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


2019 Keynote Lectures


The 6 Key Concepts that Will Absolutely Change the Way You Prescribe Exercise!

Martin Gibala

Timothy S. Church, M.D., FACSM
ACAP Health
Dallas, Texas


Thursday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.


A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to maximizing your impact on the health of your clients. With six pictures, we will simplify some very complicated physiological phenomena in hopes of changing the thinking about the role of exercise in promoting healthy aging. The general public has never needed the expertise and experience of exercise professionals more, and with this session, you will gain new insight and perspective to build upon your existing skills. The six pictures will the sneakiness of aging, a little of exercise is a lot, weights versus aerobics, and do non-responders truly exist.


The Lore of Resistance Training: Bench Science, Bench Press Science, and Bro-science

Eric Rawson, Ph.D., FACSM
Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania



Friday, March 22, 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Resistance exercise is an important part of a comprehensive exercise program. However, resistance training programs are often an amalgam of laboratory research (bench science), observation and common practice (bench press science), and misinformation (bro-science). This presentation will highlight best practices in resistance exercise and reveal how contributions from researchers, practitioners, and even gym bro-fessors can individually, or collectively, enhance resistance exercise prescription.

Join Dr. Rawson following his keynote lecture for a special Q&A session!

Larry Golding Keynote: EVERY Exercise Professional Should be Prepared to Work with Cancer Patients and Survivors: A Call to Action

Kathryn H. Schmitz, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM
ACSM President 2018-2019
Pennsylvania State University
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Saturday, March 23, 8:00-9:15 a.m.


You there… Fitness professional. Did you know that the odds are high that you’ve worked with cancer survivors already? There are 15.5 million of them in the U.S., and 16% of adults over 65 have had cancer. That makes cancer survivorship fairly common. Whether you know it or not, there are survivors in your group fitness classes, personal training sessions, and 5K training groups. Cancer treatments can cause long term side effects that could alter fitness, balance, and increase risk for cardiovascular events. Exercise can improve these outcomes and cancer survivors are looking for help from fitness professionals. In this session we’ll discuss the types of cancer treatments and effects that matter to YOU, the trainer. A companion workshop with master trainer Regan Fedric from Sunflower Wellness (and me) will provide hands on learning. Taken together, we hope you will walk away from the Summit with some confidence in working with this remarkable, growing segment of society: Cancer Patients and Survivors!



Special Lectures



Featured Lecture- Making the Move: Connecting the Science and Application of Physical Activity 1X





John M. Jakicic, Ph.D., FACSM
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania





Renee Rogers, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania




Friday, March 22, 1:30-2:45 p.m.


This session will focus on the scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of physical activity, with a particular focus novel science that contributed to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Moreover, this session will include discussion of how to apply these novel approaches to physical activity to health-fitness and community-based settings to enhance engagement and sustained participation






The Dr. Bortz Lecture: Helping Baby Boomers Stay Functional: Exercise and Dietary Protein as Key Strategies for Body Composition Management and Successful Aging



Ellen Evans, Ph.D., FACSM
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia



Friday, March 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 24, 8:15-9:15 a.m.


Physical function is critical to prevent physical disability and remain independently living with advancing age. The great majority of older adults are both overweight/obese and sedentary which increases the risk for physical disability, especially older females who are at greater risk for physical disability compared to their male counterparts. Regular physical activity, and especially exercise, combined with adequate dietary protein are primary health behaviors needed for a healthy body composition with advancing age, especially under conditions of weight loss. This session will explore the important question: Is it the load to be moved (body weight) or the ability to move the load (muscle quality) which mainly influences lower extremity physical function? It will also introduce a paradigm that integrates exercise and nutrition to reduce risks for physical disability in our aging society. Finally, “take homes” will be provided for the practitioner’s toolkit to enhance the translation of the research into practice.