The JP Fitness Summit: It doesn’t get any bro-er than this.

2010 February 12
by Alan Aragon

It’s goin’ down like this.

Right after the completion of my MonaVie vs Two-Buck Chuck article, a wise friend of mine told me that I need to shorten my blog posts, post more often, and save the technical stuff for my research review. She feels that people visit my blog for human-interest purposes more than to get a physiology lecture. Obviously, she underestimates the nerdiness of my readership. 🙂

In any case, I’ll run with her advice for a quick second and alert y’all to the JP Fitness Summit in Kansas City, MO on May 14-16. I’m being 100% sincere when telling you that this is easily one of the most fun & gratifying events on my calendar. I get to wear the hat of a teacher during my presentation, a student during the lectures of the other presenters, and a regular guy when it comes to relaxing & stuffing my face with greasy food and beverages of varying fructose content.

Aside from the awesomeness of meeting online clients and the wonderful  ol’ core group of JP Fitness forum regulars, I’m particularly excited about the speaker line-up.

  • Ryan Zielonka has been a close friend of mine for years now, and it’s great to see his talents recognized with a spot on the Summit podium. Ryan attended last year’s summit, so he knows what he’s in for this time, and I’m sure he’ll deliver.
  • Bret Contreras is someone I don’t know personally, but instantly admire for a couple of reasons. For one, he created the video below. Perhaps most importantly, this guy is dead-serious about perfecting the structure & function of the glutes. I’d go as far as saying that he is arguably the world’s foremost butt-spert. Check out this product he developed. I can’t wait to see the kind of hurtin’ he’s gonna put on the brave Summit attendees during his workshop.
  • Nick Tumminello is another guy who I haven’t met yet. I’ve only heard good things about Nick from industry folks & enthusiasts alike. Given that the online community never pulls punches with its honesty, that’s saying a lot. Nick and I are both contributing editors to Men’s Health magazine, so you know this guy keeps it classy.
  • Lou (Fricking) Schuler! Lou is my inspiration to tell it like it is, and get the point across clearly by any means necessary. Even if it means dropping an occasional F-bomb now and then. There is never a dull moment with Lou, on or off the speaking stage. He has been a Summit favorite since its inception, and the rep is well-deserved. I learn something new from Lou with every conversation.
  • Alan Aragon gives continuing education lectures to dietitians and physicians, on the seldom occasions he lectures at all. He seems to be a smug prick, and I don’t really like the cut of his jib, but I’ll give him a fighting chance at pulling off a decent showing.


Summit 2010 factoid: all the presenters have written for the lovely publication we call T-mag. How perfect is that? Like I said, it doesn’t get any bro-er than this.

Go HERE to register. It’s 200 bucks for 2 full days of picking the brains of the presenters and hanging out with a great group of like-minded fitness folks.

In the mean time, enjoy the video.

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34 Responses
  1. Fred Dibiase permalink
    February 12, 2010

    Nick Tumminello is a class act, no doubt about it, so it is only fitting that you will be presenting in the same place, Alan, because you are cut from that same cloth. And it sounds like there will be some amazing learning opportunities to be had………and then some!

  2. Redlefty permalink
    February 12, 2010

    Im planning on being there, you smug short prick with the jacked up jib. And for karaoke I’m singing Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” while looking longingly into your eyes.

  3. Eric permalink
    February 12, 2010

    I don’t know about shortening your posts, that last one is still growing! I think 3 people have posted while I type this.

    Man the JP sounds like total fun too. The pics were awesome, the stories sounded epic, the people sound great…and I guess there’s some learning too, don’t know for sure though. But hanging out with Jedi, butt enhancing, gansta experts while singing Paradise City…classic.

  4. February 12, 2010

    Eric — Yeah man, my last post was a doozie. Anyone who hosts their own blog can set the limit of how many comments can be posted. I had my limit set at 300, and it looks like I’ll just have to up that to the quadruple digits & not worry about it. Hope all is well with you.

    Red — You realize I’m eternally indebted to your wife for waking me up to do the lecture, right? You better make it to this one.

    Fred — I’m confident that Nick will do a great job. There’s something about the name “Tumminello” that seems infallible.

  5. February 13, 2010

    “I’m eternally indebted to your wife for waking me up …”

    That just doesn’t sound right.

  6. David Miklas - snorkelman permalink
    February 13, 2010

    Alan, I was intrigued by the reference to Bret Contreras and hit butt thrust product. I was amazed that he can actually get $400 -$1200 for such a product. Anyway, I found a youtube video of someone using his top of the line version. I’ll try and imbed first and list the url second incase the inbedding doesn’t work.


