I just wanted to say thanks to Mark, all the trainers, and the other attendees.
I have only been lifting about three months and I was definitely on the fence about attending, but it was well worth it. I'll definitely be back.
The first night I thought I might be totally out of my league since I have no background in anatomy or physiology (never took biology in HS or college). I had no idea what proximal, distal, or motor units were. The reference handout and a few minutes of studying drilled it in for the rest of the weekend though. At least a small engineering background made the moment arm discussions palatable.
The rest of the weekend it seemed we spent most of the time under the bar. I was amazed how quickly time goes when you're on the platform. Lots of corrections later, hopefully I stored some of those cues for use back home!
It was a bit intimidating at first, all the more advanced lifters and trainers who were attending, but everyone was very nice and there was no macho vibe at all.
They really drill the teaching method in, which I think is great, even though I have no aspirations of training anyone (except myself).
Lastly, it made me realize how much strength potential I really have. Seeing the other attendees was definitely a motivator in realizing that you can get strong. I just don't have that many really strong people at my gym. Seeing someone benching 225 at my gym is pretty rare.
I had my first workout tonight since the seminar. I hit PRs on all three exercises and they all felt much easier than my last workout. Who knows if it's improved technique, motivation, or probably a combination.
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!