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Last week I traveled with GNC to New Orleans to attend the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Annual Conference. This is the 14th time I have attended this conference. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Conference Center located right next to the Super Dome. It is hard to imagine that just 11 years ago thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors had to take refuge in the dome. Last year I commented in my blog about the heat and humidity in Orlando. This year it was even more intense with the thermometer reaching 90 degrees by 9:00 am. Thankfully the Conference Center had the AC cranked up. My wife and I got a chance to venture out of the hotel a couple times. One evening we took the street car down Canal Street along the French Quarter and had a great seafood meal along the Mississippi River.
One of the many things I always enjoy about the NSCA Annual Conference is the morning workout set up. The exhibition hall is opened up every morning to allow the conference attendees to work out at the various equipment vendors’ booths. I always make it a point to get up early, set out some protein drinks and bars at the GNC Booth, and then try to find some weight to lift. This year I had a good workout and some great conversation with the guys from PowerLift. This conference always has a lot of great presentations and speakers. The keynote speaker was Bill Curry. Bill and my father played together in Super Bowl I.
I am continuing to stay busy with work, heading to the lake, lifting at Jackals Gym, and helping coach the Minneota girls summer weight training program. The girls are getting strong. We have had 16 girls clean over 100 lbs. this summer. Jackals Gym has also been a busy spot this summer with several local athletes getting in their summer training alongside our usual powerlifting crew. This summer we have a number of young guys about the same age and strength levels that are really pushing each other. This makes for a great training atmosphere.
My medical condition has been improving and I am hoping to compete this fall in the USAPL Bench Nationals. The upper body is not effected as much from the blood clot medicine as the lower body. My bench press strength levels are down some, but not nearly as much as the drop off in the squat and deadlift. I am still hopeful that I can be cleared this fall to get off of the medicine and start training like an animal again!
Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and make sure to add GNC Pro Performance HMB along with BetaTOR and BetaATP products, available at your local GNC Store, to supplement your strength, energy and recovery needs.
- Brad Gillingham