07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 120 • Workshop
Designing Resistance Training Programs: Best Practices for Optimal Results
Presented by Tony Nuñez, PhD
Resistance training is an important component of any client’s training plan. Come learn the best training program designs for all goals, including improved muscular power, strength, hypertrophy and endurance. Tony will uncover the truths about specific applications to training, such as muscle metabolism and volume versus intensity training considerations. You’ll leave the session with seven effective workouts to integrate into your clients’ resistance training programs.
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 121 • Workshop
Assessment and Collaboration: Making Movement Better
Understanding client needs and abilities is a crucial first step in the client programming process. This interactive session will blend the lenses of coach and therapist to provide deep insight into the assessment and corrective process to help clients move better and achieve their goals. Participants will walk away with a joint-by-joint approach to movement and programming as well as assessment protocols to use with clients immediately.
Suggested Equipment: Foam roller, vibration or percussive devices, and other self MFR tools.
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 122 • Workshop
Small-Group Program Design Systems: Time-Saving Solutions
Presented by Keli Roberts
Without a system, designing and developing small-group training programs can be a time-consuming challenge. In a hands-on environment, through interactive practical application, trainers will learn simple systems structured to save time and produce results for clients. Discover creative strategies to expand your toolbox and walk away with unlimited ideas for your small group training programs.
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 123 • Lecture
Why Can't You Stick to Our Plan? The Secrets to Client Compliance
Presented by Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC, NCC
How many times have you faced the frustration of clients not sticking to the plan? Are they lazy? Unmotivated? Or is it our approach that needs retooling? In this session, you will learn about the real science of behavior change and why it’s not as simple as creating a plan and then expecting clients to follow it. You’ll take away simple and effective adjustments you can make that will secure the success your clients desire.
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 124 • Workshop
The Fitness Compass: Navigating Career Reroutes
Roadblocks and detours are part of everyone’s journey, but major uncertainties can sometimes result in the need to make career-altering decisions. How you analyze, reevaluate and redirect your career is paramount to future success. This lecture will review research, discoveries and real-world examples of trailblazing career shifts carved out by iconic fitness leaders. Join Doris and Kia, who, with a combined 50+ years of industry experience, will reveal necessary tools and strategies to boost resilience and create job security and career longevity in an ever-changing industry and world.
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 125 • Workshop
Classes for the Masses
Let’s face it, group fitness has traditionally been a workout designed for and marketed to a very specific attendee. However, it is a workout for every body! With the evolving culture of gender expression, roles and identity, now is the time to refresh the teaching approach and inspire more people to join group fitness classes. Learn the impact of gender-neutral word choices, then experience a class that will help you make the difference and start creating classes for every body.
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 126 • Workshop
10 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Virtual Experience
Deepen engagement and expand the impact you have in a virtual environment with this unique session that focuses on the key steps to creating an incredible virtual training experience, keeping your participants coming back for more and building a group of fierce promotors!
07/09/2021 8:35am • Session 127 • Workshop
STOTT PILATES®: Conditioning Towel Workout
Presented by Merrithew Faculty
This simple Pilates-based routine, developed by the Merrithew™ team, uses the support and resistance of a Conditioning Towel to maintain form. Ideal for those who are less flexible, the towel helps increase range of motion of the joints and allows muscles to lengthen effectively. Scapular and shoulder stability are highlighted while core strength and stability are enhanced, enabling better performance in other physical activities.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 130 • Lecture
The Perfect Personal Training Session
Presented by Chan Gannaway
With a simple science-backed formula, this session will provide a plug-and-play system for delivering a top-level personal training session every time. From start to finish, you will learn how to build and order your workout so that it’s tailor-made to each individual client’s fitness and performance goals. As an added bonus, we will cover more than 45 warm-up movements and stabilization exercises to maximize the client’s training experience.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 131 • Lecture
Correcting Form with Technology: The Future is Here
Advances in consumer computing power—better laptops and phones—have greatly accelerated camera vision capabilities related to exercise and physical therapy form correction. Easy-to-use solutions that enhance a professional’s ability to provide precise form instruction to clients remotely are now widely available. Join Exer co-founder Clint Gehde and LIFT Session COO David Sciacca as they discuss trends they’re seeing as these tools enter the market and get specific tips on how to make these technologies work for you.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 132 • Workshop
Booty Camp—Small-Group Solutions for Stronger Glutes
Presented by Farel Hruska
Everyone can use stronger glutes! Learn tried-and-true ways to utilize specific equipment in your small-group programs to create incredible hip/glute activation. In this session, we’ll explore the science and benefits behind glute strength training. Then, get ready to discover plenty of innovative ideas and exercises to incorporate into your group training programs.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 133 • Lecture
Motivational Interviewing: Transforming Client Sessions Into Client Experiences
Motivational interviewing is a powerful guiding style of communication. When used properly, it can evoke a client’s deep-level reasons to change and pinpoint where they are on the change continuum. From there, exercise and health professionals can support clients in building a realistic and effective behavior-change program. This session will explore the principles of motivational interviewing and how to use this soft skill in every client interaction to guide them toward a more streamlined path to success.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 134 • Workshop
The Four Things You Must Do Now to Grow Your Business in 2021
Presented by Mark Fisher
If you’re in the fitness industry, it’s because you’re passionate about helping your clients. But sustainable success requires more than just hoping future clients will somehow find out about you. Want to make the biggest possible impact? Then you have to know how to turn strangers into prospects, prospects into clients, and former clients into active clients. In this lecture, Mark will cover the four things you must do now to grow your business. You’ll leave with actionable tools to make a bigger impact and increase your income, all without being “cheezy,” “spammy” or “salesy.”
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 135 • Workshop
Body Weight Bonanza
Presented by Tahneetra Crosby
Move in 3D with body weight while incorporating standing and ground work that features foundational and multiplanar movements for a safe and effective total-body experience. You’ll leave this session feeling ready and able to lead your virtual and in-person body-weight classes with next-level innovation and creativity.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 136 • Workshop
Ride Apex by Keiser®
The apex of any great ride is when feeling good both during and after the workout converge into one. Guiding indoor cycling students toward their personal goals during every workout helps them to achieve results and hit their personal peak. In this session, learn how to correctly use intensity by incorporating training zones, heart rate or RPE to help riders truly connect with how the ride should feel. Join Sergio in this inspiring session and learn how to get more out of each and every indoor cycling workout by achieving the apex.
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 137 • Workshop
The Forgotten Salutations
Presented by Lawrence Biscontini, MA
You’ve either heard about or practiced the popular sun salutation. Join Lawrence in the practice of two other ancient salutations, the moon and earth salutations, manipulating both mobility and stability. The earth salutation incorporates more floorwork, and the moon salutation incorporates more standing postures. Learn how to incorporate these vinyasas into your yogic practice!
07/09/2021 10:30am • Session 138 • Panel
Tackling Racism and Discrimination in the Fitness Industry
Social injustice exists in professional environments throughout this country, including the fitness industry. Join this powerful panel discussion to hear from fellow colleagues and fitness and mental health professionals who share their experience with race, diversity, equity and inclusion in the fitness space and how impactful our roles are in these areas. Discover key takeaways to better support our diverse communities and uphold our highest values around humanitarian practices and behaviors in wellness.
07/09/2021 12:30pm • Session 150 • Workshop
Coaching Science: Enhancing Performance and Skill Acquisition in Your Clients
How we coach can determine the success and performance of our clients. Learn the key ingredients a coach needs to deliver via cuing and communication style to enhance skill acquisition and drive performance. Walk away with immediate ways to coach task to create efficient and effective movements in your clients.
07/09/2021 12:30pm • Session 151 • Lecture
HIIT Beyond Your Max
Presented by Len Kravitz, PhD
The emerging research examining high-intensity interval training indicates numerous benefits for cardiovascular health, fat loss, insulin resistance, and cardioprotection. There are also some controversies on mitochondrial adaptation and a weakened immune system from HIIT. Dr. Kravitz will break down all of this research and provide the best evidence-based solutions for fitness professionals. Plus, all attendees will leave with 10 amazing HIIT workouts from around the world.
07/09/2021 12:30pm • Session 152 • Workshop
Creating a Boutique Experience: Program Design for Functional Training Classes
Join these industry veterans for a session that gives you the true nuts and bolts of how to program for functional training classes. Experience innovative functional training and then learn how to bring that to life in your own classes. Create a boutique experience in any facility by designing programming that creates community and camaraderie. You will also learn how to use our templates to create innovative functional training programming that can be tailored for different populations and skill levels.
07/09/2021 12:30pm • Session 154 • Workshop
How to Build an Online Personal Training Studio
Presented by Lewis Agnew
Managing a successful online personal training business can be challenging, especially if you work with trainers who are both employed and self-employed. This seminar will break down the key components required to structure and scale an online personal training studio. You will learn staff management best practices, top marketing and branding strategies and the best tools to support a lucrative digital fitness business.
07/09/2021 12:30pm • Session 155 • Workshop
MASHUP®: Deliver Three Workouts in One With VIIT
Do you really need to spend time focusing on only one format during your group fitness classes? In this session, you will learn how to get more bang for your buck by seamlessly integrating mind-body, agility, strength and high-intensity interval training into one highly effective class. Discover how to design research-based, variable-intensity interval training workouts that will challenge your limits and provide your students with a unique format that will keep them coming back for more.
07/09/2021 12:30pm • Session 157 • Workshop
Barre Triple Threat
What do you get when you bring a Pilates guru, a musicality czar and a programming genius together? A Triple-Threat Barre workout like no other! Come see why great program design is often most successful when you blend the skillsets and expertise of many. You will leave this workshop with a simple system for creating an effective, safe and functional barre workout for your students. Take away new choreography ideas, music playlist, movement patterns and some inspiration for your next barre class.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 170 • Workshop
Bringing Your Coaching Best to Their Corner
Presented by Brian Nguyen
Imagine that every one of your clients is a prizefighter and you are the coach in the corner. What do you bring to the corner that will help them succeed? In today’s fitness culture, coaches can easily fall into the traps of insecurity, overwhelm and decreased clarity. During this hands-on workshop, coaches will experience an opportunity for clarity of purpose, path and process so that you can bring your best to the corner every time. You will also learn scientific strategies and creative games to help your clients be their best and achieve long-term health improvements.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 171 • Lecture
Exercise Testing for Athletes and Nonathletes
Presented by Eve Fleck, MS
Assessment is a key component of any effective training program. In this session, you will explore various fitness tests—using little to no equipment—for strength, endurance, power, agility, aerobic/anaerobic capacity, speed, balance and flexibility. These tests can then be used with athletes to quantify their preseason improvements, or for nonathletes to monitor their progress and propel them toward specific goals.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 172 • Workshop
The Hybrid Cuing for Small-Group Training
Presented by Sheldon McBee, MS
This is an exciting time to be a personal trainer specializing in small group training, regardless of the modality. Training clients in person while streaming the experience is here to stay! A trainer’s or instructor’s ability to create an electric and engaging experience for both the in-person and online participant will drive enjoyment, results, participation and business. In this fun, active and interactive workshop, you will explore cuing methodology, coaching language and virtual instruction. Expect to walk away with a powerful toolkit that will take your hybrid sessions to the next level.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 173 • Lecture
