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2018 Personal Trainers Conference

As personal trainers, there is no limit to how far you can elevate your career. Take charge of your potential at the 2018 NSCA Personal Trainers Conference, October 5-7, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

October 05 - 07, 2018 | Baltimore, MD | 2.0 CEUs Category A

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Here, the most forward-thinking trainers, researchers, and fitness innovators in the field will come together to provide you invaluable opportunities to learn, apply, and excel. It’s where you can build a powerful, progressive impact on your career as a fitness professional.

At this unrivaled event, we combine cutting-edge science with dynamic, hands-on application. With these tools, you can advance your knowledge and help make strength and conditioning a commonality in society. From mobility lessons to nutritional and behavioral coaching, business development lectures and more, each session offers something for every level of trainer to take away.

The knowledge needed to take control of your future can be found at Personal Trainers Conference. Advance as a fitness professional. Stand out from the competition. Attract and retain new clients. And propel your business forward like never before.

Find the power in your potential and rise up to a new level. Reserve your spot today.

Accommodations

Location:

Renaissance Baltimore 202 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Rate: 199.00 through September 11th

Make your reservations today!

Registration Information

 Before 
08/22/2018 
08/22/2018-
09/12/2018
After 
09/13/2018
 
Non-Member Conference Registration $410 $445 $470
Current NSCA Member Registration $265 $290 $315
Registration and Join as a Professional Member $385 $410 $435
Student Member Registration $220 $245 $270
Registration and Join as a Student Member $285 $310 $335
       

 * All prices are in USD. Cutoff days are by postmark 
     

PDF Registration Form available HERE


 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

There will be no printed program books available for purchase. All materials will be available electronically via the NSCA Events mobile app.

REFUND POLICY

All refunds must be submitted in writing (mail, fax, email) and should state the reason for cancellation. NO REFUND REQUESTS ACCEPTED VIA PHONE. Full refund less $20 if post-marked by August 21, 2018. 50% refund is postmarked August 22 - September 12, 2018 No refund will be given after September 13, 2018.

 

Schedule

Event Itinerary - Friday, October 5th
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration/ Help Desk Hours

Pick up your registration packet and ask us anything

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
ViPR PRO Shifting
by John Sinclair, CSCS

Hands-On

Many sport injuries to ligaments and tendons relate to a lack of tensile strength—the ability of tissues to stretch in any direction under high force and not tear. While lifting mass improves compressive strength, shifting mass is designed to enhance multi-directional tensile strength. In this session, attendees will learn shifting patterns using ViPR Pro and how to incorporate this form of strength training into a strength and conditioning program to keep athletes strong and resilient throughout their career.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Breaking into the Performance Training Arena as a Personal Trainer
by Mark Roozen, MEd, CSCS, TSAC-F, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA

Lecture

This session will break down the business side of building a profitable performance training business directed at getting athletes from high school and college, as well as elite athletes. The “dos” and “don’ts” of how to excel and build a high level and profitable business will also be covered.

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
One Size Fits One: Individual Variability in Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Athletics
by Charlie Hoolihan, CSCS

Hands-On

Advances in genetics, physical assessments, biomechanical imaging, testing, and other research tools have demonstrated tremendous individual variability in response to exercise, nutritional substrates, and movement potential. These variances require great flexibility in program design from personal trainers and strength and conditioning professionals. This session will cover some of the major discoveries in individual variance, provide examples of assessments to determine specific needs of clients and athletes, and help attendees develop flexible programming strategies to greater assist their clients and athletes.

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
5 Myths About Dietary Protein for Body Composition and Performance
by Mike Nelson, PhD, CSCS

Lecture

Many myths still abound about dietary protein from “too much will destroy your kidneys” to “the amount recommended by the RDA is sufficient for hard training athletes.” This session will bust some myths and explore the truth about dietary protein for body composition and performance.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
7 Game-Changing Glute Training Techniques
by Nick Tumminello, NSCA-CPT

Hands-On

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Assessing Your Client for Metabolic Syndrome
by Judy Quinti, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Lecture

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of comorbidities increasing the risk for heart disease. Obesity, hypertension, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and type II diabetes are the markers that will discussed in this session. Assessments and program planning for these clients are key to a successful client/trainer relationship and a better quality of fitness/health.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
The Active Elongation Methodology: Efficient Approach to Improve and Retain Mobility
by Nicholas Hagen, DPT, PT, CSCS

Hands-On

Mobility dysfunctions are prevalent and often hinder outcomes in training and rehabilitation programs. Attendees of this session will learn principles of active elongation and how to apply to clientele with mobility deficits. Active elongation is based on the concept of agonist activation to assist with antagonist length. The session will cover the science behind tissue adaption and why mobility deficits are present. Additionally, principles of motor control and motor learning will be reviewed in order to understand how to retain mobility gains from active elongation principles. The session will review active elongation techniques for both upper body and lower body dysfunctions and how to incorporate techniques into a training program. Attendees will leave with a toolkit of efficient and evidence based mobilizations principles to improve functional movement.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Anthropometry, Leverages, and Strength Training
by Lee Boyce

Lecture

This session will cover the differences for strength training and conditioning training for lifters of varying dimensions. Additionally covered in this session will be a detail description of what an “ideal for lifting” body type presents, as compared to one that may pose more problems, including how this effects certain lifts. Moreover, discussed will be what matters more for results, such as moving loads, loading movements, superior alternatives to traditional strength training by the numbers, and why this can work effectively.

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Strength Programming for the Hex Bar
by David Otey, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Hands-On

Attendees will learn the advantages of transitioning foundational lifts to using the hex bar. This session will cover the variables that differentiate the hex bar versus the traditional barbell, biomechanical advantages to using the hex bar, and research that supports the hex bar’s capabilities to develop the body in ways the barbell may not be able.

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
How To Use Video on Social Media to Grow Your Fitness Brand
by Scott Rawcliffe

Lecture

Event Itinerary - Saturday, October 6th
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration/ Help Desk Open
8:20 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 AM - 7:50 AM
Balanced Athlete
by Johnny Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Hands-On

Kick off your shoes and experience the Balanced Athlete® to learn an organized way of assessing and teaching integrated movement principles and techniques that will improve movement efficiency. Be prepared to be challenged, sweat, and get energized.

7:50 AM - 8:20 AM
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Secrets of Elite Performance: Functional and Neurological Based Training
by Grove Higgins, CSCS

Hands-On

Training must address the needs of the individual to achieve optimal results. Understanding the basic principles of physical exercise performance will help the personal trainer be able to more effectively use their knowledge to get uncommon results and work with a broader range of clientele.

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Be Legendary. 10 Steps for Leading an Impactful Life
by Bert Sorin

Lecture

Bert Sorin takes attendees through 10 tenets of leading an impactful life through various stories and experiences. Attendees will be given tips on brand development, job retention, relationship management, and ongoing education. Sorin will weave these topics together to create a more proactive approach at success.

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Hormone-Balancing Exercise Prescriptions
by Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS

Lecture

Attendees of this session will learn hormone imbalances and their meaning for exercise prescription. This session will cover the importance of interpreting signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance as they relate to adrenal fatigue, lack of progress, weight loss resistance, weight gain, sleep disruption, and the importance of programming to help correct imbalances and improve performance. Also included in this session will be a discussion of how to refer for testing or work with health practitioners.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Unlock and Own Hip Mobility to Enhance Performance and Prevent Pain
by Dana Santas, CSCS

Hands-On

Sponsored by Perform Better

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn hip mobility training techniques that can create powerful, full range of hip movement that not only enhances athletic performance but prevent pain and injury. This session will also cover how to leverage the relationship between breathing mechanics and ribcage, spine, and pelvis alignment to dramatically increase efficacy in commonly known exercises that might otherwise produce subpar results.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Resistance Training Frequency: How Often Should You Train to Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy?
by Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, CSPS,*D, FNSCA

Lecture

This session will explore the role of resistance training frequency in promoting muscular adaptations. Evidence-based opinions will be made from the current research, as well as taking individual needs and abilities into account. Practical conclusions will be drawn, providing guidance for application in the field.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
From Successful Trainer To Gym Owner – 9 Steps To Open Your First Facility
by David Crump, NSCA-CPT, RCPT*D

Lecture

At some point in their career, almost every single fitness professional will consider opening their own facility to grow their business and make their mark on the industry. What most of these coaches and trainers will quickly realize, however, is that while they have spent countless hours honing their craft, they have not accumulated the knowledge to confidently open their own facility. The transition from trainer to facility owner can be very intimidating and full of surprises. This session will take the guesswork out of the process by providing a tried and true system to successfully opening a first facility.

