Handicapping the Perform Better Summit in Providence

Here we go again. I think this is the fifth year I have written my handicapping the PB Summits post. On June 6-8 nearly 1000 coaches, trainers and therapists will experience the best in education for strength and conditioning, rehab and fitness professionals. As I said in each of the last four years, if you don’t get to one of these seminars you are making a huge mistake. The biggest complaint from attendees at a Perform Better Summit continues to be about the inability to see all of the speakers. It’s so tough that some people are buying the Perform Better Seminar Pass  and attending two Summits. It’s always tough for me too but, just like you I have to choose.

Here are my recommendations on a session-by-session basis. These are the same ones I will send to my staff tonight:

*Every year I say the same thing. I will almost always choose lectures over hands-on. I’m coming to learn, not to get a workout. I may go to a hands-on but, not to get a workout. I’ll go to a hands-on to get “hands on” experience with techniques but, not to get a workout. Save your workout for another day and get some knowledge to help your clients and athletes. PS-My apologies if I don’t recommend you as a presenter but, I have to help people choose.

Friday June 6th

9:15- Easy decision. My hands-on is at 9:15. If you haven’t already heard me at this years  one day, come to mine. I like it when the room is full. We’ll be going through lots of hands-on progressions with me and a lot of my staff. Lots of coaches on the floor helping. If you already saw me at the One Day, go listen to Thomas Plummer. If you are a personal trainer, you can’t go wrong with Alwyn Cosgrove and, you will laugh.

10:45- Another easy decision. Come to my lecture. Already heard it? Take in Thomas Myers Hands-On.

1:00- After lunch, take in a newcomer and go hear former NFL Strength and Conditioning coach Jon Torine. It’s great to get some fresh new ideas from a guy with lots of in-the-trenches experience.

2:30- Bill Knowles will quickly become a name you hear a lot. Make sure you make this one.

4:00- Bill Knowles Hands –On. This guy is a rehab secret. Go get some knowledge.

5:30-  Not sure if they have announced the special guest speaker but, make sure you are there. DO NOT MISS THIS.

Saturday June 8th

8:00- Saturday starts off right where Friday left off with tough choices. For Saturday early check out Duane Carlisle’s Speed Development talk. If you don’t work with athletes go to Charlie Weingroff.

9:30- 10:45-  You can listen to Al Vermeil, a coaching legend or, get a great hands-on with Nick Winkelman.

11-12:15-  At eleven, go see one of the two lectures. Both Greg Rose and Brandon Marcello will be good.

1:15-2:30- The first toss up of the event. If I had to see one I might go to Greg Rose’s hands on but you won’t go wrong this time slot.

2:45-4 – I’m going to flip here and say go to Brandon’s hands-on. I think breathing is a new frontier.

4:35- Q+A. Get your questions answered at the end of the day, great opportunity. I won’t be there so make sure to ask lots of questions. The presenters love to stay late at the end of the day.

Sunday  June 9th

8- On Sunday the same six guys fill three time slots. I love Todd Wright and he is always good however Art Horne is another guy you should see and hear. He might be my first choice.

9:30-10:45- At 9:30 you can go with Coach Dos or Todd Wright and not go wrong.

11- 12:45- The weekend ends the way it began with tough choices. You would need to come three times to see everything you want. I’m going to recommend Art Horne again for my final recommendation.

Hope my recommendations help again this year.


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