The Whole Athlete Seminar: Where Health Meets Performance

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Whole Athlete Seminar

BIg news coming your way…I’ll be hitting the road in early 2014 with Dallas Hartwig of Whole9 to present a new seminar: The Whole Athlete: Where Health Meets Performance. We’re super passionate about helping competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike to perform at their best while staying healthy and enjoying quality of life.

Whole9’s regular nutrition seminars always cover information that anyone can apply to sport (like reducing systemic inflammation and how to approach post-workout nutrition), this seminar will be unique. We’re going to be specific about how to help you maximize performance.

Whole Athlete Seminar

The Whole Athlete: Where Health Meets Performance

While Dallas and I could fill up countless hours with content, we’re going to do our best to put it into one full-day seminar, covering:

  • Why athletes need to address nutrition first and foremost
  • Paleo nutrition for sports, during training and on competition day
  • Nutrition “hacks” – which to use (and when) and which to ignore
  • How to optimize lifestyle factors to make you healthier and better at your sport
  • Goal setting – determining what really matters to you, and creating the right plan to make it happen
  • Balancing nutrition, sleep, training, and recovery so that your hard training actually pays off
  • Dealing with injury – physically and psychologically
  • How to know whether you need more or less training to keep progressing
  • Detailed sleep recommendations – how to improve your sleep to improve your performance

Whole Athlete Seminar

The Whole Athlete Event Calendar

The first scheduled Whole Athlete event is a special one, held in partnership with one of the country’s top strength and conditioning facilities. At the request of Mike Rutherford (Coach Rut) of Max Effort Black Box (MEBB), Dallas and I will be presenting our Whole Athlete seminar in Kansas City, KS on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Register here (and register early) for the Kansas City event.

Dallas and I are currently reviewing incoming seminar requests, and plan to schedule additional dates and locations for early 2014. If you are interested in hosting your own Whole Athlete event (or you think your gym should), email Whole9 at

Whole Athlete Seminar

Dallas received a BS in Anatomy & Physiology from Andrews University in 2000, and an MS in Physical Therapy in 2001. He became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist in 2003, and has since accumulated many health and exercise-related certifications, including RKC-certified kettlebell instructor, and Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

He co-owned a strength and conditioning facility with his wife Melissa until founding Whole9 with her in 2009. They have since turned Whole9 one of the world’s premier Paleo-focused communities, and their site and original Whole30® program have grown to serve nearly a million visitors a month. In 2012, he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food and founded his functional medicine practice, mentoring under one of the most respected practitioners in the country, Dr. Daniel Kalish.

In his free time, Dallas snowboards and mountain bikes, travels both for fun and for Whole9 nutrition seminars, and is always in some stage or another of growing a (mostly) respectable beard.

Whole Athlete Seminar

I’ve been a friend of Whole9 for several years. In 2011, I was appointed one of the first Whole9 Envoys. Later that year, I founded Stupid Easy Paleo.

Twelve years of science teaching experience, an extensive science background (Bachelor’s in Biology in 2002 and Master’s in Education in 2007), a certificate in holistic nutrition, and an unabashed love of tasty Paleo food combine to fuel my passion for Stupid Easy Paleo. I went Paleo in early 2010, and it didn’t take long until I decided I was never turning back.

Eating clean, nutrient-dense foods has fueled me both in life and as a competitive CrossFitter, mountain bike racer, and runner. I launched Stupid Easy Paleo as a way to help spread the word about how to make simple, tasty recipes to help people in their quests to just eat real food.

Are you interested in maximizing your athletic performance for sport? What questions or topics would you like to see us tackle?

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