Single Sessions

Limited Number of Single Session Tickets Now Available!

If you can’t make it for the entire IDEA Personal Trainer Institute event, you now have the chance to come and take a single session for as low as $30! Choose from over 50 classes and earn between 1–3 CECs/CEUs per/class. PLUS your class pass includes access to the Sponsor Marketplace where you can connect with the top innovators and educators behind the industry’s leading providers of equipment, nutrition, apparel and education.
HURRY–there is very limited capacity available in each session so register today!

You can only select one session per time block. No CECs offered for workouts.

Session Dates and Times:

Thursday, March 7th 9:30am–6:30pm (excluded from all discounts)
Session # Session Title Buy Session
100

Functional Aging Specialist Certification

Workshop presented by: Cody Sipe, PhD 9:30am–6:30pm

The rapid growth of the aging population (age 50+) presents unprecedented opportunity for the fitness professional who understands how to train these clients effectively. This comprehensive and innovative certification program is just what you need to become an expert in functional fitness for mature adults.

Boomers and aging adults come to you for your expertise. This interactive workshop will give you the tools and teach you the skills necessary to implement functional training techniques, strategies and movements that are important to your aging clientele. Also, learn to conduct meaningful functional assessments and develop effective exercise programs. Whether you conduct private trainings, small-group trainings or group fitness classes, the techniques learned in this valuable certification will serve you and your clients for years to come.

Participants will get full access to all of the online education modules (10+ hours of video, manuals, audio files), several of which will need to be completed prior to the workshop. This certification also requires participants to complete an online exam.

*Participants will receive a certification at the completion of the online exam.

IDEA Member: $269 / Non-member: $289
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Thursday, March 7th 10:00am–5:00pm (excluded from all discounts)
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101

NASM® Practical Applications for Corrective Exercise

Workshop presented by: Kyle Stull, DHSC 11:00am–6:00pm

Corrective exercise (CEx) is a valuable tool for personal trainers to have in their repertoire to help clients improve movement patterns, increase performance and decrease noncontact injuries. However, CEx can often feel too clinical, as if they don’t belong in a fitness, weight-loss or strength-training program, which may lead trainers to not maximize the integration of corrective modalities. This course will show you how to appropriately and seamlessly integrate different CEx series into your training programs so that your clients register them as exercises that they can feel and they understand how these movements can help them reach their goals.

In this preconference workshop you will learn how to:

  • Perform assessments, including overhead squat assessment, single-leg squat assessment, core stability and ROM assessments, push-up assessment, and various shoulder girdle assessments.
  • Identify flexibility, stability and strength compensations.
  • Employ practical corrective strategies for flexibility and strength imbalances using the NASM CEx model.
  • Create a cluster of exercises that can be practically integrated as corrective preparation for a workout.

*Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

IDEA Member: $179 / Non-member: $199
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Friday, March 8th 8:30–9:30am
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120

Coaching Greatness—The Five Indispensable Skills for Getting Results, Sponsored by Perform Better®

Workshop presented by: Martin Rooney 8:30–9:30am

Trainers train people. Coaches change people. Like it or not, if you are a personal trainer, therapist, teacher or parent, you are also a coach. Although the supply of exercise information is huge, there is little to transform an educated trainer who knows what to do into an exceptional coach who gets people to do it. In this opening general session, Martin Rooney will share secrets of body language, public speaking and communication that will help you produce results at any level.

Price: $30
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Friday, March 8th 9:50am-11:50am
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130

Keiser®: Athletic Reboot

Workshop presented by: Mac Calloway 9:50am-11:50am

Training effectively is critical for keeping athletes at the top of their game. As performance coaches and trainers, one of our main responsibilities is to keep our clients fit and injury free. Keiser training starts with a systematic approach to movement patterning and power training, and continues with an applicable training paradigm for both sports and daily activities. Come experience the equipment the pros use, and walk away with lots of ideas you can utilize with functional tools, body weight and the Keiser Triple Trainer. From pros to Joes, challenge your clients with a powerful athletic reboot that will enhance both performance and results.

