in the United States Army.

    Paul Lacanilao, ATC, CSCS
    Paul Lacanilao is the Bridge Program Manager for the 7th Special Forces Group in Florida. He is responsible for designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for 7th Group’s Wounded Warriors and other injured soldiers. As a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) for the past 17 years, he has been responsible for returning professional athletes back to the playing field. Today, he uses his experience to help return Green Berets back to the battlefield.

    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), mixed martial arts (MMA), 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. One of Coach Landow’s main goals is developing athleticism while carefully planning programming and periodization (long-term plan) as it fits to the individual to peak on the night of the fight. He currently works with approximately 30 MMA athletes. Some of his past/present athletes include Brendan Schaub, Shane Carwin, Nate Marquardt, Cat Zingano, and Donald Cerrone. He works with Pan Am and Worlds Jiu-Jitsu Champions as well.

    Ryan Massimo, CSCS, TSAC-F, USAW-1
    Ryan Massimo has been a strength and conditioning specialist for over 16 years with a direct emphasis on improving functional fitness performance with regards to speed, power, agility, strength, and injury prevention. Massimo is currently the Combat Fitness Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Headquarters at Semper Fit. Massimo served as the Fitness Director at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his stint at GMU, Massimo was the Sports Performance Director and Center Director at Velocity Sports Performance in Ashburn, VA, where he was in charge of all sports performance training and was the main provider of sports performance training for all professional and elite-level athletes. Prior to joining the Ashburn team, Massimo was at Duke University, where he was the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. In this capacity, he supervised and coached more than 300 athletes competing in 15 different Olympic sports. Massimo graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Health and Fitness specialization from East Carolina University (ECU). Out of ECU, he played professionally with the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He then worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the Cincinnati Reds’ double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Massimo is a recognized Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Club Level 1 Coach from United States of America Weightlifting (USAW).

    Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS
    Jay Merlino began his coaching career at the University of Delaware as an assistant strength coach. Following that, he was an assistant strength coach with the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League (NFL) team for eight seasons. Merlino also opened his own private training company to work with athletes while transitioning towards training tactical athletes such as local police officers and firefighters. This work led to a contracted strength coach position in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid, Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning (THOR3) program to train military soldiers. Merlino then joined EXOS as the Human Performance Manager for the National Capital Region and was named Director of Human Performance in 2014.

    Brad Nindl, PhD, FACSM 
    Brad Nindl is currently the scientific advisor at the Army Institute of Public Health for the Army Public Health Command. Nindl formerly served as the Performance Physiology Team Leader in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, MA, and as Task Area Manager for Physiological Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Injuries for the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC) in Fort Detrick, MD. Nindl graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, received his Master’s degree in Physiology of Exercise from Springfield College in Springfield, MA, and received his Doctorate in Integrative Physiology with a focus in Endocrine Physiology from Pennsylvania State University. Nindl is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and holds the Adjunct Professor position at Springfield College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Additionally, he was recently invited as a visiting professor at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity Neuromuscular Research Center at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, where he participated in physiological studies in muscle damage and recovery with the Finnish Defense Forces in 2009. Nindl is an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

    Rob Orr, PhD, TSAC-F
    With 23 years of service in the Australian Army, Rob Orr has served as an infantry soldier, physical training instructor, physiotherapist, and human performance officer. After completing his doctoral studies in military load carriage, Orr transferred to the Army Reserve and accepted a position at Bond University. In this new position and as the Co-Chair of TSAC-Australia, Rob conducts research into optimizing the physical conditioning, reconditioning and injury prevention of tactical personnel across the tactical community and presents his research and academic work at both national and international levels. Orr is currently the Editor of the NSCA’s TSAC Report. 

    Jake O., MS 
    Jake O. is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he currently serves as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operator and investigator assigned to the FBI’s Southern Colorado Safe Streets Task Force (SCSSTF). He served in the United States Army from 2002 – 2010 and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom. While in the Army, he served in a variety of assignments ranging from a Rifle Platoon Leader to Company Commander. He is also a graduate of the United States Army’s Ranger School, Pathfinder School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. In 2007, he was selected by the 101st Airborne Division to compete in the grueling Best Ranger Competition. He entered service with the FBI in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science degree from Boston University.

    Frank Palkoska, MS, CSCS 
    Frank Palkoska is currently the Chief for the United States Army Physical Fitness School (USAPFS), Victory College, United States Army Training Center, and Fort Jackson. USAPFS is responsible for the development of a physical readiness training doctrine, researching the physical readiness training needs of the Army, and to provide the Army with training assistance to enhance operational readiness. The primary emphasis is on physically preparing soldiers, leaders, and units to fight in unified land operations. He directs a staff consisting of active and reserve component soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) civilians, and civilian contractors. Palkoska served as a commissioned infantryman from Murray State University. His assignments include tactical level infantry commands and staff positions. He received his Master’s degree from Indiana University and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Physical Education. His last active duty assignment was at the United States Army Physical Fitness School. In 1992, he left active duty and joined the school as a civilian staff member. Palkoska was hired as the Chief of Doctrine and later transitioned into the Deputy Commandant position. He has earned certifications from the following professional organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and Cooper Aerobics Institute.

    David Peterson, EdD, CSCS
    David Peterson has 17 years of active duty experience in the United States Navy. Peterson currently serves as the Remedial Physical Training Coordinator, Human Performance Lab Director, and Physical Education Professor for the U.S. Navy. Peterson was assigned as the Director of the Aviation Survival Training Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, he was assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Physical Readiness Program (OPNAV N135) as the Command Fitness Leader (CFL), Program Manager, and Research Officer. As the OPNAV N135 Research Officer, Peterson spearheaded several new Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Body Composition Analysis (BCA) initiatives to include the PRT beta test. He earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and received his Doctorate in Sport Management with an emphasis in Health and Fitness from the United States Sports Academy.

    Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    Joel Raether serves as the Director of Sport Performance at Authentic Performance Center in Denver, CO. He is also the Director of Sports Performance for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) since 2007. He served as the Education Programs Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) from 2009 – 2011. Raether is also the co-founder of Performance Sandbag Training Systems (PST). His coaching career includes stints as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Denver from 2002 – 2009 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2000 – 2002. Raether earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) by the NSCA. Raether has coauthored the books “101 Agility Drills,” “101 Sand Bag Exercises,” and was a contributing author for “Fit Kids for Life,” “Developing Agility and Quickness,” and “Core Training for Sport.” He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and popular literature contributions as well as training DVDs. His is a highly sought-after presenter who has presented nationally and internationally in the area of sports performance and also served as a consultant to various media outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, New Balance, Men’s Health, SOBEFit Magazine, 9 News Denver, and Wellness News. He has trained athletes at all levels including high school, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), NLL, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Major League Soccer (MLS), World Cup Skiing, and the Ladies Professional Golf Assocation (LPGA).

    Nico Rithner
    Nico Rithner founded the USA Kettlebell Lifting in 2009 and the International Kettlebell Lifting Federation in 2011. Rithner has been the Founder and Head Coach at the Colorado Kettlebell Club since 2007. He has also been the Founder and Head Coach at the Colorado Weightlifting Club since 2012. Rinther is the author of the book, “Essentials of Kettlebell Lifting.”

    Brian Schilling, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
    Brian Schilling is an Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Memphis. He has a background as a strength and conditioning coach and National-level weightlifter. His research primarily concentrates on the neuromuscular system’s expression of force and the responses/adaptations of the body to resistance exercise. Other research interests include nutritional ergogenic aids, resistance training in special populations such as Parkinson’s disease, and tactical strength and conditioning. Schilling is currently a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2010 and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award in 2009. He became a Fellow of the NSCA in 2007.

    Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F
    Katie Sell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology at Hofstra University. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, physical fitness assessment, and research methods. Her primary research interests lie in the area of physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters. She is currently on the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning SIG Executive Council and TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel.

    Stew Smith, CSCS
    Stew Smith is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL (Sea Air and Land), and author of several fitness books such as, “The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness” and “SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Fitness and Firefighter CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test)/Occupational Assessment Workouts.” Smith has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Emergency Response Team (ERT), and many other military, law enforcement, and firefighter professions. He is currently the Special Ops team coach at the U.S. Naval Academy that prepares future candidates for SEAL, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) training and runs a non-profit company called Heroes of Tomorrow, where he trains people seeking tactical professions. Smith writes for military.com, Breaking Muscle, and several other publications, and is a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel.

    Tony Soaib
    Tony Soaib is a strength and conditioning coach in St. Louis, MO. Soaib specializes in performance supplementation. He has worked with athletes from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

    Tony Soika, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
    Tony Soika is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Duke University. His military career has spanned over 25 years of both active duty and reserve assignments which included a tour as the Training Management Officer of the United States Army Physical Fitness School; deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan; and exercises in El Salvador and Korea. He was also present at the World Trade Center during the infamous 9/11 attacks. A National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member since 1995, he has trained numerous athletes at the college and professional levels. Currently, Soika serves on the Editorial Review Panel for the TSAC Report and on the Exam Development Committee for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) exam.