  7. David Miklas - snorkelman permalink
    February 13, 2010

    By the way, I know who that “someone” is in the video.

    And people make fun of the strange-looking, yet effective donkey calf raises! Just wait until the masses come across these moves.

  8. February 13, 2010

    Lou — Thanks for the validation!

    David — Yep, the man is dead-serious about developing a dangerous ass. Here’s how to embed a vid into a comment, go to youtube & copy what’s highlighted:


    And then paste:

  9. February 13, 2010


    Many thanks for your kind words!

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about you as well. And, your incredible website content reflects what I’ve heard!

    I will def be returning to your site on a regular basis!

    Looking forward to meeting you and your readers and the 2010 JP Fitness Summit!

    Best regards!

    Coach N

  10. February 13, 2010

    Nick — Thanks for stopping in, looking forward to May.

  11. Redlefty permalink
    February 13, 2010

    No worries, she’s not really a morning person so her wakeups are more of the elbow style rather than the Skinemax style.

  12. Mike L. permalink
    February 13, 2010

    Great lineup! Contreas’ glute exercises have become staples of my lower-body routine and of course Tumminello and Schuler have some awesome stuff as well.

    Alan and Ryan – any speaking engagements on the West Coast coming up?

    -Mike L.

  13. February 13, 2010

    @ David. You should let people know that the glute training video is NSFW.

  14. Mike L. permalink
    February 13, 2010

    BTW – has there been any discussion about Podcasting this year’s presentations? Might make a few extra bucks and help reach a wider audience.

    -Mike L.

  15. February 14, 2010

    Mike — That’s not a bad idea. Perhaps mention it to Nick (ninja at the JP forums). Any sort of objection would boil down to it being an extra front-end expense, but you’re right that people would probably want to buy video footage.

  16. Pete Brown permalink
    February 14, 2010

    I would pay for that podcast!

  17. February 14, 2010

    The video was a nice touch. I especially like the Jedi part.

  18. February 14, 2010

    To Alan and whoever else is attending, I look forward to drinking lots of beer with you.

  19. February 15, 2010

    JC — In my case, the beer will be dark, and the thoughts will be dim.

    Kristen — I’m very much looking forward to seeing you & Paul.

    Pete — It may or may not happen. Nick kept the whole thing pretty laid-back and informal. You might not wanna hear everything that’s said during the presentations 🙂

  20. February 15, 2010

    Same, bro. My favorite is Guinness Stout.

    Rogue stouts are fine as well.

  21. Eric permalink
    February 16, 2010

    The light stuff shouldn’t even be classified as beer. Don’t they have some 45 calorie beer now?! I didn’t know they could make water taste like sh**. Dark all the way.

  22. Vinny V permalink
    February 16, 2010

    Looking forward to this shiznit. Those couple nights at the Plaza under the influence of various stouts should be truly memorable.

    Also, for those that are in the area (like me) or would like to visit the looovely Midwest earlier, check out Pretty decent deal.

  23. February 17, 2010

    Man, I wish I could fly in to check out this event, it sounds awesome.

    Nick = a great guy who is very knowledgeable and his presentation skills are brilliant. I like watching his videos, he has a way of conveying the information in such a way that your attention is on him the whole time.

    I pretty much agree with the comments about Alan too lol

  24. February 17, 2010

    @Eric: are you going to be drinking with us?

  25. Eric permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Nah, I can’t go, got a baby right around the corner from the JP and the whole deal would probably be the price of a crib. I’ve never been to one it sounds freaking great. Hopefully next year, or if I win the lotto.

  26. February 18, 2010

    I’ve never been, either.

    I hope to win the lotto, too.

  27. February 19, 2010

    I would hate to win the Lotto.

  28. Eric permalink
    February 20, 2010

    The trick is not to tell anyone, that way family you’ve never met comes over for menudo all of a sudden.

  29. February 20, 2010


    key word: menudo

  30. Eric permalink
    February 20, 2010

    I had some shrimp menudo yesterday! Never had it before, stuff was freaking delicious. I think squats will be guhd today.

  31. Eric permalink
    February 20, 2010

    If man has created a better cure for a hangover I don’t know what it is. You should take some to Kansas.

  32. March 1, 2010

    This sounds great. I went to a t-nation authored conference in DC several years back. Was able to sit in on a Cosgrove talk which was amazing. I’m in Omaha; so close!

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