Price: $60
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131

Functional Programming for Boomers

Workshop presented by: Erika Quest 9:50am-11:50am

Baby boomers are the largest and most dedicated group of clients. In this workshop, you will experience interactive small-group training programming specifically designed to maintain and improve function. Using the Balanced Body® programming system, you will acquire the skills to teach strength, balance and fitness for the mature client. Join us in this experiential workshop that will lead you through the key Balanced Body Movement Principles and several dynamic circuits.

Price: $60
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135

Fill Your Schedule With Clients You'll Love Working With

Lecture Presented by: Sean Greeley 9:50am-11:50am

Struggling to find prospective clients? Afraid to challenge clients to make commitments and ask for the fee you deserve? This session by NPE will walk you step by step through a proven process for inspiring commitment in prospective clients. You'll be able to help more clients than ever commit to their goals, and you'll build a full schedule of great clients you love working with (and no more waiting 2 empty hours for your next appointment). Ultimately, you'll be able to take pride in earning a good professional income doing the work you love.

Price: $60
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140

The Metabolic Method, Sponsored by Life Time

Workout Presented by: Donnie Campbell 9:50am-11:50am

Experience a sample of the Metabolic Method, a comprehensive metabolic conditioning experience designed to challenge each energy system using a variety of resistance and cardiovascular exercises. The Metabolic Method targets fast and slow twitch fibers, improves anaerobic tolerance and lactate utilization, and promotes both metabolic efficiency and flexibility. Specific metabolic responses can be achieved when used in conjunction with an advanced metabolic assessments, heart rate monitoring, and perceived exertion.

Price: $30
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Friday, March 8th 1:15-3:15pm (Up to 2 CECs/CEUs)
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150

Keiser® Pro-Training Circuit

Workshop Presented by: Mac Calloway 1:15-3:15pm

Are you interested in experiencing how the pros train? What does it really take to outperform the competition? In this session, you will learn how the best athletes in the world train for peak power and elite sports performance. Whether you are working with weekend warriors or hall-of-famers, power is critical to improving everything from everyday tasks to dunking a basketball and hitting a baseball. Life and sports don't work in two-count reps, and neither should your clients. Try the Keiser Pro-Training Circuit and experience the difference.

Price: $60
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151

Bodhi Suspension System®: Circuit 2.0, Powered by Balanced Body®

Workshop Presented by: Erika Quest and Helen Vanderburg 1:15-3:15pm

The Bodhi Suspension System is an exciting addition to a circuit class. Using the Balanced Body Movement Principles, experience a new way to train suspension with two ropes and portable functional equipment to create dynamic circuit classes that combine stability, mobility, core and so much more!

Price: $60
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152

Hurricane Training

Workshop Presented by: Martin Rooney 1:15-3:15pm

Learn how Martin uses the Training for Warriors system to help people around the world lose fat, build muscle and feel great. Martin first used this method 10 years ago with his fighters to mimic the demands of a mixed martial arts match, but his method has now been proven to be the perfect form of training for everyone, regardless of their battle aspirations. Discover how to harness power and intensity in your client sessions, and take advantage of the numerous metabolic and hormonal responses to produce unprecedented results.

Price: $60
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153

True Performance Training

Workshop Presented by: Marty Miller 1:15-3:15pm

Immerse yourself in the evolution of true performance training. In this session, learn how to break down performance into four key variables: power, speed, stamina and skill. Trainers and club operators will not only experience this intelligent approach toward the performance trend, but you'll also learn to create and implement effective small-group performance sessions.

Price: $60
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Friday, March 8th 4:10–6:00pm (Up to 2 CECs/CEUs)
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170

Gravity-Defying Training, Powered by Balanced Body®

Workshop Presented by: Erika Quest 4:10–6:00pm

Defy gravity and fly with the Bodhi Suspension System. Suspension from two ropes amps up training to give you a higher integration of the whole body in movement. Learn new core-centric and innovative exercises. Get the cardio pumping in this fast-paced workout combining movement, rhythm, music and intensity to give you a total-body workout!

