Upcoming Calendar
6/2-6/3H.I.I.T.: Theory & Practical ApplicationGuangzhou, Chinawww.afaacn.com 
6/27-6/30IDEA World ConventionSan Diego, CAFor more info: www.ideafit.com
7/11-7/14NSCA National ConferenceIndianapolis, INFor more info: www.nsca.com
9/29-9/30The Fitness Pro Educational Series & Legion Sports FestLong Beach, CARegister below. more info at legionsportsfest.com
10/20The Olympic Lifts: Theory & Practical ApplicationSan Bernardino, CA Registration opening soon!
11/17H.I.I.T.: Theory & Practical ApplicationSan Bernardino, CA Registration opening soon!
12/5-12/6The Olympic Lifts: Theory & Practical ApplicationShanghai, Chinawww.afaacn.com
12/7The Olympic Lifts Instructor TrainingShanghai, Chinawww.afaacn.com


Bret Contreras, PhD, CSCS, *D

BIO: Dr. Contreras holds a PhD in Sports Science and is certified with distinction as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is the author of Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy, former editor in chief of  the NSCA’s Personal Training Quarterly, and the Founder of the Glute Lab in San Diego. Dr. Contreras is a published author in peer  reviewed journals as well as a distinguished speaker in the field of exercise science.

TITLE OF TOPIC: Applied Glute Science to Maximize Glute Gains

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Dr. Contreras will discuss the anatomy of the glutes and their importance in sports performance, injury prevention, and in improving body aesthetics. He will provide a hands on approach and lead the group in various exercises to target glute development by integrating an anatomical approach to training.


Sean Gateley, PT, DPT, MS, ATC, CSCS

BIO: Dr. Gateley holds a doctorate in physical therapy and a masters degree in athletic training. He is a licensed physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Gateley is currently the co-owner of Podium Sports Performance where they provide treatment and training to athletes of all ages as well as provide educational seminars on the topics of sports medicine throughout the year. Dr. Gateley is also a member of the USA Track and Field sports medicine staff where he travels to various parts of the world with the team to provide sports medicine services. Furthermore, he is adjunct faculty in  Athletic Training at Azusa Pacific University.

TITLE OF TOPIC: Kinesio Taping Fundamentals for the Weightlifter

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Dr. Gately will discuss the fundamentals of kinesiotape as related to the weightlifter. He will provide the theory behind using kinesiotape as well as provide indications into when it might be beneficial to apply it. Participants will learn the basics on how to apply the tape for common injuries in the weight room.

Guillermo Escalante, DSc, MBA, ATC, CSCS, CISSN

BIO: Dr. Escalante  holds a doctorate in athletic training and is certified as an athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and sports nutritionist. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at California State University- San Bernardino where he teaches courses in Sports Nutrition, Exercise Prescription, Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries, and Healthcare and Fitness Business Management. His research interests are in the areas of sports nutrition/supplementation, sports injury prevention/rehabilitation, and physique enhancement. He is a fitness author with 50+ publications in magazines and websites such as Muscle & Fitness, Musclemag, and Bodybuilding.com and has been a competitive bodybuilder in the National Physique Committee. Dr. Escalante is a reviewer for the JISSN, JSCR, and other peer previewed journals as well as an active member in the NSCA, FWATA, and the ISSN. Throughout Dr. Escalante’s career he has had the privilege to work with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in many sports; some have been in the NFL, MLB, the Olympics, and the Olympia stage. Dr. Escalante is a big believer in practicing what you preach. He will be back competing in bodybuilding in 2019. He is a frequent presenter at the regional, national, and international conferences for the ISSN, NSCA, and NATA.    

TITLE OF TOPIC: Pre-habilitation Strategies to Prevent Shoulder Pain in the Weight Room

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Dr. Escalante will discuss the anatomy of the shoulder and common injuries to the shoulder associated with weight lifters. Range of motion deficits and muscular imbalances often seen among weight lifters will be discussed and then a hands on approach to preventing shoulder injuries via a shoulder “pre-habilitation” exercise program will be demonstrated where participants will have an opportunity to perform the exercises.

Vilayat Del Rossi, MA, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D, USAW

BIO: Coach Del Rossi is the founder and Head Coach of SO CAL Strength and Conditioning (SC2) and is the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness at California State University, San Bernardino. SC2 provides best in-class training and education to fitness professionals and tactical operators. Del Rossi has two decades of experience in the field of strength and conditioning, fitness, and higher education. He has been the Associate Director of Recreation at California State University, Long Beach; Senior Program Manager at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Fitness Director for the United States Navy; Strength and Conditioning        Coach at Florida State University; and a university lecturer.

TITLE OF TOPIC: H.I.I.T.: Theory & Practical Application

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: During this interactive session participants will be exposed to several popular HIIT training methods in the peer reviewed literature. Then participants will have the chance to learn the practical application of 4 of the most popular methods.  

