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IHRSA 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center

Monday, March 15th, 2010

IHRSA is the commercial fitness industry’s largest convention. All of the biggest players for commercial gym equipment are there and it is an annual meeting place for much of BOSU’s International distributors. This was a good show for us with a lot of productive meetings.

Here are some notes and recap of conversations I had with people at IHRSA 2010:

Randy Hetrick – Founder of Fitness Anywhere, and Chris Frankel – Director of Programming at Fitness Anywhere (TRX)

I had a long conversation with Randy and Chris about my exercise discoveries.  I told them that BOSU® would come to be recognized as more than a product.  That the BOSU® – Both Sides Utilized – philosophy and the practical training methods built on this philosophy I now teach would come to be universally accepted as best practices for Balance Training.  That BOSU® would revolutionize sprinter’s technique.

I began the conversation alone with Randy.  Randy then called Chris to come join us.  Randy wanted Chris, who is extremely well versed in exercise physiology, to hold my statements and explanations up to the BS meter.  Chris came into the conversation with healthy skepticism, but the more we talked, the more he agreed with what I told him.  He then recounted some of his own personal discoveries regarding sprint training and technique that aligned precisely with my discoveries.

I told Chris I wanted to share my knowledge with as many smart people in exercise and performance training as possible – and that I wanted them to put my theories to the test and challenge me if they disagree.  If anyone can show me I am wrong or a better way, then I will gladly listen and adopt new methods.  If they can’t, I want them on board, helping to spread and edify my message.  The aim of BOSU® training is not to replace anything you do, but rather enhance Everything you do.

We both agreed that the industry is in a better place than it was 10 years ago in terms of egos and sharing training info.  I was really happy to have the opportunity to speak in depth with Chris and look forward to working with him moving forward.

Chris Poirier – President of Perform Better

I began my conversation with Chris by telling him I wanted him to remember this moment and what I was about to tell him about the future of sprint training.  I told him how sprinters would change their technique in the future to harness the spiral dynamics inherent in their bodies.  I showed him my discoveries and how they would transform the training landscape for sprinters.

I told Chris how and why concentrating focus and enhancing the 2 principle factors of movement produces better practical understanding and capability for moving your body better in all 3 planes of motion.

Chris was very intrigued but our time together in the hustle/bustle of his busy booth was short.  His team of presenters is top notch and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with all of them.

Jon Hinds – Owner/Head Trainer Monkey Bar Gymnasium

Jon Hinds is an amazing athlete and trainer.  His father Bobby is the creator of Lifeline Fitness products.  Jon invents products and has worked with many top-level athletes, and was a former Strength-and-Conditioning Coach in the NBA.

Jon asked a lot of really good questions and we dug pretty deep into the fundamentals of movement and biomechanics. Just like my conversation with Chris Frankel, Jon recalled how he used to see some athletes naturally engage in the techniques I’m teaching and how they were always so fast.

Jon’s eyes smiled when I told him this would be similar to sprinting the way the Fosbury Flop transformed high jumping technique.  Jon is such an amazing athlete that he will begin experimenting immediately with my techniques to test for himself how they work.  It will be fun to see him “fly”!

I spoke with a lot more people at IHRSA and shared my discoveries with many of them.  I also had a great meeting with key members of our BOSU® Development Team (Peter Twist, Douglas Brooks and Jay Blahnik).  We are in the early stages of determining how we can most effectively organize and deliver this new content to effectively reach as many people as possible.

Here’s a new BOSU® acronym: Beneath Our System Underlies the Truth.

Balance is the Lighthouse.  Both Sides Utilized is the best approach for moving your body with greatest efficiency.

Best in Health,

DW

A New Day

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Steve Froehlich just came into my office and said “Just write the blog and don’t come out until you’re done!” and shut the door behind him.  And I’m his boss!

I used to blog often – almost everyday.  That was back around the time I was beginning to discover how to train BOSU® – Both Sides Utilized – most effectively.  I think those posts are somewhere on an old server, will have to go back and read them which would be fun.  Anyway, I’ve spent the past several years Programming my body with Both Sides Utilized Training.  Because it is so effective as a Foundation for Better Movement (Balance is the Underlying Foundation for Everything), I now have incredible capabilities with my body.  It is very cool teaching a guy like Drew Brees the fundamentals of BOSU® Training – and having him recognize the value and begin to Program it in himself.

One of my greatest passions in life has been athletics.  I’m a complicated individual with many diverse interests, so I’m not your typical jock – but I spent years being a typical jock prior to evolving beyond that.  My point is I know BOSU® Training works because I can feel it.  And now that I can feel it, I can truly understand it in logical terms according to the structure and function of the human body.  Athletes who have the desire to be the best they can be simply cannot do without BOSU® Training to realize their full potential, this I know.

There are people out there like LeBron James who inherently understand BOSU® principles in their movement to a great extent.  They can do naturally what others now have the ability to train.  Will you ever be as good an athlete as LeBron? Probably not.  But will you be the best athlete You can be?  That is the real question you should consider.

As for the rest of my first blog, I’ll leave you with this…

A story, a behind the scenes look at my business.  I had hired a social media guy (James Hickey) who has been Tweeting for me.  Truth is I had not even looked at what he was doing until yesterday when a man named John came to my office (we’re working on a big project, which is very exciting) and showed me my BOSU® Twitter account.  I saw “my” posts and could see I’d personally only done one or two; the rest were product plugs.  My poor soc media guy is trying to do the best he can, but only I can Tweet what’s on my mind – things of genuine interest for people who want to follow me.  Sorry!… to my soc media guy and to You.

I promise that my Tweets will be my own.  I really think this will help me share my message and want to have fun doing it… being myself.

Now for some exciting news!  I’m going to New York City March 18-21 to go to the ECA Fitness Conference where I will be presenting Rolling Ropes with the AMAZING Petra Kolber on Saturday morning, the 20th of March.

I used to live in NYC for almost 10 years.  My brother lives there and I’ve rented an apt. just around the corner from his place.  We’re going to have a fun trip.  I’m also scheduling a session in Central Park at the Bandshell (middle of the park around 72nd Street) on Sunday.  Haven’t set a time yet, so be on the look out for that, or better yet, reach back out to me and let me know what time you’d want to come Sunday.  This will be free and I promise you will leave with knowledge that can change your life.

Time to open my office door.  Thanks Steve!

David Weck (DW)