Collen will open his L.A. Fitness Expo presentation on Saturday, January 29th by discussing the benefits of weight training and light to heavy cardiovascular exercise. Workout demonstrations will include heavy bag work, weights, and ‘pads’. This portion of the day’s event will be held in the Expo’s MMA area. The morning session is followed by an in-depth discussion with Collen and Carrillo on youth obesity and the long term payoffs of developing exercise routines early in life. The final day of the Expo, Sunday the 30th, Collen and Carrillo will again display and discuss their regimen for a healthier you, from the school-aged to the senior citizen. Both days have special “meet and greet” times set aside for autographs and pictures with one of rock ‘n roll’s great guitarists and avid health enthusiasts.
As a rock-n-roll guitarist in an internationally successful rock band Collen didn’t start out as a petitioner for health and fitness. Although he was a staunch vegetarian for ‘ethical’ reasons, after years of playing hard, partying hard, and leading a self-described “very unhealthy lifestyle,” Phil decided to make a change. Collen began exercising-running to start. He followed it up a few years later by practicing martial arts earning a black belt in Kempo karate, a 3rd degree brown belt in Jiyu Karate Wado Kai (Wado Ryu) style), intermittently training with internationally known kickboxing superstar Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, and later taking up the martial art of Muay Thai kickboxing being introduced to the discipline by his trainer and friend Jean Carrillo. Collen has now trained with Carrillo for six years. Jean brings with him a wealth of expertise including his personal service in France’s ‘Special Marines’ (1 RIMA-First Infanterie Marines Regimen) and his tenure with security forces in the French Foreign Legion in Africa. He holds black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do as well as being a former French and European Muay Thai kickboxing champion and French Tae Kwon Do champion. Carrillo has created a fighting and physical training regimen known as the Strike Combat System, which was showcased in his recent journey to France. Full ‘Strike Combat’ instructional offense and defense seminars on urban combat were demonstrated by Carrillo to specific police force and SWAT teams in various French cities. Jean has coached and continues to train some of today’s most talented fighters including Rob ‘The Razor’ McCullough (former world WEC lightweight world champion), Philippe Baudron, and Niko Read. Jean has also trained with world renowned bodybuilder Francis Benfatto. Jean Carrillo’s many awards and accomplishments make him the optimal instructor alongside Phil Collen.
As the fathers of young children, both Collen and Carrillo, know the importance of teaching our youth about good nutrition and fitness at a young age. They firmly believe it takes educating both parents and school teachers to help children gain the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and carry it throughout their lives. Reflecting on his own background in rock, Phil laughs, “At 53 years old, I can tell you it is possible for everyone to be healthy and fit at any age. It just takes knowledge and dedication.”
Attendees of the Los Angeles Fitness Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center will find over 300 exhibits offering the newest in fitness, diets, nutrition, strength and wellness products and services. The Expo is filled with guest speakers and celebrities, such as actress and health enthusiast Carmen Electra, MMA champion Chuck Liddell, and even a special appearance by the true “Hulk”, bodybuilding champion and actor, Lou Ferrigno! There are 15 main competitions to watch and cheer your favorites on, including: Strongman Challenge, Gracie US Nationals and Gracie Kids World Championships (Jiu-Jitsu competitions)
The Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo presented by Subway offers something for everybody. Both days include 350 exhibits from the most cutting-edge companies in the fitness and health fields, many offering free samples. The Expo also plays host to 13 professional and amateur competitions including the All-American Strongman Challenge, Iron Man Magazine, Naturally Bodybuilding, Figure & Bikini Championships, BodySpace.com, Spokesmodel Search, Warriors Wrestling, and more.
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