Weight Loss, Apps and Virtual Fitness Support
Presented by Michelle Alencar, PhD
With so much noise in the weight-loss space, it’s no wonder clients are confused when trying to shed pounds. One size does not fit all, which means that fitness and wellness professionals need to stay sharp on the latest trends and evidence-based solutions that can help their clients lose weight and keep it off. From dietary tracking and mHealth devices, to virtual support professionals, this session will reveal the technology tools you can use to help clients lose weight.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 174 • Lecture
How to Get Published and Leverage Media to Grow Your Business
Presented by James Patrick
Working with the media is a crucial component in enhancing the visibility of one’s brand to amplify authority and generate more business leads. From magazines to podcasting to television, being able to extend the reach of your brand through the use of media is one of the best marketing strategies that fitness entrepreneurs can leverage. In this session, James, an internationally published photographer and award-winning marketing specialist, will share the four steps you must take to grow a successful relationship with the media and how to then leverage media features to market your business and brand.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 175 • Lecture
Creative Cuing to Help Prevent Common Workout Injuries
Presented by Shalaine McLaughlin
Our goal as fitness professionals is to get people moving better, safely. What do ice cubes, lemurs, diamond necklaces and more have to do with keeping your group fitness participants and clients safe? Everything! In this innovative session, we will practice creative and effective imagery cues to correct 10 common problems we see as group exercise instructors and personal trainers. Learn fun and memorable ways to coach your clients to safer movement and pain-free training.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 176 • Workshop
How to Develop Agile Strength
Presented by Michol Dalcourt
Strength training and its protocols are well vetted and have become staples in our programs for good reason. However, it has its limitations in building true, functional, agile strength. Enhance client success potential by adding movement-based strength training into your protocols. Movement-based strength training has produced extremely strong and stable farm kids, yet despite the benefits, is rarely seen in the gym. In this workshop, learn why and how biology is suited for movement-based strength training and how to incorporate it into well-balanced programs for stronger, more capable clients.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 177 • Workshop
Boosting the Brain With Cognitive Tasks: Dual-Tasking Principles and Applications
Presented by Ryan Glatt, MS
Exercise programs are often developed in response to goals that pertain to physical adaptations, such as weight loss, mobility, balance, hypertrophy, performance and more. However, health and fitness professionals are now faced with a new challenge, addressing the epidemic of cognitive decline and accelerated brain aging. As we continue to understand the brain-boosting benefits of exercise, fitness professionals must become educated on the specific exercise prescriptions for enhancing cognitive functioning across the lifespan. This session will help fill these gaps, and provide health and fitness professionals with an understanding of how to train the body and brain for optimal cognitive performance.
07/09/2021 3:30pm • Session 178 • Lecture
The DEI Audit
What does an equity assessment look like? What are the steps to creating an anti-racist statement and strategy? What do you need to consider in your training and development? How do you communicate to the world and align your business with partners who share the same vision? These are big questions. Join Lindsey and Dynasti as they share the path that the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) is currently taking to address those questions, what WIFA is learning on the way, and how WIFA is creating a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy for the coming years. Understand more about the scope behind this crucial work and connect with important resources so that you and your business can do the work, as well.
07/10/2021 6:15am • Session 201 • Workout
Mat Moves With Maricris - Core & Cardio Crush
Presented by Maricris Lapaix, MS
Find the perfect push to get that heart pumping! Test your muscular endurance and stability with interval training. Experience this high-intensity body-weight workout within just the width of your exercise mat. You don’t need much room to get a quality workout. This is the perfect routine that can be done anywhere and anytime!
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 210 • Workshop
Movement Flow and Why We Need It
Presented by Fabio Comana, MA, MS
As chronic injury rates continue to rise in fitness, when will we stop and address the foundational pillars of stability and mobility? When will we stop loading the dysfunctional body and return to the basics of unloaded movement patterns? This movement playground session aims to reintroduce you to fun, yet challenging exercises, transitions and progressions that can be performed anywhere, anytime. From dynamic warm-ups and corrective maintenance, to improving overall health, functionality, fitness and performance, you’ll learn how to deliver results for the average Joe to the world-class pro in fun, unique ways.
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 211 • Workshop
Essential Seven: Bulletproof Your Lower Back—Lower-Back Pain (re)Solved
Presented by Brian Richey
Did you know that lower-back pain is the most common cause of disability in America? Over 80% of Americans suffer from lower-back pain during their lifetime. One of the best treatment options is exercise; however, you need to make sure you are doing the correct exercise for each specific condition. Investigate the different spinal conditions you may face, how to assess these conditions, what you can do to help clients manage and resolve these conditions, and what they have to do with pelvic bias.
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 212 • Workshop
HIIT Programming Evolved
Learn the science behind EMOMs, AMRAPs and take that knowledge into a practical setting. See how exercises can be repurposed and manipulated for different outcomes depending on how you apply the principles of each HIIT protocol. This session is not about teaching new exercises; it’s about learning how to program skillfully and with purpose to get the best results.
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 214 • Lecture
Guerilla Marketing for Your Personal Training Business
Presented by Sherri McMillan, MSc
Do you always feel like you’re frantically trying to create a marketing initiative that is easy to implement, effective, worth the effort and doesn’t cost a fortune? If you’re like most fitness business owners, you’re continuously behind the 8-ball, rushing to finalize all the details of the next strategy that will entice prospects to try your services. Well, worry no more. This session will provide you with a step-by-step, 12-month marketing strategy with the detailed action steps you need to grow a successful, lucrative business.
