2019 Personal Trainer’s Virtual Conference

Kick your career into high gear with the NSCA’s first interactive, web-based conference.

October 07 - 11, 2019 | Online Only 12pm-5pm EST | 2 CEUs Category A

NSCA Virtual Personal Training Conference


We heard you when you said time with your clients is critical, and you need more flexibility in your professional development. We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held virtually, to offer a convenient and affordable way to increase access to the cutting-edge content and education you’ve come to expect. This dynamic event will provide up-close and personal access with the industry’s best and brightest. And in response to your requests for more in-depth Q&A - we’re making Q&A an even bigger part of the experience to more effectively educate, elevate and help raise your personal training career to the next level.

  • Witness anatomy first-hand during the “Cadavers in Motion” cadaver dissection.
  • Deepen your knowledge with lectures on training methods, program design, group training and more!
  • Apply what you learn to your clients, as soon as you learn it.
  • Gain clients and grow your career with business development strategies and sales and marketing tips.
  • Kick the diet fads to the curb with performance-based nutrition knowledge.
  • Interact with speakers on a more personal level with enhanced live Q&A.

Join us virtually from anywhere in the world - from the comfort of your home, office or studio!

*A full recording of the conference will be available online for event registrants to access for a year.

Special Message from Joe Drake


  Through Aug 21 August 22-Sept 12 After Sept 12
Non-Member Registration $410 $445 $470
Professional Membership Registration $265 $290 $315
Registration + Professional Membership $385 $410 $435
Student Member Registration $220 $245 $270
Registration + Student Membership $285 $310 $335

Complete the PDF Registration form and email to conferences@nsca.com

Schedule - Times Listed are EASTERN TIME

Event Itinerary - Monday, October 7 - Times listed are ET
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Full-Split Training: The Best of Both Worlds
by Jim Stoppani, PhD
  1. Identify the benefits and drawbacks of Full Body vs. Split Body Part training programs.
  2. Describe how combining Full Body and Split Body Part training methods can simultaneously result in muscle growth and body fat losses.
  3. Design programs to incorporate both Full Body and Split Body Part training methods.
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Performance Recovery System (lecture & practical)
by John Rusin, DPT, PT, CSCS
  1. Learn how to differentiate soft tissue work used for pre-training from those used for recovery and regeneration.
  2. Learn how to utilize mobility, stretching and flow to spark the recovery process.
  3. Conceptualize the power of concentric emphasized power drills in it’s relation to recovery.
  4. Be able to implement positional parasympathetic breathing post-training to reduce sympathetic response.
  5. Use the entire Performance Recovery System to help recover more optimally between workouts.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Breathe Well to Move Well (practical)
by PJ Nestler, CSCS
  1. Breathing is the foundation of life and how we breathe influences every system in the body.
  2. If we can't control our breathing then our breathing will control us.
  3. When we can learn to optimize our breathing we can enhance the health, performance, recovery and longevity of any client. 
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Force Vector Training (lecture)
by Bret Contreras, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand the principle of force vector training
  2. List the different vectors seen in sports and the weight room
  3. Design programs containing exercises to strengthen the various vectors
Event Itinerary - Tuesday, October 8 - Times listed are ET
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Making Money in the Fitness Industry
by Thomas Plummer
  1. The listeners will have a plan about making money beyond their current careers.

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1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
How to Write a Simple Business Plan That Turns Your Fitness Passion into Profit
by Sean Greeley
  1. How to define what your success looks like as a business owner (and why this matters)
  2. Keys to differentiating your business from the competition (so prospects would be fools to do business with anyone but you!)
  3. How to write a simple fitness business plan to achieve your goals (to get and keep yourself on track without getting confused or overwhelmed).
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
1000 New Instagram Followers a Day... and Counting
by Bret Contreras

How do you build an international brand and generate a following by hundreds of thousands? Dr. Bret Contreras, NSCA Board Member and better known as “The Glute Guy”, shares his principles for leveraging Instagram to drive his business channels. Find out what it takes to lead in the social media scene and how to avoid common mistakes.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Secrets of Quality Revenue, Retention and Referrals
by Michelle Blakely, NSCA-CPT
  1. Understand and be able to articulate the differences and importance of revenue, retention and referrals in the health of a fitness professional's career or studio success and impact on clients.
  2. Acquire and understand a minimum of three simple and powerful changes to current business structure that can improve current revenue, retention rate and/or number and quality of referrals.
  3. Increase ability to evaluate and improve income, positive client experiences and community building by conscientiously tending to these three categories.
Event Itinerary - Wednesday, October 9 - Times listed are ET
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Cadavers in Motion - Shoulder & Arms
by Grove Higgins, CSCS
  1. Be able to better identify specific muscular and joint anatomy.
  2. Be able to properly understand the biomechanics of specific anatomy pertinent to physical training.
  3. Be able to better understand and discuss anatomy as it pertains to training with clients as well as health practitioners.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Cadavers in Motion - Torso, Back & Neck
by Grove Higgins, CSCS
  1. Be able to better identify specific muscular and joint anatomy.
  2. Be able to properly understand the biomechanics of specific anatomy pertinent to physical training.
  3. Be able to better understand and discuss anatomy as it pertains to training with clients as well as health practitioners.
2:25 PM - 3:55 PM
Cadavers in Motion - Hips & Legs
by Grove Higgins, CSCS
  1. Be able to better identify specific muscular and joint anatomy.
  2. Be able to properly understand the biomechanics of specific anatomy pertinent to physical training.
  3. Be able to better understand and discuss anatomy as it pertains to training with clients as well as health practitioners.
Event Itinerary - Thursday, October 10 - Times listed are ET
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
CBD - Useful Nutritional Supplement or All Hype? (lecture)
by Mike Nelson, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. What is CBD and where does it come from?
  2. What to do (aka practical points) - Starting points / how to test (n=1) based on the current research?