10:30 AM - 11:20 PM
ViPR Pro Loaded Mobility Training
by John Sinclair, CSCS

Hands-On

Athletes with poor mobility in the foot, ankle, hip, and spine are at risk for injury. Moving with light load through multiple variable directions fortifies mobility, stability, strength, and control. In this session, attendees will learn how to use light loads with variable positioning of the ViPR Pro to enhance mobility and to program it into movement preparation and recovery programs.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
From Inspiration to Passion, the Five Constructs of the Motivation Process
by Mike Israetel

Lecture

Hunger is a large impediment to success in both fat loss and muscle gain attempts. Being too hungry can throw off even the most diligent of dieters from a fat loss plan and not being hungry enough can prevent even the most passionate weight trainers from gaining muscle at desired rates. In this session, detail will be provided on the science and practice of using alterations in the nuances of dieting to either increase or decrease hunger and fullness so that diets can more likely be successfully implemented.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Strength Training for Fat Loss
by Nick Tumminello, NSCA-CPT

Lecture

Research shows that for safe and effective fat loss, it is important to watch diet and focus on using metabolic strength training. One of the best methods for maximizing the metabolic demand of each strength training workout are metabolic complexes. In this session attendees will learn a variety of top metabolic strength training complexes—using barbells to bodyweight training—that can immediately be used to help clients maximize fat loss and maintain muscle.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Advanced Individualization: The Squat Pattern
by John Rusin, DPT, PT, CSCS

Hands-On

The squat and deadlift movements are staple exercises in nearly every type of fitness and performance program; however, many times, they also present with the most risk for the athlete or client when patterns, variations, and coaching is not customized to their unique physical and neurological presentations. In this hands-on session, John Rusin will review his five-step sequence for assessing, programming, and optimizing the squat and hip hinge patterns based on an athlete’s biomechanical body type, neurological skill levels, and generalized training goals to build longevity and pain-free capacity in training.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
LTAD for the Personal Trainer: Programming Across the Lifespan
by Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS

Lecture

Long-term athletic development (LTAD) applies to everyone, at all ages and abilities. This session provides personal trainers with the practical information to implement the 10 pillars of LTAD from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Position Statement on LTAD for youth, high school, college, adult, and older adult populations. Program design considerations for each group will be shared and the influence of LTAD across all groups will be highlighted.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Define YOUR Scorecard to Better Lead, Inspire, and Empower
by Brian Nguyen, CSCS

Lecture

Sponsored by Perform Better

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Lunch Break
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Motor Control Training: It’s Not a Rep Counting Thing
by Brian Nguyen, CSCS

Hands-On

Sponsored by Perform Better

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Understanding of Scapular Dyskinesis
by Michael Polascik, CSCS

Lecture

In this session, the concept of scapular dyskinesis will be presented, including the causes, how scapular dyskinesis is recognized, how it is treated, what exercise selection can be used as treatment, and what are the consequences of not addressing scapular dyskinesis. Anatomy will be reviewed via a video of a cadaver dissection with explanation and identification of relevant anatomical structures and function.

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Manipulating Hunger Through Dietary Strategies
by Mike Israetel

Lecture

Food tastes good. Sometimes so good that we cannot seem to get enough of it. We often overeat, and we either fail to accomplish our performance or aesthetic goals because of this or flat out become unhealthy from excess weight gain. On the other hand, when trying to gain weight on purpose, it becomes very hard to eat enough food to do so, especially the more weight you gain and if you are trying to keep the diet healthy during the weight gain process. But it turns out you can manipulate the desirability of food and the hunger associated with it by altering your diet in well-studied, practically-applicable ways. This session will provide practical information on how to stick to a diet that gets best results. 

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Dynamic Warm-up for Strength and Power Workouts
by Bobby Smith

Hands-On

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Training Techniques for Optimal Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
by David Barr, TSAC-F,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, CSCS,*D, CSPS,*D

Lecture

Right now, most people are using less than 1/3 of their strength potential—even on their heaviest lifting days. By tapping this little-known resource, attendees of this session will be able to optimize muscle growth and strength, as well as boost long-term ability to lose fat. Whether a physique competitor, strength coach, or personal trainer, this game changing innovation you can apply right away.

