This event is unlike any other clinic or seminar. Summer Strong is unique in that its purpose and vision is to allow, and in fact, urge experts and recreational athletes to share and learn from one another, regardless of perceived level or experience. We realized long ago that the best training information was not always being conveyed at a sterile conference with hundreds of chairs, dark lights, and power points. Rather, it was in noisy, sweaty weight rooms, under a bar, chalk in the air, with ALL senses heightened. The golden nuggets of training info that changed our athletic careers were usually learned over a beer with strength peers away from the conference halls. It was learn-by-doing, and feeling the other person's passion for strength and performance enhancement. We were able to learn the backstory of coaches and athletes, and, most importantly, discover the stuff NOT written on the workouts.
This year's Summer Strong event offers 7.5 CSCCa CEUs and 1.6 NSCA CEUs. Attendees seeking CEUs will receive a certificate for 3 days of attendance.
Brandon Lilly is a very well traveled, Elite powerlifter. He has trained at Guerrilla Squad Barbell, Westside Barbell, Lexen Xtreme, and is now home at Berea Barbell. In his strength journey he has competed in bodybuilding, strongman, and powerlifting. Brandon is one of only 19 men to ever total over 2200 raw, having 2204 which ties him for 16th all time (826.5 squat, 573 bench, 804.5 Deadlift). Brandon amassed a 2530 total in Multi-Ply, and has best lifts of 1005 squat, 820 bench press, and 765 Deadlift. Brandon is the author of The Cube Method and is aiming to create a paradigm shift in the Powerlifting World.
Gunnar Peterson is a Beverly Hills-based personal trainer whose clients include celebrities, professional athletes, and everyday people. Gunnar works with each on an individual basis, focusing on achieving long-term results through challenging and constantly varied workouts. He is widely recognized for his expertise in functional training and his commitment to developing and implementing innovative fitness techniques. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Gunnar’s dynamic approach, boundless energy and humor only add to the effectiveness of the experience his clients enjoy. Gunnar is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a graduate of Duke University. He is an editor and writes a regular column for Men's Fitness magazine, and is on the advisory board for Fitness magazine
At the forefront of the health and fitness community, Jen Widerstrom is widely known for her role as America’s big hearted body coach and emotional backbone for the NBC's long standing and hit series, "The Biggest Loser." By looking at the weight loss journey from the inside out, Jen’s approach isn’t as simple as a basic diet and exercise plan. Her methodology stands upon honoring the individual and through applying her self-experienced tools of success, people thrive and small victories are transformed into huge accomplishments.
Trey Zepeda has been in the strength and high performance profession for over 20 years. As of 2016 he was the Asst. Head Coach of Athletic Performance in Olympic Sports at The University of Texas-Austin for 14 years. He has trained athletes of the highest level of sports performance. His athletes include Olympic Gold Medalist, World Record Holders, Collegiate All-Americans, National Champions and many other elite athletes, as well as prepared 5 Navy SEALS for PST & BUD/S and 1 US Army soldier who became SF 18 Delta. He has appeared on STACK TV, Golf Channel, ESPN High School TV, FloTrack.com, Eurovision Sports and Trans World Sport. He’s been featured in Men’s Health, The Red Bulletin, STACK magazine, Austin FIT, and other media outlets.
Bret Contreras received a PhD in Sports Science from AUT University and a CSCS certification with distinction from the NSCA. He is most known for his work pertaining to the glutes, but Contreras has published numerous articles on biomechanics, sprinting, and powerlifting. Contreras is the inventor of the Hip Thruster, the cofounder of Strength & Conditioning Research, the founder of Strong by Bret, the author of Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy, and the coauthor of Strong Curves.
Derek began his journey and passion into the world of human performance through his athletic success as a NCAA All-American and National Champion in track and field. Derek was able to apply that success beyond college when he represented his home country as a member of the Canadian National Team. Derek retired from track and field to pursue his passion, working in both the NFL and NCAA as a professional coach before taking on the world as a public speaker.
