Registration Open For the 2nd Annual SUNY Cortland Strength & Conditioning Symposium

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“Just when I thought I was out…..they pull me back in!!”

So said Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather III.

For those unfamiliar with the film (I’ll give you pass for not watching III, it sucks. But you should throw your face into a wall, HARD, for ignoring The Godfather I and II. That’s like movie blasphemy!), Michael tries to change his ways and attempts to turn new leaf and legitimatize his businesses and restore his good name. As the story goes, the people around him don’t seem to agree with his thought process and pull him back into the crime family.

Poor Michael.

And it’s with that I want to highlight I’m coming back to my roots….State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland for the 2nd Annual Strength & Conditioning Symposium this March.

They’re pulling me back in!

I don’t mean to imply an FML mentality that I’m heading back to Cortland. I’m always ecstatic (and more importantly, honored) to be invited back to my Alma mater to speak to the student body and general public.

I mean, what’s cooler than that….save for a double rainbow, 2 for 1 burrito giveaways at Chipotle, or having your own hovercraft?

The whole “pull me back in” comment was more so for the abysmal weather I’ll inevitably be battling when I return. Winters in Boston aren’t a cake walk by any stretch; winters in central NY suck donkey balls.

Adding to that, the symposium is a week after I come back from Australia.

NOTE TO ANY AUSSIES READING: Stay tuned for information (s00n) on two workshops I’ll be conducting in March – in Ballina and Sydney, respectively.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t be more excited to come back. Last year’s event was amazing (speakers included myself, Dr. Mike Roussell, John Gaglione, Lou Schuler, and Dr. Cassandra Forsythe), and this year’s event is no less amazinglier (<—- I just made up a word).

Time and Location: Saturday, March 28th, 2015 in Park Center on the campus of SUNY Cortland.

Presenters and Topics:

8:30 – 9:30 am: Registration & introductory remarks

10 – 11:00 am: Mark Fisher, You Can’t Have a Culture Withoyt a Cult (Just Kidding…Sort Of…)

In this talk, Mark will discuss the strategies used to catapult MFF’s growth in under three years. Attendees will learn the importance of having a clear mission and vision in the creation of a business. The art of cultivating and leading a growing team of engaged employees will be addressed. And lastly, there will be a thorough discussion of actionable takeaways on how to create thriving culture in any sized fitness business. From a personal trainer without a space to a multi-million dollar organization with a dedicated facility in the competitive NYC market, MFF’s unconventional approach to fitness and business will be enlightening to trainers of all backgrounds and career aspirations.

11-12:00 pm: Nick Tumminello, Secrets of Single Leg Training.

Go beyond basic single leg squats and single leg deadlifts to discover the best single leg exercises for building a stronger, well-balanced, better-looking, high-performance lower-body!! From this workshop, you’ll learn how to improve the exercises you’re currently using along with plenty of new, innovative single leg exercises. Plus, this workshop will also reveal the truth about Pistol squats and discuss knee friendly training option for building a stronger legs with bad knees!

12 – 2 pm: Lunch (<—- copious amounts of dead animal flesh will be consumed).

2 – 3 pm: John Gaglione, Hands On Weight Training Session.

John’s a strong mofo, we should all listen to him.

3 – 4 pm: Joy Victoria, I’m not sure what Joy’s going to discuss, but I have to assume 1) it will deal with something pertaining to female fitness and how the mainstream media sucks and 2) every person in attendance will have a crush on her.

4 – 5 pm, Tony Gentilcore, Assessing and Programming for the Athletic Population.

In his presentation Tony Gentilcore will discuss program design and some of the umbrella themes to consider when working with athletes. Specifically he’ll discuss the crucial role of assessment and then show some universal “rules” to follow with regards to designing a well balanced, efficient, and more importantly safe program that produces results.

5 – 6 pm, Roundtable discussion with speakers.

Cost: Are you sitting down? Are you ready for this?  This whole shebang only costs $40 for students and $60 for fitness professionals and the general public. That’s it.