    Brandon Stone, MS, CSCS
    Brandon Stone has worked as a Human Performance Specialist at both the 7th and 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His duties included being the Director of the Bridge and Education programs, as well as programming for Green Berets before, during, and after deployment. Prior to his work in the tactical community, Stone worked at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and professional levels, including garnering two NCAA National Championships. He possesses a Master of Science degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, and holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification.

    Tunde Szivak, MA, CSCS
    Tunde Szivak is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Human Sciences/Kinesiology at the Ohio State University, under the advisement of Dr. William Kraemer. She earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Her research interests include stress physiology and performance optimization for tactical athletes, stemming from her background as a United States Army Officer and competitive athlete. Szivak earned her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2003 and competed for the West Point Powerlifting Team from 2000 – 2003. Her military assignments included two year-long combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007 while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.

    Mark Taysom, MS, CSCS
    Mark Taysom brings over 20 years of coaching and teaching experience from every fitness level. Taysom is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the United States Army’s Iron Horse Performance Optimization Program at Fort Carson, CO. The Iron Horse Performance Program trains an average of 1,000 Soldiers per week. In addition, Taysom is a Strongman competitor having competed at the World Championships multiple times.

    Hunter Treuchet, MS, USAW
    Hunter Treuchet is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron. Treuchet has a Master’s degree in Coaching Education, is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and is USAW certified.

    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 PerformanceU.net.

    Brad Warr, PhD, CSCS
    Brad Warr joined the Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, MA, as a Research Physician Assistant in 2011, after earning his PhD from Arizona State University (ASU). While at ASU, his research evaluated the physical fitness changes and physical activities that occurred in Arizona National Guard Soldiers during deployment and the association with medical resource utilization. Warr has deployed as a physician assistant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005 with the 1/24th Infantry Battalion (Stryker) and again from 2007 to 2008 with the 4-6 Air Cavalry. Previous to his work in healthcare, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and detachment commander in the 11th Transportation Battalion. As a researching physician assistant in the Military Performance Division, Warr has been involved with a variety of studies covering topics such as footstrike characterization, musculoskeletal injury reporting, and the development of physical employment standards for combat arms occupations. In August 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Division Chief for the Military Performance Division.

    Charlie Weingroff, DPT, ATC, CSCS
    Charlie Weingroff is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He spends his time training and rehabbing athletes and clients at Drive495 in New York City, NY and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ. He is also an internationally renowned speaker for his own seminar series “Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training,” M-F Athletic, and other various conferences and outlets. Weingroff is the Director of Physical Performance and the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team. He also holds a similar position as Director of Performance for the Roddick-Grunberg School of Tennis in Ft. Worth, Texas. Positions he has formally held include Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command. 

    Matt Wenning, MS 
    Matt Wenning is one of the best powerlifters of his generation, totaling over 2,600 lb on various occasions, and winning top national and world-level competitions. He was one of the youngest lifters to squat 900 lb, and one of the youngest lifters to break an all-time world record of 2,665 lb total and a world squat record of 1,196 lb in the 308-lb weight class. Both his squat and total are some of the best all-time records regardless of weight. Wenning owns a performance center in Columbus, OH called Ludus Magnus, and has worked with multiple National Football League (NFL) players, United States Army Rangers, firefighters, triathletes, and general populations. His experiences with firefighters include being a Strength and Wellness Coordinator for Washington Township Fire Department in Dublin, OH, where he implemented a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning program for over 130 firefighters. He lowered injury rates and increased performance significantly for the department from 2008 to the present. He also has current contracts with the US Army Special Forces to aid them in training optimally. This led into major contracts with the Army itself, as he served at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO in the 4th Brigade as the Director of the Mountain Athlete Warrior (MAW) program, and is a co-founder of the program. Along with training firefighters and the U.S. Army, he also works with children with disabilities, senior citizens, and others seeking performance increases both on the field and on the sidelines. He currently trains a handful of NFL players while acting as a consultant for many colleges and some professional sports teams. He has over 12,000 hours of experience as a Division I college strength coach in a variety of sports, including football, track and field, swimming, and baseball. Through his six-year college term, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 2003, and a Master of Science degree in Sport Biomechanics in 2005.

    Chris Whitenack 
    Chris Whitenack holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Sociology and is a trooper with the Illinois State Police. He is assigned as a Squad Leader on the full-time Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit. He has 18 years of law enforcement experience: 15 with the state and 13 in the SWAT unit. Whitenack is a retired First Sergeant with a 22-year career in the Iowa Army National Guard. During this time, he served in the infantry with three combat deployments, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Whitenack has extensive war and peacetime leadership and tactical experience.

    Kari Woodall
    As a former United States National Team Swimmer and collegiate swimming coach, Kari Woodall has trained and competed at the highest levels and coached others to do the same. As a fitness entrepreneur in Madison, WI and a TRX Senior Course Instructor, she incorporates her honed coaching techniques, class programming, and leadership skills into her TRX Boot Camp business model. Having recently completed her Firefighter II certification, she uses her in-depth knowledge to create unique and challenging custom programs and boot camps specifically geared towards first responders.

    Andrejs Zalaiskalns, MEd, CSCS
    Andrejs “Andy” Zalaiskalns began working as a strength and conditioning coach for the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 2012. His primary responsibility has been developing and administering various training programs for students and cadre at the Marine Special Operations School. He began his career at the University of Minnesota as an intern for Cal Dietz in 2008 and later returned to the staff as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2011 to 2012. He was also an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Northern Colorado from 2009 until 2011. During his time in collegiate athletics, he helped train over 70 All-Conference athletes, 14 NCAA All-Americans, 5 Player-of-the-Year award winners, 2 NCAA National Championship Teams, and several professional and Olympic athletes. Zalaiskalns graduated from the University of Findlay in 2008 with a degree in strength and conditioning. While at Findlay, he was a three-time Academic All-American, two-time NCAA National Qualifier, and two-time Team Captain of the wrestling team. After graduating, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Findlay while beginning his graduate degree in education, which he later completed in 2011. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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    Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, firefighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at TSAC Annual Training increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. 

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    For an updated floor plan, or if you would like to exhibit, please contact Giselle at giselle.jordan@nsca.com  

    Exhibit Hours    
    Monday, April 6 Exhibitor Set-up 12:00-5:00pm

    Welcome Reception 6:00-8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 7      Exhibitor Morning Workout     7:00-8:00am
      Exhibit Hall Open 11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Reception      5:30-7:30pm
    Wednesday, April 8    Exhibitor Morning Workout 7:00-8:00am
      Exhibit Hall Open      11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Breakdown 1:00-5:00pm

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    Thank You to Our 2014 Exhibitors

    2XU
    5.11 
    AdvoCare
    All Star Inflatables
    Biospace Inc.
    CeraSport
    Cosmed USA, Inc.
    Direct Fitness Solutions
    EliteForm
    fitLight Sports Corp.
    Gopher Performance
    HFL Sport Science
    Intelleskin
    Iron Neck
    Keiser
    LifeFitness/Hammer Strength  
    MarcPro
    Mondo
    New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc
    Octane Fitness
    Perform Better
    PLAE
    Plyometric Products, Inc.
    Power Lift
    Power Max
    Power Systems
    QuarterLine
    Sorinex
    The Right Stuff
    TRAYN 
    TRX
    Woodway
    Zephyr Technology

     

    Event Itinerary

    Monday Schedule

    3:00pm-6:00pmRegistration Open
    4:00pm-6:00pmPre-Conference: Movement Efficiency Taught from a Part Whole Strategy and Blended with Reactive Needs for More Specific Transfer (Additional Cost, Please See Registration Tab for Pricing)
    6:00pm-8:00pmWelcome Reception


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours listed above.
    Pre-Con  |  Sponsored by Fitlight
    The key to movement mastery is simple—master the building blocks of locomotion; sagittal, frontal, and transverse plane movements must be taught and rehearsed in the least chaotic environment for the skill to best transfer. As the skills become engrained, there is a decrease in reaction time. Utilizing the FITLIGHT trainer will not only quantify the athletes’ mastery levels of movement, but also challenge the reactionary needs for the tactical practitioner.
    Join attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff to start the week of Tactical Strength and Conditioning off right!
    Event Itinerary