Pete McCall, MS, CSCS

BIO: Pete is the host of the All About Fitness podcast, personal trainer, strength coach, fitness educator and author. Frequently quoted as a fitness expert in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, U-T San Diego, Time, Men’s Fitness, SELF, Glamour, US News & World Report and Shape Magazine Pete is a sought-after media resource for accurate, in-depth insight on how to get results from exercise. Besides working with individual clients and teaching group fitness classes Pete has more than a decade of experience educating personal trainers around the world including teaching for both the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Pete’s personal philosophy is that fitness is, “Having the ability to do what you want to do when you want to do it.”Former Exercise Physiologist for ACE where he helped create the Integrated Fitness Training Model (ACE IFT(TM)  Model), write the ACE Personal Trainer Manual textbook, created the Metabolic Conditioning, Movement-based Training and Youth Fitness education workshops as well as creating and delivering both live and online education programs. A Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness (Nautilus, Stairmaster, Star Trac and Schwinn Fitness), an education consultant and blogger with ACE, a blogger and content contributor to 24Life – the online magazine of 24 Hour Fitness, an online educator for NASM, an adjunct faculty in exercise science at both Mesa Community College and San Diego State University and a group fitness instructor for both Equinox and the YMCA.

TITLE OF TOPIC: Utilization of the Terra Core as a Training Modality

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Pete will discuss the versatility and multiple applications of the Terra Core as a training modality. Followed by covering the exercise progressions for different muscle groups and movement patterns that be achieved by using the Terra Core   

John D. Carr, MD

BIO: Dr. Carr is a Board Certified Internist with 15 years of experience in hormonal medicine with extensive training and experience in many aspects of medicine.  As an avid athlete and experienced bodybuilder, Dr. Carr has competed in sports for most of his life. Dr. Carr graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami where he also completed his medical school training in 1987. Subsequently he completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the prestigious Cornell-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Emergency Services at Cleveland Clinic Florid that Dr. Carr experienced first-hand the failure of preventive medicine. "Every day I would diagnose and treat patients with strokes, heart attacks, hip fractures and realized that the immediate problem did not just occur that particular day. Rather, it represented the end result of years of neglect." After serving several years as Chairman of Emergency Services at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Medical Director of two Air Ambulance companies, Dr. Carr opened his first hormonal medicine clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina before relocating to Southern California in 2006.

TITLE OF TOPIC: The Science of Hormones in Exercise & Sport

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Dr. Carr will discuss the roles hormones play in sports performance and health, particularly as we age. He will discuss strategies that can be implemented to slow down the aging process to maximize health and wellness for a lifetime.

Lisa Hamlin, CPT, AFP

BIO: International Presenter, Director of International and Military Relations and Master Certification Specialist with AFAA, has over 25 years experience as a fitness professional and international educator. Lisa created and produced several fitness DVDs, authored a variety of instructor training manuals and has presented at numerous conventions worldwide, including China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, West Indies and the U.S. She is actively involved with U.S. Military Physical Fitness Leader training. Lisa writes articles regularly for fitness magazines in the U.S. and Asia, and has made a guest appearance on National television, “The Good Morning Show”.  Her credentials include over fifteen certifications and training courses in group exercise, personal training, dance and specialty class formats, including training courses abroad. Lisa is known throughout the fitness industry for her remarkable energy and creative choreography.

TITLE OF TOPIC: Top Teaching Tips for Group Exercise Instructors

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Learn how to teach like a Pro with 10 Powerful Tools to Successful Teaching!  Motivation, Music, Movement, Leadership, Preparation, Class Design, Creativity, Cueing, Safety and Effectiveness.  Learn creative class formatting that will accommodate all fitness levels and the role and characteristics of a top fitness leader.  Discover how to avoid overtraining and the importance of cross-training.  Make your class more than a workout, make it an experience that is unforgettable!

Philippe Til, BA, NASM-CPT, FMS, CICS, FCS

BIO: Personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur (inventor of the ProBar™), draws his approach from a lifetime of experience and education across continents in time-tested methodologies and systems. Philippe’s credentials include NASM (as an item writer, content reviewer and subject matter expert), certification in Pavel Tsatsouline’s kettlebell strength system Strongfirst™ (formerly with RKC™), primitive movement patterns and Pose method of running through Wildfitness in the UK, Indian Club certified under Dr Ed Thomas and Brett Jones, FMS certified and two-time black belt holder (Ninjutsu, Shotokan).This blend of fitness ingredients          allowed him to create his unique training style, named FAST (after the four pillars of fitness Flexibility, Agility, Strength, Tone) where skill, movement quality, prevention and focus on no wasted movements guarantees results for his clients at an accelerated rate.

TITLE OF TOPIC: Augmented Mobility Utilizing the ProBar

DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC: Augmented Mobility could therefore be similarly explained by taking one’s existing mobility, regardless of its level, and "augment" it with an in increase range of motion, as well as muscular activation in under-active muscles, while properly turning off over-active muscles in order to enhance physical performance and diminish injury potential, by interweaving it with a physical device that screens, corrects and makes one work all at once, like Iron Man’s suit. This is where the ProBar Mobility system comes into place.