The Continuing Education of BSP

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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Mike Boyle’s Winter Seminar for the second consecutive year. I always look forward to seminars, as it’s amazing how much you can learn in a few short hours.

Here are some examples of my continuing education:

1. Jonathan Fass is dangerous. I had the pleasure of finally meeting the brilliant Fass this weekend, but he is dangerous to sit next to at a seminar. He has a great sense of humor, and has an uncanny ability to make you laugh when everyone else is quiet and listening.

2. I have to stand up at seminars. If I sit for an extended period of time in a dark room listening to someone speak, I tend to get a wee bit drowsy. I highly recommend standing up, and walk around a little bit. Keeping that blood flowing is of utmost importance.

3. John Pallof is really really smart. Hearing him speak is incredible and anytime any of you get chance, do not miss out. You walk away from his presentations feeling a lot smarter about that area.

4. When you go to a seminar, whether you are up and coming, or a veteran, network, network, network. Developing a network is of utmost importance. It was talked about ad nauseum by some of the speakers, so you have the ability to refer out to high quality chiropractors, ART practitioners, physical therapists, nutritionists, etc. Meeting people in the industry is one huge step in that direction, allowing you to have experts whom you can contact to answers questions that may be outside your realm, but right in theirs.

5. Mike Boyle is my favorite speaker. I can listen to him talk anytime, anywhere. He just has a remarkable capacity to engage an audience, even if you don’t agree with him, you certainly respect where he is coming from.

6. I need to attend more seminars! Eric is always telling me if I find something I want to go too, just let him know. I just don’t like to take the time off, but I think I will attend a few more this year than last.

7. Though not related to the seminar, it is something I have really learned recently. As all of you probably know, I did a fat loss program in January, which called for a huge caloric deficit, a small amount of strength work, and tons of metabolic work. I lost 11lbs on the program, so it was clearly successful. Since its conclusion I have upped my cals and carbs to what should be maintenence levels for my current bodyweight. I have somehow managed to lose another 2.5lbs. I believe this to be due to my reintegration of lots of heavy strength training 3-4 times per week. I think people underestimate the caloric demand of high intensity strength training. There is also probably something to do with upregulation of hormones (ie leptin) from the diet break and my increased recovery capacity to keep training intensity high, but I don’t believe that can account for all of it.

To sum up that long paragraph, when you are trying to lose weight: train hard and heavy (though not too much volume) and put yourself in a caloric deficit. That is obviously a very general statement, but if more people actually lifted heavy when dieting, and performed less cardio, they would maintain lean mass and actually improve results.

Yeah, that’s a video of me being awesome. Dig it.

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Posted on February 18th, 2009 by Brian St. Pierre


  1. Lance Goyke Says:

    Brian, I completely agree with you about Mike Boyle and John Pallof. Although I think you should talk to Bill Hartman sometime, because as Robertson put it, he’s on another level.

  2. JMJ Says:

    BSP-that is some serious weight. I see you big pimpin’.

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