    Tuesday, April 7

    7:00am-5:30pmRegistration Open 
    7:00am-8:00amMorning Workout
    8:00am-9:30amWelcome and Keynote Speaker- Bringing Home the Warrior Mindset: Sheathing and Sustaining the Sword and Spear
    9:30am-1:00pmExhibit Hall Open
    10:40am-12:10pmScapular Control: Implications for Health and High Performance
    10:40am-12:10pmLunch (Not Provided)
    12:10pm-1:40pmBuilding a Foundation for Performance and Injury Prevention: Progressions and Programming for Mobility and Movement for Police Academy Cadets and Patrol Officers
    12:10pm-1:40pmMental Toughness: Transitioning from the Sports Arena to Tactical Operations
    12:10pm-1:40pmHow to Design and Implement a Legally Defensible Tactical Fitness Test
    12:10pm-1:40pmLow Back Issues Among First Responders: The How, Why and What
    1:50pm-3:20pmRotational Considerations for Performance, Injury Prevention and Operational Readiness
    1:50pm-3:20pmEffectively Using a Systematic Approach for Improving Durability and Enhancing Performance in the Tactical Setting
    1:50pm-3:20pmFirefighter Perceived Fitness: Implications for Injury Risk and Training Program Development
    1:50pm-3:20pmThe Core: What it is and What it is Not
    3:30pm-4:30pmKeeping it Simple and Effective for Maximum Transfer in the Line of Duty
    3:30pm-4:30pmNavy Physical Fitness Test (NPFT) and General Fitness Assessment Test (GFAT)
    3:30pm-4:30pmCANCELLED">Holding the Line – Implementing Fitness Standards in Public Safety- CANCELLED
    3:30pm-4:30pmMixed-Type Residual Training: A Systematic Approach for Developing Well-Rounded Tactical Athletes
    4:40pm-5:40pm24 Hours of Fire and Rescue Operations
    4:40pm-5:40pmConsiderations for Long-Term Client Retention within Special Operations Forces (SOF)
    4:40pm-5:40pmPreparing for FNU/LNU Didactic
    4:40pm-5:40pmTraining FBI's Tactical Population: An FBI SWAT Operators Perspective
    5:40pm-7:30pmExhibitor Reception


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours listed above.
    Exhibit Hall
    Provided by
     TRX Logo for National
    Frequent advice to veterans returning from a tour of duty, as well as police and public safety personnel at the end of a shift, is that they must change their behaviors and attitudes when they come “down off the wall.” While some adjustment is required when reintegrating into non-tactical environments, this session will discuss how a warrior mindset can be appropriate and productive across many aspects of one’s life. Further, it will suggest that strength and conditioning programs, whether rehabilitative, preparatory, or competitive in nature, are ideal platforms for helping warriors use and even strengthen their mindset for success and satisfaction.
    Hands-On
    Learning how to assess and train scapular control correctively can have a dramatic impact on upper extremity health and performance, whether it is with general fitness populations, post-rehabilitation clients, or athletes of all ages and ability levels. Attendees will learn about functional anatomy, faulty movement patterns, and innovative corrective exercises in this session. This session will also demonstrate that the scapula is not “just another bone.”
    Hands-On
    Stability and mobility are the cornerstones of efficient human movement. By developing these attributes, an individual’s ability to accommodate, control, and redirect forces can be significantly enhanced. In this session, attendees will learn how to integrate stability, mobility, and movement training into the strength and conditioning program of police academy cadets and patrol officers.
    Lecture
    This session will cover how tactical facilitators can be central in assuring that their tactical athletes are fully prepared, both physically and psychologically, to participate in tactical operations. This session will describe the importance of mindset and mental toughness for maximal performance in tactical situations, the impact of stress on performance, and how mindset can mitigate the performance-degrading effects of stress. This session will also discuss how integrating mental toughness techniques into strength and conditioning programs can promote the optimal development of the total operator.
    How to Design and Implement a Legally Defensible Tactical Fitness Test
    by Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, USAW, & Brad Warr, PhD, CSCS
    Lecture
    This session will provide examples of how different agencies (i.e., fire, military, and police) have implemented legally defensible fitness tests. Previous experiences will be shared as well as general recommendations on how to implement a scientifically based testing battery. 
    Lecture
    This session will cover many common ailments that are specific to firefighters and how they are brought on by overuse, poor compensation, and improper motor patterns. Specific focus will emphasize effective strategies that will help improve a department’s health, wellness, and injury prevention programs as well as corrective exercises that will enable the firefighter to increase performance while reducing lower back injuries. 
    Hands-On
    Attendees of this session will learn how kinematics, postural control, alignment, and integration of a specific rotational training compendium will prepare the tactical athlete for optimal performance and health.
    Lecture
    This session will introduce a systematic methodology, which can assist in developing more effective exercise programs to improve durability and performance. A philosophy, which focuses on identifying movement pattern dysfunction in individuals as well as groups, will be discussed. The focus of this session will be using the results of effective screening, testing, and assessment methods to better manage the needs of the group or individual.
    Lecture
    Perceived physical fitness status for a variety of fitness attributes (e.g., aerobic, muscular strength, and balance) may influence a firefighter’s willingness to participate in efforts to improve current fitness levels and engage in injury risk reduction approaches such as corrective exercises. This session will discuss current research on how perceived fitness in firefighter populations may be related to injury prevalence (on-duty and in training) and provide recommendations on how tactical strength and conditioning professionals can decrease adverse repercussions of inaccurately perceived fitness levels (e.g., injury, overtraining, and job-related preparation).
    Lecture
    This session will explore exactly what the core is and, more importantly, what the core is not. It will also discuss how the traditional concept of the core is but a small part of a larger picture, which involves concepts like local and global muscle systems, rigidity versus stability, and all joint “core” systems. Without this background knowledge, training the core could in fact make an individual more prone to injury rather than less prone.
    Hands-On
    In this session, attendees will learn simple movement mechanics that can change an outcome in situations where tenths and hundredths of a second can make the difference. 
    Lecture
    This session will inform attendees on the rationale behind, and composition of, the current physical fitness test used by the United States Navy as well as those used by the other services. Additionally, it will introduce two new proposed fitness assessments, the Navy Physical Fitness Test (NPFT) and General Fitness Assessment Test (GFAT), which based on an extensive literature review and operational testimonials, could significantly improve the validity of physical fitness testing within the Navy. These proposed tests may also provide more comprehensive and operationally relevant information to operational commanders.
    Lecture
    Attendees will learn how to implement a physical fitness program in public safety in this session. This session will discuss the basic steps to be taken from justification and validation to implementation of a physical fitness program. Topics will include test battery identification, determining standards, legal considerations, and developing public-private business partnerships.
    Lecture
    Tactical athletes must complete physical demands that often do not fall into any easily definitive set of characteristics. They must be strong while not detracting from their endurance. They must be in good shape but powerful when necessary. The tactical athlete is just as much a strongman as an ironman when needed. Their preparation should not neglect any applicable area in which performance may be necessary. Mixed-type residual training is a systematic approach to developing and maintaining a well-rounded tactical athlete that emphasizes maintaining performance levels across the board and seeking out small but steady improvement while not neglecting strength in the name of conditioning or a desire to improve endurance at the expenditure of power.
    Hands-On
    This interactive session will focus on providing attendees with a common awareness to the demanding lifestyle of career firefighters. Topics of discussion will include the fire service family, stresses of 24-hour shift work, daily firehouse responsibilities, emergency medical and fire response, vehicle extrication and water rescue operations, and firehouse nutrition..
    Lecture
    This session will give attendees a better understanding of the short- and long-term training, operational, and personal realities of Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel. This session will cover the role that strength and conditioning training plays in the priority list of the tactical athlete. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the SOF lifestyle and improve their potential for establishing and maintaining a long-term trainer-athlete relationship. 
    Lecture
    This session will explore the challenges a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operator faces on a daily basis—from juggling home life to the schedule of a full-time SWAT unit—while preparing for FNU/LNU. This session will also provide knowledge of the physical strength and conditioning needs of this population.
    Lecture
    This session will provide a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent’s perspective on the application and implementation of tactical strength and conditioning into FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team operations. This session will also discuss best practices and lessons learned from working with strength and conditioning coaches and interns working with elite tactical populations.
    Take some time to get to know the exhibitors better and see what they can inspire within you. Great food & drink provided!
    Event Itinerary