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Recovery: Tapping the Too-Often Overlooked Key to Moving, Feeling and Performing Better
by Dana Santas, CSCS

Lecture

Sponsored by Perform Better

Although training strengthens and improves the body, it puts high demands on it to do so. Compounded by the stresses of daily life, too often, minds and bodies get locked in the aspect of nervous system designed to deal with high-demand, high-stress situations. Consequently it becomes difficult to switch the autonomic nervous system (ANS) from a sympathetic state of “fight or flight” to the necessary “rest and restore” parasympathetic state. Over time, this will not only inhibit training gains, but can also lead to chronic physiological and psychological issues like sleep problems, neck and back pain, headaches, difficulty focusing, short-term memory loss, irritability/agitation, depression, and more. Attendees of this session will learn how they can leverage simple yet effective techniques to profoundly improve their breathing biomechanics and unlock their ANS to access their “rest and restore” state. Also included will be a look at restorative/corrective exercises designed to reduce common aches and pains that inhibit functional range of motion and contribute to poor posture and chronic tension. Finally, this session will teach attendees how to integrate all of these techniques into overall strength and conditioning programs.

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Advanced Individualization: The Overhead Pattern
by John Rusin; DPT, PT, CSCS

Hands-On

In this session, John Rusin will review his quick screening system to assess movement quality of the upper quadrants and shoulder complex, along with how to assess shoulder types and optimal positions for more pain-free pressing and pulling. Pyramidal programming structure for both the horizontal and vertical pushing and pulling patterns will also be defined to take the findings from screening and assessing the shoulder straight into action.

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Training the Trainers’ Eye. A Guide to Qualitative Analysis in Early Personal Trainer Development
by Jeff Aker, MEd, CSCS

Lecture

Personal trainers entering the field have access to a variety of methods, equipment, and exercises for their clients. What a variety may lack, however, is the ability to guide a personal trainer in making decisions that best suit the client and best match the current skillset of the personal trainer. The aim of this session is to propose a greater interdisciplinary balance of training methods through proposing continuing education strategies around core principles of qualitative biomechanical analysis and core movements practiced in personal training settings.

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
The PaleoKetoVeganMacroFasting Diet: Stop the Madness
by Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS

Lecture

There is certainly no shortage of fad diets and diet “trends” to choose from, with each one promising a new twist on how to get lean, get big, or get fit. Unfortunately, the claims typically exceed the evidence and the hype exceeds the reality. This session will cover both the science and the myth surrounding some of these more popular diet trends, with a focus on theory versus reality. Practical applications will be included in an effort to help personal trainers and clients identify reasonable, sustainable, and effective dietary strategies to meet their goals.

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
3D Legs: New Drills to Add a Unique “Twist” to Training and Get to the Cause of Injuries
by Michael Griffith, PT, CSCS

Hands-On

Transverse and frontal plane leg movements are crucial for performance as well as a component of lower extremity injuries. However, most training methods focus on the sagittal plane, while rotational and frontal movements are often overlooked. This session will examine the biomechanics of the hip and lower extremity and how it affects strength and injury. The lab section will have demonstrations of agility drills, strength training, and explosiveness drills from a performance perspective. The drills will add a unique advantage to the personal trainers list of favorite exercises.

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
The Fitness Business Owner Journey: 5 Stages of Skill Development For Success
by Ryan Ketchum

Lecture

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Nutrient Timing: Impacts on Hypertrophy and Training
by Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS

Lecture

While “what you eat” is rightly the cornerstone of improving health and performance, “when you eat” may also be an important factor in optimizing adaptations. In recent years, the concept of protein timing has been confused with the broader concept of nutrient timing. However, nutrient timing involves the purposeful ingestion of all types of nutrients at various times throughout the day to favorably impact the adaptive response to acute and chronic exercise (e.g., muscle strength and power, body composition, substrate utilization, and physical performance). This session will discuss pre-, during-, and post-workout nutrition strategies for enhancing muscle growth, as well as improve performance. Concepts related to meal spacing throughout the day, nighttime feeding, and carbohydrate periodization will be discussed.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
NSCA Social – All Attendees, Speakers and Exhibitors Welcome
Event Itinerary - Sunday, October 7th
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration/ Help Desk Open
7:00 AM - 8:20 AM
From the Ground-Up: An Evaluation of Power Training Techniques
by Ryan Keller, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Hands-On

Attendees will explore the current research and application of training techniques aimed at improving power in clients and athletes. By looking at popular programming applications, this session will seek to determine the effectiveness of widely used methods such as plyometrics, weightlifting, and speed training. Considerations will be made for ways that personal trainers and strength coaches can enhance the carryover to performance in life and sport.

7:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Functional Training for the Pregnant Client: Summary of Evidence and Sampling the Workout
by Allison Bowersock, PhD, CSCS and Stephanie Paplinskie, MBA

Hands-On

Attendees of this session will learn the most recent evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for training pregnant clients. Then, attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration of program design and training principles for pregnant clients. Also, included in this session will be coaching cues and program design recommendations for training pregnant clients.

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Recruitment through Training, Building the Perfect Trainer
by Douglas Sheppard, NSCA-CPT

Lecture

Much has been written about running a gym or studio with little about building the optimal staff. The training/coaching staff will be one of the biggest determining factors in the success of a gym or fitness studio. This session will discuss where to find, attract, and develop them.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
SKILLATHLETIC Training
by Marty Miller

Hands-On

Sponsored by Technogym

Brought to you from the leaders and innovators in functional training equipment, immerse yourself in the evolution of true Performance Training. Technogym’s SkillAthletic approach breaks down performance into four key variables: power, speed, stamina, and skill. Trainers and club operators will not only experience this intelligent approach towards the performance trend, but also explore the four fundamental pillars of Technogym Format Training Experience.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Coach Online Like You Coach Offline: How to Stand Apart in a Crowded, Trendy Market
by Kourtney Thomas, CSCS

Lecture

This session will cover the current shift in the coaching market toward online and virtual delivery, addressing the pitfalls and opportunities. Viable options and case studies of successful and professional virtual coaching businesses will also be presented. Additionally, attendees will learn action steps and frameworks for how to stand apart from the crowd and provide a credible, high-quality product to clientele virtually.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Somatic Dysfunction and Low Back Pain: Programming a Neutral Pelvis for the Personal Trainer
by Todd Rinder, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Hands-On

Attendees of this session will understand somatic dysfunction (SD) and compare it to the biomedical model of low back pain. Additionally, this session will show how SD influences posture, alignment, and breathing, as well as delve into the programming of exercises for a neutral pelvis.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
The Dirty World of Triathlon: Training and Racing Demands of Xterra
by Chris Harnish, PhD, CSCS

Lecture

Triathlon is growing at a phenomenal rate in the United States and worldwide. This session will cover the general aspects of triathlon, then compare and contrast them with off-road (XTERRA) triathlon. Specifically, this session will include the key differences in training and racing for off-road triathlon, as well as the impact of the swim on cycling and mountain biking. The differences in pacing strategies for the bike and how the mountain bike leg impacts the run differently than road triathlon will also be discussed. Finally, key aspects of race nutrition will be highlighted.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Rotational Training for the Everyday Athlete
by David Otey

Hands-On

Rotation and anti-rotation is a key element of sports performance and activities of daily living. Training individuals to better performance and enjoy life is a priority. Attendees will learn the anatomy and biomechanics of rotational power and how to implement it with all of their clients.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Advances in Sports Nutrition: The Latest in Nutrition, Supplementation, Relative Blood Work and Gene Testing on All Aspects of Athletic Performance
by Dawn Weatherwax, ATC, RD, CSCS, CSSD

Lecture

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
A Flexibility Script Guide to Banded Movement Mobilizations
by Laura Noyes, NSCA-CPT

Hands-On

The joint capsule is perhaps the least talked about and understood flexibility component that can ultimately affect healthy joint range of motion and tissue health. Most stretching techniques focus on stretching isolated, individual muscles. While this approach does have success, in some cases, it can fail to provide lasting results. Attendees of this session will learn how to safely integrate proven and effective banded movement mobilizations into exercise programs to help in increasing flexibility along with clearing restrictions and imbalances in the fascia and joints. When range of motion in a joint is restricted, range of motion in the muscle is also restricted. Restriction in one joint capsule can then lead to restrictions and compensations in other parts of the body. Attendees will learn how to safely restore and gain joint flexibility with the use of pull-up bands to improve hip, shoulder, hamstring, back, neck, ankle, and wrist flexibility.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Behavioral Changes and Physical Activity: Progressive Program Design
by Susie Reiner

