Exercise Programming

Health fitness professionals require up-to-date information to effectively develop safe, appropriate and effective exercise programs. Proposals should focus on advancements in fitness assessment, exercise prescription or health and fitness programming based on current research and evidence-based practice. Sessions should provide immediate takeaways for the health fitness practitioner.

How to Effectively Serve People with Disability in your Exercise Programs

Interactive Workshop

April 1
1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Bonner-Kelly

Kelly Bonner

Did you know 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have a disability? Chances are you are already serving someone with a disability and if you aren't you are clearly missing out. The ADA and other accessibility laws have been in place for over 30 years yet many facilities continue to miss the mark when it comes to true equity and inclusion. This session will guide fitness professionals through basic disability education and programming and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully serve people with disability. It will also cover the updated CIFT provided by ACSM.

Programming for Enhanced Function with Kyphosis

Interactive Workshop

April 1
1:00-2:30 PM CDT

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Candice Campbell

When you can’t correct, provide mobility and stabilize! Kyphosis is a common spinal deviation we see in diverse age groups. While fully correcting kyphosis may not be always feasible, fitness professionals can still encourage strength throughout the spine and improve thoracic spine functional mobility. Learn how to better assess spine movement and design dynamic strength and mobility programs to optimize function.

Advanced Spinal Rehab; Conditions, Correctives and Solutions

Lecture
April 1                                              April 2
1:30-2:30 PM CDT            9:30-10:30 AM CDT

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Brian Richey

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in America with more than 80% of Americans suffering from low back pain at some point in their lifetime. Exercise has been shown to be one of the top treatment options for LBP, but it has to be the right exercise for a given condition. Learn in depth the different spinal conditions you may face and what you can do to help these clients manage and recover fully.

Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Performance Specialist: An Introduction

Interactive Workshop
April 1                                              April 2
3:00-4:30 PM CDT            5:00-6:30 PM CDT

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Milica McDowell

This introductory course is designed to help health and fitness professionals learn safe, simple, and effective systems and tactics to enhance human performance potential. Attendees will learn about the complex interactions of multiple different sensorimotor and cognitive systems that influence how we move under physical and psychological stress.

Do it Right – Teaching Barbell Movements and Implementing a Premium Strength Program in Your Facility - Part 1, Low-Velocity Exercises

Interactive Workshop
April 1
5:00-6:30 PM CDT

In this workshop Pete Ronai, Kyle Kercher and Brad Roy provide attendees with "Do It Right" primary barbell exercises, training progressions and regressions and auxiliary exercises. The two-part session is divided into a "low velocity exercise" focus on day one and "high velocity/power exercises" on day two.

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Kyle Kercher

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Training Force Transmission Through the Upper Body

Interactive Workshop
April 1                                                    April 2
5:00-6:00 PM CDT                1:00-2:00 PM CDT

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Alex McLean

Between our technologically centered life and the natural aging process, upper body strength diminishes significantly. A strong upper body is required for optimal function in sport and critical to daily life. This workshop will show you movement complexes useful in a group exercise or personal training environment for developing and maintaining power and force transmission through the upper body.

Hands Off Partner Play

Interactive Workshop
April 2
9:30-11:00 AM CDT

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Aimee Nicotera

Adding accountability and cognitive strategies to a training session adds another level of challenge for both the mind and body. Incorporating the element of play in the mix adds a ton of fun!  Many of us know the benefits of working in pairs, but due to the risk of exchanging germs or just being grossed out by sweat, we don’t want to actual touch another’s hand or body! Smart Hands Off Partner Play brings you the perfect mix of brain training, accountability, engagement and fun….all at a safe distance without the invasive element.

Small Group Training Program Design Time Saving Solutions

Interactive Workshop
April 2
3:00-4:30 PM CDT

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Keli Roberts



Without a system, designing and developing Small Group Training programs can be a time-consuming challenge. In a hands-on environment, through interactive practical application, trainers will learn simple systems structured to save time and produce results for clients. Discover creative strategies to expand your toolbox and walk away with unlimited ideas for your Small Group Training programs.

Do it Right – Teaching Barbell Movements and Implementing a Premium Strength Program in Your Facility - Part 2, High-Velocity Exercises

Interactive Workshop
April 2
3:00-4:30 PM CDT

In this workshop Pete Ronai, Kyle Kercher and Brad Roy provide attendees with "Do It Right" primary barbell exercises, training progressions and regressions and auxiliary exercises. The two-part session is divided into a "low velocity exercise" focus on day one and "high velocity/power exercises" on day two. 

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Peter-Ronai

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Kyle Kercher

Peter Ronai

Brad Roy

Strength and Power Training for Older Adults: Evidence to Practice

Interactive Workshop
April 2
3:00-4:30 PM CDT

Cody Sipe

Cody Sipe

Strength training has long been considered the "go to" exercise for improving function in older adults but more and more evidence suggests that power training may provide additional advantages over strength training. Power training is a safe and effective for older adults with a wide range of functional abilities and health conditions. This session will explore the evidence related to the functional benefits of strength and power training and will teach a number of exercises and techniques appropriate for older adults including those with chronic health concerns. It will also explore programming variables such as sets, reps, speed and load.

Myths and Truths of Recovery Techniques

Lecture
April 3
8:00-9:00 AM CDT

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Mike Bracko

Recovery techniques are becoming increasingly important to the high performing fitness athlete, and trainers, to reduce fatigue, enhance performance, and prepare for the next work-out.  There are many techniques, but only a few have been proven by research to be effective.  The research has focused primarily on foam rolling, cold water baths, post work-out snack, sleep, and stretching.  This session will explore recovery techniques proven to work, and dispel myths about techniques that have no objective proof.  This session is helpful to trainers looking to enhance their understanding of recovery for their clients, but equally important recovery for their repeated training load when working with clients.

Mobility Training for Strength and Flexibility

Interactive Workshop
April 3
9:45-11:15 AM CDT

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Mike Bracko

Warm-up for exercise and sports has evolved over the last 10 - 20 years.  No longer do we perform only static stretching for a warm-up.  The "new and exciting" way to warm-up is doing mobility training.  Mobility training is considered one of the best forms of a warm-up for our clients because it works on: 1) increased range of motion of joints, 2) improve balance, posture, & core stability, 3) trainers can use their imagination in developing exercises, and 4) it is a great warm-up and a good recovery work-out.

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