Jeff is currently the program manager of Virginia High Performance and Exercise Physiologist for 2XU North America. He oversees all strength, conditioning, recovery and athlete assessments at VHP, and is a senior manager for product development at 2XU, the world’s leader in technical performance compression garments. Nichols has been a credentialed strength coach for 16 years. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Troy University, managing 14 Varsity sports. He then joined the Navy and spent 11 years as a SEAL. During that time, Jeff oversaw product development, program assessment and operator delegate within Special Operations Command for Human Performance. After honorable discharge from Naval service, Jeff co-founded VHP, which is also home to the No Fail Mission. NFM is a training program created by Jeff and Alex Oliver that assists in rehabilitating wounded Veterans of the US Armed Forces.
Double A‘s passion for iron has been since 9th grade and stayed with him through his life today. This passion sparked early success in high school track and field as a thrower. He became a NCAA Shot Put Champion in college, which provided the path to begin a career as a strength coach. Double A began as a graduate assistant at Tennessee and full time assistant at the University of Southern California. He moved to his first head coach position at Idaho. From there Aaron was the head strength coach at the following schools: Ole Miss, North Texas, Tennessee, and the University of Southern California. Aaron has worked with many sports as a strength coach, but with a concentration in football. Highlights include being a part of a Football National Championship of two different teams (Tennessee and Southern California), along with coaching numerous All-Americans and future NFL greats.
Aaron began working with Sorinex during the early fall of 2015. Along with Representing the Bosco Brand on the West Coast, Aaron continues his coaching craft by continuing to mentor coaches of all levels. Whether it’s daily post on his IG @penandpaperstrengthapp, visiting and training with strength staffs, writing Strength Blogs, consultation and staff development, and organizing/programming for #squatober, #deadcember, and #springcleaning, Aaron keeps a high passion for helping others.
Alex is Co-Owner/Founder of Virginia High Performance, a premier training facility in Virginia Beach. He spent 21 years as a Navy SEAL with 9+ combat deployments. He held multiple leadership roles from combat to selection and assessment of other operators. Alex helped develop the Human Performance Program to increase physical, mental and sleep performance within Naval Special Warfare. He is now working with the "No Fail Mission" program which was designed to help recovering vets get back in shape or get past any limitations they may have sustained in combat. Alex focuses on enhancing both their physical and mental performance.
Cal has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota, he has developed their Strength and Conditioning Programs and overseen the daily progress in Men's Hockey from 2000-present, Men's' Basketball from 2004-2010, Women's Hockey from 2003-present, Men's Golf from 2000-present, Women's Golf from 2006-present Men's Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. Cal is also the co-Author of Triphasic Training: A Systematic Approach to Elite Speed and Explosive Strength Performance.
David Spitz is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA and a Senior Coach with USA Weightlifting. He is the Owner, Founder and Head Coach of California Strength. He began his journey in strength early in life representing the U.S.A. in Track and Field on the 1996 Junior World Championship team. After high school, he earned a scholarship to the University of Southern California where he competed in the Hammer Throw and Shot Put events. After college he focused on weightlifting and participated in several national events, including the 2008 Olympic Trials. David is a Senior International Coach with USA Weightlifting. He runs a successful NFL Combine Prep Class every year. His program has produced 15 NFL Draft Picks and has over 20 active players in the league today.
Jud Logan is recognized for his success as an athlete on the international level. A World Class Star in the Hammer Throw, he has been on 4 United States Olympic Teams - 1984, 1988, 1992 and 2000. Logan was a Captain on the 1992 team. He has competed in the Pan-American Games, the Goodwill Games and World Championships. He held the American record of 268 feet, 8 inches in the Hammer Throw. Throughout his career, which included five Olympic Trials and nine National Trials, he has never placed outside of the top three finishers. Now as Ashland University's Coach, Jud was named the Midwest Region Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2012-13. It's easy to see how the veteran coach came by that honor. At no time in school history have the Eagles enjoyed a roster this deep and talented. That's saying a lot, considering the success this program has enjoyed. Logan's ability to recruit and build strength across the board is unprecedented.
Craig Fitzgerald began his athletic career as a defensive tackle at Maryland where he was a 3-time letterman. He then went on to be the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Harvard. He later became Director of Football Strength and Conditioning at South Carolina and Penn State, and more recently leading the Huston Texans as Head Strength and Conditioning coach. Fitzgerald is certified through NSCA and CSCCA. In May 2010, Fitzgerald earned the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.