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 215 • Workshop
Presented by Alessandro Pisanu
This is step like you’ve never seen before! Functional Step is a new type of workout that combines the classic aerobic step concepts with medium- to high-intensity functional bodyweight training. Learn to build a fresh and exciting new step-based, music-driven, choreographed, all-levels bodyweight workout that will attract new students to your virtual or brick-and-mortar gym for sellout classes every time.
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 216 • Workshop
Loaded Mobility Training: Combining Mobility, Stability and Strength in Program Design
Presented by Michol Dalcourt
Many protocols promote the concept that stability must precede mobility, which precedes strength. In this very interactive session, learn why mobility, stability and strength may be best achieved when trained together. Discover why biology loves to achieve these three outcomes together and why biomechanics are better served when mobility, stability and strength are combined.
07/10/2021 7:15am • Session 217 • Workshop
The Role of Fascia Beyond Myofascial Dysfunction and Trigger Points
Presented by Sue Hitzmann, MS
Fascia is a dynamic system that plays a significant role in joint pain and instability, inflammation, the lymphatic system and neurological regulation. MELT Method creator Sue Hitzmann will help you understand the neurofascial connection, how fascial dysfunction impacts health and longevity, and the inflammation loop that perpetuates chronic pain. She’ll also discuss how to sense pre-pain signals in your body in order to prevent pain from occurring, so you can continue to progress toward your fitness goals.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 220 • Workshop
Functional Progressions to Prep for Higher Intensity Training
Presented by Diane Vives, MS
Do you know the appropriate functional progressions and regressions to build the movement base for higher intensity intervals with your clients and athletes? Having the ability to adjust and customize an exercise, with functional movement and efficiency in mind, will provide a success-driven session that inspires both you and your client. This session will teach you techniques and coaching cues to apply the functional rules of progressing exercise targeting the lower body and core as well as signals for when modification is needed. Build your functional exercise menu and add value to your program regardless of training style.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 221 • Workshop
Improving Upper-Body Kinetic Chain Function for Shoulder and Neck Pain
Presented by Lauren Shroyer, MS
What percentage of your clients have aches, pains or diagnosed injuries in the upper extremities? Upper-body dysfunction can have a significant negative impact on client success and well-being. This session will dig into the anatomy and biomechanics of the upper-body kinetic chain to give you a more thorough understanding of why dysfunction may occur. You will then learn how to apply and progress upper-extremity exercises to decrease shoulder and neck pain. Plus, you’ll understand how to more effectively meet the needs and goals of clients of all fitness levels, from beginners to athletes.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 222 • Workshop
Build a Better Core: From Science to Application
Most of your clients consistently request core work because they are hoping for optimal aesthetic outcomes. Truth be told, you want them to be more functional, have better balance and develop muscular strength. Can we meet halfway? Yes! In this workshop, Len will provide the latest research on optimal core training and the most valuable protocols. Tricia and Mindy will apply this research to exercise and program design. You will leave this workshop with a library of core exercises along with a new tried-and-true cuing protocol so your clients get the maximum benefit.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 223 • Workshop
Pre-, During and Post-Exercise Nutrition Concepts and Training Techniques
Nutrition is a vital component of improved performance and body composition changes. Join sports nutritionist Dana Ryan and former Olympian Samantha Clayton for a dynamic session that will dive deep on performance nutrition and nutrient timing. Get a better understanding of how carbohydrates, fats, protein and hydration impact athletic ability and how to maximize them to achieve fitness goals.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 224 • Workshop
Past, Present and Future Digital Technologies and the Implications for Virtual Fitness Work
Presented by Darian Parker, PhD
Technology is an integral part of fitness businesses today and having a deep understanding of how to leverage it can positively impact career growth. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the origins of the internet, video conferencing technologies, and how these innovations rose along with the increasing popularity and knowledge of fitness and wellness. Attendees will also be exposed to the latest in human personality research and how that relates to adoption of digital technologies, as well as discuss the pros and cons of entering the virtual fitness workspace.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 225 • Workshop
Designing Effective HIIT Classes for Group Fitness
Pyromania! We know that HIIT will light up your metabolism. Dig into the science and latest research on HIIT, then apply what you learned to program design for group classes. You will walk away from this session with a deeper understanding of HIIT as well as practical tools to put this new knowledge into the bodies and minds of your exercisers and drive results for your classes!
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 226 • Workshop
Ride and Rise to Greatness by Keiser®
Join Krista and Sergio in this inspiring indoor cycling workshop, where you will discover tips and techniques for connecting all the dots of a great ride. Cycling enthusiasts come from all backgrounds and inspiring them through various cues, ride profiles, different languages and music is part of the whole ride experience. A great indoor cycling class is more than activity on a bike; it is about the ride and creating and teaching profiles that match and exceed the needs of every rider.