Price: $60
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172

Senior Strength: The Movements

Workshop Presented by: Cody Sipe, PhD 4:10–6:00pm

Strength training is a critical component of an effective training program for older adults, and confers numerous health and physical benefits. As the practical portion to the scientific evidence presented in Senior Strength: A Scientific Update (155), we will learn and practice strength training movements for older clients of all ability levels, and with common chronic disease concerns and conditions. Special attention will be given to using high-speed power-training movements as an integral part of the client's strengthening program, as well as how to utilize teaching cues effectively. This session is designed to be paired with session 155.

Price: $60
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173

The Art of Recovery

Workshop Presented by: Michael Cummings 4:10–6:00pm

This enlightening course will help you develop meaningful intelligence on recovery programming. We will discuss what recovery is, and what it is not, and how to discern between the stresses and stressors in life that lead to fatigue. You will learn the psychology of identifying fatigue and build a program consistent to your analysis, as well as understand how to prioritize massage, stretching and activation to benefit your recovery strategy.

Price: $60
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176

A Trainer Talks Nutrition: What Works?

Lecture Presented by: Brett Klika 4:10–6:00pm

Motivating clients to change nutrition habits is one of the biggest challenges we have as fitness professionals. The good news is that there are a few secrets to mastering client buy-in when it comes to a basic nutrition framework. In this dynamic lecture, discover how uber-successful fitness professionals from around the world are structuring nutrition habits that clients actually stick to. Keeping within a fitness professional's scope of practice, take home 10 different sure-fire strategies to help clients stop dieting and change the way they eat for life.

Price: $60
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Saturday, March 9th 8:15-10:15am (2 CEC/CEUs)
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210

Fundamentals of Olympic Weightlifting

Workshop Presented by: PJ Stahl 8:15-10:15am

This is a nonintimidating introduction to the Olympic lifts (snatch/clean/jerk) and how to implement them into one-on-one sessions or a group setting. You'll learn how to teach the Burgener warm-up, the mechanics of the lifts utilizing a training bar, and how to confidently coach these exercises with your clients by creating an experience that will eliminate intimidation and foster empowerment. Repeated as Session 240.

Price: $60
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211

Breathing for Better Performance and Recovery

Workshop Presented by: Brett Klika 8:15-10:15am

Quality of breathing is linked to everything from athletic performance to pain and stress management, and even to a fully functioning immune system. Unfortunately, this vital aspect of both training and recovery is overlooked in our clients' high-intensity, always-on lives. In this learn-by-doing workshop, discover various practical breathing techniques to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, recovery and other aspects of client fitness. Discover not only how to perform the techniques, but the science behind why they are effective. Go home with a toolbox of breathing and meditation strategies that you can put to use immediately to help your clients live and perform extraordinarily.

Price: $60
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212

Speed Science: The Methods for Developing Speed

Workshop Presented by: Michael Cummings 8:15-10:15am

Designed with busy coaches and trainers in mind, this course provides you with a basic understanding of the underlying mechanisms that support the development of speed. You'll also be introduced to a library of exercises that you can use to design programs to help your athletes, clients, camps and teams develop speed efficiently.

Price: $60
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214

RumbleRoller® Mobility: A Nervous System Perspective

Workshop Presented by: Brian Bettendorf 8:15-10:15am

Traditional stretching and self-myofascial release has emphasized defects in the muscles or connective tissue. Learn the influence of the nervous system on movement limitations and how to integrate that knowledge into your existing mobility training. Come learn new techniques and modifications you can use on yourself and your clients.

Price: $60
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215

Anatomy in Three Dimensions™: The COREset!

Lecture Presented by: Brian Richey 8:15-10:15am

In this workshop, use the Anatomy in Three Dimensions system to deepen your understanding of the key elements of the core, also known as the inner unit. Together we will build the diaphragm, the deep spinal muscles and erector spinae, the pelvic floor, and the abdominals in order to provide you with a clear understanding of the relationship of the inner unit muscles and their importance in lumbopelvic stabilization and functional movement.

