Keynotes & Special Lectures

Check out our 2022 featured sessions!

Keynote Lectures

The 2022 Summit Program Kickoff 

March 31
5:30 PM CDT


Kristin Belleson 



President's Opening Address 
Fat Burning: Is There an Optimal Exercise Intensity? 

Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FACSM
Auburn University 
ACSM President 


2021 Certified Professional of the Year Award Presentation 
Kristin A. Traskie, M.P.H., ACSM-CPT


Welcome Address 
Renee Rogers, Ph.D., FACSM

Chair, International Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee 

Summit Keynote Lecture:
Put Your Game Face on with Brian Jordan

April 1
8:00-9:15 AM CDT
Brian Jordan
Athlete / Author / Businessman / Humanitarian


Larry Golding Keynote:
1% Better the Road to Full Potential

April 2
8:00-9:15 AM CDT

Father and son deliver a substantive and inspiring speech that shares Chris’s story and Nik’s underlying principles of success, coaching and execution to achieve your full potential. An accomplishment of this magnitude requires solid foundational principles, a well-designed and executed plan. Nik provides the underlying principles and framework while Chris brings it to life with his story. Hear  the compelling story of how they worked together, so Chris could pursue his dreams and make his goal of becoming the 1st person with Down Syndrome to do a 140.6 IRONMAN® Triathlon.


Nik Nikic, CEO/Founder

Sales Optimizer, LLC, Orlando, FL


Chris Nikic

Olympic Triathlon and IRONMAN

Special Lectures

2021 Certified Professional of the Year:
Trainers Just Don't Work in Gyms: Explore Your Potential

April 1
12:00-1:00 PM CDT


Kristin A. Traskie, M.P.H., ACSM-CPT
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Ever wonder what careers are out there in the fitness industry besides personal training and gym instructing? The fitness world is facing an unprecedented boom, bringing with it the opportunity to thrive in an array of health and wellness-related professions. Join the 2021 ACSM Certified Professional of the Year as she shares how her certification supported her career enhancement, aiding her in diversification of her career portfolio. From her time as a college student working in campus recreation, to a professional working for the military, in healthcare and now at a Big 10 institution.

ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® 2020 Article of the Year:
Promoting Physical Activity for Mental Well-being

April 2
12:00-1:00 PM CDT


Stephanie Cooper, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

ACSM’s Publications Committee is pleased to highlight the excellent content its journals are publishing and acknowledges authors whose exemplary work provides readers with unique scientific and practical content. The editorial team of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® has selected “Promoting Physical Activity for Mental Well-Being,” by Stephanie L. Cooper, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP, as the 2020 Paper of the Year.

This lecture will highlight the importance of utilizing physical activity as a way to enhance mental well-being. Attendees will gain a foundational understanding of the impact of single and multiple bouts of physical activity on psychological outcomes (e.g., anxiety, depression, suicidality), and be equipped with strategies to promote physical activity as part of a multi-faceted approach to sustaining or improving mental well-being.  

Registration is Open!

Program Tracks