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


Pre-conference Events

All preconferences require separate registration and will be held on Thursday, April 5

Outlines of each preconference will be provided on site to registrants.

IAWHP: Emerging Trends in Worksite Health Promotion: Creating, Maintaining & Sustaining Momentum – 4 CECs

Charlie Estey


Charlie Estey is President of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP).  Its mission is to advance the global community of worksite health promotion through high-quality information services, educational activities, personal and professional development and networking opportunities.

In addition to his leadership role with IAWHP Charlie serves as Executive Vice President of Business Development for Interactive Health, Inc. in Chicago. They provide comprehensive and personalized health promotion and wellness programs for over 3,000 clients including General Motors, Johns Hopkins Hospital, General Electric and Waste Management.

Worksite health promotion programs developed under Charlie’s leadership have been recognized with C. Everett Koop National Health Project Award for their high quality and documented cost impact and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Healthcare Marketing Report.   Charlie holds a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College in New York.

Lauve Metcalfe


Lauve Metcalfe, M.S., FAWHP, CWC is a licensed wellness coach, educator and an organizational health consultant based in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Metcalfe has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner for nationally recognized worksite and community projects involving weight management, health promotion, childhood obesity, and the effects of exercise on bone mass. She has served on the research faculty at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine for over 18 years. Lauve is on the board of directors for the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and is a Founding Fellow and on the Health & Wellness Board of Advisors for the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School. She is the author of Reshaping Your Body, Rethinking Your Mind, a book and correspondence course addressing weight loss and body image concerns of women and a co-author of The BEST Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Prevention.

Joe Leutzinger


Joseph A. Leutzinger, PhD, is former Director of Health Promotion at Union Pacific Railroad.  In January 2005 he founded Health Improvement Solutions [HIS].  HIS provides assessments, evaluation services and behavior change products for integrated health management programs with a special focus on addressing and analyzing the relationship between health and productivity/performance. He is the co-author of Why and How People Change Health Behaviors, co-editor of The Platinum Book:  Practical Applications of the Health & Productivity Management Model and co-author of Dealing with Life Challenges: Fatigue Management, Stress and Mental Health.  He has given over 200 presentations in regional, national and international forums and has authored over 35 publications. Dr. Leutzinger serves on the board for the C. Everett Koop Health Project Awards and is the North American judge for the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces.



This IAWHP preconference offers an opportunity for health and fitness professionals to expand their knowledge and understanding of the emerging trends in the global worksite health promotion field. This unique program connects attendees with IAWHP industry leaders for in-depth conversations on how to increase existing skill sets to best position yourself in the worksite health promotion marketplace. IAWHP is the first global association dedicated to the advancement of worksite health promotion practitioners. IAWHP offers resources and tools to enhance the understanding of current practices and programming strategies at the worksite.




Resistance Training Mania: Ultimate Strategies for Everyone – 4 CECs

Len Kravitz


Len Kravitz, Ph.D., is the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and Researcher at the University of New Mexico where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award. Len was recently honored with the 2009 Canadian Fitness Professional “Specialty Presenter of the Year” award and chosen as the American Council on Exercise 2006 “Fitness Educator of the Year”. He also has received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the Global Award from the Aquatic Exercise Association.

Nick 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.





Trisha VanDusseldorp


Trisha VanDusseldorp is currently a 2nd year Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Kennesaw State University. Dr. VanDusseldorp’s educational background includes a BS in Exercise Science from Southwest Minnesota State, a MS in Human Performance: Applied Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico. Recently, Dr. VanDusseldorp was named Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Trisha is passionate about studying the cellular and molecular responses to supplementation and nutritional interventions, while also examining changes in muscular strength, power, and body composition. 






This state-of-the-art Pre-Conference on resistance exercise will prove to be a muscle conditioning fitness spectacular of training ideas and nutritional intake guidelines for optimizing muscular strength and hypertrophy. This is a must-attend super session for exercise professionals seeking the latest research and strategies for muscular fitness.

Keiser Indoor Cycling-Foundations – 8 CECs


Krista Popowych



Krista Popowych has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers around the globe for over two decades with her motivating and creative sessions. As the 2016 canfitpro Canadian Presenter of the Year and 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Krista is a highly sought after educator and speaker. She has a degree in Human Kinetics specializing in coaching and instructing. Krista’s goal has always been to inspire others through movement and education. When not teaching or consulting, Krista shares her energy as a guest speaker and TV personality. She sits on IDEA’s Fitness Committee, is an Adidas sponsored 3-stripe team member and is the Global Director of Group Education for Keiser.




At Keiser, we value education. Keiser Foundations is a full-day training course that applies all the required information needed to instruct group indoor cycling classes. Our education team is primed and ready to educate trainers and instructors from around the globe on indoor cycling. The Keiser Indoor Cycling Foundations Course is the first step on an indoor cyclists road to effective and engaging rides and instruction. Attendees receive both practical and theoretical training by a Master instructor, a detailed training manual, certificate of completion, CEC’s and links to the Keiser Community.



TriggerPoint™ Assessments to Performance: Mobility as the Foundation for Function – 4 CECs


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.


Self-myofascial release (SMR) has been shown to relieve muscle and joint pain and improve flexibility and range of motion. This 4-hour workshop teaches an advanced approach to SMR by covering fundamental principles of human movement science, including anatomy, joint motion, function and dysfunction, and the art of effective assessments. This information builds upon the MCT course and the research discussed in Foam Rolling: Principles & Practices course. Participants walk away with an understanding of movement principles and hands-on experience coaching and cueing various assessments along with SMR techniques utilizing the MB5 to best assist individuals in maximizing their movement patterns.




BOSU® Skills and Drills for Group Personal Training Certification – 6 CECs



Lucy Waite





Lucy Waite, MS, is an assistant instructional professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University. With nearly a decade in the industry, Lucy shares her passion and knowledge for fitness as a national presenter for Schwinn® and BOSU®. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and master’s degree in health education. Certifications: AFAA, NSCA-CPT




If you love the BOSU® Balance Trainer and are searching for innovative ways to incorporate this evergreen tool into small group training programs, this certification is for you! Not only will you walk away with a toolbox full of new skills, drills, and activities perfectly suited for your clientele, but you’ll also learn how to create compelling programs that are easily packaged, promoted, and purchased. You’ll learn to accommodate a wide variety of clients in group settings while ensuring the workout is customized to meet each client’s needs. Whether you want to deliver cardio, integrated strength, core, dynamic mobility, balance and agility, or all of the above into a results-based, monetized program, BOSU’s got you covered!.