This event is unlike any other clinic or seminar. SummerStrong 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 SummerStrong event offers an estimated 7 CSCCa CEUs and 1.2 NSCA CEUs. Attendees seeking CEUs will receive a certificate for 3 days of attendance. We will confirm exact CEUs asap.
Former World Champion Powerlifter, World Champion Strongman and Professional Wrestler, Bill Kazmaier is considered one of the all-time greatest strength competitors. He has won 2 International Powerlifting Federation World Championships and 3 World’s Strongest Man titles. Mid 1980’s Bill transferred his capacity for strength and athleticism to the world of wrestling. Bill has a passion for changing lives and now works with ProticaCares promoting healthy alternatives for food within children’s hospitals and schools.
Dr. Pat Ivey | Coaching Transitions
Dr. Pat Ivey is currently the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletic Performance at Arkansas State University. He oversees the Athletic Performance Staff and is responsible to the training and development of all ASU’s sports teams. Ivey is also currently an Adjunct Professor teaching a course in Foundations of Sport Performance via an online Master’s program in Positive Coaching.
On February 15, 2016, Dr. Ivey continued his service at the University of Missouri as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Access and Leadership Development. In this role, he assisted with Community Engagement and Legislative Relations and K-12 pipelining and programming.
Pat Ivey was named the National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013. In 2009, Ivey was also awarded the Major Mick Deaver Award for fostering good relations with students at the University of Missouri. These awards preceded his completion of a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2013. In 2012, Ivey attained the status of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Also in 2012, Pat Ivey and Josh Stoner co-authored their first book Complete Conditioning for Football published by Human Kinetics.
Pat Ivey lettered as a defensive end at Missouri from 1993-95. In 1995, he was honored as being the strongest athlete in the history of Missouri. In 1996, he was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers. Beginning in 1998, Ivey worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, at the University of Missouri under Donnie Sommer. He started his graduate assistantship after spending time with Denver Broncos and during his time with the Green Bay Packers in 1999.
Ryan Horn | Coaching, Training & Life After 10+ Years In The Field.
Ryan Horn is in his fourth season with the Wake Forest basketball program in 2017-18. Horn serves as the Demon Deacons’ Director of Athletic Performance. Horn’s work has been vital to Wake Forest’s resurgence as the Deacs returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. Horn joined the Demon Deacons in April 2014 after working under head coach Danny Manning at Tulsa where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships--the program’s first title since 2003. Horn is an approved mentor and strength and conditioning coach certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and a Level 1 Track and Field Coach through USA Track and Field.
Ingrid Marcum | Breathing And Other Foundations For Strength & Performance
Ingrid Marcum, CSCS, spent 30 years competing at national and international levels in gymnastics, weightlifting and bobsled, and has been a strength and conditioning coach and trainer since 1997. Over her decades of training, Ingrid struggled through chronic pain and injuries and spent years focused on trying to understand why her experiences with typical rehab protocols were not working, as well as learning the keys to finally overcoming those issues and returning to training. Today, she is a performance enhancement specialist who focuses on fixing broken foundations for high-performing athletes, to help increase their durability and career longevity. In addition to Summer Strong, Ingrid is a frequent speaker at events such as: Perform Better, NSCA, IDEA World, Perform Better Europe, CPTN and the Women’s Fitness Summit.
Jim Kiritsy | Creating A Football S&C Program: Culture & Training Specifics
Jim Kiritsy is Kennesaw State's director of strength & conditioning for football. He was hired by head coach Brian Bohannon on March 31, 2014. In this role, Kiritsy is responsible for developing a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement and mental discipline development. Prior to arriving at Kennesaw State, Kiritsy served three seasons as associate director for strength and conditioning at The Citadel where his responsibilities included coordinating all aspects of the Bulldogs' men’s basketball and wrestling training programs. Kiritsy is a graduate of the Corp of Cadets from Norwich and served as a member of the Corps Honor Committee in 2008-09. He holds certifications in CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) from the American Red Cross, and is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Mike Rodriguez | Service Leadership & Selfless Service
Michael “Rod” Rodriguez is a retired Special Forces Green Beret with nine deployments, from his first in Somalia with 10th Mountain Division to his last in Afghanistan with 7th Special Forces Group. His last assignment as a Green Beret was as a Sniper Instructor at Fort Bragg, NC (Range 37). After 21 years of continuous service, he was medically retired for numerous injuries he received while in service to our great nation.
