March 21-24, 2019 • Hilton Chicago • Chicago, Illinois


Exercise Interventions for Chronic Disease or Other Health Challenges

Exercise interventions can be tailored to reach individuals with chronic disease or other health challenges such as cancer, hypertension, obesity and low back pain. Sessions increase the knowledge and competency of the health fitness professional to provide safe and effective exercise prescription for those with chronic disease and other health challenges and provide guidance regarding when to refer a client back to their physician or to more specialized exercise training with a Clinical Exercise Physiologist.


Workshop: Impacting Obesity Through Hybrid Interval Training

Alexis Batrakoulis, MS, CSCS, ACSM-EP, CPT, EIM2, has been involved in the fitness industry since 1995 and currently works as an exercise physiologist, educator, and subject matter expert throughout Greece and worldwide. He holds a BS in Sports Science, an MSc in Exercise and Health, and is a PhD Candidate in Exercise and Health focused on Exercise and Obesity while he holds numerous credentials through ACSM, NSCA, NASM, and ACE. He is the GRAFTS Personal Training Education Director, a EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee Member, an ACE International Master Trainer, and he serves as a Member of the Exercise is Medicine Credential, Professional Education, and International Health & Fitness Summit Program Committees for the ACSM. He was named the 2018 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and he has been the Leader of Technical Experts Group for the standards development of Weight Management Exercise Specialist qualification onto European Register of Exercise Professionals.

More than half the U.S. population is struggling to lose weight and meet the recommendations for physical activity. On the other side, the global health and fitness industry is on the rise through new trends and workout routines focused on fundamental movement patterns in a small-group training setting. Latest research findings suggest that high-intensity circuit integrated neuromuscular training can be an effective, safe, time-efficient and enjoyable approach to improving body composition, performance, health and quality of life in sedentary adults affected by obesity. In this workshop, a research-based hybrid interval training program will be presented linking science and application.

Workshop: Moving Through Cancer

Regan Fedric

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We propose an interactive workshop to prepare summit attendees to work with cancer survivors, to get them moving effectively and safely.This workshop is intended to be the practical partner to Dr Schmitz’ Keynote presentation and is endorsed by her.

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