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Gender Differences in Response to Pre-Exercise Stimulants (lecture)
by Lonnie Lowery, PhD
  1. Describe two reasons why women may differ in response to pre-exercise dietary stimulants.
  2. List at least three ways women have been compared to men when combining coffee/ caffeine and resistance exercise performance.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Carbohydrate Periodization for Performance (Lecture)
by Mike Nelson, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Learn the research about carbohydrates enhancing performance.
  2. Why restricting carbs may be beneficial also.
  3. How to use a long term template to use both methods.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Intermittent Fasting: Pros and Cons (lecture)
by Jim Stoppani, PhD
  1. Describe the two main styles of IF and their respective differences.
  2. Identify the benefits and drawbacks of IF for promoting body fat loss and building muscle mass.
  3. Identify how to adapt IF to begin to incorporate into your clients’ daily lives.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Optimizing Protein Intake for Exercising Vegetarians (lecture)
by Lonnie Lowery, PhD
  1. Identify complete and incomplete protein foods as well as measures of protein quality as they pertain to vegetarians.
  2. Describe options for protein dosing and timing depending on the food source.
Event Itinerary - Friday, October 11 - Times listed are ET
12:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Squat & Deadlift Assessment: Hip(s) to be Square (lecture & practical)
by Tony Gentilcore, CSCS
  1. Discuss anatomical variances and why everyone should not be expected to squat and deadlift the same way.
  2. Understand the significance of a Passive vs. Active assessment and how that will help dictate programming considerations.
2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Power Training for the Altered Athlete (lecture & practical)
by David Otey, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  1. Create a baseline of what injuries or scenarios may yield alternative training protocols
  2. How altering exercises can adjust biomechanical demand
  3. How to program appropriately for the client in question
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
How to Safely Train and Program for the Shoulder Joint (practical)
by Lee Boyce, CPT
  1. To develop a better understanding of shoulder anatomy and complex biomechanics.
  2. To safely implement proper modifications/substitutes for contraindicated movements regarding the shoulder

Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be submitted in writing (mail, fax, email) and should state the reason for cancellation. Email: conferences@nsca.com


Full refund less $20 if postmarked by August 21

50% refund if postmarked August 22 – September 12

NO Refund after September 13, 2019

Virtual Streaming FAQ

What kind of Internet connection do I need to view a Livestream channel?

We recommend viewing Livestream from a wired connection with a download bandwidth of at least 700Kbps. However, you may require higher speeds if the channel producer is encoding at a higher bitrate. To test your speed, go to www.speedtest.net. Bandwidth fluctuates constantly (especially on WiFi and mobile internet), so running 3 tests is recommended. As a general rule your download bandwidth must be greater than the bitrate of the channel you’re trying to view.

Does my browser require any plug-ins?

Always use the latest version of Adobe Flash. Check your version of Adobe Flash (and upgrade if necessary) at the following link: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

Test your ability to watch videos on YouTube. If you are able to view videos on YouTube you should have no problem viewing our livestream.

Please Note:

If the videos are jumping/skipping, please adjust the player quality

If the video stops, please refresh the page

You will not be permitted to pause the player. 

Do I have access to these videos after the event? 

Yes. You will have access to the videos in your 'Digital Content' through your NSCA Account for one year. The videos will be available approximately 30 days after the event.

Exhibitor Information

The NSCA has a unique and first of it’s kind interactive, web-based show this year. You are invited to virtually exhibit for the Personal Training Virtual Conference, October 7-11, 2019.

No need to incur hotel cost or airline fees. You can exhibit from the comforts of your office or home.  

  • Have a 30-second commercial? This will be shown in between speakers for the conference.
  • Display your logo on the breakout sessions of the conference  

The virtual conference will be offered to trainers around the world via live stream with archived video access. For sponsors and companies that would otherwise exhibit at the conference, we are inviting you to preview the Exhibitor Prospectus (fillable form) and sign up for an option that best fits your companies needs connecting to the personal training audience around the world.

Contact Us

Conferences Department:

Email: conferences@nsca.com

Phone: 1-800-815-6826 ext. 203

Fax: 1-719-632-6367

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