Health & Strength 2016: This Is What We Do!

by Danny Kavadlo on August 23, 2016

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Dragon Door Health and Strength Presenters 2016

As I stepped on the stage at Dragon Door’s second annual Health & Strength Conference, my mouth was dry. My hands were moist. My heart beat hard against my rib cage. I took the stage to address the hundred or so freaks and geeks of fitness in attendance. My lips parted and I began to speak….

A little background info: I love a crowd. I was born with the natural gift (or curse) of never getting stage fright. I enjoy making a spectacle of myself. So you may ask yourself, why the nerves this time? Good question.

You see, I presented second out of a panel of fifteen esteemed speakers, including Senior PCC Adrienne Harvey, PCC Team Leader Logan Christopher, PCC Instructor Angelo Grinceri and many other giants in their field. As the second speaker, I had the dubious honor of following one of the finest orators I’d ever witnessed in my life: my good friend and celebrated trainer Rolando Garcia III. To say that Mr. Garcia is a tough act to follow would be to dangerously understate the situation.

When it was my turn, I took to the podium and grabbed the mic. The moment was mine for the taking and I went for it, firing off one of the finest performances of my career: How to Coach & Train Your Way To Pull-Up Greatness. I sermonized about all things pull-up related, from the humble hang to the mighty muscle-up, and everything in between, even an urban history lesson on the ancient “gymnasia” of yesteryear and the modern movement known as Street Workout. The crowd went wild. We even had two attendees achieve their very first muscle-ups at the Health & Strength Conference. Hellyeah! No need for me to worry; this is what I do.

Danny Kavadlo: This is what I do!

This is what I do!

Also on the list of presenters was the legendary Olympian and scholar, Dan John. Dan is someone I’ve wanted to meet for many years. Besides his numerous published titles, Dan also wrote the foreword to my #1 Amazon Bestselling book, Strength Rules. It was a privilege to watch the man in in action doing what he does best. No one breaks it down with more humility, integrity and hilarity than Dan John. Minds were blown.

Dan John drops knowledge on a packed house.

Dan John drops knowledge on a packed house.

Six-time national powerlifting champion, record setting strength coach and notorious recluse Marty Gallagher left his cave in the hills of rural Pennsylvania for the city streets of Minneapolis to share his wisdom at the Health & Strength Conference. In his trademark no-nonsense form, Marty shocked and awed as he manipulated leverage to increase the payload of suspension training.

The man, the myth, the legend… The immortal Marty Gallagher.

The man, the myth, the legend… The immortal Marty Gallagher.

Master RKC’s Phil Ross, Andrea Du Cane, Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner, Mike Krivka and Keira Newton each had their turn to educate. Subject matter ranged from operating a successful practice in the fitness industry, to kettlebell training, to assessing the right tools for the job, to matters of mobility. So much information was packed into these two glorious days. The presenter team was rounded out by Jon Bruney and Mike Gillette, two record holding strongmen with bodies forged of iron and hearts of pure gold. They presented about neuro-power and ring training, respectively. This is how you do it!

Neuro-power!

Neuro-power!

Naturally, the most special component of the conference was the people in attendance. These strong men and women who made the journey are truly the ones who made it such an unforgettable event. Thanks to all of you for being there, representing strength and knowledge in all their forms. I am stronger, wiser and better prepared for life in this world for having been there with you.

Keep the dream alive,

-DK

Health and Strength Conference Group Photo

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  • Incredible recap of the conference, Danny! You are such a dynamic, fun and natural speaker and always full of valuable information. I’m surprised to learn you were nervous at first, because you sure couldn’t tell!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Shari,
      It was great seeing you champ! When I wrote about the strong women who made the journey, I was talking about YOU!!! Keep killin it!
      -DK

  • SO proud to be among this group and among these accomplished, knowledgeable presenters! Can’t wait to do it again next year! 🙂

    • Danny Kavadlo

      HELLYEAH Adrienne, next year will be even better!
      -DK

  • Matt Schifferle

    This whole conference was simply off the mutha-efing chain! I can’t remember the last time my mind was blown with so many take aways and action steps. The presenters had more meat to their presentations than a fully stocked butcher!

    I got a lot of energy and inspiration (as always) from your words Danny, thank you so much for sharing them and lighting us all on fire!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Matt,
      So good to see you brother! Yes I agree, the whole event was simply off the chain. Thank YOU for being a part of it… and thanks for leading that exercise segment. GREAT STUFF!!!
      -DK

  • Michael Krivka

    Great recap of the conference Danny! As incredible as it was this year it is going to be even better next year! We had a debrief afterwards and are looking forward to making next year even more interactive and enhance the training experience with the presenters. It seems like a long way off… but it will be here before you know it! 😉

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Thanks for your fantastic presentation Mike! You knocked it out of the park. I cant wait til next year.
      -DK

  • Jack Arnow

    I would have learned so much if I was there. But just reading about made my day.

    • Stay tuned, there’s VIDEOS coming soon! 🙂 You would have loved the conference though, Jack 🙂 Hope to see you there next time!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      JACK!!!!
      You would have had a blast. Maybe next year. Enjoy Burning Man my friend.
      -DK

  • Eoin Kenny

    Looked great! Jealous I missed it 🙂

    • Danny Kavadlo

      I hope to see you there next year amigo!
      -DK

  • Sounds like an amazing conference and the write up is dripping with the energy of the event.

    This is indeed what you do Danny and you do it so well. Keep on changing lives!

    Great bow tie! 😉

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Hellyeah Carl,
      It was an epic weekend alright. I think I fared well with the bow tie.
      -DK

  • Great write-up! You were really able to capture the emotions consistent with the event! BTW- You knocked the horsehide off of the ball with your presentation!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Thanks brother! That means a lot coming from the Master. You killed it too. Always great to see you Phil!
      -DK

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