07/10/2021 9:10am • Session 227 • Workshop
Yoga Adjustments for Private Clients and Packed Classes
Presented by Stacy McCarthy
Deepen your understanding of optimal alignment and adjustments and facilitate a sense of joy and empowerment by bringing greater stability and energy flow to each yoga pose. This immersive session includes a discussion on theory and foundation, plus practical hands-on adjustment training for hip openers, standing and seated poses and backbends.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 240 • Lecture
Can You Hear Me Now? How to Communicate so Clients Will Listen
Presented by Angie Miller, MS
Communication seems so simple until our communication with someone goes south. Communication is the largest single factor that determines our relationships with others. Whether we are soft spoken, say it like it is, purge every thought or pretend not to have thoughts, the ability to communicate effectively in our personal and professional lives is essential! Come to this workshop to learn core communication strategies that will help you cultivate strong relationships and keep your career on the fast track.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 241 • Lecture
Developing Perfect Bone Building Exercises
Presented by Jan Schroeder, PhD
This session will help you to create a bone-building exercise program for your clients with osteopenia or osteoporosis using the components of strain magnitude, strain rate, strain distribution and strain cycles. You will learn to analyze exercises for bone-building qualities as well as identify exercises that are contraindicated for these clients.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 242 • Workshop
Fast Foundational Footwork: Practical Agility for Fitness and Performance
Presented by Trevor Anderson
Foundational footwork is just as important to athletes as their sport-specific skills. Using elements of stability, mobility and coordination, we will use practical progressions to improve footwork, agility and performance for sports and exercise.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 243 • Lecture
Understanding Dietary Fat for Health, Weight Loss and Performance
Presented by Marc Bubbs, ND, MSc
Dietary fat went from being demonized in the 1980s and 90s, to the new favorite macro of the 2000s due to the popularity of low-carb and keto diets. In this talk, Dr. Bubbs will review the fundamentals of dietary fats and what the body needs to support health. He’ll then review the evidence base for both low-fat and high-fat diets for weight loss and tease out key principles to help you support your clients in achieving their weight-loss goals. He’ll then wrap things up by discussing the role of dietary fats in high performance athletes and key areas to focus on to ensure your athlete performs at the top of their game.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 244 • Lecture
Customer Service in the Digital Age: Five Winning Strategies
Presented by Fred Hoffman, MEd
We are living in a world connected by digital devices, where communication, services and learning opportunities are available to everyone 24/7. This has changed the way that we sell goods and services, interact with potential and active customers, and how we address inquiries, complaints and engagement. This digital age has created new challenges for businesses, but it also offers a new and exciting dynamic with limitless potential for creativity and innovation. Join Fred as he navigates you through new and unexplored territory so that you can deliver the top-level experiences customers expect and deserve.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 245 • Lecture
Enhancing the Virtual Group Fitness Experience
Working with partners across the country means the Exer team has seen all kinds of virtual fitness offerings, at every budget level. The future is hybrid—in-person and remote—so it’s important that business owners craft a virtual offering that sets them apart from the competition. Join the Exer co-founder and his team as they discuss trends they’re seeing across the industry and share specific tricks and tools for taking a virtual workout experience to the next level.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 247 • Workshop
Presented by Stacey Lei Krauss
Join Stacey for a sweat-drenched, mind-altering exercise experience that will shift your fitness endorphin high into the next dimension! This is not simply yoga sped up; it’s smart fitness blended with powerful yogic philosophy. Based on scientific “Power Posturing” and rhythmic drills, it’s the perfect practice for fitness fans who “can’t slow down” for yoga and for yogis who need to incorporate more cardio into their wellness routine.
07/10/2021 12:00pm • Session 248 • Panel
Creating Spaces for ALL Bodies
The fitness landscape is made up of individuals of all shapes and abilities, yet traditional marketing would have you believe that gyms and exercise are for a very specific type of person. In this panel, fitness and wellness experts discuss body image, how you might be inadvertently turning people off to your services, and what you can do to create welcoming and safe spaces for all bodies.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 250 • Lecture
How to Use Technology to Enhance and Simplify Program Design
Presented by Ryan Carroll, MS
Technology plays a significant role in so many facets of the training process. This presentation will cover how personal trainers can use various technologies and strategies to increase efficiency by automating program design and delivery. Attendees will learn to establish a process for assessing incoming clients and then use templated workouts and phases to deliver individualized programming in minimal time, which will allow for more time on the floor working with the clients.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 251 • Workshop
Essentials in Corrective Core Training for Injury Prevention and Special Populations
Presented by Leslee Bender
Popular “core” exercises like crunches and inadequate core training can lead to dysfunction and/or pain. Discover the essential tools to strengthen the core to prevent injuries, plus strategies for developing core training programs for specific populations. We’ll also break down a variety of core exercises and look at the effect they have on biomechanics. You won’t want to miss out on the latest developments in science-based core training, planes of motion and fascial lines for training functionally strong, pain-free bodies!
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 252 • Workshop
The Art of Coaching a Group and Keeping It Personal
Presented by Jill Drummond
Group motivation and energy are expected from an instructor, but connection and personalization make a truly great coach. How do we become that great coach and connect to our participants as well as connect them to each other in a small-group training environment? Explore the science of connection and learn tools to facilitate personalization to set yourself apart in the group-training space. Then, put these tools into practice in a team-training workout to experience the connection firsthand.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 254 • Workshop
Use and Promote Inclusive Language as a Fitness Leader
Fitness leaders have the responsibility of being mentors and coaches for their communities. In this session, enhance your ability to use and promote language in the fitness space that aims to include diverse groups of humans looking for better health and quality of life. Build your network of clients and students as a leader who aims to shift narratives through cuing and instruction, and create supportive fitness environments where everyone feels welcomed.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 255 • Lecture
Coach, Connect, Rebuild: Thriving in a Post-COVID World
Presented by Krista Popowych
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the fitness industry is at a precipice unlike we have ever known. The lessons learned and the experiences we have gone through have deepened our connections, both virtual and in-person. As we look ahead to a brighter future, there are opportunities and challenges. Although smaller classes or one-on-one sessions have allowed us to connect at a deeper level, we may have struggled with how to harness energy or get our messages across clearly. Perhaps you’re concerned about the unknown and changes to protocols and processes. Maybe some of us haven’t even returned to teaching or coaching in person. In this session, Krista will guide and help you with a coaching and training reboot—and some much-needed inspiration—by sharing motivating and proven teaching strategies to help us all get back to it.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 256 • Workshop
B Strong BFR Training™—The Biohack for Aging Baby Boomers
Have you heard the buzz about blood-flow restriction training? BFR is one of the newer training techniques to hit the rehab and sports performance worlds and is also being recognized as a potent training method for aging baby boomers. By restricting venous return of blood flow with safe, elastic B Strong Bands, the body is tricked into thinking it is working harder, which produces amazing physiological results. Join us to learn what B Strong training is all about, get a hands-on experience in how to implement it, and understand how it can lead to better health and wellness for all ages and fitness levels.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 257 • Workshop
Balanced Body®: Pilates Power Mat
Presented by Nico Gonzalez
Do your fitness clients complain that Pilates is not hard enough while you know that it’s just what they need? Learn techniques for enhancing intensity without teaching exercises beyond the client’s level. Through cuing, timing, sequencing and programming, discover how to make all your clients love Pilates.
