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2024 SESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS

FRIDAY April 12, 2024 - precon workshops

Friday, April 12th, 2024
CPR & AED with Heart Savers
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
  • Jane Costain
  • In-Person La Cite

CPR & AED with Heart Savers

HeartSavers CPR Level C & AED educates participants about the basics of CPR and choking emergencies on adults, children, and babies, so they may assist in emergency situations until Emergency Medical Services arrive. Including training in the use of an AED. Additional $$

Friday, April 12th, 2024
Growth Mindset Manifestation™ Mastermind with SGT Ken®
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
  • SGT Ken Weichert
  • In-Person La Cite

Growth Mindset Manifestation™ Mastermind with SGT Ken®

The Growth Mindset Manifestation™ is a highly interactive mastermind intensive that uncovers the undeniable difference between fixed and growth mindsets. This session is extremely valuable for anyone in a leadership position - health and/or fitness professionals, first responders, military and corporate leaders. Your mindset reveals everything about you, whether you are the type of person that stops short of a goal because of a limiting belief or whether you push for a positive perspective with every problem to become the champion of change. Developed by University of Pennsylvania Master Resilience Trainer and decorated combat veteran Ken Weichert (aka SGT Ken®), this program features several tips on how to create and sustain a growth-mindset for life. You’ll discover how to recognize and avoid thinking traps, detecting icebergs, build self-confidence, push for a positive perspective, enhance excitement, restore resilience, and turn adversities into advantages. Additional $$

Friday, April 12th, 2024
Turkish Get Up Mastery & Kettlebell Rotations Workshop with Agatsu
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
  • Sara-Clare & Shawn
  • In-Person Movati Trainyards

Turkish Get Up Mastery & Kettlebell Rotations Workshop with Agatsu

Join us for a transformative kettlebell workshop led by the pioneers of Agatsu Fitness, Shawn Mozen and Sara-Clare Lajeunesse. Dive deep into the Turkish Get Up—an underutilized exercise renowned for its ability to bolster stability, mobility, and strength across all three planes of motion. This workshop isn't just about exercises—it's a comprehensive guide. From beginner to advanced variations, we'll meticulously guide you through each step. Learn how to effectively train individuals, whether in one-on-one sessions or group settings, catering to absolute beginners to advanced clients. Shawn and Sara-Clare will provide you with the tools to adapt and scale workouts to suit diverse fitness levels. Explore this old time strongman anti-rotational exercise, understand its profound impact on enhancing stability and fortifying strength. Our step-by-step approach ensures that every participant gains mastery and confidence in executing and coaching the Turkish Get Up. But that's not all! We will also be exploring the realm of kettlebell rotational exercises. The prefect pairing to the Get Up. Gain insight into dynamic movements designed to unleash the body's potential to generate force through rotational patterns. This workshop isn't just an educational experience—it's a gateway to mastering movements that redefine fitness strategies. Whether you're a novice trainer or a seasoned professional, this workshop caters to your expertise, providing a comprehensive roadmap to elevate your training game. Join Agatsu Fitness in this immersive workshop and acquire the skills to transform your training approach. Elevate your capabilities, master timeless exercises, and empower your clients to achieve newfound strength and mobility. Additional $$

Friday, April 12th, 2024
 Master Movement: A Blueprint for Pain-Free Lower Body Workouts with Exercise Therapy Association
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
  • Brendan Fox
  • In-Person La Cite

Master Movement: A Blueprint for Pain-Free Lower Body Workouts with Exercise Therapy Association

Embark on a transformative journey with us in this exclusive Pain-Free Training Mastery Workshop! Elevate your expertise and revolutionize your approach to client workouts. Immerse yourself in a hands-on learning experience that will redefine the way you tailor programs, specifically targeting prevalent lower body aches and discomforts faced by your clients. Through practical application, we'll unveil a systematic formula for crafting personalized workouts that address common lower body issues head-on. Gain invaluable insights into conquering pain, equipping you with a clear methodology tailored for seamless integration for one-on-one coaching or into group training. Leave the workshop armed with our proven programming recipes, meticulously tested in medical clinics, and elevate your status as a personal trainer. It's time to unlock the potential for pain-free movement and set new standards for your clients' well-being. Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your training approach and become a leader in pain-free programming! Additional $$

SATURDAY April 13, 2024 - In-PERSON & Live-Stream

Saturday April 13th, 2024
ACTIVATE Growth 360 LIVE!
  • 8:30am - 9:30am EST
  • Various
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed

ACTIVATE Growth 360 LIVE!

