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USA Weightlifting Launches Online Speaker Series

April 16, 2020, 11:02 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 16, 2020) -- USA Weightlifting is pleased to announce the launch of the USA Weightlifting  Speaker Series, an innovative and interactive online service to link USA Weightlifting members with tools to help them in their sport development. 

Every week, Speaker Series subscribers have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to some of the top experts in the sports world. 

“This is a great opportunity for our members to learn from some of the best people in the world,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “It’s our goal to arm our members with the tools they need to succeed.”

The cost to join the USAW Speaker Series is $99. A valid USA Weightlifting membership is required. Click HERE to learn more and enroll. The virtual talks will be conducted weekly via Zoom. The talks will be recorded available for on-demand viewing any time.

The first expert to speak is Dr. Jeff Durmer, MD, USA Weightlifting’s sleep expert, at 10AM eastern on Thursday, April 30. 

Confirmed speakers and topics include: 

  • Rob Paniarello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS – Saturday, May 9, 10am ET
  • Dr. Andy Galpin – Sport Performance Thursday, May 14, 12:00PM ET
  • Dr. Mike Gervais High-Performance Psychology Saturday, May 23, 12:00PM ET
  • Dr. Michael Israetel – Hypertrophy Myths, – Thursday, May 28, 3:30PM ET
  • Valorie Kondos Field – The team culture of winning in an individual sport. – Saturday, May 30, 12:00PM ET
  • Dr. Kirsten Peterson – Sport Psychology, – Saturday, June 6,  6:00PM ET
  • Dr. Rob Archer – Culture of Sport – Saturday, June 20, 10:00AM ET
  • Dr. Quinn Henoch – The Clinical Athlete Saturday, June 27, 12:00PM ET


    Speaker biographies: 

    Rob Paniarello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS – Saturday, May 9, 10am ET
    Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS is a Founding Partner and Chief Clinical Officer at Professional Physical Therapy with 185 facilities in 5 states, as well as the 20,000 square foot state of the art Professional Athletic Performance Center in Garden City, New York.

    He has four decades of experience in the related professional fields of Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and the Performance Enhancement Training of Athletes. His experience includes the study of the science and art of coaching with the National weightlifting teams and other various National team athletes in Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and former East Germany. He previously held the positions as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York, the World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights, and the WUSA NY POWER Woman’s Professional Soccer League.

    Rob has more than 60 peer reviewed sports medicine, sports physical therapy, and strength and conditioning journal, book chapter, and book publications. He is the recipient of the 2016 National Strength and Conditioning Association Sports Medicine/Sports Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year Award, 2015 American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator Award and was elected as one of the inaugural inductees to the 2003 USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame. 

    Dr. Andy Galpin
    Andy is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. He was born and raised in beautiful Rochester, WA and is a die-hard Seahawks, Huskies, & Mariner fan. RIP Sonics. As a youth, Andy played every sport at his disposal, excelling at Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track & Field. While not playing, he worked at grocery stores, gas stations, hay fields, blueberry farms, and in the road construction business. It was during this time he discovered Strength & Conditioning. 

    Andy took his limited talents to Linfield College to join their Football team and pursue a degree in Exercise Science. While he experienced great success in both (2004 National Championship and 2x Captain and immediate inductee into the "All Ugly" Team), the true reward of this time was the meeting of lifelong friend (Doug Larson). The two fed each other's pursuit of knowledge of human performance and led them to attend the

    University of Memphis for the Masters degrees in Human Movement Sciences. A bit of luck and excellent faculty mentoring led Doug and Andy to meet Mike Bledsoe and the man formally known as "Barbell Buddha" Chris Moore - all of which later led to the creation of the #1 Health & Fitness Podcast in the world Barbell Shrugged. It also marked the start of Andy's competitive Weightlifting (culminating in his 7th Place finish in the 2007 National Championships), Mixed Martial Arts, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu careers. 


    Needing to know more about muscle, Andy spent 4 years studying the structure and function of human skeletal muscle at the single cell level, a feat which earned him a PhD in Human Bioenergetics in 2011. This also resulted in the friendship with frequent collaborator Dr. Jimmy Bagley and the ability to open up his own "Biochemistry  and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory" at CSU Fullerton.  


