Fitness Summit Footage 2013

Last weekend I spoke at The Fitness Summit and had an amazing time as usual. It’s a very unique event, and you get to spend a lot of time with the presenters and attendees.

The speakers were all fantastic, and we had an even better time in the evenings socializing. I can’t begin to tell you how hard I laughed.

From the “glute-off” (glutes are palpated and judged for volume, density, and symmetry) between Roger Lawson and David Dellenave (they both have alien glutes), to the first annual “female glute-off” where Roger Lawson recruited 6 different women to compete, to Rog’s human front squatting and glute bridging, to the eating competitions, to all the inside jokes – you really have to be there to appreciate it.

My buddy Alan Aragon made the comment that when The Fitness Summit first started, around 30% of the attendees had great glutes. Nowadays, he’s noticed that around 80% of the attendees have great glutes, and he credits me for this phenomenon. Slowly but surely I’m making this world a better place!

Here’s some video footage from an impromptu training session at lunch time. I decided to get a lift in, Joy Victoria followed suit, and then all of a sudden there were a dozen fitness folks training heavy.

Here are 47 pics that we took this weekend as well (sorry most of them are of my ugly mug but I had my girlfriend take most of the pics):


If only we saw this at all gyms across the world…


Me and Cassandra Forsythe meeting at the airport


It was 100 degrees in Phoenix, but I arrived to snow in KC!


This is actually Alan Aragon’s first time experiencing snowfall – true story


Roger Lawson and Andy Morgan competing in a Cinnabon eating contest


Eric Cressey and me


Lou Schuler and me with my eyes closed


Marianne, Bret, Kellie


From my lecture


Andy Morgan and me


Eric Cressey and I doing a training roundtable discussion – Eric is freaky smart, so it’s an honor to be alongside him here.


Me, David Dellenave, and Jonathan Fass


Joy Victoria and me


My practical demonstration


More from my practical session


My girlfriend Diana and I eating KC barbecue – this meal is actually called The Four Boner


Jamie Allan and Roger Lawson: Winners of the 2013 Female and Male Glute-Off, respectively


Here I am hanging with two of my favorite attendees, Celeste Schoonover and Karen Paulson. They’ve been coming to the Fitness Summit for many years.


Alan Aragon, my brutha from another mutha, and me. I’ll let you in on a little secret: Alan eats Paleo!


Two more of my favorite regular attendees: Tom and Caren Kilgore


Me and my broseph Rog Lawson


Another pic of Cass and me


Me and David Dellenave: a fellow heavy deadlifter


Me and Jahed Momand


Bryan Krahn and me


Mike T. Nelson and me – he’s taller!


Hanging out with one of my favorite fitness peeps: Nia Shanks


Just two people dancing and having a good time: with Jenny Sinkler


Me and Kyle Bohannon


The lovely Mrs. Kellie Davis


The lovely Ms. Marianne Kane


International Man of Mystery: Jonathan Fass


Me and JC Deen


Me and Sol Orwell from


Me and Dick Talens from


Me and Jon Goodman


With Nick and David Bromberg – the organizers of The Fitness Summit


Rog human front squatting Joy


Joy human glute bridging Rog


Jen and Diana


Jamie and Diana


Big Booty Couple!


Diana squatting


Actually JFass took this pic but I stole it from him.


Vindicated! They’re all wearing pink 😉


Lou Schuler announcing Eric and me

Hip Thrusters Unite!

Hip Thrusters Unite!

Hope to see you at Fitness Summit 2014!


  • Randy says:

    Is there any particular bench you prefer over other to do hip thrusts on? Also any reason as to why I feel this more in the quads vs glutes?

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

  • Tim Blakey says:

    Hey Bret,
    Actually to add to Randys comment above about benches, I perform my BB hip thrusts end-on to a bench similar to the one in your pics. Although my shoulders remain unsupported, I’m stable between my shoulders and upper back. I find the bench more stable this way and don’t need someone supporting it. Do you see a problem trusting on a bench this way around?

    Love your work buddy. You’re an awesome resource!

  • ggs says:

    Is this Fitness summit for anyone interested in fitness or only those in the business…competitors, trainers and such…Looks like a lot of fun was had by all…The ladies are very motivating….I feel some new PR’s just around the corner…

  • Jahed Momand says:

    Awesome vids and pics Bret, I told you I don’t hate you! You’re doing God’s work my man!

  • Teddy Willsey says:

    So Bret, you’re telling me Rog Law beat you for the glute off?

    I’m assuming you were disqualified from the event because this can’t be true.

    What were the numbers he put up to win?

    • Bret says:

      Rog destroyed me, as did David Dellenave. I didn’t even compete – their glutes are are at least 50% larger than mine and 50% denser. Seriously, they have alien glutes – they had around ten different ladies who couldn’t stop feeling their backsides haha. The glute-off is just palpation and doesn’t involve lifting. If we did, I think I’m the strongest in hip thrusts, Dave’s the strongest in deadlifts, Roger’s the strongest in squats, so who wins?

  • tempest sharp says:

    i would love to go to this

  • Maggie says:

    Great video, so inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Jake Johnson says:

    Looks like it was a great time. Very strong group!

  • Kirk says:

    Hi Bret,

    I really like the studies involving myofascial release you just posted. Did the authors include the length of foam rolling on each part (30 seconds for example). Also, do they have a prediction of how long the benefits would last before having to “roll out” again. Lastly, say if someone was dedicated for a solid 4 months doing this 4-5 days a week and then stopped, any prediction of how fast the benefits would wear off? I know these questions have what would seem to be obvious answers…just wanted your take.

  • Great to see you there again Bret and to present on the same stage. Whooo ha! Awesome times once again! Enjoy your upcoming trip.
    rock on
    Mike T Nelson

  • Audry says:

    hahaha, I love this –> “Vindicated! They’re all wearing pink”

  • Ted says:

    Alan Aragon is such a boss!

  • Cameron says:

    I don’t know why this never occurred to me until now, but after watching your video the idea came to me that one could, in theory, perform a bench press from a bridged position (except leveled, not declined like the old “belly toss/bridge press” style).
    Have you tried this?
    Is it a recipe for disaster?
    Seems like one would need some way to get the barbell in place, like with boxes or something.

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