07/10/2021 1:05pm • Session 258 • Panel
Women in Leadership: A Case Study
How do you know when you’re living your purpose? How do you gather the courage to make big changes when your life doesn’t feel like it aligns with your heart? How do you build the awareness and connection with yourself to gain clarity? How do you build the support network needed to take the Big Leap? Join Lindsey, certified Big Leap coach and WIFA CEO, as she defines and identifies upper-limit problems that could prevent us from taking steps toward our ultimate potential. Lindsey will interview Stephanie about her own Big Leap, moving from a successful producer to founding her own company. Together, they will talk about how to identify when we are at our life’s crossroads and what it takes to choose the next step with confidence.
07/10/2021 3:15pm • Session 270 • Spotlight Session
How to Survive and Thrive in the Evolving Fitness Industry
Presented by Doris Thews
What does it take to build a strong career foundation and endure long term as a fitness professional? One word: Reputation. Doris will share with you tips and tools to develop, evolve and sustain a solid brand image and build R.E.S.P.E.C.T. in today’s competitive fitness landscape. This inspiring and powerful session will give you everything you need to achieve a sustainable, profitable and fulfilling career.
07/11/2021 7:15am • Session 310 • Workshop
Glute Training: From Beginner to Advanced
Presented by Greg Johnson, MS
All hail the king of athletic performance! The glutes are finally getting their well-deserved place in the gym, despite our quad-driven fitness world. From glute activation, isolation and enhancement to correction, strength, power and hypertrophy, you will learn the best exercises for all clients and goals.
07/11/2021 7:15am • Session 311 • Workshop
A Systems Approach to Enhancing Mobility and Performance
The link between mobility and performance is clear; however, guiding our clients down this path can be cloudy because life and injuries conspire against our ability to move freely. This session blends time-honored, tested training methods with new research and science to help you deliver a systematic approach to assessing and improving your client’s or athlete’s mobility and performance. Participants can expect to learn the neuroanatomy of mobility, mobility screening and corrective strategies to enhance movement. We will conclude with case studies to reinforce when to apply the best strategies at the best time for the best results.
07/11/2021 7:15am • Session 312 • Workshop
How to Use Team Training to Improve Culture, Motivation and Results
Presented by Corey Taylor
Create an overall winning culture in your fitness facility that will propel your clients, and consequently you, to reach the heights of success. Using his powerful MINDSET acronym, Corey will teach fitness professionals how to create a winning culture to build and maintain a consistent client base. Learn how to create maximum impact through a motivating team-based, unbreakable culture.
07/11/2021 7:15am • Session 315 • Workshop
Presented by Mindy Mylrea
Train for movement and muscle will follow. Building muscle without movement patterning creates tight, short, inflexible stumps. Mindy will gracefully link movement to movement and generate an integrated approach to strength training. Learn to develop muscle that matters for increased strength, flexibility and function.
07/11/2021 7:15am • Session 316 • Workshop
The Commander of Energy: Be the Leader and the People Will Follow
While virtual coaching provides unique challenges, both live and virtual coaching require the coach to be attune to the right details in the moment to maximize their ability to deliver results for individuals and classes, no matter the format. Are you as dialed in as you can be? Take away leadership skills and understand how to use your energy as the leader to manage the energy, environment and experience of a training session. Tap into the mind of the participant to empower them to reach maximal efficiency and results.
07/11/2021 7:15am • Session 317 • Workshop
STOTT PILATES®: Total-Body Sculpting
Presented by Merrithew Faculty
Explore exercises to increase core and peripheral strength, while adding multidimensional joint movements, variety and challenge to the basic Flex-Band® exerciser routine developed by the Merrithew™ team. Discover how this resistance band can transform simple Matwork™ exercises while maintaining focus on precision and control.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 320 • Workshop
Power Training for the Everyday Client
Presented by Nick Clayton, MS, MBA
We know the performance benefits of power training for athletes, but it can seem daunting to apply it to our personal training clients. Evidence shows that everyday clients can benefit greatly from incorporating power training into their programs. The challenge is in selecting and progressing the right exercises that match the client’s needs and abilities. This session offers effective methods for incorporating power training into your training plans, featuring fundamental bodyweight exercises, traditional barbell lifts and medicine ball exercises.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 321 • Workshop
Strength Training During and After Pregnancy: What Coaches and Trainers Must Know To Keep Clients Safe
Presented by Molly Galbraith
Eighty-five percent of women in the U.S. will have a baby at some point in their life, and there are unique anatomical and physiological changes health and fitness professionals must understand to keep their clients safe and healthy. As a coach, if you’re not well versed in topics like urinary incontinence, diastasis recti, and pelvic organ prolapse, you cannot miss this presentation. Molly will discuss strength training during and after pregnancy, what’s safe and what’s not, and then offer specific, actionable strategies that coaches and trainers can use to help their clients stay safe, healthy and strong during and after pregnancy, even if they had their baby a decade ago.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 322 • Workshop
Corrective Exercise and Injury Prevention for Group Training
Presented by Evan Osar, DC
Group exercise and HIIT programs are on the rise and here to stay. Unfortunately, so are orthopedic injuries of the shoulders, back and hips directly related to exercises and strategies being taught in these classes. In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you will discover how many common exercises and cues directly cause and perpetuate shoulder, back and hip issues. You’ll then learn how to easily incorporate assessment and corrective exercises into your group training while still providing your clients an amazing workout. Become the solution to reducing group exercise-related injuries while improving strength, flexibility, stability and joint health!