Where professional growth, meets personal growth. Unite for this incredible, immersive keynote presentation that will leave you feeling supported and inspired. This amazing ‘power of the minds’, will get you ACTIVATEd for the weekend, and recharged for your life. Feel surrounded by those who support you, and share in your passion - whether you are at home or in-person. Together, we can Make a Difference!

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2001 - Better Together: Team Athletic Training™ with SGT Ken®
  • 9:45am - 11:15am EST
  • SGT Ken® Weichert
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed

2001 - Better Together: Team Athletic Training™ with SGT Ken®

Better Together: Team Athletic Training™ with SGT Ken® utilizes highly effective interval training techniques practiced by the U.S. military. Complete with unique and effective athletic conditioning drills and partner-assisted sports, this course will teach you fun and exciting ways to perform your daily exercise programs. You will be immersed in fitness drills that require the live or virtual assistance of other participants, all designed to show you how team-building games will help you challenge your limits instead of limiting your challenges! We are better together when we realize we can go fast alone, but we can go far with others! This session is best experienced in person. (w/o + w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2002 - Make a Difference with Your Own Book with Angela Kontgen & Gerry Visca
  • 9:45am - 11:15am EST
  • Angela & Gerry
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed Online

2002 - Make a Difference with Your Own Book with Angela Kontgen & Gerry Visca

We believe in a personal and hands on approach with all of our authors. We care about your deeper WHY . . . your unique reason for being and we have a desire to guide you in the writing of your first book from concept through to completion. As an international award-winning agency, we’ve supported thousands of writers, written and published one of the most diverse series of publications including: self-help, autobiographical, collaborative books and transformational novels. (L + w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
 2003 - Group Cycling with Gavin Featherstone
  • 9:45am - 11:15am EST
  • Gavin Featherstone
  • In-Person ONLY

2003 - Group Cycling with Gavin Featherstone

Your indoor cycling class doesn't have to mimic an outdoor ride. Join me as we focus on using a bike as a tool to achieve overall fitness. We will explore both using the music to create our journey and the use of time intervals to develop the training plan. (w/s + w/o)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2004 - The Hips Don't Lie: Learn to Assess The Hips in All 3 Planes with Brendan Fox, sponsored by Exercise Therapy Association
  • 9:45am - 11:15am EST
  • Brendan Fox
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed Online

2004 - The Hips Don't Lie: Learn to Assess The Hips in All 3 Planes with Brendan Fox, sponsored by Exercise Therapy Association

Join us for a transformative session where you'll discover the art of comprehensively assessing hip alignment across all three dimensions, uncovering the key to rectifying postural imbalances. By broadening your scope to assess the hips in all three planes, you'll gain profound insights into your client's unique requirements and how to guide them toward achieving ideal anatomical alignment and peak functionality. You'll learn by doing in this session and get armed with the necessary assessment tools, corrective exercise methodologies, and program design techniques to craft a holistic training plan tailored to your client's precise needs. (w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2005 - Body Weight Training with Lisa Mastracchio
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
  • Lisa Mastracchio
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed Online

2005 - Body Weight Training with Lisa Mastracchio

Join Lisa for a minimalist approach to strength training. With Bodyweight training, you’ll experience simple and effective training blocks to increase both muscle strength and endurance. Learn innovative ways to train muscle and heart using just 1 tool, your body… because “simplicity is genius”! (w/s + w/o)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2006 - Coaching Nutrition Fundamentals with Hari Ghuman
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
  • Hari Ghuman
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed Online

2006 - Coaching Nutrition Fundamentals with Hari Ghuman

In this session, Hari will discuss the basic key strategies he uses with his clients - from professional athletes to beginners. The fundamentals of coaching remain constant. Learn how to assess, collect data and design a sample program that you can provide your clients as a resource for their nutrition and healthy eating. Take a deeper dive into issues that may require referrals or further testing. (L)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2007 -  TRX Circuit with Gavin Featherstone
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
  • Gavin Featherstone
  • In-Person ONLY

2007 - TRX Circuit with Gavin Featherstone

Dive into the fantastic world of TRX combined with Body Weight exercises in a Circuit style format that will challenge your fitness and create new ideas to bring to your participants. This training session will allow us all to work in small teams where we focus on teamwork, camaraderie and creativity while training our entire body. (w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2008 - Fundamental Lifting Technique with Andre Benoit
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
  • Andre Benoit
  • In-Person & Live-Streamed Online

2008 - Fundamental Lifting Technique with Andre Benoit

In this workshop, you will be hands-on learning the fundamental lifting technique and cueing for split squats, lunges, Petersen step-up, RDL and more with former Olympian and Olympic Strength Coach André Benoit. (w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
ACTIVATE Leadership Lunch 360 LIVE!
  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm EST
  • Various
  • In-Person ONLY

ACTIVATE Leadership Lunch 360 LIVE!

This powerful panel-style Q&A presentation will allow you to engage with a distinguished and diverse panel of industry leaders as they share their insights, experiences, and strategies for success. Featuring Dr Kwadwo Kyerementeng, Kelly Thorne, Tarrah Mauricette, Connie Beaulieu and Rod Macdonald. Gain valuable insights, ideas, and connect with leaders who've faced and conquered challenges. Elevate your leadership skills and network in a vibrant and collaborative setting. Topics Include: Leadership Styles & Approaches: Personal and Professional Growth Strategies: Decision-Making in Challenging Scenarios: Navigating Change & Building Resilient Teams. This session is optional. You may bring your own lunch or purchase our catered boxed lunch from The Bistro (link will be provided prior to the event).

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2009 - Pushing for Power: Boot Camp Fitness™ with SGT Ken®
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
  • Sgt Ken®
  • In-Person ONLY

2009 - Pushing for Power: Boot Camp Fitness™ with SGT Ken®

Pushing for Power: Boot Camp Fitness™ with SGT Ken® utilizes highly effective physical fitness training techniques practiced by the U.S. military. Complete with multiple military strength and power drills, calisthenics and aerobic conditioning exercises, this course will cause you to burn nearly 700 calories in 60 minutes! SGT Ken® will lead you through a series of heart-pounding functional fitness exercises, cadence calls and fierce kickboxing drills, all to upbeat music. Over one million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have used SGT Ken’s program to prepare for combat and leadership schools! One participant said, “I came looking for a good fitness routine and wound up getting a crushing shot of Boot Camp adrenaline! This ROCKS! HOOAH!” (w/o + w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2010 - The 10 Values of Super Successful People with Rod Macdonald
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
  • Rod Macdonald
  • In-Person ONLY

2010 - The 10 Values of Super Successful People with Rod Macdonald

Unlock the secrets to success by exploring "The 10 Values of Super Successful People" in this interactive session. Success isn't merely a result of luck or circumstance; it is often rooted in a set of values that guide individuals to achieve extraordinary feats in their personal and professional lives. Join Rod Macdonald, Founder and CVO (Chief Values Officer) of the International Academy of Values Inspired Coaching, as we explore the essential values that distinguish super successful individuals from everyone else. This session will dive into the values that have propelled athletes, leaders, innovators, and trailblazers to the zenith of their respective fields. Through group interaction, practical examples, and actionable insights, participants will gain a profound understanding of the values that serve as the bedrock for sustained success. You’ll be inspired and equipped with the knowledge to elevate your personal and professional life to new heights. This dynamic exploration of the values that underpin success offers you the tools to integrate these principles into your own journey. Includes a complimentary eBook and online assessment after the session.(w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2011 - Bollywood Fusion with Alan Faigal
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
  • Alan Faigal
  • In-Person ONLY

2011 - Bollywood Fusion with Alan Faigal

High-energy Bhangra and Bollywood dance movements in an easy-to-follow fitness/aerobics format will leave you feeling like a Bollywood Movie Star while also sweating your way to an exhilarating workout that is more of a Bollywood Dance party! Combining the theatricality of Bollywood dance and the celebratory folk dance of Punjab known as Bhangra; the workshop will showcase choreography and teaching methods that foster participants out of their comfort zones, enhance their physical literacies, build their movement repertoire and ultimately expand their cultural worldview. With every musical beat and pulse, we build bridges between cultures and artistic genres. We build community, and identity and foster respect in and through dance. (w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
 2012 - Female Cycle Considerations with Sarah Zahab
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
  • Sarah Zahab
  • In-Person ONLY

2012 - Female Cycle Considerations with Sarah Zahab

Many of us are female coaches or train female clients. Why do we have such a difficult time talking about menstrual cycles? Why is the topic of menses so taboo? Our cycles can provide us with invaluable information about our health as well as impact our day-to-day activities, including exercise. As coaches and trainers, we need to be cycle savvy. We must be confident and comfortable asking the right questions and guiding our female clients appropriately. Learn the physiological changes during each phase and how they can potentially affect your clients’ workouts. We’ll include exercise suggestions and strategies. (w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
Yin & Restore: Rest, Recovery and Breath: Yoga with Lisa Greenbaum, sponsored by Sangha Yoga Collective
  • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
  • Lisa Greenbaum
  • In-Person ONLY

Yin & Restore: Rest, Recovery and Breath: Yoga with Lisa Greenbaum, sponsored by Sangha Yoga Collective

This soul-soothing workshop and practice is designed to bring us into our parasympathetic nervous system, the space where rest and recovery occur. Quiet the mind and body as we move through gentle flows and deep stretches releasing stagnant energy and chronic tension while creating space for breath and mental clarity. This workshop and practice is open to anyone looking to slow down, rest and restore. We will open with a short discussion on the nervous system and building stress resiliency before enjoying our practice together. - Shift from sympathetic (fight/flight) to parasympathetic (rest/digest) nervous system. - Learn and experience mindfulness techniques for those challenged by too much stillness/quietness. - Learn through experience as you cultivate Yin and slow down.(BYOM - Bring your own mat) (w/s)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
2014 - 3 Key Ingredients for Marketing Success with Jeff Melis, sponsored by Personal Training Business Support
  • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
  • Jeff Melis
  • In-Person ONLY

2014 - 3 Key Ingredients for Marketing Success with Jeff Melis, sponsored by Personal Training Business Support

Elevate your passion for transforming lives by mastering the often elusive art of marketing. Join me for an exclusive session tailored for health and fitness professionals seeking unparalleled success in their businesses. Discover the three vital principles that will revolutionize the way you market your health and fitness business. Engage actively with the presentation as we unveil the keys to effective marketing, equipping you with practical takeaways you can immediately implement in your business. Whether you're a dedicated solo-preneur, an ambitious gym owner, or a results-driven manager, this transformative session is your compass to navigate through the maze of marketing uncertainties. Bid farewell to confusion and frustration, and propel your business to new heights of success. (L)

Saturday April 13th, 2024
 2015 - LTS Strength & Stretch: Active Aging Edition
  • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
  • In-Person ONLY

2015 - LTS Strength & Stretch: Active Aging Edition

"Strength & Stretch: Active Aging Edition" is a session designed using various small equipment (LTS EQs, Resistance Bars, Stretch Straps and more) tailored to meet the needs of individuals in the active aging demographic. This session is designed to promote greater well-being by combining targeted strength training and flexibility exercises, specifically curated to enhance the physical and functional capabilities of older adults in a group fitness or small group training setting. All attendees will leave with a Lebert Stretch Strap!

