What is the European Powerlifting Conference?

The European Powerlifting Conference is the world’s number 1 educational event for powerlifters. Bringing together the greatest athletes and coaches on the planet to share their ideas and experiences and help bring the powerlifting community to a new level



Brett Gibbs


28 years old
New Zealand
3 x IPF 83kg world champion Best lifts SQ - 299kg, BE - 214.5kg, DL - 321.5kg, Total - 830.5kg

"Powerlifting is something I have been passionate about and given 100% to since 2007 when I did my first competition.I have competed on many stages across the world, won multiple world champs but like any sport, you're always chasing the next goal and never seem to be satisfied regardless of what level you're at. On top of my own lifting I love to help others with their own training, learn form some of the best coaches in the PL world and see people enjoy the sport as much as I do."

Topic- 10 Years of Powerlifting


As the title suggests, Brett will take us through his insights as an athlete that has risen through the ranks to the number one spot. ⁣ ⁣

Brett has said, "I want to capture everything that surrounds being a successful athlete. The highs, the lows, being coachable but also being self aware and accountable.⁣

"I would like for the audience to walk away with a greater understanding of what it is actually like to be an athlete in this sport for over 10 years and how they, as an athlete, can better understand what they are likely to experience and how to overcome those hurdles.⁣ ⁣ I would like the coaches that attend to walk away from this being able to identify where their athletes are at and what part of the coaching process is going to be key to prioritise"⁣⁣


Greg Nuckols


Greg lifts heavy things, teaches other people how to lift heavy things, and writes about lifting heavy things

Topic - Sex Differences In Training


Greg's talk this year will be centred around sex differences in training. Greg had this to say about his upcoming talk:⁣ ⁣

"Women are 50% of the population, but most strength training research uses only male subjects. ⁣ ⁣ What do we know about the sex differences that may influence how you approach programming and coaching for male and female lifters?"⁣


Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro


Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro, CISSN, CHC, is a Renaissance Periodization coach, ISSN-certified sport nutritionist, and ACE-certified health coach. Dr. Fundaro combines her knowledge of nutrition and motivational interviewing techniques to promote intrinsic motivation and behavior change in clients to facilitate long-term weight management and healthy lifestyles.

She believes in the importance of a plant-based diet in addition to regular, enjoyable physical activity and cognitive exercises as part of a sustainable lifestyle, free from the chronic dieting mindset. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her dogs, and training for powerlifting.

Topic - Nutrition and supplementation for sport performance and weight modification


Gabrielle had this to say about her upcoming talk:⁣

"I will be discussing applied nutrition for powerlifting performance, including macronutrient selection and timing, effective supplements, and safe long- and short-term weight modification to either change body composition or make weight while minimizing potential negative effects on strength. ⁣ ⁣

I'll also touch on the importance of choosing foods to support health (including gut health of course!) while meeting macronutrient needs, and utilization of more fun foods to support tough training sessions"


Mike Tuchscherer

Mike is the founder of Reactive Training Systems.

He began Powerlifting in 1997 and has been studying athletic training ever since.

He's capable of understanding complex theories and turning them into training that MAKES SENSE TO THE LIFTER. In fact, he created RTS while he was the "Cadet-in-Charge" of the Powerlifting team at the Air Force Academy.

The experience was influential in his efforts to create the program as a customized training system While there, he also interned with the Strength and Conditioning staff. Even now, he continues to hone his processes and assimilate more and more up-to-date information. He also has extensive training experience having worked primarily with Powerlifters over the years.

Topic - Why Volume Isn't the Answer


Mike had this to say about his Talk:

"What most of us are interested in when we refer to training volume is a quantification of how much stimulus is in the training. But volume doesn't do a good job of describing that for many reasons. ⁣ ⁣ If you want to know how much stimulus is in a unit of training, then you want to know about training stress. And from there you can learn all kinds of things such as the approximate recovery time, the balance between strength-stimulus and hypertrophy-stimulus, and more"⁣ ⁣


Dr. Mike Israetel


A co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel​ holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, he has worked as a consultant on sports nutrition to the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN, and has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific and performance/health conferences worldwide, including nutritional seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. Mike has coached numerous athletes and busy professionals in both diet and weight training, and is himself a competitive bodybuilder and professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler.

Topic - Carbohydrate Demands for Powerlifters


We asked Mike to give us a brief insight into his upcoming talk:⁣ ⁣

"Are carbs a must for powerlifters, or can low carb approaches also create the best results? ⁣ ⁣ In this lecture, we'll go over the physiological and psychological benefits AND downsides of carb consumption as it pertains to the improvement of powerlifting performance. ⁣ ⁣

After taking costs and benefits into consideration, we'll draw up some tentative recommendations for carb intake to maximize powerlifting performance in the long term. After this lecture, you won't be thinking about carb consumption as "either or," but rather on a spectrum of needs-specific guidelines for consumption; a much more useful approach is performance betterment is your goal!"⁣



Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum


Jordan Feigenbaum is an experienced strength coach who also has his medical degree and residency training. In addition to a veritable laundry list of credentials, Jordan is also an elite powerlifter who currently hold one of the top 20 totals of all-time (source: Powerlifting Watch). If he’s not coaching, training, or playing doctor, you’ll likely find Jordan hopping a plane to somewhere fun or reading a book.

Topic - Pain,injury prevention and management


Jordan is going to help us navigate the world of pain,injury prevention and management.This is one talk that is sure to hit home to some degree with everyone that attends.⁣


Eric Helms


Eric is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. A trainer since the early 2000’s, he’s worked in the US Air force, commercial gyms, private training studios, medical fitness and strength and conditioning facilities. As a part of 3DMJ he coaches drug free strength and physique competitors at all levels. Eric has competed since the mid 2000’s in natural bodybuilding, unequipped powerlifting and dabbled in Olympic lifting. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter.

Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for commercial fitness publications. He’s taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science and speaks internationally at academic and commercial conferences for fitness, nutrition and strength and conditioning. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.

Topic - The Science of Sticking Points, Biomechanics & Strategic Assistance Work.


We asked Eric to walk us through what people will get from his talk...

⁣ ⁣ He had this to say:⁣

“Powerlifting coaches from various schools of thought have given emphasis to sticking point or weak point training through various methods. ⁣ ⁣ Training with bands and chains, pauses at certain points, speed work, technique alterations, targeted bodybuilding work, partial range of motion training and isometrics have all waxed and waned in their popularity. ⁣ ⁣ Unfortunately, the popularity of these methods has largely been a function of their promotion by high profile coaches and their use by high profile athletes, rather than due to a critical evaluation of their effectiveness from a mechanism-based standpoint...until now!”