2021 Conference Theme: Moving Beyond Barriers

Moving Beyond Barriers

Barriers impede progress. There are many well-known barriers to physical activity such as perceived lack of time, chronic disease, and the fear of falling. However, there are many other types of barriers that affect health fitness professionals. For example, socioeconomic level can interfere with the ability to live a healthy lifestyle and psychological barriers can prevent someone from reaching their athletic potential. While barriers can be a roadblock, there are many ways to eliminate these barriers to achieve health and fitness goals

ACSM's International Health & Fitness Summit is the ONE place health fitness professionals explore the full spectrum of the field – from science to practical application. You have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits by attending the educational sessions, which integrate the science and practice of sports medicine and exercise science.

The summit is the best place to learn how to put the latest scientific findings into practice. The sessions originate from a science core, and the speakers deliver practical sessions that you can put into action immediately. This year, there are more workshops than ever, giving you many opportunities for hands-on experiences to acquire new skills.

Programming Tracks

Customize your conference experience to best fit your needs and skill set! Plan your schedule by track, lecturer or specific topics.

  • Exercise Interventions for Chronic Disease or Other Health Challenges
  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Exercise Programming
  • Fitness Management, Communication, Social Media and Professional Development
  • Health Behavior Change and Motivation
  • Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan
  • Trends and Updates in Nutrition
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Specialty Workouts

Who attends?

  • Health Fitness Professionals
  • Personal Trainers
  • Students
  • Club Owners & Managers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Fitness & Wellness Program Directors
  • Educators/Faculty
  • Exercise Physiologists

Are you a first-time attendee?

ACSM is committed to offering the best conference experience regardless of how many other health and fitness events you have attended. ACSM offers an orientation team on site to give you the ins and outs of the conference. Members of the Summit Program Committee will enlighten your entire Summit experience by helping you navigate the meeting using the program grid and final program book, answer questions and help you make the entire meeting as meaningful and fun as possible.


ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit presentations present translations of the science of sports medicine, exercise, and nutrition for leaders and practitioners in health and fitness through high-quality integrative presentations, and state-of-the-art practical classes and demonstrations.


Attendees receive state-of-the-art information that can be used by professionals who work independently or in fitness centers, health clubs, schools, the health care industry, business corporations and other community settings. To address its mission the International Health and Fitness Summit offers programming tracks that span the fitness and health care industries.

Industry-Presented Sessions

As part of its educational programming, ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit includes a selection of Industry-presented sessions relevant to health and fitness practice.  These industry-presented session submissions are reviewed by the Summit Program Committee using the same rigorous criteria as non-sponsored sessions. If accepted, these sessions are clearly marked as “industry presented” in all promotional material. This designation provides Summit attendees with the context needed to evaluate the material that is presented. Summit participants are never unduly influenced to attend sponsored vs. non-sponsored sessions.

Consistent with ACSM’s long-standing policy, inclusion in Summit programming does not imply ACSM’s endorsement of the presenting sponsor or any industry-presented content. The financial support of these and other sponsors helps keep the International Health & Fitness Summit affordable for attendees and creates an overall positive Summit experience. 

2020 CECs

Program Tracks



Presenting Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors