Exercise Interventions for Chronic Disease or Other Health Challenges

Exercise interventions can be tailored to reach individuals with chronic disease or other health challenges such as cancer, hypertension, obesity and low back pain. Proposals should increase the knowledge and competency of health fitness professionals to provide safe and effective exercise prescription for individuals with chronic disease and other health challenges, as well as provide guidance on when to refer a client back to a physician or more specialized exercise training with a clinical exercise physiologist.

Workshop: Training the Adult with Obesity

Live Demonstration/Discussion: 
April 8
2:45 - 3:15 PM EDT

Recommended Equipment: Mat, chair, balloon, stability ball, foam roller, resistance band, medicine ball, and kettlebell/dumbbell (equipment not required to participate or watch)


Alexis Batrakoulis

Working with clients impacted by obesity is not only a challenging task, it’s also a demanding lifetime mission for fitness professionals around the globe. This interactive workshop will build a bridge between scientific knowledge and skill application with a focus on hands-on coaching skills for clients with obesity. Learn how to apply ‘’people-first language for obesity” when training individuals with unhealthy weight and empower them to live the dream of a positive and engaging exercise experience. Simple assessments, smart warm-up drills, fitness games, partner exercises, progressions and modifications for all primal movements, coaching and cueing techniques will be demonstrated.

Workshop: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: 5 Key Exercise

Live Event:
April 9
9:45-11:15 AM EDT

Recommended Equipment: Small ball, roller and resistance bands (equipment not required to participate or watch)
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Joy Puleo

Pelvic floor dysfunction affects almost 25% of women, and its prevalence increases with age, BMI and medical procedures like hysterectomies. This class will review pelvic floor dysfunction, the pelvic floor musculature and review five exercises which specifically address the pelvic floor. Come and explore the need for understanding exercise form, breath, intra-abdominal pressure and muscle co-activation when teaching exercises to enhance pelvic floor functionality.

Recognizing the Health Benefits of Resistance Exercise: Beyond a Footnote

Live Q&A: 
April 9
1:30-2:00 PM EDT


Eric Rawson


Stuart Phillips

Prof. Eric Rawson, FACSM, and Prof. Stuart Phillips, FACSM, will present up-to-date, evidence-based data on the impact of resistance exercise training on health. Learn about evidence that will show resistance exercise is as effective, or in some domains more effective, in promoting health as aerobic exercise. The symposium will cover diabetes, sarcopenia (mobility), mental health, cardiovascular disease, cancer and fall risk.

AceBuddies: A Community-based Fitness Program for Individuals with Disabilities

Live Q&A: 
April 10
8:00-8:30 AM EDT


Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer

Learn about the latest research on barriers to fitness for individuals with special needs and a community-based program designed to address those barriers.


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