Since retiring from the NFL in 2009, John has consulted and trained athletes in MLB, NHL, NFL, CrossFit and the Olympics. He has also worked in the same capacity for Naval Special Warfare, teaching performance and training for Navy SEALs. He works as a consultant for fitness tech companies like Train Heroic, FORM Lifting and PowerDot, helping them develop best practices for performance based athletes. John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition and as an expert on food for performance. In 2010, John launched Power Athlete, a resource for power and strength athletes looking for access to world-class coaches and cutting edge training practices in strength and speed.
A Shot Putter and Olympic Gold Medalist. Nelson competed in three consecutive Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. In a long and brilliant career, Nelson has qualified for five World Outdoor Championship Teams and earned seven World and Olympic Medals. He now serves as the President of the Track and Field Athletes Association.
Pete Bommarito is the owner and president of Bommarito Performance Systems, which is regarded around the world as a leading information source and training resource in the industry. He began his career as an assistant strength and conditioning specialist from Ball State University. He then went on to direct the country’s most successful NFL Combine Preparation Program for IMG’s football clients, which produced 15 first-round draft picks in 4 years. Pete is one of the nations most sought after speakers for his extensive knowledge in all things strength and athletic performance.
During Mike Srock's 16 years at James F. Byrnes High School, the Rebels have won the South Carolina 4A football state championship eight times in the last twelve years, with the most recent championship being the 2011 championship. The Rebels' record since 2002 is 159-16. The Rebels also hold the distinction of earning the 2008 National SPARQ Training Challenge Championship. In his tenure at Byrnes High, the Rebels have had 23 Shrine Bowl players, 28 North/South players, and 17 State Strength Meet Varsity Division Champions. Coach Srock programs and trains every sport (male and female) at James F. Byrnes High School. A graduate of St. Thomas University in Florida, Srock is a Certified Specialist for Speed and Explosion with the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE), and he also serves on the NASE National Board of Directors and the Certification Board. He is a Senior Level and Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting, and a Bronze Level Coach with USA Wrestling. Srock is a Certified Tsunami Bar Coach and a Certified Kettlebell Instructor with KettleBell Concepts.
Dana is a mobility, breathing and mindfulness coach in professional sports, and the yoga expert for CNN. Known as the "Mobility Maker," she helps athletes breathe, move and feel better in ways that enhance performance, durability and overall health and wellness. With more than 13 years experience consulting with 40+ pro teams and hundreds of athletes, she's written over 100 articles and been featured in media worldwide, including Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, Men's Health, Oxygen, Shape and more. Additionally, she works with Veterans and tactical professionals, and is proud to have served as the yoga coach to the Boston Fire Department. Dana is currently the mobility coach for the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as dozens of individual athletes in MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, PGA and WWE.
While the Marine Corps consisted of more than 300,000 men, only 300 we able to claim the title Force Recon Marine. The schooling and attrition washed out over 90% of those who attended. Rudy's military years were filled with schooling and training, and included Paratrooper Ops, Combatant Diving, Recon and Surveillance, Demolitions, Air Assault, Amphibious Insertions and the illustrious USMC Scout/ Sniper School. This was followed by years of additional training in Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school.
His intensity, commitment and inner drive enabled him to attain the title of Midwest MMA Champion. His tenure on the Martial Arts circuit earned him 14 gold medals and four Wushu-Kung Fu Midwest Championships, as well as 10 Jing Woo International Grand Championships—an esteemed honor held by only one other American-born martial artist—Bruce Lee.
Today, Rudy is focused on acting and working with his brand partners. He also gives motivational speeches and utilizes his knowledge of fitness to train people during his down time. Behind the eyes of a true warrior is a warrior's soul. Courage, a passion for life, commitment to help and protect those around him, empathy, a father, a brother, a leader and a teammate, and always humbled.
Mac has 22 years of special operations experience, 13 of which were in the U.S. Army’s 1st SFOD-D (Delta). He has extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East and eastern Europe. He trains individuals at basic and advanced levels of marksmanship and combat tactics. Based on his wide ranging experience, Mac emphasizes a continuous thought process and accountability, utilizing a training methodology that is safe, effective, and combat relevant. He retired from the Army’s premier hostage-rescue unit as a sergeant major and is the author of T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting) and Sentinel.