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Inspiring Presentations, Workshops and Discussions


Alex Harz

An Educational Thrill-Ride to the Summit of Mt. Everest

Join explorer and host, Alex Harz, on an educational thrill-ride to the Top of the World with a special screening of the new ‘THE QUEST xxx’ documentary, followed by an exclusive filmmaker Q&A.

Currently, Alex is engaged in a new immersive series called ‘THE QUEST’, which is designed to take a global audience on an epic “educational thrill-ride” to reveal amazing “rarely seen” stories from the most captivating places on earth.  He spent 63 days on production in Nepal filming the initial installments of ‘THE QUEST’ in 2D as well as one-of-a-kind 1st-person Virtual Reality all the way to the summit of Mt. Everest (29,032 feet / 8849 meters).  These 1st editions of the series, ‘THE QUEST: Nepal’ Documentary, ‘THE QUEST: Everest’ Documentary and ‘THE QUEST: Everest VR’ Experience, are extraordinary journeys to deeper understand + climb the most iconic mountain in the world, Everest, and to unveil the fascinating culture, history and nature of Nepal.

Coach Jeremy M Sheppard 

PhD, CSCS, NSCA Coach Emeritus

Jeremy Sheppard is the Health & Athletic Performance Director for Canada Snowboard, and coaching staff member of Canada’s Slopestyle Snowboard program. Prior to this role he worked as Sport Science Manager and Head of S&C for Surfing Australia, and Coach/Sport Scientist roles with Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport, and Australian Volleyball Federation. His consultancies have included teams in the National Football League, National Rugby League, and Australian Football League, as well as organizations Nike, Hurley, and bespoke sport-tech and sport-apparel start-ups. As a curious coach, Jeremy has pursued a part-time effort into research partnerships, and as a result he is an adjunct Professor at University of Victoria (Canada), Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University (Australia), and has contributed to the publication of >100 research manuscripts, 18 text-book chapters, and a breadth of research grants and awards. He lives in the village of Pemberton, British Columbia with his wife Tracey and son Jake, pursuing their passions of snowboarding, surfing, bowhunting, and conservation of wild places. 

“Finding the Signal amongst the Noise”: achieving purposeful S&C training in action sports:

Compared with any tactical field sport (e.g. football, baseball) or first past the line sport (e.g. Track and Field), action sports can appear as chaos, and how to physically prepare these athletes in a meaningful way can be a mystery. Yet, the performers in these sports are athletes, and as an S&C coach you most certainly can objectively help them with performance, injury avoidance, as well as longevity and quality of life. This presentation will showcase several principles behind a training approach for action sports athletes, using Coach Sheppard’s experience with elite surfing and snowboarding as the context.

Key Presentation Highlights:

  • Understanding the importance of a performance model, and how to align your preparation to make a performance difference.
  • How to marry your curiosity & creativity, with objectivity, to create performance models in action sports.
  • Integrating specialty and specialist input to broaden the impact of your performance team.
Jeremy Sheppard

Bob Poehling

U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Athletic Development Coordinator (Women’s Alpine)

Bob is in his second stint with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. He has worked in various roles in strength and conditioning with Men’s and Women’s Alpine from Development to Olympic athletes. As the High Performance Manager, he now oversees Women’s Alpine Athletic Development, manages High Performance Partnerships, and is an Applied Sport Scientist. Through his time with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, he has been able to attend multiple Winter Olympics and FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. In between these stints, he completed his Master’s degree, while working as the Sport Scientist for the Canadian Soccer Women’s U-20 National Team and Strength and Conditioning Coach/Sport Scientist for the Vancouver Whitecaps Girls’ Elite REX team.

Lecture: “Evaluating Program Efficacy: Are you helping or hurting?”

We will start with an overview of some common and uncommon technologies to start evaluating your program, ranging from the cost of a coffee through to the gold standards. We will then progress into useful statistical approaches to determine change in these technologies, breaking it down into ways any coach can use. And lastly, using these same methods to help plan training load variations in your micro through macro-cycles.


Kelsey Bailey MS RD CSSD CSCS

Kelsey Bailey is a contracted Performance Dietitian with Military Special Operations and is the consulting Performance Dietitian with the Colorado Rockies, South Metro Fire Rescue, and Lakewood Police Department. Her areas of specialty include altitude and arctic nutrition and her special interest areas include allostatic load and nutrition support, care for traumatic brain injury, heavy metal exposure, and GI recovery and support.

Nutritional Considerations for Extreme Cold and Altitude

Lecture: This presentation will provide an overview the physiology of these environments, understand the nutritional demands, how to plan and pack for individual needs.

Jimmy Pritchard CSCS RSCC Author – Science of Alpine Ski Racing

Jimmy Pritchard is a human performance specialist/sports scientist who has trained and consulted athletes at the Olympic, NHL, NFL, and Division I collegiate level. He served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in Vail, Colorado where he helped prepare a long list of US Ski Team athletes including Alice McKennis, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Tess Johnson. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) as well as registered strength and conditioning coach (RSCC) through the NSCA working with athletes and human performance program managers on a regular basis to find optimal human performance solutions.