Price: $60
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218

Capitalize on Group Training: Learn the Key Components for Developing a Successful In-Club Program

Lecture Presented by: Erica Tillinghast and Mary Edwards, MS 8:15-10:15am

The fitness industry is evolving rapidly, and the continued rise of specialized boutique facilities and group training programs indicates that this trend is as hot as ever. Changing consumer habits and our knowledge of fitness are two of the main drivers of this evolution. Exercisers are increasingly looking to experience fitness: to be part of exclusive fitness communities, to train collectively in a motivating and constantly changing environment, and to be held accountable and track progress. This session guides participants through the six components to developing a successful group training program. Learn strategies to drive community and build a new revenue-generating department. Discover how to create a compelling, on-trend, and desirable club-within-a-club group training environment within your commercial facility. Walk away with a manual of tools and ideas to change the landscape of your club's financial standing and environment.

Price: $60
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Saturday, March 9th 9:50am-11:50am (Up to 1 CEC/CEU)
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220

Obstacle Course Racing Skills Training

Workshop Presented by: Yancy Culp 10:30am - 12:30pm

As more and more people get involved with the sport of obstacle course racing, the most common question becomes, "What is the best way to train for an obstacle course race?" These races challenge you both mentally and physically, and the key to success is to develop specific skill sets such as distance and trail running mechanics, grip and pull strength and endurance, climbing steep terrain, and burdened carries. In this session, Yancy will break down the four key skill sets of OCR training to have you and your clients navigating the course safely, swiftly and successfully.

Price: $60
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223

Middle-Aged Superhero!

Workshop presented by: Michael Piercy 10:30am - 12:30pm

Let's face it, we're all getting older and we all want the secret formula to maintaining our amazing fitness superpowers. Want to learn the tools to help your 40+ clients unlock their superpowers on the way to superhuman feats of strength? This session can provide you with what you need to help your middle-aged clients conquer the world.

Price: $60
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224

Training the Core for Better Rotation

Workshop Presented by: Diane Vives, MS 10:30am - 12:30pm

The shoulder is one of the most problematic joints in the body. It is also one of the most mobile. For years personal trainers have taught "get your shoulders down and back," but is this always best? This class will examine the anatomy behind common shoulder injuries and provide a new perspective on corrective exercise program design.

Price: $60
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225

Anatomy in Three Dimensions™: Fascia and Movement

Lecture Presented by: Brian Richey 10:30am - 12:30pm

Use the Anatomy in Three Dimensions system to understand the relationship between muscles, fascia and movement in this illuminating presentation. Fascia and its role in movement is an emerging field with lots of interesting (and conflicting) insights being presented. We will build the fascial structure in clay and look at how it shapes and is shaped by movement, myofascial release work and training.

Price: $60
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226

Active Aging: Eating for Energy and Positive Performance

Lecture Presented by: Scott Josephson, MS, RD 10:30am - 12:30pm

Active aging adults need to consume adequate nutrition to maintain superior health and maximize training effects. Low energy intake can result in loss of muscle mass, loss of bone density, menstrual dysfunction and a prolonged recovery process. Explore the scientific role that hormones play in fat storage and how a woman's metabolic rate is affected by several factors, including fuel availability, genetic disposition, dietary intake and hormonal fluctuations. Learn how specific nutrient timing, calorie intake, phytoestrogens, probiotics and antioxidants play a vital role in contributing to optimal health for active aging adults to perform their best.

Price: $60
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227

How to Elevate Your Personal Training Experience

Lecture Presented by: Chris Stevenson 10:30am - 12:30pm

The fitness business is more competitive than it's ever been, especially when it comes to personal and small-group training. That said, creating a unique client experience is a must. Learn how to attract new clients, improve client retention, and increase revenue by leveraging technology and digital solutions that motivate and engage your clients with actual results.

Price: $60
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Saturday, March 9th 1:40-3:40pm (Up to 2 CECs/CEUs)
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240

Fundamentals of Olympic Weightlifting

Workshop Presented by: PJ Stahl 1:40-3:40pm

This is a nonintimidating introduction to the Olympic lifts (snatch/clean/jerk) and how to implement them into one-on-one sessions or a group setting. You'll learn how to teach the Burgener warm-up, the mechanics of the lifts utilizing a training bar, and how to confidently coach these exercises with your clients by creating an experience that will eliminate intimidation and foster empowerment. Repeated as Session 210.

