2021 ACSM International Health & Fitness Summit

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Registration Opening 
Early February

  • Dates: April 7-11, 2021 

  • Format: Live, Virtual Event

25th Anniversary Theme: Moving Beyond Barriers

Barriers impede progress. Well-known barriers like perceived lack of time, chronic disease, psychological factors and socioeconomic levels can interfere with the ability to live a healthy lifestyle and reach athletic potential. While barriers can be a roadblock, health fitness professionals can work with clients to eliminate such barriers and achieve health and fitness goals.

ACSM's International Health & Fitness Summit is the ONE place where health fitness professionals like you can explore the full spectrum of the field. You have the opportunity to gain insights from experts and earn continuing education credits by attending sessions, which integrate the science and practice of sports medicine and exercise science.

The summit is the best place to learn how to put the latest scientific findings into practice. Sessions originate from a science core, and speakers deliver practical sessions that you can put into action immediately.

Join us for the 25th anniversary and learn key strategies to overcome common health fitness barriers. 


  • Health Fitness Professionals
  • Personal Trainers
  • Students
  • Club Owners & Managers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Fitness & Wellness Program Directors
  • Educators/Faculty
  • Exercise Physiologists



Opening Keynote: The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance

  • Alex Hutchinson, Author and Journalist, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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ACSM President's Lecture: Breaking Barriers, Melting Silos and Discovering Pathways

  • NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana


Larry Golding Keynote: Preventing Exertional Illness in Athletes and Warfighters

  • Francis G. O’Connor, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, Uniformed Services University Health Services, Bethesda, Maryland


The Dr. Bortz Lecture: HIIT For Heart Failure Patients: Are You Crazy!

  • Peter Brubaker, Ph.D., FACSM, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina