June 7th-10th 2018
2018/06/07 7:00:00

Athlean-X Live 2018

June 7th-10th Stamford, CT

AX Live is more than a conference. It’s an inspirational, action packed global gathering of like minded individuals looking to raise their knowledge and training with the latest in groundbreaking, science based, athletic training. And it wouldn’t be complete without you! Featuring all new topics, guest speakers and an all new A-X Games with higher cash prizes for overall winners as well as all new individualized categories and prizes.

What are you waiting for? Learn, Train, Compete, Athlean-X Live!!




About Athlean-X Live (June 7th-10th 2018)

A-X Live offers BOTH the education PLUS the hands on, take-home experience you need to take your training to the next level. A-X Live is where members of Team Athlean from all ranges of experience come to learn from one of the brightest minds in the fitness industry.

Discover new ideas, learn new skills, and make lifelong connections with other members of the team. Get face-to-face time with Coach Cavaliere and the other members of Athlean-X who share your passion for cutting edge, science based training.

Put your skills to test at the third annual A-X Games. All attendees are eligible to compete for cash and prizes in various categories for men and women.

With a bolder-than-ever Keynote, poignant session topics, and the Athlean-X Games, A-X Live is the must attend event of the year for anyone serious about their training. To get started, take a look at the schedule and the tickets available to see which package best suits your needs.


Jeff Cavaliere

Jeff Cavaliere MSPT, CSCS served as both the Head Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength Coach for the New York Mets during the National League East Championship 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons and coached some of the game’s most accomplished players including future hall of fame pitchers Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez, and perennial all-stars Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Billy Wagner to name just a few. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Dr. Cate Shanahan

Cate Shanahan, MD is a board-certified family physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For ten years, she practiced medicine in Hawaii, where she studied ethnobotany and the culinary habits of her healthiest patients. She is author of several books including the underground classic Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. She has served as the Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program, and currently  splits time between the NYC area and Florida where she consults for athletic teams and employers who are looking to optimize their organization’s health. She has been featured in major media outlets including Women’s Running, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Prevention, Reader’sDigest, and the NY Post as well as numerous radio stations and popular podcasts.

Joe DeFranco

Joe DeFranco revolutionized the garage/warehouse gym business by turning his original 500-square-foot storage closet gym into a world-renowned brand. His gym has been voted one of “The Best Gyms in the World” by Men’s Health UK Magazine & one of the “Top 5 Most Innovative Gyms” by Greatist.com. Joe’s training techniques have been featured on ESPN, Spike TV, WWE Network, and in the NY Times best-seller, The 4-Hour Body. His resume includes NFL players from all 32 teams, MLB & NBA players, WWE wrestlers, UFC fighters and Olympic medalists. Joe currently hosts The Industrial Strength Show – a top-ranked Fitness & Nutrition podcast on iTunes.


Al Kavadlo

Al Kavadlo is one of the world’s leading experts in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics. He is the author of several books, including the Amazon bestsellers Get Strong, Street Workout and Pushing The Limits. As lead instructor for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC), the world’s premier bodyweight certification, Al shares his calisthenics knowledge and unique coaching style with fitness trainers and calisthenics enthusiasts around the globe. Al has been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Health and The New York Post, and is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com, TRAIN magazine and T-Nation.

Steve Cotter

For many years Steve Cotter has promoted body-mind fitness around the world through martial arts, qigong, mobility, flexibility and kettlebell training and via IKFF educational courses. Named one of Men’s Health magazine Top 100 Fittest Men of All-time, has worked hands-on with children, seniors, to the best athletes in the world. While an icon in the fitness world through his awe-inspiring physical feats as seen in the world of Youtube, he simply loves to teach and share his unique experience to promote health, happiness, and longevity through fitness.

KC Mitchell

KC Mitchell otherwise known as ‘That 1 Leg Monster’, started off his fitness journey from an early age. He turned to competitive sports including wrestling, cage fighting and American football to embrace his athletic lifestyle. But later in his life, things took a turn for the worse. While on duty in the US army in 2010, KC sustained life-changing injuries that meant his left leg had to be amputated. This had a devastating impact on KC – who had to deal with depression and anxiety, where he turned to a life of alcohol and drugs in order to cope. However, KC was eventually able to overcome his darkest days through sheer hard work and determination. He rediscovered his love for fitness, eventually becoming a success on the powerlifting stage.

Alan Roberts

The owner and operator of Every Damn Day Fitness. He practices a training focus that combines the utilization of basic powerlifting techniques with restorative yoga techniques designed to increase mobility, prevent injury, increase recovery rate, and provide longevity of training. This system has been used for individuals ranging from powerlifting competition training, people looking to increase their level of fitness, and those just beginning their fitness journey.




*Speakers and Daily schedule are subject to change.


Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
MVP Only Event All Attendees
Thursday 7 7:30

MVP Registration | 7:30 – 8:15

Thursday 7 8:15

MVP Welcome | 8:15 – 8:30

Thursday 7 8:30

MVP Classroom Sessions | 8:30 – 12:45


8:30 – 9:30 // Advanced Intensity Techniques – Jeff Cavaliere

There is a direct correlation between an athletes success in the weight room and exercise intensity. For many trainees, intensity goes hand in hand with progressive overload. While progressive overload is a valuable technique, it is in fact only one of many available for ensuring intensity. Professional athletes and casual exercise enthusiasts alike are often managing chronic injury, poor recovery and other stressors that can make ‘going heavy’ a risky proposition and even less likely to produce the results desired. In this discussion Coach Cavaliere will delve into the many untapped techniques that can increase the intensity of a workout without relying solely on an increase in weight.

9:30 – 10:30 // Developing The Most Important Physical Characteristic in Sports – Power! – Joe DeFranco

We all know athletes who are incredibly strong, but can’t get out of their own way and have a glaring lack of athleticism . We also know athletes who are lightning fast, yet a light breeze can blow them over. The athlete that everyone envies – the athlete that dominates – is the ones that possess the rare combination of strength and speed!  It’s time to see exactly how to develop one of the most important physical characteristic in sports – power!

10:45 – 11:45 // Loaded Mobility– The Secret of Youthful Motion– Steve Cotter

Athletes need to be strong in multiple planes of motion, not just standing in one spot. Loaded mobility is a method for improving strength and mobility simultaneously through adding external load to the body while moving.

Kettlebells are ideal to practicing loaded mobility because of the unique way that the training tool can be positioned in the hand and kept in contact with the body, aligned over the center of mass.

The foundation of loaded mobility is in proper posture and body alignment, with attention placed on footwork and positioning.  There is an added emphasis on coordinated breathing which allows the athlete to sustain their effort over a prolonged period of time. Learn how to improve this critical yet overlooked element of movement dynamics with the use of your own bodyweight and a single kettlebell.

11:45 – 12:45 // Improving the Big Lifts with Strategic Accessory Work KC Mitchell

You want to a get a bigger bench? Bench more…right? You want to get a stronger deadlift, then you have to get over the bar and start deadlifting, no?  Not so fast. Coach KC is going to show you how using properly programmed accessory work can help you progress much more significantly and quickly in the big lifts than simply racking up set after set of them by themselves.

Thursday 7 12:45

Catered MVP Lunch | 12:45 – 1:30

Thursday 7 1:45

MVP Bus Departs for Rough House | 1:45

Thursday 7 2:30

Open Gym – Learn by Doing  | 2:30 – 5:00

The Big Three – KC Mitchell

Learn effective cues, common mechanical breakdowns and fixes to the big three lifts.

Power & Speed Training – Joe Defranco

Learn how to apply acceleration and speed without sacrificing force generation for an overall increase in explosive strength.  

Kettlebell – Steve Cotter

Kettlebell training is more than just swings. Discover the many uses for these amazing strength and conditioning tools with hands-on coaching from one of the world’s best.

Exercise Intensity Techniques – Jeff Cavaliere

As an innovator in the field of strength and conditioning Coach Cavaliere has amassed a diverse and extensive toolkit of techniques, hacks and strategies for achieving success in the weight room on the playing field and in the ‘sport of life’. Learn how to squeeze the greatest effect out of even the most basic exercise.  

Thursday 7 5:30

MVP Bus Departs for Hotel | 5:30

Friday 8 7:30

Team Athlean Registration | 7:30 – 8:15

Friday 8 8:15

Coaches Welcome | 8:15 – 8:45

Friday 8 8:45

Classroom Morning Sessions | 8:45 – 12:00


8:45 – 9:45 // Core Training 3.0 – Jeff Cavaliere

The importance of core training is widely accepted but still shockingly misunderstood.  If you are going to perform at your best however, an understanding of core science and most importantly its application…is key! Core training 3.0 offers more than just an overused buzzword.  It provides a scientifically based methodology that involves a functional and progressive approach to movement and performance. This lecture will discuss the movements, sequencing, activation techniques, and the dos and don’ts behind building your strongest core yet!

