View Full Version : 2005 Symposium, Toronto, CA.

11-06-2005, 03:08 AM
I had the pleasure of attending SWIS symposium 2005, the final one of its kind. I have never learned so much about Nutrition, Weight Training and the human body in such a short period of time in my life and for those who attended, you know what i am talking about. The list of presenters is basically an all-star cast and together they have a LOT of knowledge to share.

TO see some of the guys we talk aabout in this forum and the guys we model our workout routines after, and getting a chance to actually meet them was incredible. The most important lesson I learned was that ALL aspects of your life must be kept in good balance in order to be healthy and perform at an optimal level. These aspects being the emotional, mental and physical and their importance going in that order also.

BTW, To see the list, go to http://swis.ca/. If i had to choose my favourite presenters, it would be Dr. Rob Rakowski, Paul Chek and Dr. Eric Serrano.

Just wanted to share that,

11-06-2005, 05:22 PM
I would have loved to gone but I was taking my CanFitPro personal training course this weekend. Even the instructor wanted to go but she had to teach.

11-06-2005, 07:40 PM
I am not a trainer nor studying to become one, just your average joe. But people there represented a variety of professions form personal trainers to medical doctors. IT was really nice. I'm not trying to promote anything here but i know they were taking pre-orders for the DVDs of all the presentations and it wasn't cheap neither, maybe you could loook for that in the future....just a suggestion.

I really hope they do another one somtime in the near future and if it wasn't a last minute thing for myself, I would have definitely posted a reminder on this forum.


11-08-2005, 03:17 AM

I wanted to go to this. Unfortunately I am a medical intern with my foot chained to the hospital. Indeed there were many big names on the list, including the ones you mentioned as well as Charles Poliquin, John Berardi, Joe DeFranco, and Dave Tate and many others.

At any rate, if you would care to give a brief rundown/review of some interesting things you learned, I'm sure many members would be interested.

11-08-2005, 05:23 AM
The symposium was set up so that you could see at most 3-4 Presentations a day. one presentation per category at the same time. Categories being nutrition/training/treatment. I was a fan of the treatment presentation just because i could use that kind of help right now.

Although all presentations had a large audience, guys like poliquin, berardi, check and staley were PACKED!
The passion these guys have for their profession is probably the main reason why they are so successful. When these guys speak, everyone listens...and learns.
I especially enjoyed Dr. Dale Buchburgers presentation on the treating and rehabilatating RC injuries, that man knows the shoulder inside out and i plan on using a lot of what he had to say:

-The impotance of training proprioception: In an exercise set called the 'buchberger 12', there is an excellent exercise called the PLUS which trains the scapula/shoulders proprioceptively. Very hard to do but very important for shoulder health. You can search for that exercise set online.
-strength traiing + neuromuscular traiing = Dynamic stabilization.
-The importance of having an extended thoracic spine! Important b/c it is required for stability of the shoulder. (I need to work on that!)

One word that seems to pop in every presentation is BALANCE. Balance everything that you do!
Dr. Rakowski had a good message... "it isn't that people are overtraing, they are under-recovering!".
Train hard, but then rest and recover the correct way. Without recovery using good supplementation and nutrition, the work done before is almost all a waste.

Well anyway, thats what i remember out of my experience. Sorry i cant write everything i picked up, its just too much.


11-08-2005, 03:23 PM
If only I had known this was going on, I would have made the trip down the 401 to go...

11-08-2005, 03:39 PM
Like I said before, sorry for not posting it on here. It was really a last minute thing for me.
Im actually very surprised others didnt post it on this forum, id think more ppl know about a symposium such as this one.


11-09-2005, 04:44 AM
I knew about it because I subscribe to Kinakin's newsletter, but I just couldn't get time off.

Thanks for the synopsis on the shoulder stuff you learned; good stuff.