He comes from a military family, his Grandfathers served during WWII, and his father is a Vietnam Veteran. His wife retired recently after 21 years in the U.S. Army, and his eldest son is currently serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and recently returned home from Afghanistan, marking the 16th deployment for the Rodriguez Household. He advocates for Veterans and their families and speaks publicly on the need to decrease the misunderstanding between civilians and the military. He is an active advocate for Art and the impact it has on everyone’s lives; he practices his very own in the form of metalwork and blacksmithing.
Rod is not only the Director for the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. In November 2015 he was selected as a member for President George W. Bush’s Military Service Initiative Advisory Council with the role of advising and supporting the President and leadership of the Bush Institute on key Strategic and Programming priorities in support of Veterans and their families. He is the Executive Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation and is also on the Veteran Advisory Council for the VA in North Carolina. He assists with several other non-profits and is always only a phone call or email away from both the Civilian and Military community. In 2013 Rod was inducted into the lauded “Explorers Club” based in Manhattan as a “Fellow” for his research efforts on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress. He is currently a graduate student at Norwich University pursuing a Masters Degree in Diplomacy, but most importantly he is a proud Grandfather, Father, Husband, and Hermano to many.
Jay Ferruggia | Relationship Building & Communication Skills
Fitness expert, life strategist, author, speaker, host of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast, adventurer, old school hip hop head, NY Giants & Yankees fan. You may have seen his work in Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, Huffington Post, LiveStrong, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Shape, Entrepreneur, Details or on ESPN or CBS. Jay has been an industry leader for 20+ years and paved the way for many trends like group training, underground / hardcore gyms, etc. "Over the course of my life I’ve been physically and mentally weak, skinny, fat, sad, depressed, insecure, painfully shy, socially awkward, crippled with anxiety and indecision, struggled with addiction, and have gone broke on more than one occasion." Overcoming those obstacles took many years and a lot of hard work. I read and listened to over 500 books. I attended countless conferences and workshops. I hired coaches and mentors. I cut out the negative deadbeats in my life. I slowly eliminated one bad habit at a time and replaced it with a new one. What I learned after all that is that Thoreau, Da Vinci and Bruce Lee were right.
Simplicity is the key to health, wealth and happiness.
Laura Zerra | TBD
Backcountry guide, Survival instructor, Writer, and Public speaker. Laura's skill set includes building shelters, primitive technology, primitive fire, hide tanning, hunting, trapping, and plant identification.
In 2013, Laura was able to put her skills to the test, spending 21 days in full survival in Bocas del Toro, Panama, as a cast member of the Discovery show “Naked and Afraid”. As an all-star cast member, she was asked to return to complete another 21-day challenge in the Peruvian Amazon, and again to complete 40 days in the Colombian savanna in Season 1 of “Naked and Afraid XL”.
Laura became interested in survival as a way to connect to land in a visceral way, and gain freedom and independence in the wild. Though open to learning new skills and techniques from anyone she encountered, Laura is largely self-taught and believes that being humble enough to learn from failure is an important part of everyone's learning process. She spent a number of years traveling around North America, and putting herself into situations that would push her comfort zone and therefore force her to adapt and learn new skills. Laura believes that survival isn't necessarily about memorizing every technique in the book, but rather about learning what your needs are, and then using whatever is around you to meet them in any environment. She believes flexibility and the ability to improvise are some of the most important traits for any survivalist.
While not surviving in the wild, Laura enjoys shed antler hunting, horse packing and horseback riding, fitness training, travel, rock climbing, scuba diving, free diving, whitewater kayaking, and anything that pushes her comfort zone. Laura's previous jobs have included mushroom hunter, taxidermist, farrier, butcher, and survival instructor. She loves learning and new experiences, and is a true nomad at heart.
Gunnar Peterson | Workout With The Stars
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
Jen Widerstrom | Workout With The Stars
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.
Bert Sorin | 10 Steps To Be Legendary
"My goal is to become more extraordinary myself so that Sorinex becomes more extraordinary as a company and a culture. Then we're able to offer more to the world of strength."
Derek Woodske | Overview Of Short & Long-Term Program Development: Kurt Roberts, US Indoor/Outdoor World Qualifier, Men’s Shotput
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.
Aaron Ausmus | Squat Party
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.
Alexander Oliver | TBD
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 Dietz | Super Methods & The Applications In Performance Training
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.
