Speakers 2019-05-02T17:52:14+00:00


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Inspiring Presentations, Workshops and Discussions

Mark Verstegen MS CSCS*D

President and Founder of EXOS/Athletes Performance

Purpose Driven Performance Through Position, Pattern, and Power Progressions

Defining your clients purpose for training from world class athletes, everyday working professionals, or boomers looking to make the most out of life will benefit by your performance driven approach. We will look at various positions, patterning, and developing power to help them decrease pain, prevent pain, and perform sustainably toward their evolving goals.

Alex Hutchinson

Athlete, Award Winning Journalist and Author of ENDURE

Alex Hutchinson is a sports science journalist with Outside Magazine and the author of New York Times best-seller, Endure. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a post-doctoral physicist with the US National Security Agency and competed for the Canadian national team in track, cross country, and mountain running.

Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

When you push to the point when you can’t go any faster or continue and farther, what’s holding you back? For centuries, physiologists assumed that the answers lay in our muscles, lungs, or blood vessels. But over the past decade, a wave of new research – along with the exploits of mountaineers, freedivers, and other extreme athletes – has shown that our ultimate limits reside in the brain. This presentation will illuminate understanding of the mind’s role in setting our limits and opening the door to changing them.

Ron McKeefery MA CSCS*D CSCCa

2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year

2013 Master Strength and Conditioning Coach from CSCC

2016 NSCA Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year

Utilizing Time under Tension Principles in Programming – Practical Session

Strength and Conditioning philosophies are similar to religions and are protected as such.  Adopting a particular philosophy often closes your mind to potential benefits of other types of training.  Coach McKeefery will discuss different philosophies, principles he uses to train elite athletes around the world, and demonstrate how he utilizes Time Under Tension principles within his programs.  Be prepared to get in the trenches and experience various TUT protocols.

Guido Van Ryssegem ATC CSCS NBFE

Owner and Founder of Safe Recovery and Renowned International Speaker

Overcoming the Myth of Proprioceptive Training

Emergence of proprioceptive training in modern training facilities and philosophies seems to reflect current efforts of emphasizing neuromuscular function and postural control in general training programs. While it is encouraged to continue such efforts, correction of mythical beliefs is necessary for more suitable applications. In order to create an ideal learning environment for the CNS, an exercise program should distinctively train different motor skills with adequately changing task goals and sensory environments.


Director of Sport Performance, Education and Research – Keiser Corporation

Former Director of USOC Track and Field Program

Strength Continuum in Resistance Training

There is an increasing trend amongst performance professionals to quantify and define subsections of strength. This practice has often been demonstrated along a strength continuum in the hopes of enhancing the application of resistance training. Differences in verbiage and terminology in defining how strength is classified often creates dogmatic approaches regarding the specific parameters of subsections and subsequently lead us away from application variables (Pfaff, 2018). This presentation is an attempt to clarify basic qualities and protocols within each subsection of strength to improve implementation of training modalities.

Usage of Analytics – Keiser Air 420

Sports Performance has seen an influx of measuring and data collection devices that are intended to aid sports practitioners in building better athletes. The performance market culture is currently being driven by analytic technology. The Keiser A420 system give the performance specialist the tools to maximize human performance and create descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytic paradigms.

Darcy Norman PT ATC CSCS

Performance Coach – US Mens National Soccer Team

Director of Performance – Sugar Bowl Ski Academy

Director of Performance Science – Kitman Labs

Building a Resilient Performance Program – Lessons from Club and Country

Darcy began his illustrious career in performance athletic coaching as a physical therapist and performance coach with Mark Verstegen at Athletes Performance in the early 2000’s. From there, he joined Mark in Germany as a Strength Coach and Rehab Specialist for FC Bayern Munich before moving back to the US to head the Performance Innovation Team at EXOS. In 2015, Darcy became the Director of Performance for AS ROMA Football Club in Italy until 2018 when he returned to the states. His wide range of experiences, environments and athletes that he has worked will drive the core of this presentation in helping you adapt and modify your programming to fit your teams and individuals you work with.

Jimmy Pritchard USAW CSCS XPS

Director of Strength and Conditioning Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

Preparing the Youth Athlete for Elite Performance

Coach Pritchard is uniquely positioned to speak on this topic based on his experience working with present Olympic, X-Games, NCAA Division 1 Prospect and World Championship athletes that are under the age of 18yrs old. Given that there is limited literature and discussion regarding training of this age category, Jimmy will be discussing his experience with LTAD (long-term athlete development models) and the ramification and effects of elite sport on youth athletes and the appropriate programming for these groups.

