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You’ll have the opportunity to interact with ACE’s most credible minds and partners in education, and learn how you can improve your practice to inspire your communities to better health.

The ACE Mover Academy will:

  • Provide you with the latest research you can implement in your client sessions
  • Give you cutting-edge tools to help clients achieve lasting behavior change
  • Connect you with industry leaders and peers who share your mission to get people moving

ACE Mover Academy Sessions


Speed Training—The Basics for Success in Sport

Anthony Wall, MS

Acceleration and quickness are critical components of any athletic program. Regardless of ability or experience, speed- and acceleration-based programs need to be structured and progressive in nature. In this session, you’ll discover the concept of “relative training,” and how foundational training principles for recreational and professional athletes are the same. Join Anthony, a World Masters-ranked sprinter, for this fun, dynamic and explosive practical workout session. He will lead you through a world-class agility and quickness session that will show you how to blend these skills into a seamless session that will leave you breathless…for more!


Supporting an Active, High Quality of Life for the Aging Population

Sabrena Jo, MS

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, the size of the older population will increase so that one in every five residents will be of retirement age. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Regular physical activity can help prevent these conditions and is crucial to maintaining health throughout the aging process. As a result, there is an emerging demand for health and exercise professionals with expertise in senior fitness. That’s where you come in.


Functional Movement Patterns for Older Adults

Cody Sipe, PhD

The seven fundamental movement patterns can be incredibly beneficial for older adults of all ages and functional levels. In this workshop, we will cover techniques and strategies for applying the “Big 3” patterns—deadlift, squat and lunge—to this diverse group, including: teaching strategies; simple assessments to determine which clients “earn the right” to load these patterns; how to regress and progress each movement; how to deal with chronic conditions and orthopedic issues; ways to integrate muscle power training; and programming variables. There will be a considerable amount of small-group and partner work to facilitate the learning.


Unintended Consequences: Your “Healthy” Diet May Be Wrecking Your Health

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

Eating healthy or “clean” is often a struggle our clients take on believing the change will help them lose weight, feel better, increase energy or improve athletic performance. While their intentions are excellent, the outcomes can be devastating. Come and learn why gluten-free, low-carb, Paleo, Keto and other “clean” diets could be causing far more harm than good to their long-term health. While weight loss and good health may be the goal, a higher mortality rate could be the outcome.


Impacting Prediabetes and Diabetes Through Exercise and Movement

Sabrena Jo, MS

As the number of Americans with diabetes mellitus (DM) continues to rise at alarming rates, the demand for professionals who understand these clients and their specific needs increases. Having a better understanding of the condition gives you an opportunity to positively impact the lives of those who suffer from it. Learn what exercise professionals need to know about how DM impacts the human body, the lifestyle behavior-change strategies that have been shown to prevent and/or manage DM, and how exercise professionals can become valuable additions to the healthcare team of a client with DM.


Improving Upper-Body Kinetic Chain Function for Shoulder and Neck Pain

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.


Let’s Play—The Science of Fitness Fun!

Michael Piercy, MS

Help your clients find their way to better health and fitness results through the magic of fun! This session will feature some unique ways to implement fun and creativity into your programming for improved adherence and success potential. Unlock the keys to games and play to help your clients reach the next level on the road to consistency and commitment. Redefine fitness for your clients as fun!


Launching Your Clients’ Success—Principles and Practice of Stages of Change

Anthony Wall, MS

Helping people improve their lives is at the root of what we do as exercise professionals. How successful are we in doing that? How do we know which client will be successful and which won’t be? If we understand what factors help predict whether someone will be successful in making a change, then perhaps we can be more successful as exercise professionals. In this session, we’ll look at one of the most successful behavior-change models. We’ll explore the process that we all go through when dealing with change and discuss how to make behavior change an intentional process. Using the model, we’ll discuss how to guide clients in their journey to making long-lasting behavior-change choices through tailoring their actions.


The Pelvic Floor: Glute Connection

Farel Hruska

The glutes are an integral component of a healthy pelvic floor. Learn ways to incorporate specific equipment to create incredible hip, glute and pelvic floor activation. Explore the science and exercise behind programming that is perfect for your pre- and postnatal clients or anyone else desiring pelvic floor restoration and strength.


