Corrective Exercise at UFC Fan Expo and IDEA World San Diego

Wheew! What a busy week. I left Boston last Thursday morning, had a lay-over in Philly then stopped in Las Vegas for a few days for the UFC Fan Expo.

MMA heat in the dessert!

NASM had a booth and I had some scheduled presentations. I was set to deliver “Injury Prevention for MMA Training” at four different times slots. The way the show was set up, the expo was upstairs in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (pretty big), and that was PACKED! Downstairs in the convention center were break out rooms that had scheduled sessions throughout the conference. We found the foot traffic to circulate upstairs so we abandoned the breakout room and invested our time at the booth.

The UFC draws a very diverse fan base, and we saw them all. There were some fitness professionals and coaches there but most of the fans, from young to old, seemed like they trained for some sort of MMA. There were the couch potato fans that didn’t share the sports principles of fitness and conditioning, but found some other aspect of the sport to connect with. We ran assessments on anyone we could get to stop and visit the booth and gave away plenty of NASM schwag.  It was cool to be back in Vegas, it has been a few years since I have been there and have never stayed at Mandalay Bay before. Beautiful. There were at least six pools that I could count including a lazy river tubing pool and tidal wave pool. There was also an adult pool with a swim up bar and a private pool that you could rent bungalows and sections of the pool.

The view from my room…

I had to fly out to San Diego for IDEA World  before UFC 148 on Saturday night. This year IDEA was celebrating their 30th anniversary. Congratulations!

Happy Anniversary!

I was disappointed to have to miss the first few days of the show. I got in after midnight on Saturday and got to bed @ 2am. I was up at five for my seven am Corrective Exercise for Shoulder Impairments presentation. The session was well attended, it sold out months before. IDEA filmed the session to make a DVD too. I go further in depth on the subject in my DVD series  Secrets and Staples of Training the Athletic Shoulder , but I feel that the presentation went very well. I have been able to refine the talk over a few conferences in the last couple of years.

After my talk wrapped up at 8:50 I had to hustle off to a pretty neat first of it’s kind (at least at IDEA) Battleground Bootcamp. There were 18 world class presenters that took turns leading over 200 participants through a series of fun and challenging drills. Each of us presenters were to work as coaches of each team of participants. The groups stayed in their area and we coaches rotated around every three minutes or so. We got to cheer our teams on and select inspirational performances and top efforts from each 3 minute drill. I had a good time with my session. The attendees were responsive and energetic. The session lasted almost two hours and by the end the energy was still strong and people were giving their all. Rodney Corn, Michol Dalcourt, Ryan Halvorson, Sherri McMillan, Jay Blahnik and more rocked the house. Jay was our emcee and killed it! I was exhausted by the end. I coached each group with everything I had. My voice was shot after yelling and encouraging my teams to push to their limits.

A powerful message.

That’s it for me. I have to get up early tomorrow and fly home to Boston from Phoenix. Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
CEO A-Team
Corrective Exercise Specialist
AthleticShoulder.com
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