    Wednesday, April 8

    7:00am-5:00pmRegistration Open 
    7:00am-8:00amMorning Workout
    8:00am-9:30amBeyond Push-Ups Workshop
    8:00am-9:30amIncreasing our Influence Through Education/Observation/Participation
    8:00am-9:30amCan Firefighter Injuries be Prevented? Movement Screening and Exercise Progression for the Tactical Athlete
    8:00am-9:30amDeveloping a Full High Performance Program from the Group Up
    9:40am-11:10amTraining the "Post Youth" Client
    9:40am-11:10amAir Force Tier Two Physical Fitness Test and Standards Study-Status Update 
    9:40am-11:10amPhysical Performance in SWAT Operators: Demands, Training and Research Advances
    9:40am-11:10amPerformance Supplementation for Tactical Athletes
    11:00am-1:00pmExhibit Hall Open
    11:10am-12:10pmMuscular Endurance with Kettlebells- More Stamina with Less Running Injuries
    11:10am-12:10pmResiliency and Mental Toughness Special Interest Group (SIG)
    11:00am-12:10pmLunch (Not Provided)
    12:20pm-1:20pmThe Use of Applied Strength and Conditioning Methods to Facilitate Mission Relevant Mental Performance Optimization
    12:20pm-1:20pmTraining Firefighters On-Duty: Recommended or Irresponsible
    12:20pm-1:20pmManaging Tactical Training Programs
    12:20pm-1:20pmOptimizing Tactical Physical Performance: Science and Strategies for TSAC Facilitators
    1:30pm-2:30pmFirst Responder Mobility, the Pain Connection
    1:30pm-2:30pmAdrenal Exhaustion: Implications for Military Reliance
    1:30pm-2:30pmCoaching the Military Mindset
    1:30pm-2:30pmRespiratory Training for the Tactical Athlete
    2:40pm-3:40pmSumo Deadlift: The Base for Tactical Strength
    2:40pm-3:40pmA Look into THOR3 Rehabilitation
    2:40pm-3:40pmRecovery Strategies for the Tactical Athlete
    2:40pm-3:40pmPlan on Changing Your Footstrike? Not So Fast
    3:50pm-4:50pmSpeed, Agility and Quickness Training as it Pertains to the Special Operator
    3:50pm-4:50pmTraumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Awareness and Management Strategies
    3:50pm-4:50pmCreatine: The Myths, The Legends, The Truth
    3:50pm-4:50pmShow Me the Money! How to Make Your Business Case for Tactical Fitness


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours listed above.
    Exhibit Hall
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    This session will provide attendees with three small form adjustments for push-ups that may allow for big improvements, such as increased muscular recruitment and decreased unwanted joint stress. Attendees will also learn the push-up variation that can be prioritized over the bench press, 10 push-up variations, and push-up protocols and challenges that can be immediately added to a program. In addition, attendees will discover why the kneeling push-up and clapping push-up may be poor exercise choices.
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    Lecture
    Our influence as coaches is the “power” behind what we do. The influence or impact of a river is determined by its volume, speed, and temperature. What are the three things that determine your influence as a coach? Through the entertaining use of analogy, story, and metaphor this session will bring to light areas of influence, and how to improve them. Oftentimes, it is not so much what is known but what can be clearly conveyed and agreed upon that ultimately motivates.
    Lecture
    Firefighter injuries are a big problem. In addition to the financial burden placed on a department, injuries can also affect firefighters for the rest of their lives. The inclusion of movement screens and fitness tests into annual physical evaluations are being used to predict/prevent future injury. However, there may be more to the story. This session will explore the utility to movement screens and fitness evaluations for preventing firefighter injuries and will offer an evidence-based approach to target firefighter injuries in the future.
    Lecture
    Developing a team of professionals is often talked about in rehabilitation and performance. A high-performance program not only brings these professionals together, but also does so under a common set of principles directed towards success. This approach seeks answers in traditional areas but also finds answers in other areas of performance as well. This session will discuss how to create a high-performance program that can be very successful and valuable. 
    Hands On
    The aging athlete and the office worker are both being cramped into body positions that do not support elite movement. People in these situations could greatly benefit from some tools to perform daily to overcome these issues. In this hands-on session, attendees will be given some simple movements that can be adapted for anyone and any situation.
    Lecture
    The United States Air Force is developing occupationally specific, operationally relevant, science-based (Tier II) physical fitness tests and standards for Battlefield Airmen in conventional and special operations commands. This session will provide results and status updates of the three major study steps, which include 1) conducting physical demands analysis and determining critical physical tasks, 2) developing a battery of tests across physical fitness components and physical descriptors to evaluate ability to perform physically demanding work, to include development of physical task simulations to link operationally-relevant critical physical tasks to the test battery, and 3) validating and implementing tests and standards to define one’s physical capacity to perform work. 
    Physical Performance in SWAT Operators: Demands, Training and Research Advances
    by Brian Schilling, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA and Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, USAW, FNSCA
    Lecture
    Very few studies have examined physical performance in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operators, but proper training and testing procedures have been implemented in several departments. This session will discuss the demands of SWAT callouts, potential critical importance of physical tasks, training procedures, and future research on SWAT physical performance.
    Lecture
    Nutrition/supplementation strategies are often overlooked in the pursuit of performance goals. However, when implemented properly, supplements can play a key role in a tactical athlete’s body composition, strength gains, joint health, adrenal health, and quality of sleep. This session will identify the nutrients that will have the biggest performance impact for tactical athletes.
    Hands On
    This session serves as an introduction to the concept of using Bolt kettlebell lifting for muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory conditioning. It will also provide attendees with Bolt ranking tables to track progress. This hands-on session will focus on the six lifts of a Bolt competition.
    The importance of mindset and mental toughness is readily acknowledged in arenas from sport to combat. Too often, though, there is a disconnect between talking about and actually training mental toughness. Strength and Conditioning Coaches and their programs are ideal platforms to train, sustain and refine mental toughness and resilience skills. However, it appears that this potential has not yet been fully developed either. This meeting will explore the interest of TSAC members who have a special interest in and commitment to comprehensive and complete training that includes mindset. The purpose and goals will be discussed, but can include review of what is already being done, fostering innovation in design and implementation of integrating mind and body, developing an expanding empirical base and coordinating what are now multiple and scattered resources to increase access to them.
    Hands-On
    There is a growing trend within the military and intelligence communities to apply the services of mental performance (MP) professionals for the purpose of boosting job performance and operational readiness aside from the more traditional role of psychology for emotional and clinical evaluations. With this paradigm shift, tactical facilitators should be positioned to capitalize and advance the effectiveness of work with MP. The purpose of this session is to briefly overview the scope of services mental performance coaches provide and demonstrate effective means of integrated implementation with tactical facilitators for mission relevant results over time. 
    Lecture
    Firefighting requires a requisite level of physical fitness to promote health and performance outcomes. Therefore, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that firefighters participate in a health-related fitness program while on-duty. However, recent research indicates that performing exercise on-duty decreases firefighters’ physical ability. These findings raise many questions regarding the appropriateness of exercise that is performed on- and off-duty. This session will review the benefits and consequences of performing exercise on- and off-duty and provide recommendations for best practices.
    Lecture
    This session will cover the unique application of the latest technologies as well as other related tools designed to help maximize results and minimize the risk of injuries. Principles will be covered that are related to integrating approaches based on an understanding of neurophysiology, endocrinology, and stress research.
    Lecture
    This session will provide the scientific underpinnings for planning, designing, and executing effective and optimal physical conditioning programs for tactical athletes. A state-of-the-science overview will cover the latest scientific findings on resistance training, interval training, overreaching, overtraining, training for load carriage, metrics for testing and assessment, and injury prevention.
    Hands-On
    Most first responders have been taught to “lift with your legs, not your back,” yet few are physically able to do it. This session will teach a simple and proven process that will improve mobility while reducing pain using readily available tools. Also covered will be a simple system of pre-shift stretching that will engage responders of all fitness levels to boost participation. 
    Adrenal Exhaustion: Implications for Military Reliance
    by William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA & Tunde Szivak, MA, CSCS
    Lecture
    With the need to be ready under any circumstances from operational missions to physical training, understanding how the adrenal gland functions is important for any tactical athlete. The adrenal gland mediates performance and can have a negative effect on the body’s physiology when exhausted. It is vital to understand the interventions needed to obviate the negative effects and enhance the positive aspects of such physiological function. This session will shed light on this important physiological system that impacts both physical health and functional performance.
    Lecture
    This session will examine the best practices for understanding the mindsets of military operators. It will also include ways to identify motivational factors and individualize communication strategies to build rapport and trust with tactical athletes.
    Lecture
    This session will review various aspects of respiratory muscle training (RMT). Topics covered will include the physiological basis of RMT, selected RMT devices, training protocols, and recommendations for use with tactical athletes.
    Hands-On
    This session will cover the sumo deadlift, a foundational exercise for maximal strength development and a tool that is essential to the tactical population due to its movement pattern. The ability to learn proper technique and progressions with this exercise can help to improve a tactical athlete’s performance and decrease the likelihood of injury because it trains major muscle groups and multiple joints at the same time.
    Lecture
    This session will discuss the groundbreaking Tactical Human Optimization Rapid Rehabilitation Reconditioning (THOR3) Bridge Program. It will include the development of the program and its integration into the Special Operations Forces community. Also covered in this session will be the common injuries, recoveries, methodologies, and processes that are being used to shorten recovery times.
    Lecture
    A well thought out recovery plan can increase a training program’s success rate immensely. This session will address recovery strategies to implement with tactical athletes.
    Lecture
    While there may be therapeutic indications for footstrike pattern alterations, changing a footstrike pattern may not be the answer in the absence of a problem. If one is attempting to change their footstrike pattern in an effort to prevent injury or improve performance, they may want to consider the findings of a large United States Army study that does not show a significant difference between footstrike patterns in terms of reported performance or running-related injuries. This session will evaluate the value of altering footstrike patterns.
    Hands-On
    Due to the nature of training and preparation in most special operations units, a majority of special operation personnel are unprepared with respect to basic speed and agility movements. High-intensity sprinting and dynamic agility movements should not be immediately introduced into a program without first re-teaching biomechanics of acceleration, deceleration, and body positioning. This session will address the implications of adding proper speed and agility work into a program as well as introducing advanced acceleration drills to further prepare the special operator to utilize optimal sprint mechanics with and without load.
    Lecture
    Concussions can happen to anyone at any time, and do not only occur in athletes. It is paramount for tactical facilitators to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, as well as grasp when it is safe to return to normal activities after an injury. Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) have become a major public health concern in the past decade. Being aware of the basics in terms of awareness and management is now essential in any setting where sustaining this type of injury is possible. This session will cover the foundational knowledge that tactical facilitators should know in order to help minimize potential complications associated with traumatic brain injuries.
    Lecture
    BLUF: The Move, Shoot, and Communicate of Creatine. For years, creatine monohydrate supplementation has been extensively researched and proven to have continued abilities to provide the opportunity to physically and mentally do more than ever before. Despite this evidence, many groups and individuals still believe that this supplement does more harm than good. This session will explain the myths, explore the legends, and discuss the truths of creatine monohydrate.
    Lecture
    Even the best programs need to demonstrate their value in order to be supported by upper management, supervisors, and employees. This session will outline arguments and tools that will help build a case for a tactical fitness program within an organization. This session will provide specific examples from three Canadian law enforcement agencies and other international examples as well. Attendees will learn how to meet the needs of their stakeholders and end-users. 
    Event Itinerary

