Live, Learn, Pass On: Lessons from Learn To Train 6 (With EliteFTS)

It’s that time of year again; the time where Viking Strength Systems goes to learn from some the brightest minds in the world of strength and conditioning.

Learn to Train Seminars: Hosted by EliteFTS.

This weekend, VSS will be attending the 8th and final instalment of the seminar and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to go again. These seminars are amazing experiences where you have a day of learning and a day of lifting, both with these Jedi masters of the force.

So in preparation for this upcoming weekend, we thought we’d share with you the highlights and knowledge bombs from the past Learn to Train seminar we attended.

As the EliteFTS motto goes, “Live. Learn. Pass on.”, and we intend to do exactly that.


1“Apparently you can fit this much brilliance in one room.”

Buddy Morris

I’m having a hard time to decide the best nugget of wisdom from this man. The knowledge between his ears isn’t just backed by three decades worth of strength coaching, but also the countless years of reading and studying the subject. If I had to pick one thing I’d go with this…

Learn and understand Hans Seyle’s GAS principle. GAS, or General Adaptation Syndrome, is an overview of how the body deals with stress and the phases we go through to deal with perturbations to our internal and external environments. It’s important to understand that everything can be considered stress whether it be eustress (the good stuff) or distress (the bad stuff). It all adds up and it’s critical that you manage it accordingly.


Julia Ladewski

Let your kids play multiple sports, climb trees, pickup rocks, bike, run, swim and whatever other physical activity they want to partake in. Freedom and an assortment of physical activities not only prepares children for long term physical health but also helps them learn how to problem solve, communicate with others, develop motor coordination and enables them to become more independent; hard to beat that myriad of benefits.


John Meadows

Don’t dig a deep ditch. The further you dig, the further you have to climb up. In terms of training, this means utilizing nutrition and recovery methods pre-workout and post-workout which help minimize the damage done during training session. For everything else, this means optimize your shit. Keep the hole as shallow as possible to ensure recovery, allowing you to train more often and experience gainz of epic proportion.

Bonus point – Fiber is important but sometimes it can make shit(ing) worse.


Fred Duncan

He talked about insulin and no carbs post-workout for fat loss. The blasphemy! I can hear the fanatics now… “If I don’t get my carbs and protein in, I’m going to go catabolic, lose all my muscles and all dem gainz I worked so hard for!”

To be honest the part about forgoing carbs post-workout isn’t the nugget of wisdom I cared about. The biggest point I took away was this:

He reinforced the fact that there are many ways to skin a cat. There is never one universal method for training and nutrition…apart from squatting. Squatting solves all.



“A set of these bad boys will fix you right up, regardless of ailment.”

In addition, the idea of questioning the mainstream could also be drawn out of his talk. No carbs post workout?! Yes it goes against what we’ve been taught. Yes it might not make sense and yes it may not be proven by 500 double blind randomized studies, but hey!, if the method produces results why not add it to your arsenal of tools in your quest to becoming shredded.


Gabriel Napinski

Competition is what matters. PRs in training are cool, but in the grand scheme if they don’t happen at meets or competition, you need to re-evaluate your shit. That’s not to say you’ll need to hit one every meet or win every sporting event, but the goal is to peak when you need to peak. Make it count when it needs to.



 “It’s the competition that counts”

Matt Kroc

Mindset. You are what you believe so you best believe you’ll make that squat PR, get that job promotion, win that race and earn what you’re worth. If you believe you aren’t good enough or you’ll fail, you’ve already lost before you started.


Dave Tate

Another hard one to pick just one point for but for the sake of keeping this short and sweet, Dave’s point about being yourself really hit home. I know it sounds cliché but the man is right. If you want to start a business or do something amazing, make sure you are passionate about it. Make sure it’s you down to your core and don’t let other people try and sway you from your goals, beliefs and morals.

Bonus Point #2 – Find a rock solid training partner or group, preferably ones who are stronger or better than you. Training on your own is fine once and a while, but having a support group there in the gym steps up the intensity a thousand fold. You do stuff you’d normally talk yourself out of; for instance that squat drop set or that grueling couple sets of Bulgarian split squats. Props to Matt Wenning and the group we trained with on the Sunday after the main event who brought me to this realization. Probably the biggest highlight of the weekend apart from my first Chipotle burrito bowl. That shit was delicious.




Looking back, it was an incredible weekend. With more knowledge, positivity and Chipotles than I could have imagined. Having the chance to train with some of the best in the business and learn from people who practice what they preach and continue to improve in the gym, in life and in business, really lights a fire under my ass to be the best I can be.

Live. Learn. Pass On. was the main theme of the seminar and hopefully by sharing these tidbits of gold that these mentors have passed on to me, I will live up to the EliteFTS mantra by passing them on to you.



“Live. Learn. Pass on.”

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