Tony Sentmanat | Deadlift Party
Tony Sentmanat is a Marine Corps Veteran and retired Law Enforcement SWAT Operator with almost 20 years of Real World experience. He is a life long practitioner in Mixed Martial Arts with extensive experience as a Law Enforcement Combative's Trainer and has been a Firearms Instructor for over 17 years. Tony also has 16 years of experience as a functional strength and conditioning trainer specializing in functional fitness for combat athletes. Upon finishing his military service he started his law enforcement career as a State Correctional Officer, and then quickly transferred to become a Law Enforcement Officer. Tony spent most of his career in SWAT where he was involved in over 600 real world operations before retiring early in 2016. Through out his years of service Tony gained extensive experience in undercover surveillance, tactical operations, fugitive recovery and worked many high profile cases with Federal Agencies from around the country. In 2016 he retired from Law Enforcement to pursue is life long dream of starting his own business, where he has been able to share with the world the experiences he has gained throughout his life.
Dr. Eric Serrano | Fats & Your Health
Dr. Eric Serrano MD is the ace sought out by elite athletes and business professionals around the world for help with the most difficult of problems. Dr. Serrano spends a majority of his time promoting the success of his family practice patients in Pickerington; a suburb of Columbus Ohio. Amongst the thousands of patients are elite athletes from around the globe who will travel to the ends of the earth to consult with Dr. Serrano.
Dr. Serrano scientifically engineers nutritional supplements available exclusively through www.infinityfitness.com. Cutting edge weight training, nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle videos directly from Dr. Serrano are posted onwww.Infinityfitness.com monthly. A unique approach to medicine enables Dr. Serrano to customize nutrition, exercise and supplementation protocols to support quicker success. A constant desire to learn leads Dr. Serrano to review thousands of patient hormonal blood work tests and read over 30 medical/ ingredient journals each month. At any given time multiple nutrition, exercise and supplementation trials are conducted within the Serrano Family Medical Practice.
Multiple professional teams have hired Dr. Serrano for large consulting projects including competition improvement, injury prevention, performance nutrition and more. Dr. Serrano is a coveted speaker and conducts live webinars as well as seminars in the USA, Canada and UK.
A wide array of athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB in addition to countless elite amateurs make up Eric’s elite client list. His cohesive expertise comes from years of practicing medicine and his career as record-breaking natural powerlifter. As a competitor and family man Eric understands the practical needs of his clients and pushes himself to stay on the cutting edge of medicine, training, supplementation, nutrition, injury rehabilitation/prevention and performance enhancement.
Dr. Serrano is a graduate of Kansas State University and earned his medical degree for Kansas University, he previously served as an award- winning professor of family practice and emergency medicine at the Ohio State University.
Kurt Hester | The Acquisition Of Skill For American Football
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisiana Tech. Hired by Skip Holtz in 2013. Hester joined the Louisiana Tech Family after serving as a National Director of Training for the D1 Sports Training Center in Nashville, Tenn. since 2008. He worked with training several professional athletes from leagues such as the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and the NFL Combine classes. One NFL player notable to Tech fans that Hester has worked with is former Bulldog quarterback Luke McCown.
Concurrent to his tenure at D1 Sports Training, Hester also worked as the Director of Training at the Manning Passing Academy as he designed a training program for over 1,300 high school athletes and delivered a specific training seminar for high school and college coaches.
Hester was an assistant strength coach at LSU from 1995-98, working with the speed development program for then-football coach Gerry Dinardo and worked primarily with the LSU baseball team as it won two national championships under legendary coach Skip Bertman. Hester also worked with the men's basketball, women's soccer and women's golf programs as well as with the varsity cheerleaders. Hester has certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association and also has his Speed Agility & Conditioning certification as well as his Level 1 certification from the United States Weightlifting Association.
Mike Srock | Fundamentals For Speed
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.
Dan McKim | Squat Party
World Champion (x4), National Champion (x6) and World Record Holder in the Scottish Highland Games - doing it all for God's glory! Current Midwest Rep @ Sorinex Exercise Equipment.
As a collegiate thrower, McKim first watched a wild sport on ESPN that later became a passion. He was first intrigued by this sport, the Scottish Highland Games, for the opportunity to throw heavy objects resembling medieval war weapons, but the chance to compete with some of the top strength athletes in the world is what kept him in the sport for 13 years. In 2007 he was the world’s top ranked amateur and upon making the jump to the pro ranks, continued the success –2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 World Champion, 2010-2013, 2015, 2016 US National Champion, two world records. McKim has published three books and speaks to teams, churches, schools and at ministry events. McKim resides in north Missouri with his wife, Natalie, and their five boys.
Matt Vincent | Dealing With Injury, Rehab & Reality Of Situation
22yrs of strength training and competition in all avenues of strength sports. Track and Field. Strongman. Powerlifting. Weightlifting. Highland games 2 x World Champion.
Author of training books. Owner of apparel company HVIII BRAND GOODS. Host of the UMSO podcast. Youtube Content Creator.
Brandon Lilly | Transitional Training For The Aging Athlete
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.