    Thursday, April 9

    7:00am-11:00amRegistration Open
    8:00am-9:00amFoundations for Firefighters: Building Blocks for Durability and Resiliency 
    8:00am-9:00amManaging a Special Forces Human Performance Program
    8:00am-9:00amThe Long-Term Monitoring and Development of SWAT Officers
    8:00am-9:00amDeceleration Training- The Forgotten Component in Tactical Athlete Training
    9:10am-10:10amMission Essential Fitness for the Tactical Athlete
    9:10am-10:10amUnconventional Warfare, Unconventional Program
    9:10am-10:10amThe Missing Link: Mental Toughness
    9:10am-10:10amArmy Physical Fitness Update: Training the Tactical Athlete for the Army of 2025
    10:20am-11:20amDynamic Variable Resistance Training for the Tactical Athlete
    10:20am-11:20amAir Force Special Operations Human Performance Program- From Conception to Culture Change
    10:20am-11:20amWho's in Charge? Maximizing the Commander/PT Leader Relationship
    10:20am-11:20amSunshine and Sushi: Why the Tactical Athlete Should Care about N-3's and Vitamin D
    11:30am-12:30pmRound Table and Closing


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours listed above.
    Hands-on
    Keeping first responders durable and actively responding requires physical competency in foundational movements, job-related tasks, and general athleticism. This hands-on session will use a movement-based training approach to build and reinforce effective exercise performance so firefighters and other first responders can move more efficiently and effectively. This is especially important because when on the job there is no time to think, the first responder just moves. In this session, movements will be broken down to address mobility and then progressed for strength, power, and endurance—the building blocks that can help to make a more durable and resilient first responder.
    Lecture
    This session will look at managing the moving parts involved with Special Forces performance programs. Topics will include soldier needs, data collection, contracting, group leadership, facilities, budgets, and staff management.
    Lecture
    How should a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officer prepare for the demands of their job? What anthropometric and performance testing will properly quantify progress? This session will provide a detailed description of a block-periodized program for SWAT officers and the testing protocols that should be used to monitor progress. This information is based upon the system in place within the Selective Enforcement Unit in Raleigh, NC.
    Lecture
    This session will explore how using a systematic approach to deceleration training for tactical athletes can increase their chances of staying injury free. This includes training for stability of the knee, which may help to reduce the forces placed on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during tactical operations.
    Mission Essential Fitness for the Tactical Athlete
    by Doug Briggs, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D and John Barela, MS, CSCS, RSCC
    Hands-On
    The Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program’s primary purpose is to develop operational fitness for military personnel. When developing a comprehensive strength and conditioning program, the tactical facilitator must consider the physical demands of operational-related activities. There is a purpose to the design and it is not a randomly thrown together workout with no quantifiable measures. Typically, the tactical athlete devotes time to improving operational skill without much focus on improving operational strength, conditioning, and nutrition. The MEF program addresses these needs. By training soldiers and other service members using the MEF program, attendees will be able to train small and large numbers with simple variations of circuit design.   
    Lecture
    The 7th Special Forces Group’s Sports Medicine team successfully “bridges” the gap between physical therapy and combat deployment. Attendees will learn how the physical therapist, strength and conditioning professional, and athletic trainer work together as one unit to get their injured Green Berets back into fighting shape.
    Lecture
    Mental toughness is an often-used term, yet it is not clearly defined. In this session, a discussion will be presented on the pros and cons of “mental toughness training.” The focus will be on the risks of overtraining in the pursuit of mental toughness as well as the several methods and benefits to adding “thinking/stress” games to training.
    Lecture
    This session will help attendees better understand the contributions of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) as it relates to human performance optimization in the United States Army. The U.S. Army requires a more holistic view of physical fitness and conditioning that encompasses the latest and most comprehensive information available to improve the physical capability of the focus to conduct unified land operations with reduced physical fatigue, failure, or injury to individual soldiers and units. 
    Hands-On
    Attendees of this session will be presented with dynamic variable resistance techniques utilizing the Ultimate Sandbag as it relates to multiplanar movements specific to the tactical athlete. Proper fundamentals and biomechanics of sandbag training will be instructed along with coaching cues for teaching multiple exercises.
    Lecture
    This session will show attendees the great strides that have been made in changing the training culture within the Special Tactics community since the 2012 inception of the Air Force Special Operations Command Human Performance Program. This was accomplished through a multistep, systematic process that included the assessment, education, and implementation of a training program for Special Tactics operators. As the program continues to evolve, so do the metrics, providing tangible results to leadership and operators to increase and maintain buy-in to programming. This leads to consistency, which will truly measure success, as well as a paradigm shift in the culture surrounding physical training.
    Lecture
    The commander has ultimate responsibility of anything that occurs in his or her organization, but they cannot be everywhere at once. This session will cover topics such as authority versus delegation, communication, planning, and areas of responsibilities for all parties involved in order to maximize the efficacy of an organizational physical training (PT) program.
    Lecture
    This session will explore the roles of n-3 fatty acids and vitamin D in the body, and how insufficient levels of either can negatively affect performance. It will also present research demonstrating why insufficiency is a particular threat for the tactical athlete and the potential benefits that optimal levels of n-3 fatty acids and vitamin D can provide. This session will close with strategies for implementing a plan for ensuring that adequate levels are met. 

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    Speaker Lineup - 2015

     

    Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, USAW
    Mark Abel is an Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, fitness, and performance of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has been employed as a firefighter and participated in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Abel is currently a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel. Abel also owns Tactical Fitness Institute, LLC which assists fire departments and law enforcement agencies in meeting their health and performance goals.

    Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, FNSCA
    Brent Alvar holds the rank of Full Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in Provo, UT. Alvar is also the Vice President of University Research, overseeing all areas related to the scholarship of discovery at RMUoHP. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) and recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). His research focus is in the area of physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness (sports, firefighting, and military), and health-related benefits from resistance training.

    Emmanuel Ashamu
    Emmanuel “Manny” Ashamu is entering his third year as the Human Performance Specialist for the 21st Special Tactics Squadron. He has been a strength and conditioning coach at several schools including Bowling Green State University, University of Virginia, Howard University, and Amherst College. By developing programs that encourage the attainment of new, healthy, and sustainable skills, he effectively helps to prepare tactical operators and support staff for the physical stresses of their jobs.

    Breton Asken, MS, ATC
    Breton Asken is a second-year graduate student in the University of Florida’s Clinical and Health Psychology Doctoral Program, specializing in Neuropsychology. He previously attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, where he received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, as well as Exercise and Sport Science - Athletic Training. While at UNC, Asken worked as a research assistant at the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, and was also a student athletic trainer with a number of the UNC varsity sports teams. Currently, Asken serves as the Neuropsychology Clinical and Research Coordinator at the University of Florida Sports Concussion Center.

    Mike Asken, PhD
    Mike Asken is a psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In that capacity he works with the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Tactical and Negotiation Teams. In addition to providing psychological evaluations for cadet candidates and troopers, Asken teaches at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and works with performance issues. He has presented training strategies to various organizations including the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA), the Memphis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to name a few. Asken has written several articles that have appeared in esteemed journals and has authored the books “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations” and “Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for Optimal Response in High Stress Crisis Negotiations.” He was also a co-author for the books “Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing,” and “Warrior MindSet.” His most recent book, written with Battalion Chief Eric Nurnberg, is called “FirePsyche: Mental Toughness and the Valor Mindset on the Fireground.”

