"Stevan? Stevan who?" I know I know I have been kind of silent over the past week. Does it count for anything if I have some good excuses for why?

Seriously I have got quite a bit of updating to do.

As I alluded to a week ago I got married this past weekend to the most beautiful girl in the world. I don't say that to make other women feel bad about themselves and I hope that isn't how you take it. I just think that if you are going to marry someone you should probably think pretty highly of them. But that might be just me.

Anyways it was a lot of fun.

My brother officiated the wedding and did a fantastic job. He was well spoken, funny, and quick to the point. Everyone complimented us on his performance.

We ate some delicious food for dinner which was a chicken and shrimp gumbo over rice. Yeah it was as good as it sounds. Then we washed that down with some delicious chocolate and red velvet cupcakes with buttercream icing. I had like six of them and was quite surprised not to find myself in a food coma at the end of the evening. Just in case your wondering the food was made by my brother-in-law and his mother and the cupcakes were done up by Smallcakes.

The rest of the evening was spent drinking (I didn't partake, but everyone else seemed to really enjoy the wine and beer) and dancing the night away in celebration.

The weather was perfect and it was everything I could have imagined it to be.

In case your interested here are a few photos from the shindig:

Getting dapper for the ceremony.

My brother officiating.

The first kiss as husband and wife.

A thank you to everyone who came.

We ended up staying at home and in town after the wedding. No honeymoon for us. This wasn't really by choice, but just out of necessity. Last week was the final week of classes of my college career (yeah I was so fucking pumped) so it was important to attend so I could get some review in before finals this week. I actually just finished up with my second class and only have two more finals to go before I can say I am done with this whole college thing for a bit.

Then this past weekend we spent the weekend in Kansas City visiting family and attending The Fitness Summit. It was my third year in a row attending and it was again one of the highlights of my year. It is really the only chance during the year that folks in the midwest get a chance to see and hear some of the best fitness professionals speak. Plus because it is less than 150 people in attendance you actually get the chance to interact with all the attendees and the speakers. In fact I would say everyone can probably agree that although the presentations are off the hook and the presenters do a phenomenal job the true value in attendance comes during the side conversations and at dinner.

A full view of all the presenters at the conference. It was the bomb!

I'd have to say that the top talks of the conference where given by Sol Orwell of Examine.com, Dean Somerset, and Peter Dupis of Cressey Sports Performance. Though I'd be selling the conference short if I didn't mention that Dr. Susan Kliener was also there along with Alan Aragon, Bret Contreras, David Dellanave, and Tony Gentilcore. Not to mention that there were some really fucking awesome people in the crows attending that did speak such as Greg Nuckols of Strength Theory, Mark Fisher of Mark Fisher Fitness, Jon Goodman of the Personal Trainer Development Center and Viralnomics, and Jen Sinkler.

It was also really great to catch up with my good friend Trainer Jason Belz who is preparing to open his own place this coming summer in Overland Park, Kansas.

Some of the highlights for me:

Jon and Me posing for a photo together taken by his beautiful girlfriend the Dr. Alison Chen of the Naturopathic Doctor Development Center.

  • Getting to sit and talk with Jon Goodman a guy I highly respect both as a person and as a businessman. I really do owe him a lot because I used a lot of his information and systems to get my online training program up and running not to mention the information he shares on how to succeed as a fitness professional on a day to day basis.

Mark and I posing for a photo towards the end of the summit. If you don't know who Mark Fisher is you are missing out. One of the coolest human beings I have had the honor to know.

  • Sitting down and picking Mark Fisher's brain about MFF's recent move to a Ninja Baptism course for all new members and whether or not it created additional barriers of entry to overcome for new clients. It was awesome to get such fantastic insight from such a successful business dude. We even talked a little bit about personality types and how that affects the hiring process to create a better team. And yes there was a walking dead analogy in that discussion by Mark himself. You seriously need to read about Mark if you don't know who he is. I'd recommend starting with this article here to give you a good idea about what his style of fitness and brand is all about. It was my first introduction to him as well. Plus anyone who puts out funny ass apparel like the water bottle pictured below is golden.

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  • Getting to sit down and eat lunch with Ryan Ketchum of the fitbusinessinsider.com and discuss business and married life. Super nice guy and couldn't respect his success in the industry enough. In fact as soon as my final is over on Wednesday afternoon and college is finally behind me I plan to sign up for their Accelerated Coaching Program to help me make the next year in business really count. If your a fit pro with a business I'd highly recommend looking into the program.

Harold Gibbons and I posing for a photo while listening to the round table discussion.

  • Finally getting to meet some of the famous MFF trainers including Amanda Wheeler who I learned has recently relocated and trains atthe GymKC and Harold Gibbons. Both are as nice in person as I assumed they were from knowing them through social media. If you like really great training content I recommend checking out Harold's stuff and if your in the KC area looking for a qualified trainer I'd recommend seeking Amanda out.

It was a fantastic experience. I wouldn't miss this event for anything and I couldn't highly recommend it to anyone else who is a fitness enthusiast or a fitness professional.

After the summit ended the family and I also went to see the new Avengers movie which was awesome and which I would also recommend to you.

I should be getting back to a much more normal and regular schedule now that the wedding has passed and school is finally coming to a close. Which means FTS is going to become one of my top priorities which means a lot more great content on a much more consistent basis.

Also I am sure you have noticed that the website has been redesigned and I hope that you like the new layout and functionality.

With the new design I want to make sure and take a minute to make sure that the content that I am offering you is the content that you are wanting. If you wouldn't mind taking a few minutes to answer this survey and let me know what topics or questions you are interested in and would like me to address I would really appreciated it and it would help me making your experience here at FTS better.

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Okay enough about my life let's talk about some killer content to get your week started.

1. How to Choose a Good Group Class by George Kalantzis at tonygentilcore.com

Tony wrote a fantastic piece that I shared with you guys a week ago or so about vetting your trainer before hiring them. I loved it and thought it was one of the best pieces that every potential training customer needs to read before hiring a trainer. This is another piece from TG's website, but written by a fellow colleague of his at Cressey Sports Performance which shares how to evaluate a group class you are considering joining. It's super good.

2. Live a Life that Matters by Bryan Krahn

I got to meet and talk with Bryan Krahn this past weekend at the Summit and I can tell you that who he is in his writing comes through in person as well. I love this piece in particular as someone who can relate to the feelings he talks about. I really think everyone who trains regularly should read this and think on it. Think long and hard.

3. 9 Lessons Learned From a Third Consecutive Winner Abroad by Jonathan Goodman

This shit right hear is incredible. You will finish it and have a lot of new lens to begin evaluating your life and choices through which I think is incredibly valuable. I wouldn't be surprised if you reconsider some of your lifestyle choices immediately.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

Practical, Purposeful, Effective Training

p.s. Don't forget about the survey!