IDEA & ACSM Health & Fitness Summit     February 22-25, 2024 | Hilton Chicago

American College of Sports Medicine

Fitness Pro Focus

“Fitness Pro Focus” proposals shift the focus away from the client and business and onto the fitness professional. These sessions emphasize enhancement and education in areas such as professional development, physical and mental health and wellness, growth mindset, career pathways, and other assets that specifically serve the fitness and wellness professional.

Key focus: Skill building for the professional.
Goal: Sessions in this category focus on the health, growth, and development of Fitness and Wellness Professionals.

Thursday, February 22


Andy Terrano

CPR/AED Certification Sessions

Session 1: 8 - 10 a.m.
Session 2: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Session 3: 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Session 4: 3 - 5 p.m.
CPR Training Authority are offering 4 classes of CPR/AED to all Summit participants at an additional cost. These classes will be offered at the pre-conference day with a maximum of 20 people in each class.

Kelly Bullard

Kelly Bullard

STRONG Nation™ Instructor Training

Industry Presented Preconference
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Getting your STRONG Nation™ teaching license is just the beginning of your instructor journey. We have got you covered with support and learning tools that are unparalleled in the group fitness arena. You will not only be prepared to teach but to pack your classes and thrive as a successful instructor.Stop counting the reps. Start training to the beat. STRONG Nation™ combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more.


Dane Robinson

The Sold-Out Class Strategy

9 - 11:30 a.m.
Many group instructors deal with low class attendance, boredom, and burnout minimizing their passion and impact in their classes. However few understand the exact key to sweaty smiles, rave reviews, and sold out classes is in the psychology, science, system you bring to the workout! This 2.5 instructor pre-con workshop emphasizes capitalizing on your unique coach persona, understanding the biochemical journey of a member in class, and how to create a replicable class experience without wasting energy. Based on research used to created  Hollywood blockbusters and Dane Robinson’s experience coaching fitness on-camera, this is your Sold-Out Class Strategy!

Friday, February 23

Kelly Bullard

Kelly Bullard

A Taste of CIRCL A Full CIRCL Wellness ExperienceBased on the science of functional movement, CIRCL Mobility™ focuses on flexibility, breathwork, and mobility exercises.

7 - 7:50 a.m.
Round out your fitness routine with a 30-minute or 60-minute live or virtual classes.Unlock the body’s potentialWhether you’re clients are a fitness enthusiast, a busy mom, or a 9-5er, CIRCL Mobility™ helps you teach them how to release stress, restore range of motion, and renew the ability to move better, longer.RELEASEReduce stiffness and tension to feel your best.

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Kary Ott, Bryan Ott

Self-Care: Rewire Stress Management- Vagel Toning for Stress, Trauma and Anxiety

Interactive Workshop
9:20 - 11:10 a.m.
Experience and learn a variety of simple techniques to put into your toolbox to use anytime for self-care or with another to lower the stress response, return to homeostasis by calming both mind and body. The vagus nerve is the superhighway that regulates major functions of sleep, appetite, digestion, elimination, immune function, inflammation, reproduction, emotion regulation and social engagement.  Participants will walk away feeling calm, connected, relaxed, safe, balanced, focused, peaceful and well.

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Lauren Korzan, Wendy Mastin

Calling All Young Professionals! Tips and Advice for Succeeding in Your Career

3:20 - 4:20 p.m.
This presentation will provide advice to recent graduates and young professionals who are starting their careers in the fitness industry. Learn how to set yourself above your peers and succeed in your career from seasoned professionals in the corporate fitness field. We will discuss tips for acing interviews, skills that employers look for beyond education, and non-academic qualities that attract employers. A time for questions and answers will be included at the end of the presentation.

Saturday, February 24

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Scott Schutte, Janine Stichter

The Science of Self-Mastery: Crafting Your Unique Professional Blueprint

1:10 - 2:10 p.m.
This session explores using behavior change strategies to unlock fitness pros' potential. Attendees learn techniques to identify motivations, values and optimal work environments. Presenters share psychological research on self-awareness and habit formation. Through interactive exercises, participants gain personality insights and create personalized blueprints for setting goals, building positive habits and optimizing workplace conditions using behavioral science tools. Before guiding clients, fitness pros must first understand themselves. Fulfilled coaches ignite fulfillment in others.

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Louise Valentine

Boldly Designing a Career and Life you Love: Simple Strategies to Expedite your Success and Candid Lessons Learned

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy an engaging presentation with ACSM Certified Pro of the Year 2023 Louise Valentine, as she shares insights and inspiration from her incredible career journey. Learn how she overcame tremendous obstacles to secure her dream job with the NFL prior to undergraduate graduation, publish research, win accolades across the wellness industry, publish a best-selling book and ultimately, create a thriving holistic business for perimenopausal active women and runners that’s changing health and fitness outcomes for women throughout the world. It’s time to reimagine what’s possible with your fitness certifications and learn simple steps to create a career and life you absolutely love! 

Sunday, February 25


Dane Robinson

Recovery Recharge: A Guided Workout for Fitness Pros

Specialty Workout
7 - 7:50 a.m.
A recovery day can mean more than avoiding movement altogether! Join Dane Robinson, a world renowned coach and trainer, for an experiential overview of intentional programming behind recovery-focused workouts. Dane will share key insights into smarter recovery programming, providing direction on how and why this can be an integral component of a well-rounded exercise regimen for the everyday athlete. Attendees will leave the session with a blueprint for a recovery-focused workout they can utilize with clients. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the power of recovery in action!


Christin Everson

Prioritizing the Fitness Professionals' Well-Being

10 - 11 a.m.
As Fitness professionals, we spend our days caring for the well-being of others, yet making time for our own comprehensive health can be hard. Even with the advanced knowledge and skills we hold, addressing our personal well-being may not be easy. This presentation will explore and validate the unique challenges health and fitness professionals experience. We’ll discuss targeted behavior change principles and motivation concepts to help you better care for yourself and provide a guide for making comprehensive improvements to your well-being.

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