10:00 – 11:00 // Mastering The Squat – Alan Roberts

Referred to by many as the king of all exercises the squat is more than a powerhouse of an exercise but also a key human movement pattern. Despite it’s ubiquitous nature in everyday life many athletes continue to perform the exercise incorrectly leaving its many benefits untapped. In this discussion we will take a look at various forms of squatting, proper techniques and cues to help learn and coach the squat as well as effective variations for athletes who are unable to perform traditional squats properly or safely.

11:00 – 12:00 // The Intelligent Science of Using Body Fat for Fuel – Does Keto Give Athletes an Edge?– Dr. Cate Shanahan

The most popular diets in 2018 are going keto, the diet designed to help you burn your own body fat for fuel. While it may seem obvious that weight loss depends on burning body fat, what about athletic performance? This discussion will review the science currently available to answer the question and help both endurance-focused and intensity-focused athletes better understand the risks and benefits of experimenting with keto.

Friday 8 12:00

Lunch Break | 12:00 – 1:00

Friday 8 1:00

Classroom Afternoon Sessions | 1:00 – 3:00


1:00 – 2:00 // Unleashing the Fire Within – Paul Reddick

Paul shows you how to tap into one of his performance psychology hacks to uncover what truly motivates you. The answers may surprise you and they will definitely light a fire within you to get you motivated for not just your next workout, but for years to come.

2:00 – 3:00 // In Pursuit of Bodyweight Mastery–  Al Kavadlo

Calisthenic training has existed since the time of the ancient Greeks and has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Though bodyweight training has a lot in common with other forms of strength training, there are some important unique differences. In this discussion we will explore common pitfalls made by beginner and advanced athletes as well as techniques to advance your calisthenic training and open avenues of physique development and performance seemingly reserved for those with mastery of their own bodyweight..

Friday 8 3:15

Coaches Hot Seat (Q&A) | 3:15 – 4:00

Friday 8 4:00

A-X Games 2018 Overview | 4:00 – 5:00

Friday 8 6:00

Team Athlean Welcome Reception | 6:00 – 7:00 (Appetizers)

Meet your fellow Team Athlean members and the Team Athlean Staff.

Friday 9 9:00

A-X Games 2018

Get ready to put your skills to the test as you get the chance to go head-to-head against yourself and the other members of Team Athlean! Compete for cash and prizes.


To be announced on Friday at the Games overview

Sunday 10 9:00

Coaches Q&A | 9:00 – 9:45

You’ve got one of the leading strength and conditioning specialists in the world within earshot. Now’s your chance to ask your most burning questions.

Sunday 10 9:45

Awards Ceremony | 9:45 – 10:45

With your dominating performance not even 24 hours completed, it’s time to recognize you and the rest of the competitors in the games. Be prepared for some “not so standard” awards, as we have some fun and take note of the good old fashioned blood, sweat and tears shed at the games the day before (hopefully no blood or tears please!). We’ll also crown the brand new Mr X of the Year for 2017!

Sunday 10 11:00

Keynote Speaker(s) | 11:00 – 12:00

Suprise Speaker

Sunday 10 12:30

Departure | 12:30

It’s time to grab your bags and your new found knowledge and head home. An early departure time means you should be home in time for dinner with the family, and plenty of time to rest up for Monday morning so you can share all your new insight with your jealous co-workers!


*Speakers and daily schedule are subject to change.

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

Located outside of New York City -- with access to Amtrak, Metro-North and I-95 — the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center offers the ideal combination of convenience, comfort and courteous service. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, our Southern Connecticut hotel boasts newly refurbished guest rooms, spacious suites, and Executive Meeting Center. Unwind after a long work day at our Restaurant and Lounge, serving American cuisine and cocktails throughout the day. Or relax in our sparkling swimming pool or heated whirlpool. Surrounded by dynamic businesses and local attractions, our upscale accommodations will enhance your upcoming visit or corporate gathering. A popular choice among Stamford hotels, the Hilton is a landmark destination with easy access to both Boston and New York City.


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Recommended arrival and departure times.

We start first thing each morning and you don’t want to miss any of the sessions.

MVP guests will want to arrive on Wed June 6th.

All Star Guests.  You will want to arrive on Thursday June 7th.

Departure:  the event will conclude by 12:30pm on the Sunday June 10th.  The awards and keynote are something you really dont want to miss.

Recommended airports:

Westchester County Airport (HPN)  –  Smaller airport that may not have routes from your departing city.

LaGuardia Airport New York City – (LGA)

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Airport Shuttles:

There are a number of 3rd party Shuttle / Limo Services  that provide service from the airports to the hotel. The airports are out of the hotel shuttle range.

During Event:

Any required travel between the hotel and the event location will be provided.  The hotel does provide shuttle service around the Stamford area.