Loaded Mobility Training: Combining Mobility, Stability and Strength in Program Design

John Sinclair

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.


Coaching Conditioning for Muscle-Building Fat Loss

Peter Twist, MSc

The primary goals of most new or prospective clients are to lose fat and change their body shape by adding muscle. Come experience a conditioning workout that mixes maximum fat burn with effective functional training, while loading the body in the right ways to build muscle. We’ll fine-tune the mechanics and ROM that exponentially increases muscle development, physical function and fat loss.


The 2020 Olympic Circuit

Alex McLean, MS, and Michael Piercy, MS

Every 4 years, the world marvels at the sculpted bodies and heroic feats of the Olympians. Tackle solo, partner and team challenges based on the actual training methods used in sports, designed to pull out your inner athlete! This circuit combines fitness and sports that will spark creativity in your programming and leave you inspired. Go for the gold!


Move Away From Knee Pain

Chuck Wolf, MS

The knee is a victim of every movement a person takes. It’s often blamed for movement limitations yet in actuality, it’s dependent upon the actions of the foot, ankle and hips. Explore the biomechanics of the knee and learn how to modulate the basic lunge movement pattern to allow the knee to move in all three planes of motion. Also, discover nearly two dozen lunge variations that can help the knee move away from pain.


Move Laugh Connect—MLC MOVE

Carla Sottovia, PhD

MLC MOVE is a balanced program for total well-being that addresses one’s physical, emotional and social dimensions in a group setting. This is a group class designed to extend the functional years of our clients and students in a safe, relaxing and fun environment. Come move, laugh and connect with us!


How do I register?

Online: Visit this link to sign up today! By Phone: Call our Inspired Service Team toll-free at (800) 999-4332, ext. 7. Outside the U.S. and Canada: dial (858) 535-8979, ext. 7. (7:00am-5:00pm Pacific Time, Monday-Friday) Please have your credit card number and expiration date ready.

Where does the IDEA World Convention take place?

All sessions, events and the expo will be held at: the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.

Where do I check in?

Check in for all events at the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall D.

Where does the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit take place?

All sessions for the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802. Please check in at Hall D.

Where does the IDEA World Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit take place?

All sessions for the IDEA World Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802. Please check in at Hall D.

Where does the IDEA World Fitness & Nutrition Expo take place?

The IDEA World Fitness & Nutrition Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.

What are the Attendee Registration hours for questions/assistance?

Tuesday, July 7: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, July 8: 7:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday, July 9: 6:30am – 6:00pm
Friday, July 10: 6:30am – 7:00pm
Saturday, July 11: 6:30am – 7:00pm
Sunday, July 12: 7:00am – 11:30am

How do I get a group discount on event registrations?

For a discount on group registrations please contact IDEA Inspired Service at (800) 999-4332 ext. 7 for assistance.

Do IDEA Business Members have an event discount?

IDEA Business Members receive the discounted member price on unlimited registrations for conference and preconference sessions. Please contact IDEA Inspired Service at (800) 999-4332 ext. 7 for assistance.

Can people bring in their own equipment to use/demonstrate in sessions when working out?

No, because of safety concerns we cannot allow any type of equipment (wearable, portable) other than the equipment that IDEA has provided in the conference session(s)..

I'm interested in the IDEA Support Squad? How do I join?

Being a Support Squad member is a fantastic opportunity to be involved behind the scenes, make life-long friends and Inspire the World to Fitness! If you’re reading this you must already know the reputation IDEA has for hosting the most energetic, thought-provoking and cutting-edge events in the industry. Space is limited for this exclusive group; don’t miss your chance and get your application in today!

To learn more about the benefits of joining this program and to apply, please visit this link: www.ideafit.com/assistant www.ideafit.com/assistant.

What should I bring?

Once on-site, you will want to make sure you have your registration confirmation barcode that was e-mailed to you, picture ID, a printed copy of sessions, water (bring a bottle and refill it at the water stations), snacks, a sweatshirt (sometimes the rooms get a little cool, especially after some exercise), a yoga mat (for mind-body sessions), a notepad and a pen or pencil, business cards for networking, the conference brochure (if you want to change a session) and session handouts.