Lecture

Education, experience, and practical technique is essential for the fitness professional, but the client’s belief, commitment, and ability to meet their goals is the overarching responsibility. Attendees will learn realistic goal setting in each stage of change to ensure program design is truly individualized and progressed for the client. This session will review the importance of effective communication and relativeness with clientele and discuss the cultivation of intrinsic motivation from beginners to advanced athletes to develop self-efficacy at all levels of performance.

Live Stream Information

Event Itinerary - Friday
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Breaking into the Performance Training Arena as a Personal Trainer
by Mark Roozen, MEd, CSCS, TSAC-F, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA

This session will break down the business side of building a profitable performance training business directed at getting athletes from high school and college, as well as elite athletes. The “dos” and “don’ts” of how to excel and build a high level and profitable business will also be covered.

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
5 Myths About Dietary Protein for Body Composition and Performance
by Mike Nelson, PhD, CSCS

Many myths still abound about dietary protein from “too much will destroy your kidneys” to “the amount recommended by the RDA is sufficient for hard training athletes.” This session will bust some myths and explore the truth about dietary protein for body composition and performance.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Assessing your Client for Metabolic Syndrome
by Judy Quinti, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

hypertension, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and type II diabetes are the markers that will discussed in this session. Assessments and program planning for these clients are key to a successful client/trainer relationship and a better quality of fitness/health.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Anthropometry, Leverages, and Strength Training
by Lee Boyce

This session will cover the differences for strength training and conditioning training for lifters of varying dimensions. Additionally covered in this session will be a detail description of what an “ideal for lifting” body type presents, as compared to one that may pose more problems, including how this effects certain lifts. Moreover, discussed will be what matters more for results, such as moving loads, loading movements, superior alternatives to traditional strength training by the numbers, and why this can work effectively.

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
How To Use Video on Social Media to Grow Your Fitness Brand
by Scott Rawcliffe
Event Itinerary - Saturday
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Be Legendary. 10 Steps for Leading an Impactful Life
by Bert Sorin

Bert Sorin takes attendees through 10 tenets of leading an impactful life through various stories and experiences. Attendees will be given tips on brand development, job retention, relationship management, and ongoing education. Sorin will weave these topics together to create a more proactive approach at success.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
From Successful Trainer To Gym Owner – 9 Steps To Open Your First Facility
by David Crump, NSCA-CPT, RCPT*D

At some point in their career, almost every single fitness professional will consider opening their own facility to grow their business and make their mark on the industry. What most of these coaches and trainers will quickly realize, however, is that while they have spent countless hours honing their craft, they have not accumulated the knowledge to confidently open their own facility. The transition from trainer to facility owner can be very intimidating and full of surprises. This session will take the guesswork out of the process by providing a tried and true system to successfully opening a first facility.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Lecture From Inspiration to Passion, the Five Constructs of the Motivation Process
by Mike Israetel, PhD

Hunger is a large impediment to success in both fat loss and muscle gain attempts. Being too hungry can throw off even the most diligent of dieters from a fat loss plan and not being hungry enough can prevent even the most passionate weight trainers from gaining muscle at desired rates. In this session, detail will be provided on the science and practice of using alterations in the nuances of dieting to either increase or decrease hunger and fullness so that diets can more likely be successfully implemented.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Define YOUR Scorecard to Better Lead, Inspire, and Empower
by Brian Nguyen, CSCS
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Understanding of Scapular Dyskinesis
by Michael Polascik, CSCS

In this session, the concept of scapular dyskinesis will be presented, including the causes, how scapular dyskinesis is recognized, how it is treated, what exercise selection can be used as treatment, and what are the consequences of not addressing scapular dyskinesis. Anatomy will be reviewed via a video of a cadaver dissection with explanation and identification of relevant anatomical structures and function.

