Tactical Performance Symposium
June 11-13, 2021

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Inspiring Presentations, Workshops and Discussions


Patrick Borkowski MS CSCS*D

Director of Human Performance Naval Special Warfare Coronado California

Patrick is a legend in the world of Exercise Science and Human Performance. After graduating from James Madison University in 2001 with a Bachelors in Exercise Science, he got his Master’s Degree at University of Mississippi in Exercise Science. He worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at both Universities. He began his professional career at the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs as a Sport Physiologist and the High-Performance Director at USA Boxing. In 2010, he spring-boarded into the tactical world, working as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the 10th Special Forces Group of the US Army. In 2014 he became the Director of Human Performance with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE (SeALS) in Coronado, California.

Patrick Borkowski


Michael A. Contreras CSCS

Division Chief at Orange County Fire Authority

Mike has been a firefighter for over 30 years in Orange County, California holding the positions of Paramedic, Fire Captain, Wellness & Fitness Coordinator, Fire Academy Coordinator and Battalion Chief and currently Division Chief.  He is also NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NWCG Safety Officer, USAW Performance Coach and an ACE Certified Peer Fitness Trainer.

As Founder/CEO of “FMS Health and Safety”, Mike’s expertise in risk management, injury prevention measurement, leadership and team building help facilitate a measurable, return-on-investment for clients.  He has compiled extensive research, data collection, and analysis of work-place injury and worker’s compensation trends.  While researching the latest technology in sports science and human movement, Mike developed and implemented process improvements related to health and safety training, specifically using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS™) as a foundational starting point. The FMS HS program can be used in the everyday workplace to identify high-risk individuals and processes to reduce individual risk of illness or injury, which could save corporations across America millions of dollars.

Mike’s leadership and research within the fire service and in physical fitness, along with working with corporations, fire departments, US military and police departments, bring powerful results using proven movement-based solutions to reduce the risk of illness, injury, and worker’s compensation costs.  Mike has a passion for keeping workplaces across America healthy.

Michael Contreras


Tyler Christiansen CSCS*D RSCC*D TSAC-F*D

Human Performance Director United States Air Force

Previously Christiansen was the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Christiansen has worked with tactical athletes in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, including the 7th Special Forces Group, a Special Missions Unit in the greater D.C. area, as the TSAC Coordinator at the NSCA, as an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, Christiansen has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS,*D), a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator with Distinction (TSAC-F,*D) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinctions (RSCC*D).He was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s 2019 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year.

Tyler Christiansen


Nate Palin CSCS TSAC-F

Tactical Program Manager NSCA

Nate Palin served as a leader in the 2nd Ranger Battalion for seven years prior to his transition to strength and conditioning. Over the course of five combat deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, Nate experienced the military’s performance shortcomings and observed the need for enhanced physical training to better support mission critical tasks. He began his coaching career in 2010, narrowed his focus to tactical strength and conditioning as a Performance Specialist for EXOS in Washington, D.C. in 2012, and coached Special Operations Forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 2015 to 2018. Nate currently works for the National Strength and Conditioning Association as its Tactical Program Manager.


Stefan Underwood CSCS RSCC

Director of Continuous Improvement (Internal Education) EXOS

Application of a Movement Mindset – Practical for Position, Pattern and Power

In this hands-on session, Stefan will expand upon the topic of training within a movement mindset and demonstrate how context is key and once you know whether dysfunction in movement is a position fault, pattern fault, or power fault, you can program with purpose. We will look at a sample athletic movement and connect the dots all the way from mobility to motor control progressions through power.  

Steel Mace Training for Pre-Hab/Practical

The steel mace is a an unconventional training tool which operates within the principles of off-set load. While not a tool for maximal strength, it is a natural RNT-based tool that EXOS has found success with in implementing into pillar preparation (pre-hab), complimentary exercises, and auxiliary components of training. In this hands-on clinic we will talk about what the steel mace is (and isn’t) inside the EXOS training system.  

Introduction to the TEC model through the lens of Lower Body Pushing

To coach is to influence upgrade; upgrade in movement competency, upgrade in intent of execution, and ultimately execution of the training program. While the “art of coaching” often focuses on the interaction between coach and athlete, there is a second half of the art of coaching, which is internal facing. It is the systems in place to help the coach be prepared for the session ahead. The TEC model looks at technical requirements for movement, common compensations that may occur, and then corrective strategies to influence movement. Having a strategy going into a session will aid in the execution of the session. This hands-on session will look at the TEC model as it applies to coaching lower body pushing. 


Managing Partner at FAST Performance

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.


Jimmy Pritchard USAW CSCS XPS

Director of Strength and Conditioning Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

Preparing the Youth Athlete for Elite Performance

Coach Pritchard is uniquely positioned to speak on this topic based on his experience working with present Olympic, X-Games, NCAA Division 1 Prospect and World Championship athletes that are under the age of 18yrs old. Given that there is limited literature and discussion regarding training of this age category, Jimmy will be discussing his experience with LTAD (long-term athlete development models) and the ramification and effects of elite sport on youth athletes and the appropriate programming for these groups.

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

Director of Sport Performance MLL Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Team

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.