99 Problems But a Vision Ain’t One

I am listening to some Jay-Z on the Logan Express shuttle form the airport back home after an AWESOME 1 day personal training summit titled “Success Driven 2010: The Ultimate Personal Training Seminar” in Dallas, TX.

I think he likes my style

The career school ATI put the shin dig on and I tell ya they did it right! Top notch facilities, breakfast and lunch for attendees and a killer line up all for only $85!!! I got the party started with my presentation “Save Your Back: Get Your Butt in Gear” which went over very well. I had an wonderful audience of @250 current faculty and students from ATI, alumni and fitness professionals from the Dallas area.

Juan Carlos Santana, Eric Beard, Todd Durkin, Dianne Vives at the ATI Summit 2010

Next up was Todd Durkin, who I have enjoyed watching over the years. He is an LMT like me who combines fitness with bodywork. Right up my alley! Todd is perhaps most famous for training Drew Brees and Ladanian Tomlinson amongst other top level athletes. Todd is an energetic guy and I have to tell you I was impressed by the man he is. Gracious, friendly, humble, hard working and engaging (FYI Dr.Wayne Dyer is playing on my itunes now…talk about a jump!). Todd may or may not have known who I was before this weekend but he greeted me as if I was a long lost friend. It was genuine, not saccharine and I felt so proud when he repeated told me that I did a good job on stage. Todd presented mostly on personal/professional development and I loved his stuff! There was some crossover in what he taught and I teach and books we recommend, which always makes me feel like I am on the right path when I see someone with his type of success doing some of the same things that I am doing. I have to say that meeting Todd was the highlight of the show for me.

Dianne Vives was up next. Dianne pounded the pavement, knocked on doors and drove this event to be what it was. I have know who Dianne was for years, but this is the first time we got to meet. She was all that I have heard and more. So welcoming, gracious and friendly and she was excellent on stage. She developed rapport with the audience and engaged them throughout with her personality and offered up instantly applicable coaching and cuing tips. Dianne focussed mostly on exercise technique and teaching tips.

Juan Carlos Santana brought his “Juan-ness” to the stage next and lit the crowd up with his presentation on metabolic training. If you know Carlos, then you know, what you see is what you get. He is a straight shooter with no tolerance for bull. I got to have dinner with Carli Strength, Brian and Dianne, from ATI, Jacob from Perform Better and Carlos Thursday (Todd’s flight was cancelled and he got in late) night and I enjoyed hearing JC’s stories. He is a good guy and has some opinions for sure, but another successful icon in the industry that was approachable all weekend and willing to engage others. An example for professionals of any level. Be yourself and follow your beliefs. JC does just that. I did catch JC releasing his ITB before he went on stage…

I see you!!!

We each spoke for an hour then had breakout/hands on sessions in the afternoon. We each set up in different corners of the ballroom and had 30 minute sessions then the students rotated to the next session. JC buried the group with some metabolic training protocols, Todd pulled out some his Under Armor challenge workouts and Dianne whooped up on the group with some Sandbells (a great newly revamped toy!).

These were awesome for grip strength and versatility

I did corrective exercise for low back protocols. I skipped SMR since we had more students than planned and we were a bit short on rollers. No fault of Perform Better, more students signed up than planned, which we all loved! By the way…thanks Perform Better and Sandbells for the toys I used during my breakout session. So I started with 4 progressions of a kneeling hip flexor stretch followed by 4 versions of a standing adductor stretch. Next was activation for the glutes. Glute max-stability ball bridge with the Sandbells. Glute medius-clamshells and side lying leg raises. For integration we did reach squats with either Sandbells, Stability balls or chairs. We reviewed step ups and did some lunge progressions ending with a lunge with an anterior reach to curl. The groups were rotating to me from JC and they were pretty spent, but they felt some work in the glutes for sure.

I came away from the event invigorated by the students, they were hungry to learn, energetic and appreciative. I am also energized and motivated by being on stage and working with Dianne, Todd and JC. They make me want to be better and achieve more. I have more to contribute to others and I have some ideas on how to reach out. I can see my future more clearly as well as a future that we can create together in this industry.

Let’s make it happen!

Eric Beard
CEO A-Team
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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