2021 Personal Trainers Virtual Conference

Gain relevant science and know-how at the 2021 NSCA Personal Trainers Virtual Conference

October 20 - 23, 2021 | Online Only | Eastern Time | 2.0 CEUs Category A

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Join industry leaders, researchers, and in-the-field practitioners to move beyond the basics with approachable science-backed topics. Energize your practice with new science and technique that you can apply right away.

This year’s speakers and sessions have been carefully selected to dive deep on the latest advancements to support your clients’ unique needs. There’s something for every client type: back-strained, high-stress, post-cancer, special populations, and more. Learn techniques for better client assessment, going virtual, building your brand, and strengthening inclusivity in your gym.

Plus, our online format lets you continue to train your clients without putting your schedule on hold. Connect virtually and watch professionally-filmed sessions with interactive features to keep you engaged – all from your home, office, or studio. Register today!

This course has been approved for NASM continuing education credits - 1.9 Max.


Click HERE for downloadable schedule (PDF)

Event Itinerary - Wednesday, October 20 - Eastern Time
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Movement Screening ROI
by Lee Burton, PhD, CSCS
  1. Identify strategies to increase business opportunities through movement screening and assessments
  2. Demonstrate how to improve your time and efficiency through proper screening and assessments
  3. Describe the purpose of using screens and assessments to ensure you are getting proper outcomes
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Don't Make it Awkward: Abdominal and Pelvic Floor Considerations for Training Women
by Monique Middlekauff, PhD, CSCS
  1. Review the anatomy of the abdominals and pelvic floor
  2. Understand the various functions and dysfunctions of the abdominals and pelvic floor
  3. Learn exercises to improve strength, endurance, and stability of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
How to Coach The Coaches: Lessons Learned as an Educator
by Kristen Ouellette, PhD, CSCS
  1. Identify teaching methods that work in certain scenarios and others that tend to fall flat.
  2. Decide for oneself how you may want to handle difficult decisions or challenging situations when educating coaches in your future.
  3. Learn to think beyond the material that is being taught and consider who you are teaching first.
3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
The 10 Things You MUST Know When Working with Cancer Patients & Survivors
by Andrea Leonard, BA, CES, PES, CPT
  1. You will gain and understanding of the impact of various cancer surgeries on muscle balance and range of motion and necessary program considerations
  2. You will learn about the acute and chronic side-effects of cancer treatment and how they may affect exercise programming
  3. You will gain an understanding of what lymphedema is, the cancer-related risk factors and how it can be prevented and/or managed with proper exercise programming and progression
Event Itinerary - Thursday, October 21 - Eastern Time
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration closes at 5 PM eastern, Thursday, October 21. 

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Personal Training Special Interest Group Meeting

Please join us to discuss current issues in our field.  Come with questions and solutions - as a community, we can work together to improve the profession.  

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Meeting ID: 878 6352 0622
Passcode: 689093

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Developing Relationships with your Clients
by Mubarak Malik, CSCS
  1. Deep dive into the saying “Your clients don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”
  2. Explain what it means when you say “This is a service industry you must be willing to serve your clients”
  3. Learn how to connect with your clients as individuals
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Training for Resilency in the High Stress Individual
by Caitlin Quinn, CSCS
  1. Better understand HRV as it related to recovery and readiness.
  2. Apply ANS Balance techniques to training programs for improved readiness and overall health.
  3. Learn, easy to implement techniques, for balancing stress within a training session and at home.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Turnout for Burnout: A Personal Trainers' Guide to Improving Mental Health
by Ron Snarr, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, TSAC-F*D
  1. Personal Trainers will be able to identify the various factors that lead to burnout.
  2. Personal Trainers will be able to describe the warning signs, both physical and behavior, that are often associated with burnout.
  3. Personal Trainers will learn different methods to minimize the likelihood of experiencing burnout.
3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Building a Movement Foundation: Functional Exercise for the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine
by Jeremy Snyder, DPT, CSCS
  1. Review relevant anatomy pertaining to the spine
  2. Present normal and dysfunctional cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine kinematics
  3. Demonstrate effective functional exercise to improve the mobility and stability of the spine.
Event Itinerary - Friday, October 22 - Eastern Time
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Playing the Long Game: Strategies for S&C Career Development
by Eric Cressey, MS, CSCS
  1. Identify key competencies that are foundational to long-term success in the strength and conditioning field.
  2. Understand why developing differentiating skills is more advantageous than just “following passion”
  3. Learn how to be professional in an industry that has historically been lacking in professionalism
  4. Appreciate financial basics that provide for a viable career in fitness
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Optimizing Body Composition, Metabolism, and Health: Training and Nutrition Considerations
by Michelle Arent, CSCS & Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify training program variables that can impact metabolic responses and adaptations influecing fat loss and muscle gain.
  2. Describe nutritional approaches that can maximize both favorable body composition changes as well as health outcomes
  3. Understand the relationship between dietary strategies and training programs that can impact performance and body composition differentially as well as synergistically
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Attentional Focus Cueing: How and When to Use Internal and External Focus Cues to Optimize Exercise Performance
by Susie Reiner, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  1. Describe how attentional focused cues affect performance based on exercise modality and intensity.
  2. Identify how and when to apply cues that target internal or external focus to optimize training for clients.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Coach Online Like You Coach Offline: How to Stand Apart in a Crowded, Trendy Market
by Kourtney Thomas, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify typical barriers to entry and how to overcome them
  2. Gather an introduction to personal branding and how personal trainers and coaches can stand out in a crowded market
  3. Learn options available for online coaching delivery and business models
  4. Gain a summary of the most important details for standing apart in this space and delivering credible and professional coaching
Event Itinerary - Saturday, October 23 - Eastern Time
12:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Training With Considerations for Special Populations
by Peter Ronai, MS, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Strengthening Inclusivity in your Gym and Program
by Dan Jahn, CSCS, RSCC*D
  1. Create an inclusive training environment
  2. Implicit bias and how it effects our coaching and communication
  3. Self-awareness, personal communication style and reacting to emotion during training.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
The 5 Keys to Long-term Personal Trainer Career Success
by Geralyn Coopersmith, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand the personal attitudes and professional behaviors necessary for sustained, long-term success as a personal trainer.
  2. Understand the common mistakes in attitudes and actions that most often derail personal training success.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Building the Bridge: Connecting the Personal Trainer and Coach
by Michael Piercy, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. Discuss and expand on key attributes of both roles.
  2. Explore and understand ways to integrate the best of both worlds into your training practices.
  3. Learn Key actionable skill points to add to your training toolbox.
  4. Learn the top 5 ways to take your training sessions to the next level.


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  • Cancellation Policy

    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 Sept 9
    50% refund if postmarked Sept 10-Sept 23
    No refund after Sept 23, 2020

  • CEU Options

    The NSCA has many options to help you in obtaining the necessary CEUs to recertify. Please check the CEU Opportunities page for the most current information. 

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  • Exhibitors

    Interested in getting your brand in front of our virtual attendees? Contact us at exhibitors@nsca.com

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the event being held?

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the online, virtual or live streamed event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording approximately 30 days after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    If I miss some of the online, virtual or live streamed event, will this affect my CEUs?
    No. You will receive a recording after the event to review anything you may have missed, therefore receiving the full Category A CEUs. 

    Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance? 
    Yes. A certificate will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks after the event.

    How do I report my CEUs?
    The NSCA will automatically apply the CEUs to your NSCA Account. If you need to report CEUs elsewhere, you may use the Certificate of Attendance.

    Can anyone register for this event? 
    Yes. Anyone who is interested in an NSCA Event can register. 

    Do I need a Membership to register?
    No. You only need an NSCA Account to register. If you do not have one, you can create one for free.

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