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 323 • Workshop
Train Clients Happy for Better Retention and Results
Presented by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
When it comes to health and fitness services, it’s not only what you offer, it’s how you offer it. Discover the secret sauce to offering training programs that improve participation and results by leading with a positive and uplifting approach. Review the latest research findings in the science of happiness and learn practical tips on how to increase the happiness quotient with every training that you offer.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 324 • Workshop
The Virtual Fitness Brand Roadmap
The world has gone virtual and digital and not being online is no longer an option. Today, knowing which business models, products and services to create to get you the online business you want is essential to loving your business and life. In this session, you will get a deeper understanding of the digital and online business landscape from seasoned and successful online business owners Anna and Vito. As former brick and mortar studio owners, personal trainers and YouTube hosts, they’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of how to build online brands today and are here to set you up for success online.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 325 • Workshop
Choreography, Cuing and Music: The Perfect Mix
Finding the perfect mix of moves, music and cuing is the secret sauce in creating an unforgettable dance fitness experience. This workshop is all about finding balance in your dance classes; that sweet spot that keeps people coming back for more. From the perfect playlist that everyone can rock out to, to finding the perfect blend of choreography to challenge the mind and easy-to-follow moves to let loose, this workshop breaks down how to create that perfect recipe for the perfect class.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 326 • Workshop
Triple the Fun: Three Rides in One
Join Team BeatBoss™ and learn how three biking styles—road, mountain and BMX—inspire one all-encompassing beat- and data-driven ride. This revolutionary approach is a game-changer in the indoor cycling arena for personal trainers and teams of indoor cycling instructors.
07/11/2021 9:10am • Session 327 • Workshop
The New Anatomy of Yoga: Learn the Deep Core Line
Presented by Sadie Nardini
Learn a seven-step template for teaching any yoga style more effectively and safely for fuller classes and happier students. Learn the muscle-fascia meridian that will transform your teaching and rock your students’ worlds!
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 340 • Workshop
5 Bodyweight Exercises and Goals for All Clients
Presented by Kenneth Miller, MS
When equipment or time is limited, fitness professionals need to resort to bodyweight exercises to deliver a high-quality workout. There are a million movements out there, but have we even mastered the benefits of the basics? This workshop addresses five basic exercises that, when varied, can be right-sized for your client or groups.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 341 • Workshop
Programming Solutions for Enhanced Spinal Function
Presented by Candice Campbell, MS
When you can’t correct, provide mobility and stabilize! Spinal deviations are common in several forms, from kyphosis and lordosis to scoliosis. While fully correcting these dysfunctions is not always feasible, fitness professionals can still encourage strength throughout the spine and improve functional mobility. Learn how to better assess spine movement and design dynamic strength and mobility programs to optimize function.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 342 • Workshop
AMRAP, EMOM, OMG!
Presented by Shana Verstegen
AMRAPS (as many rounds/reps as possible) and EMOMS (every minute on the minute) were popularized by CrossFit® and are now commonly used in many group fitness and personal training programs. This session breaks down the science and physiology behind these HIIT formats, while taking the participants through a variety of AMRAP and EMOM workouts and showing how to safely apply them to your classes and sessions.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 343 • Workshop
Breaking Body Barriers
Presented by Tasha Edwards, MS
Fitness and movement should be for everyone who wants to participate. However, because of our personal body stories, we may approach our students with unconscious prejudices and create an experience that is not inclusive. Let’s uncover these biases head on and break down the seen and unseen barriers, so we can create a new, positive narrative about our bodies and theirs.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 344 • Workshop
Five Social Media Dos and Don'ts
Presented by Jessica Maurer
From new platforms to confusing lingo to the ever-changing landscape of our online lives, the world of social media can be overwhelming. In this lecture, Jessica will break down the top five social media dos and don’ts, plus show you how to create a personalized social media plan that you can begin to implement on Monday. Learn the best apps, habits and tricks to use to boost your organic engagements without having to pay for ads.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 345 • Workshop
Presented by Joseph David
Get shredded with this all-levels full-body workout. Learn how to build effective classes that chisel the core with swag while connecting movement to hip-hop/trap music. This fresh and innovative format will inspire and fill classes every single time. Grab your step, get lost in the music and push!
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 346 • Workshop
The Fundamentals of Kettlebell Flow
Presented by Ajamu Bernard, MBA
Capitalize on the kettlebell’s unique advantages and its ability to diversify and challenge foundational movements. This session will introduce simple and effective kettlebell-based training patterns and progressions to integrate into client training programs.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 347 • Workshop
UNWIND—Stretching Defined and Applied
Presented by Demetreous Hill, MS
Stretching is an important component of any client success strategy for improved fitness and wellness. Learn the principles of static, active, passive and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and which to incorporate into client training sessions or group fitness classes. Featuring solo and partner stretching protocols, this session will provide you with a variety of tools and exercises you can use to tailor flexibility training to meet each person’s individual needs. Plus, you’ll walk away with a series of assessment techniques to increase stretching effectiveness and adherence.
