I’ve been to plenty of fitness seminars (five in the past year) and I must say that the annual JP Fitness Summit is a one-in-a-kind event! It’s unlike any other seminar you’ll attend. For those who don’t know, “JP” stand for Jean-Paul Francoeur, the personal trainer who started the JP Fitness forums many years ago. I believe they started their annual summits in 2003. Next year’s event will be held in May in Kansas City so I recommend that you start saving up now as you don’t want to miss out!
Basically, it’s a whole weekend filled with activities from Thursday to Sunday. The entire time you’re surrounded by summit attendees and presenters. I had an absolute blast. I got to meet a bunch of great people, most of whom regularly post on the JP Fitness Forum. And, I got to meet an awesome line-up of presenters including Lou Schuler, Alan Aragon, Ryan Zielonka, and Nick Tumminello (and me but I already met myself years ago). I can tell you first-hand that it’s not very often you get to basically spend a weekend with guys who write for Men’s Health, T-Nation, Men’s Fitness, StrengthCoach, Elitefts, and Wannabebig and present at major conferences.
On Thursday night, people went into the downtown area where they ate, grabbed a few drinks, and hung out. On Friday people met for lunch and later on for dinner. Saturday was the presentation. Lou presented first and his presentation was entitled, “The Hero With a Thousand Repetitions.” Alan presented second and his presentation was entitled, “Pissing on the Myths.” Ryan spoke third and his presentation was entitled “Fitness Excess: A Cautionary Tale.” Then we all went to lunch together. When we came back, Nick gave his “Self-Myofascial Release” presentation, which was followed by my “Load Vector Training” presentation. Next Nick gave a hands-on demonstration which was followed by a hands-on demonstration of my own.
Each presentation was awesome! I was really surprised as there were really no boring ones. I would go so far as to say that I learned as much from this seminar as I have from any other I’ve attended. Not only that, but interspersed within the presentations you’re likely to hear an f-bomb or two as well as an inside joke (that’s what she said). Like I said; truly one of its kind.
Following the seminar we went to a nice steak house for dinner and then to a bar for some drinks. Some of us may or may not have had a little too much to drink. Seriously, this night was so much fun. I would have never thought that I would have gotten a chance to party with a bunch of industry big-wigs. Alan, Nick, and Lou are hilarious! Ryan and Nick’s girlfriend Allie are such nice, intriguing people. The attendees and folks who put the summit together were kind, funny, and awesome people as well.
This is definitely an event that more people should try to attend. I’m already excited for next year! It’s all about great people and good memories.