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Last week I traveled to Toronto, Ontario to attend the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS) 2015 Symposium. The SWIS organization was created by Dr. Ken Kinakin with the purpose of bringing weight training athletes, personal trainers, strength coaches, chiropractors, doctors, therapist and others together under the same roof to share ideas on training safely, injury treatment and rehabilitation techniques. I had the opportunity to listen to some great presentations from JL Holdsworth, Dr. Fred Hatfield and Rick Collins along with having some great conversations with Donnie Thompson, Bill Kazmaier, Dave Sandler, Dr. Darryn Willoughby, and several others. There is a tremendous amount of strength training knowledge that can be gained from these conferences. This is the second time (2005) that I was asked to present with the legendary Bill Kazmaier. Our presentation consisted of an informal talk about how we both got started in strength athletics, the differences in our training techniques, the psychological side of training, various competition and training injuries, and the different competitions and places that we have both experienced. Hard to believe how fast an hour and half can disappear. Kaz has a lot of energy when presenting, and it is always fun to hear some of his competition and training stories. The differences in our training techniques made for great audience participation. A big thanks goes out to Dr. Ken Kinakin for having me up to Toronto for a great Symposium!
After attending two major strength conferences in the last month I continue to reaffirm my belief that continued knowledge is the key to making strength gains. The bottom line is once you stop learning your progress as both an athlete and a coach is going to drop off. Keep learning. The knowledge you obtain today will not only make you stronger but can be passed on to others.
I am currently just getting back into training. The weights are still light and I am doing a lot of conditioning. This is good timing as it is still hunting season in Minnesota, and this is my favorite time of the year to be outside. Around the time hunting season winds up I will be starting my heavy training for the 2016 Arnold USAPL International Pro Deadlift competition. I am hoping to get that deadlift back over 800 lbs. again in 2016!
Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and make sure to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list to meet your strength, energy and recovery needs.