07/11/2021 12:00pm • Session 348 • Panel
Women in Fitness
Women face unique challenges in the fitness industry, both personally and professionally. Join the American Council on Exercise for a panel discussion, featuring a diverse lineup of dynamic women fitness professionals, that will address these unique challenges and provide strategies on how to overcome them.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 350 • Workshop
Integrated Core Connections
Presented by Chuck Wolf, MS
Integrated movement patterns require a transmission of forces whether the movement is initiated from the ground up or top down. In either case, the forces are either transferred or mitigated and must pass through the central unit. This principle prompts discussion of how the great toe, foot, ankle, hips, torso and arms are all a woven matrix that is actually part of the core. Learn how limitations in these regions can create deficits in the central unit function, develop strategies to enhance core function by changing body angles, and understand the fascial relationships that functionally feed the core.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 351 • Workshop
I've Fallen and I CAN Get Up: Power Training for Seniors
Presented by Tim Vagen, MS
A faster contraction is a safer contraction, and the main fear of the senior client is falling and not being able to get up. In this talk, Tim will discuss the importance of training the senior client for power. Recognizing the aspects of power loss and its effects on balance, coordination and mental well-being is a great tool for any trainer to have in their toolbox to support this growing market.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 352 • Workshop
Balanced Body® Boot Camp: Train Smarter, Not Harder
Presented by Alex McLean
Bringing mind, body and spirit together, Balanced Body Boot Camp provides the perfect balance of form and function with the intensity of a boot camp workout. Training hard doesn’t always mean training fast. In this unique session, you will experience how slow and controlled precision movement execution will kick up the intensity in training and leave your clients craving more. Use the Balanced Body Movement Principles, intense movement sequencing and cool tools to create a boot camp experience unlike any you have tried before.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 353 • Lecture
Diet Culture: How it Harms Us, How We Can Reject it and What We can Do Instead
Diet culture is a belief system that focuses on and values weight, shape and size over well-being. It can cause damage on the individual and societal level and is interwoven throughout the fitness industry. As fitness professionals, we have the opportunity and responsibility to recognize diet culture, reject it and replace it with tools that allow our clients to form healthy and happy relationships with their own bodies. In this lecture, you will learn how to recognize and challenge aspects of diet culture and discuss concepts to replace this harmful narrative with one that empowers each person you work with, including yourself.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 354 • Lecture
Creating Your Brand as a Public Figure
Presented by Alana Sanders, PhD, MBA
As a fitness professional, you are a walking billboard. Your name, body and workouts are a part of your brand and it’s important to make sure your brand is represented optimally. Alana will provide you with tips on how to get recognized as that next public figure on the networks and to become a recognizable brand. She will also provide guidance on how to become an international business while working from your own domain and reducing your overhead costs.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 355 • Workshop
Create a Cult Fitness Following
Presented by Jason Layden
PlyoJam® creator and celebrity trainer, Jason Layden, will show you how to grow your classes and build a loyal following in the studio! Learn the art of connecting with your students on a whole new level! In this workshop, you will discover the seven characteristics of a rockstar teacher and how to find those game-changing qualities within yourself. Use that “it” factor to inspire, entice and motivate, and watch it translate into larger classes and a diehard following.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 356 • Workshop
How To Coach Indoor Rowing
Presented by Pete Holman, MSPT
Interest in indoor rowing for health and fitness, as well as sports performance, has seen significant growth. However, the technical aspects of rowing have made this modality less accessible to coaches and trainers. Additionally, the lack of proper form for many individual users predisposes them to a myriad of chronic and traumatic injuries. This session will cover the benefits of indoor rowing, basic setup and use, the four phases of the rowing stroke, the pick drill, the “seven deadly sins” of rowing, how to assess and correct dysfunction, programming concepts and how to train for a PR. This is your chance to be coached by a Concept 2-certified coach and Mile High Indoor Rowing Champion.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 357 • Workshop
Authentic Movement: The Power of Meditation
Presented by Skip Jennings
Authentic Movement is a unique and powerful workshop designed to create a full physical, mental and spiritual experience. You will learn the differences and similarities between each form of meditation practice and gain a powerful self-awareness through meditative movement.
07/11/2021 1:05pm • Session 358 • Lecture
Earn Your Worth: How to Have Conversations About Equal Pay
Many of us are guilty of not charging enough, underpricing, being afraid to ask for more money, over-discounting and giving too much away for free. WIFA CEO Lindsey Rainwater and Gym Hooky CEO Ariel Belgrave will look at the sneaky beliefs and messages that limit us from accepting our worth and asking for more, and provide tips on how to do a competitive analysis to determine the appropriate pricing for your services. They will also provide insights for employees to prepare for important conversations with management about compensation.
07/11/2021 3:15pm • Session 370 • Spotlight Session
10 Steps to Customer Retention
Presented by Paul Brown
The financial return on your efforts, the value of your business, and your reputation are all dependent on how long and how happy you can keep the customers, members and clients you attract. Plus, your competition used to be limited to your location, but with the advent of online offerings, standing out for the right reasons is now more essential than ever. The original Mr. Retention, Paul Brown, summarizes all he has learned over 26 years of focusing on the challenge of turning finding, winning and keeping customers for life into a simple 10-step checklist that can be replicated and systematized across all business models. He’ll share examples of how and why each step is most likely relevant to your own success and will do so with his famous Australian accent and humor to keep you engaged all the way.