Price: $60
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241

Loaded Mobility Training

Workshop Presented by: Helen Vanderburg 1:40-3:40pm

Based on the Balanced Body® Movement Principles, learn exercises to build strength and stability from the inside out. Experience the multifunctional MOTR® training system that provides an unstable surface for balance training and an innovative pulley system for resistance to challenge whole-body integrated strength. Enhance function for work, life and sport!

Price: $60
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242

Next-Level Functional Training

Workshop Presented by: Brian Ferrari and Carlisle Price 1:40-3:40pm

Join us for this coach-led, individually adapted and community-focused functional group training program. Group training is one of the most popular modes of training in the industry today. Help your clients achieve exceptional results through intense, dynamic, full-body cross-functional workouts. Learn from the experts at Gold's Gym how to take your functional training to the next level. Topics include: how to properly scale foundational movements, how to progress your clients, and how to successfully grow your business.

Price: $60
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243

Burning Calories Moving Slow for Best Results

Workshop Presented by: Peter Twist, MSc 1:40-3:40pm

The uneducated client may demand crushing explosive exercise to achieve results. Ironically, the pro athletes most capable of explosive moves know that fast is easy, while slow is hard. They use slow to build their strongest body. Fast exercise uses momentum, while slow-tempo, whole-body drills recruit more musculature and demand greater effort and focus. Your heart and muscles will be tested. Your brain stimulated. Your spirit ignited.

Price: $60
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244

RumbleRoller®: Roll Better, Roll Less

Workshop Presented by: Brian Bettendorf 1:40-3:40pm

Learn movement screens for assessing mobility, then learn and practice key movements that will help you and your clients achieve the most improvement in recovery and performance in the shortest time.

Price: $60
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245

Turning Your Passion Into a Business

Lecture Presented by: Krishea Holloway 1:40-3:40pm

In this session, Krishea will cover the pros and cons of starting your own business and help you determine the role you are best suited for: coach or entrepreneur. The tools you need will be discussed as well as the different types of business options available to you as you start your journey.

Price: $60
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248

Don't Just Survive...Thrive in a Lifelong Fitness Career

Lecture Presented by: Hayley Hollander, John Meeks, Carla Sottovia, PhD and Erica Tillinghast 1:40-3:40pm

The fitness industry is changing rapidly, and new jobs and career opportunities are constantly emerging. As a fitness professional, you may feel stuck on a career path that requires you to work more hours to grow your income. If you're looking to evolve your career beyond, or in addition to personal training, join this session to hear strategies and success stories from industry influencers who have made a fitness career beyond the gym. Hear from business owners, education directors and master coaches on how to create a sustainable and far-reaching career in fitness. Leave this session with ideas to help yourself identify new opportunities, stand out in a crowd and widen your scope of practice.

Price: $60
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Saturday, March 9th 4:35-6:25pm (Up to 2 CECs/CEUs)
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261

Yoga Shred™: Blending Yoga + HIIT Training

Workshop Presented by: Sadie Nardini 4:35-6:25pm

Obstacle course racing has been the fastest growing participatory sport for over 7 years and is arguably one of the largest fitness movements the world has ever seen. Yancy has compiled his extensive experience from racing, winning and coaching a variety of OCR events into this session. During this workshop, you will enjoy an interactive lecture and hands-on experience that will highlight the history and growth of the sport, and demonstrate OCR-specific training exercises and small-group programming. Understand why and experience how terrain and obstacles are changing the way millions train.

Price: $60
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263

Warm Up! SMR for Pre- and Post-Workout

Workshop Presented by: Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS 4:35-6:25pm

Create quick and effective pre- and post-workout self-myofascial release routines for optimal warm-up and post-workout recovery in an easy-to-follow format using tennis balls and foam rollers. The results are immediate and long term, and important for pre-workout preparation and post-workout flexibility.

Price: $60
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265

Grow Beyond Trading Time for Money: How to Navigate the Journey from Fitness Coach to Business Owner

Lecture Presented by: Sean Greeley 4:35-6:25pm

Why do most coaches struggle so much in becoming successful business owners? Because they haven't yet learned the skills, developed the systems, and built the team needed to continue getting (and keeping) new clients consistently each month. In this session, you'll develop the mindset to go from an individual contributor, trading time for money, to a business owner who gets paid for creating results. Learn how to create a strategic plan for getting and keeping more clients every month, and developing quality coaches who care about serving clients as much as you do.

