Chris Shugart- "You look the way you feel you deserve to look." and "You can't 'kinda sorta' want to lose weight."
I thought that those were two GREAT points that can also be applied to making gains as well.
Dr. Ryan- I learned about his little towel roll for the back and why it is very useful. I think that will help me a lot especially once school starts up here again in a week. And, I have to admit, I had been using shitty form on my pull-throughs. Thanks to Dr. Ryan for preventing a possible low back injury!
Alwyn Cosgrove- Like I could understand his accent...Ok, I did pick this up (I ordered his bible too...) "Methods are many, Principles are few. Methods change, Principles remain the same."
Dave Barr- There's this thing called the Anabolic index...Delay your PWO Shake by 15 minutes for better results (as opposed to as soon as the weight hits the floor). Alcohol (how much?) is a -5 on the Anabolic Index. Fasting and fasted cardio is BAD. Nocturnal feedings are good. "Never be protein fasted."
Dan John- I liked his followup to the Staley Boot Camp presentation. The "Death Spiral"..."Real death is hard to achieve and I argue that Perfection is miles harder!!!" or "It is easier to go from obese to normal than it is to go from normal to elite." And that is where most of us at the Test Fest were..."Normal". Everyone is searching for that "perfect program" or whatever else can take us to the next level. Well Dan John suggested TESTING whatever new lift/supplement/change that you are using by going down to your Base Diet/WO/Recovery/Supplements and adding your new item in and observing.
Ok, and one last little thing I learned or was reenforced from before. Saturdays go into the gym or outside and just do a bunch of different things to change it up and have fun! Don't be anal about what weights or amount of sets you use.
Dave Tate- Make the breakthrough...Ok, I didn't write anything down, I kinda just sat there in awe and listened...But I did take home some points: Make the breakthrough from doing "programs" to doing what feels right for your body. There is no PERFECT exercise or set/rep scheme. Do what works for you (anouther Dan John principle I believe). You need to be able to flip on the intensity when you get under the bar, but turn it off when you're not under it.
Dave Tate and Dan John were a great 1/2 punch of down to earth, no bullshit advice and motivation.
Those are the main points from each presentation that stuck with me.