    Tristen Asken, CSCS
    Tristen Asken earned an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science with a Certificate in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburg. He is currently set to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2015. Asken was previously an intern with the University of Miami football team and at the IMG Academy.

    Mason Baggett, CSCS, TSAC-F
    Mason Baggett is currently in his fourth year as the strength and conditioning coach of the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion located at Camp Lejeune, NC. Prior to this position, he spent four years with East Carolina University as the strength coach for the baseball and tennis programs, as well as an assistant strength coach for the football program. Baggett also spent time as an intern with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, CO and completed his undergraduate and graduate programs at Virginia Tech, where he served as a graduate assistant strength coach.

    John Barela, MS, CSCS, RSCC 
    John Barela was appointed as a Sports Specialist (Strength and Conditioning) for the Fort Bliss Department of Human Performance in July 2010. At Fort Bliss, Barela is the facility manager of the Ironworks Gym East, leads the Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program, and provides education on the MEF Certification program to soldiers. He is also the owner and operator of PowerZone Performance in El Paso, TX that specializes in sports performance training, small group, and personal training. Barela was appointed as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he was responsible for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. He has also served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Tulsa, where he was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for men’s tennis, football, and softball teams. Barela received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Arizona State University and his Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University.

    Nick Barringer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
    Nick Barringer is an active duty Army dietitian with 10 years of experience working with soldiers on how to optimally fuel for performance. Barringer’s previous assignment was at the 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as the Regimental Nutritionist assisting with the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program. He has presented on nutrition and the tactical athlete at multiple conferences which include the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) TSAC Conference, International Society of Sports Nutrition conference, American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports Cardiovascular Nutrition (SCAN) conference, Annual Meeting of Israel Society of Sports Medicine, and Special Operation Medical Association (SOMA) conference. Barringer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M University under Dr. Richard Kreider and is a research assistant in the Exercise and Sport and Nutrition Lab (ESNL).

    Neal Baumgartner, PhD
    Neal Baumgartner is an Air Force (AF) exercise physiologist currently serving as the Exercise Physiology/Physical Fitness Consultant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel (HAF/A1) for the AF Fitness Program. He provides exercise physiology, human performance, and physical fitness research, consultation, guidance, and training instruction to Headquarters (HQ) AF leadership and staff to include development of criterion-based physical fitness testing requirements and standards. Additionally, he serves as Program Director for Force Fitness responsible for managing human performance physical fitness initiatives for HQ Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to improve and maintain optimal physical fitness of USAF Airmen to include Special Operations Battlefield Airmen. Baumgartner served as an active duty Air Force Aerospace Physiologist and retired in 2001. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the USAF Academy, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

    Maryrose Blank
    Matt Devine is presenting today with Maryrose Blank on “The Use of Applied Strength and Conditioning Methods to Facilitate Mission Relevant Mental Performance Optimization.” Maryrose Blank is a Mental Performance Coach with Digital Consulting Services. She has worked with the military since May 2009 serving as a contractor at Fort Bragg, NC and within the National Capital Region. Her background and training is in sport and performance psychology.

    Doug Briggs, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    Doug Briggs has been involved in strength and conditioning for over 30 years and was voted the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator of the Year for 2014. Currently, he is the Director of Human Performance for the United States Army at Fort Bliss, TX. Briggs is the founder of the Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program currently being used to train United States soldiers. He is also an adjunct associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas-El Paso and is a former faculty member in the Human Performance Department at New Mexico State University. Briggs is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Briggs has also written for numerous magazines including Pure Power Magazine, Bliss Now, and Army Times, to name a few, and has two published books: “Sixteen Weeks to Weight Training Success” and “Built for Strength: A Basic Approach to Weight Training Success for Men and Women.”

    Lee Burton, PhD, ATC, CSCS
    Lee Burton is currently the President and co-owner of Functional Movement Systems (FMS) a consulting and educational organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University and his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Burton received his Doctorate degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Burton is currently consulting with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo Clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement.

    Jorge Carvajal, CSCS, FMS, USAW
    Jorge Carvajal is a high performance coach and consultant from Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), and is Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified. He has trained elite athletes at places like the University of Florida, University of Nebraska, and Olympic Training Center. He currently works with National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), Olympic, and tactical athletes.

    Dan Clemons, CSCS
    Dan Clemons is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron in the United States Air Force. In this role, he is in charge of the day-to-day training of over 100 Special Tactics Operators. Clemons earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and his Master’s degree in Human Movement. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

    Christine Coniglio, MA, CSCS
    Christine Coniglio is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She obtained her Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science under the world-renowned sport scientist, Dr. Mike Stone at East Tennessee State University. Coniglio is interested in the long-term development and monitoring of tactical athletes. She is also a co-owner of ATPStrength.com.

    Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS
    Eric Cressey is President and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, which has facilities in Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL. Cressey has worked with clients from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks, but is best known for his extensive work with baseball players; more than 100 professional players train with him each off-season. Cressey has authored over 500 articles, published six books, and co-created six DVD sets that have been sold in over 60 countries around the world. Cressey has lectured in five countries and more than 20 states, and his research has been published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Cressey publishes a free blog and newsletter on his website, www.EricCressey.com.

    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 (ASCA) as a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Additionally, Dawes was recognized as a Fellow of the NSCA in 2009.

    Matt Devine, CSCS,*D
    Matt Devine currently works with the Department of Defense as a contractor in the greater Washington, DC area. Prior to this station, he worked with soldiers in an outpatient physical therapy clinic and for a nonprofit company that focused on the transitional elements of military life. Devine has worked in the biomechanics lab with United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Sciences and as a volunteer coach with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition, he has experience with collegiate athletics at the University of Pennsylvania as well as professional and developmental athletes at Velocity Sports Performance, EXOS, and the Moorestown, NJ Community Olympic Development Program.

    Randy Dreger, PhD, CSCS
    Randy Dreger is an instructor/researcher in the Personal Fitness Trainer Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Canada. Dreger received his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alberta in Occupational/Work Physiology. For more than 20 years, Dreger has been studying the physical demands of firefighting. He co-developed the Canadian Forces Firefighter Pre-Employment Testing Standard, which is used across Canada. From a physiological perspective, Dreger has studied the cardiopulmonary responses to exercise in firefighter gear, with a particular emphasis on the self-contained breathing apparatus. In addition to his research, Dreger has trained numerous fire, police, and paramedic applicants to meet the associated physical test requirements.

    Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, EMT-P, CSCS
    Bryan Fass is a leading expert on public safety and industrial injury prevention. Fass is the President and Founder of the Fit Responder, a fitness company that works nationally with departments, corporations, and state and local governments to design and run targeted injury prevention and wellness programs. He is frequently contacted for expert opinion and content contribution for all aspects of public safety fitness, ergonomics, and wellness. Fass authored the “Fit Responder” book used by departments and schools plus he writes for numerous web and peer-reviewed journals including the TSAC Report, officer.com, ems-1.com, and firerescue1.com. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with over 17 years of clinical practice and was a paramedic for over eight years. Fass is a highly sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including risk reduction, employee self-care, real world wellness, and how to eat on the street. 

    Chris Frankel, MS
    Chris Frankel is Head of Human Performance for TRX. A coach, trainer, and educator for more than 25 years, Frankel has trained and consulted for collegiate and professional sports teams, the U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Secret Service. Prior to working with TRX, Frankel served as instructor of record for undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science at the University of New Mexico where he is currently completing his PhD in Exercise Physiology.

    David Frost, PhD, CSCS,*D
    David Frost is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. He has lectured internationally on topics pertaining to wellness, athletic performance, and injury prevention; authored several journal articles and book chapters on exercise, movement screening, and firefighter fitness; and worked as a performance and injury prevention consultant to numerous organizations, including the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). Frost is an engaging and passionate presenter whose research is focused on the development of training strategies to help tactical athletes withstand the physical demands of their lives.

    Gaëtan Girard, MSc
    Gaëtan Girard has been promoting fitness and lifestyle in law enforcement for the past 18 years. Girard has been the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Chief Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor, leading the Fitness for Duty (for police officers) and Fitness for Life (for all employees) programs since 2003. During that time, he also provided advice and support to other agencies, such as Parks Canada and the Department of Oceans and Fisheries, in the adoption of physical abilities tests and fitness initiatives. His initial work with the RCMP began with leading the Divisional Fitness and Lifestyle program in Québec from 1996 to 2002. Girard has also been a part-time Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa since 1987. Other work experience includes working with Health Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, public health departments, aboriginal communities, wellness centers, and as a freelancer for health magazines and media. Girard holds a Master’s degree from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University.


    Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
    Paul Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Western State Colorado University and his Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Before becoming the Human Performance Coordinator for the 10th Special Forces Group, he worked in human performance for Naval Special Warfare for 14 months and was the Head Strength Coach and Dietitian for the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL) team for 11 years. Goldberg also served as the Assistant Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Colorado State University for four years and as the Head Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Eastern Michigan University for one year.

