Greetings from Orlando! I am en route to the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Tactical Training Conference. I love meeting coaches who work with police, fire, and military units and taking what I learn from them and passing it along to you. (If you’re curious, more about why I attend this conference here.)
When I attended this conference for the first time in 2014, I met powerlifter and coach Matt Wenning, whom you have probably heard me refer to for his extensive strength and conditioning knowledge. The following year at the conference, he introduced me to coach Mark Tayson, who invited us to workout at a friend’s gym nearby.
We walked into a gym with dumbbells, barbells, logs, tons of strongman implements, and a handful of welcoming members, including Dimitar Savatinov who won America’s Strongest Man contest that year.
What a crazy world! It was so surreal to be in a gym in a city I’d never been in, with people I barely knew, but who had decades of combined knowledge and similar passions. I was like a kid in a candy shop!
Fast forward a few years, and I met another coach I look highly up to, Ron McKeefery. We kept in touch at a couple conferences, and he recently asked me to be on his podcast, Iron Game Chalk Talk. This has been one of the biggest honors of my professional life! But you knew that, because it was just covered on my blog. Details of the podcast here in case you missed it.
All this, from talking to people at conferences!
Who will you talk to this week? What can you say YES to that will be beneficial to you and your clients, or coworkers or family?
Let me know if you have any questions for me to pass along at the conference this week, and keep your eyes open for serendipitous opportunity! It’s out there!
Have a great week! Thank you for reading,
Lee Valdez says
Thanks great blog.
Lee, a very belated thank you! 🙂
Thanks for your blog, nice to read. Do not stop.
Mark, thanks so much! I appreciate that 🙂