You can click HERE for sign up information (scroll all the way to the bottom of the document), or email Justin Kompf at for additional details.

Students (or anyone for that matter)

I don’t want to hear any whining or complaining that $40-$60 is too much to pay for a day long seminar.

First off: shut up. You spend more in one night at The Dark Horse (<— local Cortland bar) or whatever watering hole you hang out at, so don’t play that card. It’s dumb.

Secondly: Any other seminar with this many high-quality speakers would normally cost 4x the amount (if not more). This is an incredible opportunity to come listen to world renowned strength coaches and fitness professionals share their knowledge, expertise, and insights…in freakin CORTLAND, NY!!!!!!  This doesn’t happen all too often. So whether you’re in Cortland, Ithaca, NYC, Toronto, Buffalo, Syracuse, or anywhere within 50-300 miles make it happen!

It’s going to be awesome.

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Comments for This Entry

  • Chris Tangredi

    I would love to go back to my roots and attend but unfortunately I already shelled out money to go see your boy Dean Somerset in NYC that weekend, so it's not like I'm gonna be sitting on my butt missing out on info.

    January 9, 2015 at 10:04 am | Reply to this comment

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  • Nader Qudimat

    Yep what I just read ruined my day completely. I want my day back! Nah just kidding. I sure wish I was somewhere close to where this was being held, but I'm way out in the middle east. I was reading the list of people that were going to be there, and MFF caught my eyes completely. Unicorns and gyms? That's a first! I sure would love to hear what he has to say about how his business grew and what he did. Hopefully there will be a full out recording of this event. Is there a chance that there would be? Btw I dislike winters too! Haven't experienced it in Boston but as a Canadian, I can tell you that it can't be as bad as the -18 weather that's happening in Toronto today! Great write up Tony.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:13 am | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Nader - Mark is both an amazing person and coach - I'd highly suggest you seek out his stuff online. I don't think this event will be recorded unfortunately. At least not for sale.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:49 am | Reply to this comment

      • Nader Qudimat

        Too bad! But yes, Mark is an amazing character as I can see from his dancing skills + half naked personal training LOL. Thanks for the quick reply. I know this isn't the formal way to do this, but I'm a machine at content making and it's useless writing content on my own website as I have no audience. I'd like to contribute posts/articles on your site. I'm not an expert but I am willing to spend any amount of time researching on any given topic if necessary. It is a little odd that I'm asking this over here, but I can't find anything on guest posts here (other than actual guest posts). I'm not sure what the requirements are, but I only have my own site to prove my skills. You can delete this comment if it's inappropriate to ask this here. Again thanks for the quick response. Nader

        January 12, 2015 at 11:01 am | Reply to this comment

        • TonyGentilcore

          Not inappropriate at all Nader. But to speak candidly I prefer to offer guest posts from people who are 1) in the field itself and thus can offer more than a N=1 perspective and/or 2) someone whom I have a long-standing relationship with (I.e., more than a casual internet interaction). Thanks for the offer though, and I hope you continue reading and offering your own insight in the comments section.

          January 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm | Reply to this comment

          • Nader Qudimat

            Thanks for the fantastic reply Tony. I do have experience in the fitness field and can offer multiple angles on various topics. I could write you a post and you can choose what you want to do with it. Post it up on your site, reject it, or you could even burn it if you wish. Glutes, thick bar training, goblet squats, are some of the few things I could write about. I could even trash the smith machine for you and tell people why it has no purpose other than for hanging wet laundry! If your answer is still no, I'm still happy that you responded. I don't want to waste your time but I'd be happy to write you posts even if you didn't post them up here for whatever reason. I really don't have anything to lose as weightlifting is a passion for me. If you have any special terms that could change your mind about this in the near future, please do name them. I will continue reading and commenting. It would be stupid of me not to, there's too much to learn from here. Thanks Tony! Nader

            January 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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