    Brandon Gray
    Brandon Gray has served in the fire and rescue community for 10 years, and is currently a professional firefighter/paramedic at the Des Moines Fire Department. His duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing Advanced Life Support emergency medical care, structural firefighting, extrication, and water rescue operations. His occupational focus on service is paralleled to a 17-year military career in the Army National Guard. Gray has served as an enlisted infantryman and as a commissioned infantry officer. With multiple overseas combat tours and stateside peacetime mobilizations, he brings practical experiences to both professions.

    David Gutierrez
    David Gutierrez is a highly decorated military professional, who has served over 10 years in the United States Armed Forces, and the last nine with U.S. Army Special Forces. He has extensive experience in hostile fire and combat zones in Latin America and Southwest Asia. His experience in a variety of work conditions, from dynamic team environments to ambiguous individual and small team settings, gives him a unique understanding of ever-changing training priorities, physical preparation requirements, and psychological motivations of the tactical athlete during a variety of operations. Gutierrez is passionate about serving and promoting the betterment of the special operations community.

    Victor Hall, CSCS 
    Victor Hall is the Performance Manager for EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) in San Diego, CA, where he trains professional, elite, and youth athletes. Prior to his current position, he was the Performance Manager of the Human Performance program for the Department of Defense (DOD) in the Washington, D.C. area. His undergraduate education was completed in Physical Education from Pacific Union College and he attended California State University-Sacramento for his post-graduate studies.

    Travis Harvey, PhD, CSCS
    Travis Harvey is the Program Analyst for the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Human Performance Program. Harvey was previously the Human Performance Program Coordinator for the 75th Ranger Regiment Ranger Athlete Warrior program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at West Point where he taught and conducted human performance research.

    John Hofman, MS, FMS, 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 Center, 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 the 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®), USA Weightlifting as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, USA Track and Field as a Level 1 Coach, Functional Movement Systems (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 fire ground rehabilitation, low-back injuries, and developing health and wellness programs. 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. Hofman is also a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel.

    Joel Jamieson
    Joel Jamieson is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports. He has more than eight years of experience working with many of the top fighters from all over the world and has trained over 30 of the biggest names in mixed martial arts (MMA), including eight world champions. He has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Pride Fighting Championships (FC), Dream FC, and worked as a consultant for countless top-level teams and organizations including the United States Special Forces. Jamieson is the founder of 8weeksout.com, author of the highly acclaimed book, “Ultimate MMA Conditioning,” and creator of the BioForce HRV Training Management System. He is a highly sought-after speaker and is a regularly featured contributor to Fight! Magazine, Fighting Fit (UK) Sherdog.com, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, and his training programs and articles have been featured in a variety of online and print media around the world.

    Dan John
    Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad.

    William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    William Kraemer is a Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Ohio State University. His research has focused on endocrine interfaces with exercise training and military demands. He has published over 450 manuscripts of peer-reviewed literature, over 100 book chapters, and 10 books. Kraemer is a former officer in the United States Army.

    Paul Lacanilao, ATC, CSCS
    Paul Lacanilao is the Bridge Program Manager for the 7th Special Forces Group in Florida. He is responsible for designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for 7th Group’s Wounded Warriors and other injured soldiers. As a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) for the past 17 years, he has been responsible for returning professional athletes back to the playing field. Today, he uses his experience to help return Green Berets back to the battlefield.

    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), mixed martial arts (MMA), 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. One of Coach Landow’s main goals is developing athleticism while carefully planning programming and periodization (long-term plan) as it fits to the individual to peak on the night of the fight. He currently works with approximately 30 MMA athletes. Some of his past/present athletes include Brendan Schaub, Shane Carwin, Nate Marquardt, Cat Zingano, and Donald Cerrone. He works with Pan Am and Worlds Jiu-Jitsu Champions as well.

    Ryan Massimo, CSCS, TSAC-F, USAW-1
    Ryan Massimo has been a strength and conditioning specialist for over 16 years with a direct emphasis on improving functional fitness performance with regards to speed, power, agility, strength, and injury prevention. Massimo is currently the Combat Fitness Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Headquarters at Semper Fit. Massimo served as the Fitness Director at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his stint at GMU, Massimo was the Sports Performance Director and Center Director at Velocity Sports Performance in Ashburn, VA, where he was in charge of all sports performance training and was the main provider of sports performance training for all professional and elite-level athletes. Prior to joining the Ashburn team, Massimo was at Duke University, where he was the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. In this capacity, he supervised and coached more than 300 athletes competing in 15 different Olympic sports. Massimo graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Health and Fitness specialization from East Carolina University (ECU). Out of ECU, he played professionally with the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He then worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the Cincinnati Reds’ double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Massimo is a recognized Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Club Level 1 Coach from United States of America Weightlifting (USAW).

    Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS
    Jay Merlino began his coaching career at the University of Delaware as an assistant strength coach. Following that, he was an assistant strength coach with the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League (NFL) team for eight seasons. Merlino also opened his own private training company to work with athletes while transitioning towards training tactical athletes such as local police officers and firefighters. This work led to a contracted strength coach position in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid, Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning (THOR3) program to train military soldiers. Merlino then joined EXOS as the Human Performance Manager for the National Capital Region and was named Director of Human Performance in 2014.

    Brad Nindl, PhD, FACSM 
    Brad Nindl is currently the scientific advisor at the Army Institute of Public Health for the Army Public Health Command. Nindl formerly served as the Performance Physiology Team Leader in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, MA, and as Task Area Manager for Physiological Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Injuries for the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC) in Fort Detrick, MD. Nindl graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, received his Master’s degree in Physiology of Exercise from Springfield College in Springfield, MA, and received his Doctorate in Integrative Physiology with a focus in Endocrine Physiology from Pennsylvania State University. Nindl is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and holds the Adjunct Professor position at Springfield College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Additionally, he was recently invited as a visiting professor at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity Neuromuscular Research Center at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, where he participated in physiological studies in muscle damage and recovery with the Finnish Defense Forces in 2009. Nindl is an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

    Rob Orr, PhD, TSAC-F
    With 23 years of service in the Australian Army, Rob Orr has served as an infantry soldier, physical training instructor, physiotherapist, and human performance officer. After completing his doctoral studies in military load carriage, Orr transferred to the Army Reserve and accepted a position at Bond University. In this new position and as the Co-Chair of TSAC-Australia, Rob conducts research into optimizing the physical conditioning, reconditioning and injury prevention of tactical personnel across the tactical community and presents his research and academic work at both national and international levels. Orr is currently the Editor of the NSCA’s TSAC Report. 

    Jake O., MS 
    Jake O. is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he currently serves as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operator and investigator assigned to the FBI’s Southern Colorado Safe Streets Task Force (SCSSTF). He served in the United States Army from 2002 – 2010 and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom. While in the Army, he served in a variety of assignments ranging from a Rifle Platoon Leader to Company Commander. He is also a graduate of the United States Army’s Ranger School, Pathfinder School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. In 2007, he was selected by the 101st Airborne Division to compete in the grueling Best Ranger Competition. He entered service with the FBI in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science degree from Boston University.

    Frank Palkoska, MS, CSCS 
    Frank Palkoska is currently the Chief for the United States Army Physical Fitness School (USAPFS), Victory College, United States Army Training Center, and Fort Jackson. USAPFS is responsible for the development of a physical readiness training doctrine, researching the physical readiness training needs of the Army, and to provide the Army with training assistance to enhance operational readiness. The primary emphasis is on physically preparing soldiers, leaders, and units to fight in unified land operations. He directs a staff consisting of active and reserve component soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) civilians, and civilian contractors. Palkoska served as a commissioned infantryman from Murray State University. His assignments include tactical level infantry commands and staff positions. He received his Master’s degree from Indiana University and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Physical Education. His last active duty assignment was at the United States Army Physical Fitness School. In 1992, he left active duty and joined the school as a civilian staff member. Palkoska was hired as the Chief of Doctrine and later transitioned into the Deputy Commandant position. He has earned certifications from the following professional organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and Cooper Aerobics Institute.

    David Peterson, EdD, CSCS
    David Peterson has 17 years of active duty experience in the United States Navy. Peterson currently serves as the Remedial Physical Training Coordinator, Human Performance Lab Director, and Physical Education Professor for the U.S. Navy. Peterson was assigned as the Director of the Aviation Survival Training Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, he was assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Physical Readiness Program (OPNAV N135) as the Command Fitness Leader (CFL), Program Manager, and Research Officer. As the OPNAV N135 Research Officer, Peterson spearheaded several new Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Body Composition Analysis (BCA) initiatives to include the PRT beta test. He earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and received his Doctorate in Sport Management with an emphasis in Health and Fitness from the United States Sports Academy.

    Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    Joel Raether serves as the Director of Sport Performance at Authentic Performance Center in Denver, CO. He is also the Director of Sports Performance for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) since 2007. He served as the Education Programs Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) from 2009 – 2011. Raether is also the co-founder of Performance Sandbag Training Systems (PST). His coaching career includes stints as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Denver from 2002 – 2009 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2000 – 2002. Raether earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) by the NSCA. Raether has coauthored the books “101 Agility Drills,” “101 Sand Bag Exercises,” and was a contributing author for “Fit Kids for Life,” “Developing Agility and Quickness,” and “Core Training for Sport.” He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and popular literature contributions as well as training DVDs. His is a highly sought-after presenter who has presented nationally and internationally in the area of sports performance and also served as a consultant to various media outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, New Balance, Men’s Health, SOBEFit Magazine, 9 News Denver, and Wellness News. He has trained athletes at all levels including high school, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), NLL, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Major League Soccer (MLS), World Cup Skiing, and the Ladies Professional Golf Assocation (LPGA).

    Nico Rithner
    Nico Rithner founded the USA Kettlebell Lifting in 2009 and the International Kettlebell Lifting Federation in 2011. Rithner has been the Founder and Head Coach at the Colorado Kettlebell Club since 2007. He has also been the Founder and Head Coach at the Colorado Weightlifting Club since 2012. Rinther is the author of the book, “Essentials of Kettlebell Lifting.”

    Brian Schilling, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
    Brian Schilling is an Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Memphis. He has a background as a strength and conditioning coach and National-level weightlifter. His research primarily concentrates on the neuromuscular system’s expression of force and the responses/adaptations of the body to resistance exercise. Other research interests include nutritional ergogenic aids, resistance training in special populations such as Parkinson’s disease, and tactical strength and conditioning. Schilling is currently a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2010 and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award in 2009. He became a Fellow of the NSCA in 2007.

    Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F
    Katie Sell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology at Hofstra University. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, physical fitness assessment, and research methods. Her primary research interests lie in the area of physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters. She is currently on the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning SIG Executive Council and TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel.

    Stew Smith, CSCS
    Stew Smith is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL (Sea Air and Land), and author of several fitness books such as, “The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness” and “SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Fitness and Firefighter CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test)/Occupational Assessment Workouts.” Smith has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Emergency Response Team (ERT), and many other military, law enforcement, and firefighter professions. He is currently the Special Ops team coach at the U.S. Naval Academy that prepares future candidates for SEAL, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) training and runs a non-profit company called Heroes of Tomorrow, where he trains people seeking tactical professions. Smith writes for military.com, Breaking Muscle, and several other publications, and is a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Panel.

    Tony Soaib
    Tony Soaib is a strength and conditioning coach in St. Louis, MO. Soaib specializes in performance supplementation. He has worked with athletes from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

    Tony Soika, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
    Tony Soika is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Duke University. His military career has spanned over 25 years of both active duty and reserve assignments which included a tour as the Training Management Officer of the United States Army Physical Fitness School; deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan; and exercises in El Salvador and Korea. He was also present at the World Trade Center during the infamous 9/11 attacks. A National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member since 1995, he has trained numerous athletes at the college and professional levels. Currently, Soika serves on the Editorial Review Panel for the TSAC Report and on the Exam Development Committee for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®) exam.

    Brandon Stone, MS, CSCS
    Brandon Stone has worked as a Human Performance Specialist at both the 7th and 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His duties included being the Director of the Bridge and Education programs, as well as programming for Green Berets before, during, and after deployment. Prior to his work in the tactical community, Stone worked at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and professional levels, including garnering two NCAA National Championships. He possesses a Master of Science degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, and holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification.

    Tunde Szivak, MA, CSCS
    Tunde Szivak is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Human Sciences/Kinesiology at the Ohio State University, under the advisement of Dr. William Kraemer. She earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Her research interests include stress physiology and performance optimization for tactical athletes, stemming from her background as a United States Army Officer and competitive athlete. Szivak earned her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2003 and competed for the West Point Powerlifting Team from 2000 – 2003. Her military assignments included two year-long combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007 while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.

    Mark Taysom, MS, CSCS
    Mark Taysom brings over 20 years of coaching and teaching experience from every fitness level. Taysom is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the United States Army’s Iron Horse Performance Optimization Program at Fort Carson, CO. The Iron Horse Performance Program trains an average of 1,000 Soldiers per week. In addition, Taysom is a Strongman competitor having competed at the World Championships multiple times.

    Hunter Treuchet, MS, USAW
    Hunter Treuchet is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron. Treuchet has a Master’s degree in Coaching Education, is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and is USAW certified.

    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 PerformanceU.net.

    Brad Warr, PhD, CSCS
    Brad Warr joined the Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, MA, as a Research Physician Assistant in 2011, after earning his PhD from Arizona State University (ASU). While at ASU, his research evaluated the physical fitness changes and physical activities that occurred in Arizona National Guard Soldiers during deployment and the association with medical resource utilization. Warr has deployed as a physician assistant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005 with the 1/24th Infantry Battalion (Stryker) and again from 2007 to 2008 with the 4-6 Air Cavalry. Previous to his work in healthcare, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and detachment commander in the 11th Transportation Battalion. As a researching physician assistant in the Military Performance Division, Warr has been involved with a variety of studies covering topics such as footstrike characterization, musculoskeletal injury reporting, and the development of physical employment standards for combat arms occupations. In August 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Division Chief for the Military Performance Division.

    Charlie Weingroff, DPT, ATC, CSCS
    Charlie Weingroff is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He spends his time training and rehabbing athletes and clients at Drive495 in New York City, NY and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ. He is also an internationally renowned speaker for his own seminar series “Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training,” M-F Athletic, and other various conferences and outlets. Weingroff is the Director of Physical Performance and the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team. He also holds a similar position as Director of Performance for the Roddick-Grunberg School of Tennis in Ft. Worth, Texas. Positions he has formally held include Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command. 

    Matt Wenning, MS 
    Matt Wenning is one of the best powerlifters of his generation, totaling over 2,600 lb on various occasions, and winning top national and world-level competitions. He was one of the youngest lifters to squat 900 lb, and one of the youngest lifters to break an all-time world record of 2,665 lb total and a world squat record of 1,196 lb in the 308-lb weight class. Both his squat and total are some of the best all-time records regardless of weight. Wenning owns a performance center in Columbus, OH called Ludus Magnus, and has worked with multiple National Football League (NFL) players, United States Army Rangers, firefighters, triathletes, and general populations. His experiences with firefighters include being a Strength and Wellness Coordinator for Washington Township Fire Department in Dublin, OH, where he implemented a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning program for over 130 firefighters. He lowered injury rates and increased performance significantly for the department from 2008 to the present. He also has current contracts with the US Army Special Forces to aid them in training optimally. This led into major contracts with the Army itself, as he served at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO in the 4th Brigade as the Director of the Mountain Athlete Warrior (MAW) program, and is a co-founder of the program. Along with training firefighters and the U.S. Army, he also works with children with disabilities, senior citizens, and others seeking performance increases both on the field and on the sidelines. He currently trains a handful of NFL players while acting as a consultant for many colleges and some professional sports teams. He has over 12,000 hours of experience as a Division I college strength coach in a variety of sports, including football, track and field, swimming, and baseball. Through his six-year college term, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 2003, and a Master of Science degree in Sport Biomechanics in 2005.

    Chris Whitenack 
    Chris Whitenack holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Sociology and is a trooper with the Illinois State Police. He is assigned as a Squad Leader on the full-time Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit. He has 18 years of law enforcement experience: 15 with the state and 13 in the SWAT unit. Whitenack is a retired First Sergeant with a 22-year career in the Iowa Army National Guard. During this time, he served in the infantry with three combat deployments, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Whitenack has extensive war and peacetime leadership and tactical experience.

    Kari Woodall
    As a former United States National Team Swimmer and collegiate swimming coach, Kari Woodall has trained and competed at the highest levels and coached others to do the same. As a fitness entrepreneur in Madison, WI and a TRX Senior Course Instructor, she incorporates her honed coaching techniques, class programming, and leadership skills into her TRX Boot Camp business model. Having recently completed her Firefighter II certification, she uses her in-depth knowledge to create unique and challenging custom programs and boot camps specifically geared towards first responders.

    Andrejs Zalaiskalns, MEd, CSCS
    Andrejs “Andy” Zalaiskalns began working as a strength and conditioning coach for the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 2012. His primary responsibility has been developing and administering various training programs for students and cadre at the Marine Special Operations School. He began his career at the University of Minnesota as an intern for Cal Dietz in 2008 and later returned to the staff as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2011 to 2012. He was also an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Northern Colorado from 2009 until 2011. During his time in collegiate athletics, he helped train over 70 All-Conference athletes, 14 NCAA All-Americans, 5 Player-of-the-Year award winners, 2 NCAA National Championship Teams, and several professional and Olympic athletes. Zalaiskalns graduated from the University of Findlay in 2008 with a degree in strength and conditioning. While at Findlay, he was a three-time Academic All-American, two-time NCAA National Qualifier, and two-time Team Captain of the wrestling team. After graduating, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Findlay while beginning his graduate degree in education, which he later completed in 2011. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).