Are there places to change and/or shower between classes?

Unfortunately, other than your hotel room, there are no shower facilities available to attendees in the hotel. Restroom facilities throughout the venue can be used for changing clothes, if needed.

Will handouts be available for event sessions?

Session handouts will not be available at the event. Session handouts can be found here. Please print any handouts you need prior to the event and bring them with you. If you decided to change session on-site, session handouts can be found in the event app.

How do I get CECs for the sessions I attend?

Your proof of attendance and CEC credits are on your CEC certificate, which you can access anytime after the conference at www.ideafit.com/myeducation. Workouts do not qualify for CECs. They are designed to be just that, a workout. No CEC-able education is associated with them.

Which certification agencies offer CECs for this event?

The credits you can earn at this event are recognized by the following agencies: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, BOC, NASM, NFPT, NSCA, W.I.T.S., Cooper Institute, NETA, NESTA, and NFPT. If your certification agency is not listed, simply check with the agency to see what credits it allows.

How many CECs can I earn at the event?

You can earn up to 21 CEC hours by attending the full event and even more if you attend the preconference sessions. That’s enough credits for your certification renewal! (Please check with your specific certification agency for their renewal criteria).

What do I do if zero credits are assigned to my scheduled session?

CECs are assigned by the certification agency, not IDEA. Certification agencies base credits on the education provided and presenter qualifications. If you would like to attend a different session that is offering CEC credit, simply make the change online to your schedule prior to attending the event, or to make changes to your schedule on-site, visit Attendee Registration.

How many CECs are offered for each session?

Generally, you’ll receive one CEC per contact hour for workshops and lectures. If you attend a 2-hour workshop, you’ll receive up to 2 credit hours. We are in the process of getting approvals from each of the agencies above and will post the credits in session selection as soon as they are available. That way you’ll know exactly how many credits the session you are interested in attending is approved for by your certification agency. Check out how many CECs were offered at last year’s event.

Do I get CECs for completing the preconference sessions?

Yes, at the end of the preconference session you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion that will include the number of CECs for attending. Make a copy for your records and send a copy to your certification agency.

What is the age you need to be in order to attend/register for the IDEA World Convention?

You need to be at least 18 years old in order to attend the IDEA World Convention. In response to attendee requests and to preserve the educational atmosphere of the convention, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in sessions, even to observe.

What is your policy on service animals?

If you require an Emotion Support Animal (ESA) please contact IDEA prior to arriving to the event. IDEA will require current documentation (not more than one year old) on letterhead from a licensed mental health professional stating (1) the attendee has a mental health-related disability listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV); (2) having the animal accompany the attendee is necessary to the attendee’s mental health or treatment; (3) the individual providing the assessment of the attendee is a licensed mental health professional and the attendee is under his/her professional care; and (4) the date and type of the mental health professional’s license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued. This documentation may be required as a condition of permitting ESA’s to accompany attendees. Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, ESA’s are not given the same rights and exemptions as Service Animals and approval of ESA’s in public areas and businesses are at the discretion of those entities. If prior approval is not given by IDEA, attendees will be asked to remove the ESA from the event.

What is the IDEA Cancellation Policy?

If we receive your cancellation notice 30 days prior to an event, the administrative processing fee is $100. There will be no refunds allowed after that date or for no-shows. You can cancel anytime prior to the event and a credit will be issued that can be used toward a future IDEA event. Credits issued will expire on December 31 of the following calendar year.

We’ve made it easier to switch names on event registrations at no charge. If you can’t make it, you may send a colleague in your place by contacting Inspired Service at least 7 days prior to the event (switches are subject to a fee increase based on member status). Contact Inspired Service for further assistance at 858-535-8979, ext. 7, or email at [email protected].

IDEA Health & Fitness Association is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of a substitution, alteration or cancellation/postponement of an event. IDEA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event this conference is canceled, rescheduled or postponed due to a fortuitous event, act of God, unforeseen occurrence or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency.

What is the cancellation policy for the Anaheim Adventures?

You may cancel your Anaheim Adventures session with full refund up until June 8, 2020. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after this date. If you have any additional questions, you may contact Inspired Service at (800) 999-4332, x7, or email at [email protected].