Saturday April 13th, 2024
 2016 - The Foundation of the Foot in Performance with Mat Boulé
  • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
  • Mat Boule
  • In-Person ONLY

2016 - The Foundation of the Foot in Performance with Mat Boulé

Feet are the foundation of our bodies and yet, generally speaking, very little attention is given to feet… unless you really like feet! The truth is that personal trainers can gain an invaluable edge if they seek to understand how it is that our brains connect with our feet as they are recruited in absolutely every form of exercise, no matter the objective of the client. In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn the top 7 exercises to stimulate your feet from a brain-based perspective! We promise that you have quite simply never seen some of these stimulations before, yet they are extremely powerful! (w/s)

SUNDAY April 14, 2024 - Live VIrtual

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
Sunday Morning Coffee Connections
  • 8:40am - 9:00am EST
  • Open Forum
  • Live on ZOOM

Sunday Morning Coffee Connections

Come kick off your morning with your fellow ACTIVATE community! You must log in at 8:40am so that we may assign you to your 9am breakout rooms.

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
2017 - Building an Online Coaching Program with Brian Devlin, sponsored by Thrive Coach
  • 9:00am - 10:30am EST
  • Brian Devlin
  • Live on ZOOM

2017 - Building an Online Coaching Program with Brian Devlin, sponsored by Thrive Coach

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SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
2018 - Mobility, Stability, and Recovery with Kia Williams
  • 9:00am - 10:30am EST
  • Kia Williams
  • Live on ZOOM

2018 - Mobility, Stability, and Recovery with Kia Williams

Learn a step-by-step guide of mobilization and stabilization techniques and recovery practices to help restore balance, optimize strength and agility, improve overall functional movement performance, and reduce risk of injury. Gain knowledge and valuable insights on ways to keep your body supple before, during, and after workouts to prevent injuries, perform better, and improve recovery. Be ready to learn and move! (w/s)

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
2019 - The Science of Aging Well with Helen Vanderburg
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm EST
  • Helen Vanderburg
  • Live on ZOOM

2019 - The Science of Aging Well with Helen Vanderburg

In this session, Helen Vanderburg will describe the science of physical, psychological, and social aging. In addition, Helen will discuss the limitations faced by older adults and strategies to adopt proactively to optimize their functional capacity, improve mobility, strength, and balance training to keep older adults moving. Be ready to learn and move! (w/s)

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
2020 - Putting the Personal Back in Training: What is coaching and why it's so Important? with JC Santana, sponsored by IHP
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm EST
  • JC Santana
  • Live on ZOOM

2020 - Putting the Personal Back in Training: What is coaching and why it's so Important? with JC Santana, sponsored by IHP

Personal trainers can make a greater difference if they start doing more coaching. The training is the tool, the coaching is the art, and the real service. Coaching is key to client transformation and career longevity. The attendees will learn the importance of coaching and training. The two main components of coaching will be examined - inspiration, and motivation. Strategic models will be provided that will allow the personal trainer to understand how each component determines behavioural changes and specific strategies that can be employed so their clients will be inspired and motivated to new levels of performance. (L)

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
2021 - Blood Testing and Health Risk Mitigation Strategies for Male and Female Athletes with Stan Efferding
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm EST
  • Stan Efferding
  • Live on ZOOM

2021 - Blood Testing and Health Risk Mitigation Strategies for Male and Female Athletes with Stan Efferding

Detailed analysis of a comprehensive blood test panel. Identifying common health risks for male and female athletes. Lifestyle, dietary and medical interventions to optimize health and performance. (L)

SUNDAY, April 14th, 2024
  • 12:15pm - 12:30pm EST
  • Connie Beaulieu
  • Live on ZOOM

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