    He now focuses his attention on teaching classes (Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Designing Exercise Programs, Applied Strength and Conditioning, Athlete Assessment and Measurement, etc.) and running the BMEP lab (which studies the acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force/velocity/power and fatiguing exercise from the whole body, down to the individual muscle fiber and even into the individual DNA. The team does this by taking muscle biopsies from non-athletes and elite athletes from different backgrounds (e.g. normal college student, MMA fighter, Boxer, Weightlifter, etc.) and use highly sophisticated laboratory techniques and equipment to address questions about single fiber "type", size, function, protein quantity, diameter, mitochondria, and myonuclear function. You can get all of our published research here

    Dr. Mike Gervais – in Conversation with Phil Andrews
    Dr. Mike Gervais is a high performance psychologist working in the trenches of high-stakes environments with some of the best in the world, training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and revealing one’s potential. His clients include world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, MVPs from every major sport and Fortune 100 CEOs.

    A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on optimal human performance, Dr. Gervais has been featured by NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, ESPN Magazine and others.

    He is the co-founder of Compete to Create, a digital platform business helping people become their best through mindset training. The firm works with a limited portfolio of Fortune 500 companies and leaders to switch on culture and individuals through high performance mindset training and coaching. Current clients include Microsoft, AT&T and Amazon among others.

    He is also the host of Finding Mastery, a podcast that takes you inside the rugged and high-stakes environments of those on the path of mastery to explore how they train minds to be at their very best. Gervais unpacks and decodes each guest’s journey, psychological framework and mindset skills and practices. Past guests include Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington, FUBU Founder Daymond John, Mercedes Benz Formula 1 Owner Toto Wolff, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood, ultra marathoner David Goggins, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Carli Lloyd, CEO of Amusement Park Entertainment Jimmy Smith, Pixar’s CFO Lawrence Levy, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, big wave surfer Ian Walsh, among many others.

    Dr. Gervais received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He completed his PhD while studying under the father of American applied sport psychology, Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, at San Diego University, Integrative Studies.

    Dr. Mike Israetel
    Cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior.
    Originally from Moscow, Russia, he has worked as a consultant on sports nutrition to the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN, and has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific and performance/health conferences worldwide, including nutritional seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. Mike has coached numerous athletes and busy professionals in both diet and weight training, and is himself a competitive bodybuilder and professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler. 


    Dr. Kirsten Peterson
    Over 22 years, Peterson led the Australian and US national approaches to sport psychology across the Australian Institute of Sport and the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Peterson has detailed research and experience in the areas of neuroscience of performance, resilience, emotional intelligence, team function, leadership and communication. Dr Peterson acquired her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chamaign-Urbana.



    Dr. Rob Archer
    Rob is  a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and management consultant with 20 years’ consulting experience in both public and private sectors.  He has a solid track record of setting up and growing successful business consultancies.

    Specialising in culture and behaviour change, training, coaching, leadership development and assessment, Rob  has extensive experience of consulting to world class FTSE 100 companies , public sector organisations and social enterprises. He has also worked abroad, most recently in senior leadership development within the UAE.

    Rob’s main area of expertise is in applying contextual behavioural science to the workplace.  He has worked with a host of blue-chip clients from 3M, BP, PWC, Bain & Co, Mars, Royal Bank of Canada, Schroders, Allen & Overy and Linklaters, as well as with elite sporting teams.

    Rob has just led the world’s largest randomised control trial of ACT-based resilience training in the workplace.

    Prior to becoming a psychologist, Rob was a management consultant with two world-class consultancies, where he worked on large-scale organisational development and change projects.

    He was part of the team which established Serco Consulting, now a leading UK management consultancy.  At PA Consulting, he was part of the team which won a Management Consultancy Award for Best Strategy and Business Transformation  project.


    Dr. Quinn Henoch, The Clinical Athlete
    Quinn Henoch has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso University. He is head of athlete rehabilitation for ClinicalAthlete Newport in Orange County, CA, which is located inside of a barbell sport facility: SoCal Weightlifting. Currently a large percentage of Quinn’s caseload consists of barbell sport athletes who are looking to rehab from injury or reduce the risk of future injury. Quinn works closely with Strength & Conditioning coaches to ensure the athlete is training safely. Quinn is also the founder of ClinicalAthlete – which is a network of healthcare professionals and students who wish to better understand the rehab and performance-based needs of athletes. Since 2013, Quinn has presented internationally to rehab professionals and coaches alike, regarding current best evidence and practice for rehab and injury risk reduction; and is author of the book: Weightlifting Movement Assessment & Optimization. Quinn played American football at the Div-IAA level and has competed in the sport of weightlifting for 9 years.