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Training Techniques for Optimal Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
by David Barr, TSAC-F,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, CSCS,*D, CSPS,*D

Right now, most people are using less than 1/3 of their strength potential—even on their heaviest lifting days. By tapping this little-known resource, attendees of this session will be able to optimize muscle growth and strength, as well as boost long-term ability to lose fat. Whether a physique competitor, strength coach, or personal trainer, this game changing innovation you can apply right away.

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
The PaleoKetoVeganMacroFasting Diet: Stop the Madness
by Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS, FACSM, FISSN

There is certainly no shortage of fad diets and diet “trends” to choose from, with each one promising a new twist on how to get lean, get big, or get fit. Unfortunately, the claims typically exceed the evidence and the hype exceeds the reality. This session will cover both the science and the myth surrounding some of these more popular diet trends, with a focus on theory versus reality. Practical applications will be included in an effort to help personal trainers and clients identify reasonable, sustainable, and effective dietary strategies to meet their goals.

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
The Fitness Business Owner Journey: 5 Stages of Skill Development For Success
by Ryan Ketchum

Learn what skills, challenges and resources are need at every stage of the journey as a fitness professional making the leap into business ownership. Attendees of this session will be able to identify the key sales, marketing, and business competencies that are required to have success in a competitive industry. This session will cover lessons on client acquisition, selling, systems development, and management.

Event Itinerary - Sunday
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Recruitment through Training, Building the Perfect Trainer
by Douglas Sheppard, NSCA-CPT

Much has been written about running a gym or studio with little about building the optimal staff. The training/coaching staff will be one of the biggest determining factors in the success of a gym or fitness studio. This session will discuss where to find, attract, and develop them.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Coach Online Like You Coach Offline: How to Stand Apart in a Crowded, Trendy Market
by Kourtney Thomas, CSCS

This session will cover the current shift in the coaching market toward online and virtual delivery, addressing the pitfalls and opportunities. Viable options and case studies of successful and professional virtual coaching businesses will also be presented. Additionally, attendees will learn action steps and frameworks for how to stand apart from the crowd and provide a credible, high-quality product to clientele virtually.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
The Dirty World of Triathlon: Training and Racing Demands of Xterra
by Chris Harnish, MS, CSCS

Triathlon is growing at a phenomenal rate in the United States and worldwide. This session will cover the general aspects of triathlon, then compare and contrast them with off-road (XTERRA) triathlon. Specifically, this session will include the key differences in training and racing for off-road triathlon, as well as the impact of the swim on cycling and mountain biking. The differences in pacing strategies for the bike and how the mountain bike leg impacts the run differently than road triathlon will also be discussed. Finally, key aspects of race nutrition will be highlighted.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Advances in Sports Nutrition: The Latest in Nutrition, Supplementation, Relative Blood Work and Gene Testing on All Aspects of Athletic Performance
by Dawn Weatherwax, ATC, RD, CSCS, CSSD

The world of sports nutrition continues to advance. Today we will review general nutrition tips that can help all levels. We will review the latest research on supplements such as on BCAAs, Glutamine, Gelatin, Beta Alanine, Beet Root Juice, Tart Cherry Juice and Caffeine have on the athlete. Discuss relative blood work that impacts health and performance (Vit D, B12, Folate, Ferritin). Review the advancement of DNA Gene testing via salvia and glycogen testing in the muscle and the knowledge it provides on all aspects of performance.

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Behavioral Changes and Physical Activity: Progressive Program Design
by Susie Reiner

Education, experience, and practical technique is essential for the fitness professional, but the client’s belief, commitment, and ability to meet their goals is the overarching responsibility. Attendees will learn realistic goal setting in each stage of change to ensure program design is truly individualized and progressed for the client. This session will review the importance of effective communication and relativeness with clientele and discuss the cultivation of intrinsic motivation from beginners to advanced athletes to develop self-efficacy at all levels of performance.

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Exhibitor

We are excited to host the 2018 Personal Training Conference in Baltimore, Maryland October 5-7, 2018.

We end the year with the Personal Training conference held at the Renaissance Baltimore Hotel. About 300 attendees will be joining us for this very interactive conference. The majority of attendees are personal trainers who work in corporate fitness gyms or own their private business as personal trainers.

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“It’s a great show where vendors and attendees are able to meet face-to-face within a well-organized, casual educational format.” - Perform Better

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