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

Exercise Prescription and Programming

Health fitness professionals seek information on the latest safe and effective exercise programs. Sessions focus on advancements in exercise prescription or health and fitness programming for healthy individuals based on current research and evidence-based practice. Sessions provide immediate take-aways for the health fitness practitioner. Exercise prescription sessions can focus on any aspects of training including aerobic, resistance training, flexibility, and functional screening and exercise.

Workshop: Coach It Up!… Coaching and Cueing Proper Movement

Rebecca Langton

Becky Langton, founder of Intrinsic Motion Inc. ( has spent her the last 25 years in the health and fitness industry.  She studied Health Promotion and Wellness at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and completed a Masters program in Exercise Physiology and Pedagogy at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.  Becky has worked with Schwinn Education and BOSU as a national master trainer for the past 18 years and currently resides in Wake Forest North Carolina with her husband and two children where she teaches full time as an Associate Professor in the Health and Fitness Science division of Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh NC.  Becky also sits as a committee member for the American college of sports medicine.

Tony Maloney

Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health and Safety Education from IUPUI.   After graduation, Tony went on to teach Physical Education and Health for the grade levels of K-8 and coached at both the middle school and high school levels in the sports of Football, Basketball, and Track.  After teaching youths for five years Tony decided to educate on a personal and group level with adults and began training individuals at Gold’s Gym for approximately a year and a half.  Since coming to NIFS in 2008 Tony has worked with hundreds of clients of different fitness levels to achieve both fitness and lifestyle outcomes.  Speaking to large corporate groups as well as to his large membership base is an opportunity Tony loves to take on and has presented to countless individuals ranging from College students, corporate leaders, members and fellow fitness professionals.  Tony has been the Fitness Center Manager for 7 of his 10 years with NIFS and enjoys leading his team to provide the best experience for all the members at NIFS.

Develop the proper tools to coach movement. Understanding the proper way to approach and cue movement is both a hard and soft skill that you can continue to build throughout your career. We often focus on program development and goal setting, but it’s the actual fundamentals of coaching the exercises where we may need help. Never fear…help is here!” Old: Everything we should have learned in school but didn’t! It’s not our fault we managed to get certified or graduated from school without the proper tools in our training toolboxes to coach movement. We know how to develop a plan, we know how to set goals…it’s the actual fundamentals of coaching the exercises where we may need help! Never fear…help is here!

Workshop: Developing Resistance Training Programs: Best Practices for Optimal Results

Nicholas Beltz

Dr. Nick Beltz is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and the Exercise Physiology Lab Director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Currently, he teaches Exercise Physiology and Exercise Science Lab Assessment and assists with various research projects within the department.  His research interests include the examination of cardiovascular responses during maximal graded exercise testing, evaluation of maximal oxygen uptake, clinical exercise physiology, and acute/chronic adaptations to resistance training.



Tony Nunez

Tony Nuñez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science in the Human Performance and Sport department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches courses such as exercise physiology, resistance training techniques and fitness programming for special populations. Tony’s research interests include exercise programming for metabolic improvements, conditioning for disease prevention and sport specific programming. He enjoys outdoor activities, team sports and traveling.



Tony Nuñez, PhD, CSCS, will provide a background on research-based best practices while utilizing strength training equipment (i.e., dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells) for middle-aged and older adults in your fitness facility (~30 minutes). Attendees will then participate in common movement patterns to ensure proper form, as well as practical modification and progressions for these movements (~60 minutes).



Workshop: Do it Right – Teaching Barbell Movement and Implementing a Premium Strength Program in Your Facility

Brad Roy

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, FMFA is an administrator/executive director at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for The Summit Medical Fitness Center, a 114,800 sq ft medical fitness center located in Kalispell, Montana and a number of other hospital departments. He is the editor for the Medical Fitness Association’s Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities, past board chairman for the Medical Fitness Association and current member of the ACSM CCRB CES committee. Dr. Roy also serves as an associated editor for the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.





Kyle Kercher


Kyle Kercher earned his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University – Northern while competing in football as a wide receiver and kicker. Kyle then graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a 4.0 and his Masters in Exercise Science with a focus in Sport Psychology. Kyle currently leads a program called Competitive Edge at The Summit Medical Fitness Center in Kalispell, Montana which consists of adult barbell training, a Youth Training Academy, a performance lab, in-house and remote athletic training services and general fitness. He also owns Athletic Edge Sports Consulting which provides strategies for success and mental skills training to high school and collegiate athletes. Kyle and his wife Vanessa got married in 2016. She is a motivational scientist and researcher at The Summit Medical Fitness Center.





Peter Ronai

Peter “Pete” Ronai, M.S., FACSM, RCEP, CSCS-D is a clinical associate professor of exercise science in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), an associate editor of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, and a member of the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition program committee.





