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.

Workshop: Pick Things Up and Put them Down: Mastering the Deadlift 

Live Discussion/Demo:
April 8
11:15 AM-12:00 PM EDT


Michelle Arent

The deadlift, otherwise known as pick heavy thing up from the floor, is a basic physical literacy movement that many shy away from in the gym. Learn the importance of including deadlifts in your clients’ training programs, explore variants that are useful for different populations, trouble shoot common movement pattern deficiencies, and master cueing tips and tricks to make any client comfortable and successful with the deadlift.

Workshop: Game On! 

Live Discussion/Demo:
April 8
4:30-5:15 PM EDT


Aimee Nicotera

Incorporating play and games into your group fitness classes can add excitement and fun, as well as foster a positive perception of exercise with all ages and fitness levels! Learn how to effectively manage and organize groups, small and large, in order to add fitness focused play into your group programming. You will walk away with 20+ ideas ready to try tomorrow! 

Relevant A&P for Training Transgender Clients

Live Q&A:
April 9
12:00-12:30 PM EDT


Joslyn Ahlgren

This presentation will highlight anatomical and physiological considerations for exercise professionals to be aware of when working with transgender clients. Additionally, safe and respectful recommendations for adapting fitness assessments and exercise prescriptions will be provided to accommodate individuals in transition.

Workshop: Holistic Core Training for Everyone

Live Discussion/Demo:
April 9
2:15-3:00 PM EDT

Recommended Equipment: Mat, stability ball, balance ball, foam roller, resistance band and kettlebell (equipment not required to participate or watch)


Alexis Batrakoulis

Core stability is popular buzzword in the fitness industry these days. Exercises like planks, crunches, Russian twists and loaded carries are widely incorporated into rehabilitation, sports performance and fitness programs to prevent injuries and improve function, health and performance in athletes and the general population. However, several myths and misconceptions exist about core stability training. In this workshop, get familiar with scientific evidence, proven practical drills and program design methodology on core stability training for a variety of clients, with a focus on previously inactive individuals that might demonstrate imbalances, disfunctions and poor functional capacity.

Workshop: ABC's of Core Training

Live Discussion/Demo:
April 10
8:00-8:45 AM EDT

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Eric D'Agati

Core training is utilized in everyone’s exercise training program. This type of training is often defined differently depending on the exercise professional or individual. Learn about the core’s purpose and function, thereby providing a better understanding on how certain exercises or activities impact the core. The focus of the session will be on how to select specific exercises or activities that will have the greatest impact in improving and enhancing core function. Eric D'Agati will demonstrate exercises and drills that focus on self-awareness, breathing and motor control, which positively influence core functioning.

Exercise Doesn't Play Fair

Live Q&A:
April 10
11:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT


 Beth Taylor

Give an individual an exercise program, wait six months and then reassess. Will everyone respond the same? No, and this variability frustrates clients and exercise professionals alike. This lecture addresses some of the factors that contribute to the variable response in exercise training and highlights strategies to equal the playing field for exercise prescription and training.


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