Jimmy has presented at conferences around the United States discussing long term athlete development, written over 150 articles for several media outlets, has been published in the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal, and taught courses about strength and conditioning at Colorado Mountain College. He has just recently finished authoring/editing his book “Science of Alpine Ski Racing” which will be released in early 2023 through Taylor & Francis publishing company. Jimmy holds a BSc in Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University and MSc degree in Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University. Connect with him at

Lecture – Preparing the Youth Athlete for Elite Performance


Steve Manz, MS Exercise Physiology, CSCS

Steve is a Human Performance and Education Specialist for Keiser.  Prior to joining Keiser, Steve spent 18 years as a collegiate track and field coach, highlighted by numerous NCAA All-Americans (throws and decathlon), a National Champion (discus), and an Olympic Trials Finalist (decathlon).  As an athlete, he  was a professional shot putter with a best of 66’7”, appearing in 2 Olympic Trials, an Olympic Trial final, and competing internationally in 12 countries.  He was a three-time NCAA All-American at Michigan State University, breaking school records in the shot put, discus, and weight throw.

Day 1 Presentation: 

The Physics, Power, and Programming of Pneumatics

A lecture on the differences between mass-based and pneumatic resistance, focusing on the impacts of inertia and momentum on power as it relates to the five trainable qualities and other aspects of resistance training.  Additionally, a strong focus on defining and programming for power and other trainable qualities.

Day 2 Presentation

Pneumatics:   Practical Applications of Power

A practical on pneumatic programming applications and testing protocol, with a focus on power and speed.

Joel Raether  MAED, CSCS *D, TSAC-F *D, RSCC*D

Joel is the Director of Sports Performance for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) since 2007. He served as the Education Programs Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) from 2009 – 2011. Raether is also the co-founder of Performance Sandbag Training Systems (PST). His coaching career includes stints as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Denver from 2002 – 2009 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2000 – 2002. Raether is a highly sought-after presenter who has traveled the world providing education and training to sport coaches, personal trainers, sport performance coaches, tactical athletes, and tactical facilitators. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, contributed to more than five published books, and has consulted a multitude of popular media outlets such as Men’s Health, Chicago Tribune, 9 News Denver, Chinese Olympic Committee, Sioux Falls Fire Academy, California Fire and Law Enforcement Centers, and SOBEFit Magazine. Raether oversees and administers one of three sites in the United States that executes the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) TSAC Practitioners Course. In addition to coaching a multitude of Olympians, he has also coaches more than 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Champions, All-Americans, league most valuable players (MVPs), and All-Pros.

John Cole  CSCS*D, RSCC*D, XPS

JC is a managing partner at FAST Performance as well as directing education and strategic partnerships. His athlete/client list includes the top athletes in field sports and winter sports world such as Mikeala Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as being only one of a handful of trainers worldwide who has completed all 4 Phases of the Athlete’s Performance Institute (EXOS) Mentorship Program. He presently holds certifications in Functional Movement Screening, TRX, Power Plate, and USA Weightlifting. His programs and applications have helped athlete’s achieve numerous FIS World Cup podiums and 4 Gold and 6 Silver X-Games medals in addition to World Championship and Olympic Gold Medals. He was responsible for the buildout of the Minturn Fitness Center and the staff-wide continuing education program at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. He is often asked to speak at National and International Conferences on Strength and Power Training, and Program Design, including a speaking engagement at the 2014 NFL Combine in Indianapolis and at the Olympic Oval in Vancouver in 2016.


Patrick Nolan CSCS*D XPS Owner – Pivotal Sports Performance

Patrick Nolan is the owner and founder of Pivotal Sports Performance located in Denver, Colorado. His number one mission working with all athletes is to leave an impact that will last longer than any scoreboard. In addition to operating Pivotal Sports Performance, Patrick is also the head strength and conditioning coach at Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO. He served as the Colorado State Director for the National High School Strength Coach Association (NHSSCA) from 2018–2020 and was named Rocky Mountain Regional Strength Coach of the Year in 2018.

Patrick has worked with hundreds of athletes ranging from 9 years old to professional athletes (NFL, MLB, NHL, PLL, NLL). He has worked with athletes that have gone on to earn NCAA D1 scholarships along with athletes participating in the NFL Scouting Combine. Patrick is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Patrick has also completed all three phases of EXOS Sports Performance Mentorship in San Diego, CA and is a certified EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS). Patrick also holds his Level 1 certification in Functional Movement Screen (FMS). If Patrick is not training athletes, he is probably out competing against himself.

Presentation title: “Inside – Outside” – Movement base training with considerations of the inside and outside edge of the foot.

Presentation Description: This will be half lectured based focusing on considerations for programming movements.  The importance of loading and how to create and progress drills with the focus of inside or outside edge of your foot.  The second half will be hands on where everyone will be able to get go through some of the movements to really understand the loading of each edge and learn how to progress and regress in movement selection.

Mike Mata MA CMPC

M.A. Sport & Performance Psychology
Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) & Co-Founder of Limitless Mental Performance

Mike recently graduated from the University of Denver, his colleague Jake have proudly launched a mental performance consultation practice. At this time, they in the process of building our shared vision from the ground up while simultaneously studying for the exam portion of their Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) licensure requirements. They are excited to share some of the recent work that we’ve been up to and present on different ways that we can integrate mental skills training (MST) into different forms of physical training with the intent to compound the overall effects of the regimen on personal development and performance outcomes. “Thank you for showing interest and we look forward to sharing our work!”