Price: $60
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267

Promises and Pitfalls of Sports Supplements

Lecture Presented by: Scott Josephson, MS, RD 4:35-6:25pm

Do you take supplements? More than 50% of adults do, hoping to stay healthy, lose weight or gain an edge in sports. Today's multibillion-dollar industry is full of pills, potions, powders and promises! Can they help? In this lecture, we'll discuss the pros, cons, risks, benefits and dosages of some popular supplements and ergogenic aids, as well as accurate and balanced information on vitamins and minerals in the field of nutrition. Supplements can make a big difference in performance. Understand the marketing of supplements, and the science supporting their efficacy and safety.

Price: $60
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Sunday, March 10th 8:00am–10:50am (up to 3 CECs/CEUs)
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301

The Mobility and Stability Paradigm

Workshop Presented by: Helen Vanderburg 8:00–10:50am

As our knowledge of the human body in motion expands, we realize more and more that no part of the body works in isolation and that the entire body works as an integrated whole. In this workshop, you will learn about the mobility and stability continuum, and how mobility and stability interplay continually to allow effective and efficient movement to occur. Look at alignment from the perspective of the whole body and how each body is unique in its expression of movement.

Price: $90
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302

Corrective Exercises for the Forward Shoulder

Workshop Presented by: Evan Osar, DC 8:00–10:50am

Many individuals experience forward shoulder and forward head postures. Over time, these postures limit shoulder range of motion and strength, and impact the ability to perform many activities of daily living, occupation and sport. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover how the forward shoulder develops and how to create a corrective exercise strategy for restoring range of motion, strength and function. Participants will leave this workshop with a corrective exercise strategy they can immediately incorporate into their current programs.

Price: $90
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303

Women's Nutrition, Hormones and Training

Lecture Presented by: Scott Josephson, MS, RD 8:00–10:50am

Learn the specific and special concerns of women, including perimenopausal challenges, gender differences, muscle strength, body composition, metabolism, the hormonal roller coaster, and physiological factors that play an enormous role in cardiovascular and weight training programs. Women experience consistent hormone fluctuations that have an impact on how they feel and function, while other hormones play a specific role in determining fat storage and utilization. In addition, higher estrogen levels compared to progesterone levels can have a substantial impact on fat loss, and HGH and DHEA can rapidly decline, which severely affects the ability to burn calories efficiently.

Price: $90
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Sunday, March 10th 11:00am–1:00pm (Up to 2 CECs/CEUs)
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311

Quick and Dirty 30

Workshop Presented by: Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS 11:00am–1:00pm

Need ideas for quick training, ready-made class routines using minimal to maximal equipment? Look no further! This session will share three 30-minute workouts designed to inspire intensity, effort and sweat. Each customized workout offers 3-minute blocks consisting of option-based exercises that can be replicated into advanced training techniques. These workouts offer instructors hard-core, turn-key classes that participants will use to improve their fitness performance and to reach their training goals.

Price: $60
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312

Essential Seven: Managing "Text Neck" Strain

Workshop Presented by: Brian Richey 11:00am–1:00pm

Technology brings with it both positives and negatives. One of the biggest negatives with computers, and especially cell phones, is cervical strain, aka "text neck." Learn the seven essential exercise strategies to reverse this condition and create better posture at the same time.

Price: $60
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313

Diet Diagnosis

Lecture Presented by: Mindy Mylrea and Bruce Mylrea 11:00am–1:00pm

Scores of new diet books are published by the $70 billion weight loss industry every year, but our general population is still gaining weight. What gives? Mindy and Bruce sift through all of the available scientific evidence of the current largest diet trends to diagnose which, if any, actually work for sustained, healthy, long-term weight loss. This lecture outlines key strategies to help you steer your clients toward an eating plan that is healthful and sustainable for life, not just until the next diet book comes out.

Price: $60
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