Dr Matthew Provencher MD CAPT MC USNR

Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics, USUHS
Head Orthopedic Team Physician US Navy Seals/Special Operations
Knee and Shoulder Surgeon – The Steadman Clinic

Lessons from Naval Special Warfare Tactical Athletes – from Training to Execution

Dr Provencher resume is one of the more extensive reads from both the military and medical fields. A former First-Team All American athlete (rower) himself, his lineage reaches from being a Deputy Brigade Commander at the US Naval Academy to the becoming the Chief of Sport Surgery at Mass General in addition to being the Head Team Physician for the 2014 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots as well as the MLB Red Sox and NHL Boston Bruins. His time spent with Navy Seal Team 1,3, 5 and 7 have given him the platform for his presentation on optimization of special warfighters and the lessons learned from it and how you can use the concepts in your daily programming.

Joel Raether CSCS*D TSAC-F*D

Director of Sport Performance – MLL Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse

Director of Sport Performance – Landow Performance North Center

Trunk Strategies to heighten force production and kinematics

This session will take a closer look at an integrated approach to heightened trunk integrity as well as a progressive approach to enhancing kinematics of rotational power development.

Explosive Training – Using contrast strategies for explosive power expressions

This presentation will take a hands on look at movement specific complexes designed for enhancing explosive power output. The intent will be to demonstrate specific patterns and deliveries for power exploitation with a variety of implements as well as accommodation force, plyometric strategies and specific velocity training.

Stefan Underwood CSCS RSCC

Director of Continuous Improvement (Internal Education) EXOS

Application of a Movement Mindset – Practical for Position, Pattern and Power

In this hands-on session, Stefan will expand upon the topic of training within a movement mindset and demonstrate how context is key and once you know whether dysfunction in movement is a position fault, pattern fault, or power fault, you can program with purpose. We will look at a sample athletic movement and connect the dots all the way from mobility to motor control progressions through power.  

Steel Mace Training for Pre-Hab/Practical

The steel mace is a an unconventional training tool which operates within the principles of off-set load. While not a tool for maximal strength, it is a natural RNT-based tool that EXOS has found success with in implementing into pillar preparation (pre-hab), complimentary exercises, and auxiliary components of training. In this hands-on clinic we will talk about what the steel mace is (and isn’t) inside the EXOS training system.  

Introduction to the TEC model through the lens of Lower Body Pushing

To coach is to influence upgrade; upgrade in movement competency, upgrade in intent of execution, and ultimately execution of the training program. While the “art of coaching” often focuses on the interaction between coach and athlete, there is a second half of the art of coaching, which is internal facing. It is the systems in place to help the coach be prepared for the session ahead. The TEC model looks at technical requirements for movement, common compensations that may occur, and then corrective strategies to influence movement. Having a strategy going into a session will aid in the execution of the session. This hands-on session will look at the TEC model as it applies to coaching lower body pushing. 

Lindsay Golich MSc USAT II

United States Olympic Committee – Sport Physiologist

Athlete Performance Laboratory Director – USA Cycling/USAT

Altitude Training for Optimal Performance

Athletes from many sport backgrounds have used altitude training to optimize their performance, and not just when their goal event is at high altitude.  There is a narrow window for success when living and training at altitude, and it is a delicate balance between training load and recovery.  Through this presentation we will cover theory of altitude training and the performance benefits and training limitations in a practical application for winter and summer sport athletes.

Matt Jordan PhD CSCS

Director of Sport Science – Canadian Sport Institute, Calgary

Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology – University of Calgary

Building individual Athlete Resilience against ACL Injury/Re-injury Programming

With specific focus on factors that affect muscle strength and power, the aim of the presentation is to discuss with importance of strength training for building resilience against ACL injuries. This presentation will also highlight functional force asymmetry testing using dual force plate systems to pinpoint trainable deficits in athletes. We will cover surgical reconstruction performance deficits and methods to restore pre-injury performance as well.

Nate Palin CSCS TSAC

Program Manager NSCA

Nate Palin served as a leader in the 2nd Ranger Battalion for seven years prior to his transition to strength and conditioning. Over the course of five combat deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, Nate experienced the military’s performance shortcomings and observed the need for enhanced physical training to better support mission critical tasks. He began his coaching career in 2010, narrowed his focus to tactical strength and conditioning as a Performance Specialist for EXOS in Washington, D.C. in 2012, and coached Special Operations Forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 2015 to 2018. Nate currently works for the National Strength and Conditioning Association as its Tactical Program Manager.

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