We will provide hands-on workshops to provide attendees with Do It Right primary exercises, training progressions and regressions, and auxiliary exercises. We will split the presentations into a lower body focus on day one and upper and power movements on day two.





Workshop: Prescreening, Programming and Everything In Between: Interactive Case Study Scenarios

Brad Roy


Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, FMFA is an administrator/executive director at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for The Summit Medical Fitness Center, a 114,800 sq ft medical fitness center located in Kalispell, Montana and a number of other hospital departments. He is the editor for the Medical Fitness Association’s Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities, past board chairman for the Medical Fitness Association and current member of the ACSM CCRB CES committee. Dr. Roy also serves as an associated editor for the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.






Yuri Feito

Dr. Yuri Feito is an associate professor of Exercise Science at Kennesaw State University and a member of the graduate faculty at Kansas State University in the Kinesiology department.  He has been involved in the medical fitness industry for over 15 years working with a variety of clinical population. Dr. Feito obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Exercise Physiology, and has master degrees in Movement Science and Public Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) and Certified Exercise Specialist (CEP). His current research interests include adaptations to high-intensity functional training, as well as the study of injuries within this training modality.  In addition, he has studied the use of objective measures to promote and measure physical activity among individuals of all ages.







Fitness professionals are frequently asked to work with individuals who are sedentary, some of which have other health risk factors and/or chronic health conditions. Such referrals can easily extend beyond the basic exercise prescription placing practitioners in situations that may encroach upon their scope of practice. As a result, we must learn how to go beyond “what we know” while staying within our scope of practice. Join seasoned practitioners in this session and learn to how “go beyond” simply prescribing exercise and identifying risk, using a case study approach. Presenters will provide several case-studies to evaluate and interactively discuss “best practices” and recommended approaches to improve health and maximize your influence towards your client.








Workshop: Too Much HIIT?


Jinger Gottschall







Bryce Hastings









1. Jinger will present the development and research testing for Les Mills GRIT. 2. We will trial a 30 minute training session. 3. Jinger will discuss current research on how much is too much high intensity.








Workshop: TriggerPoint™ Movement Prep: How to Integrate Foam Rolling into the Best Dynamic Warm Up for Any Size Group

Sylvie Patrick

Originally from France, Sylvie is bilingual Master Instructor for Power Plate and Senior Master Trainer for TriggerPoint specializing in whole body vibration and functional training. She joined the Evidence Based Fitness Academy in 2014 and the Precor Coaching Center after their acquisition of Queenax Functional Training. Certified through NASM, ACE, and OPT, her goal is to provide health professionals with the knowledge and necessary tools to become confident and successful trainers. Sylvie is passionate about empowering her clients to maintain or discover optimum health and travels the world educating and assisting in the implementation of new training programs and technologies.







Group training continues to be one of the most popular forms of exercise due to both the economics and the benefits of group camaraderie. However, practices that have been historically based on individualized movements, such as foam rolling, are often overlooked. In this interactive workshop learn how to quickly assess any size group, design an effective foam rolling program, and integrate the program in a matter of minutes. The session is designed to teach you how to integrate foam rolling into the best dynamic movement prep programs available today.









Challenging Autism with Exercise 1X

David Geslak

As a Fitness Coordinator at a school for children with autism, Coach Dave experienced first-hand the challenges of teaching exercise. By understanding that students with autism learn differently, he developed a system that has become a breakthrough in effectively teaching exercise. 12 universities have incorporated ExerciseBuddy, an App, into their Adapted Physical Education and Special Education Programs. As a pioneer in the field, Dave gives his insightful and inspiring presentations around the world, including, Egypt, Dubai, Barbados, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan and South Korea.

Coach Dave graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a former student assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa Football Program. He is also a member of the State of Illinois Autism Taskforce.









Exercise is one of the most under-utilized and cost-effective treatments for individuals with autism. In addition to the health-related benefits, research shows that exercise can increase attention span, reduce stress, enhance language development and reduce stereotypical behaviors for individuals with autism. While many in the fitness community do not know the research, others want to help but are intimidated of how to begin. David Geslak, who has trained professionals around the world, will teach participants visual strategies, exercises and structured routines so you can make a difference for this unfortunately growing community.











How to Make the Most of Movement Screening Results

Lee Burton

Dr. Lee Burton is currently the President and Co-owner of Functional Movement Systems a consulting and education organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. Lee received his Doctorate Degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. His background is primarily in sports medicine, focusing on performance enhancement and injury prevention. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author focusing on human movement and performance enhancement. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.












As professionals we understand that being able to move properly is vital for long-term health and fitness. Knowing this, it is important that we establish a baseline of movement for anyone looking to increase or improve their physical activity. This baseline information will allow for much better decision-making for exercise selection and program design. It will also provide you with the feedback you need for continuous programming updates. During this session Dr. Burton will provide details on how these concepts can be applied in most any population or environment. He will share ideas on how to prioritize movement screen results when creating an exercise program.













Early Bird