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Medical Fitness Tour: Chicago, IL

Medical Fitness Tour Chicago was held Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2018 in Chicago, IL as part of the Club Industry Show 2018.

Recordings of presentations (October 25-26) are available for pre-sale.  

We are at an amazing crossroads in time. Modern medicine is rife with innovations, from genetic exploration to stem cell therapies. As pharmaceutical discoveries flood the marketplace and research reveals novel strategies for battling pathogens and extending human life, chronic disease continues to tap the bar of “all-time high.” As the mainstream seeks allopathic solutions, the resurgence of age-old approaches involving mind, spirit, and Eastern philosophies gains new footing and recognition. Perhaps the single area most promising in hope of bringing all invaluable elements together and controlling and ultimately reversing the chronic disease epidemic is the area separated from medicine, isolated as “fitness.”

There exists a definitive space between the boundaries of conventional medicine and the "scope" of the personal fitness trainer, and a thorough exploration of science can only reveal the value of using exercise, lifestyle, and nutritional strategies to not only prevent, but reverse chronic disease. There is a clear need to drawing a conduit between fitness and the medical field, ultimately filling the chasm in between with a new breed of practitioner. We’re at a pivotal point in time where it appears as if the answers lie in that middle space.

In this session, we’ll explore:

1. How understanding a template of chronic disease can empower specialized agents in the fitness field to become the pivotal force in “cure.”

2. What six concerns must be integrated into the personal trainer scope of practice if the two fields, fitness and medicine, are going to co-operate for optimal benefit to the unwell population

3. How and why the elevated fitness professional can and should be a key player in any individual’s allied health care

4. Why crystallizing a new vision of the future of medicine positions the trainer and physician as truly complementary practitioners working toward the greatest good.

It’s time for the ‘space between” to be recognized and inhabited. This session will change the way you think about your career, the face of medicine and the future of our nation.
How to Reverse Chronic Disease and Degeneration while Building Your Bottom Line

With the uncertainty regarding the future of the Health Care System, physicians and private practices are looking for solutions during these fearful and uncertain economical times. There is fear that the Affordable Health Care Act will make it difficult for private practices to survive, and for doctors to make the living they deserve. Facts are, with rising costs, reimbursements are sure to be cut. Fortunately there is a new cash based model that doctors are implementing that can have both a positive financial outcome for your practice but it provides a solution to rising health care costs by reducing obesity. In 2018, CMS will be releasing the Diabetes Prevention Program aimed at adding wellness and preventative services to help combat the rising cost of health care and as a solution to manage and prevent chronic disease.

J.R. Burgess is the CEO of Rejuv Medical and MedFit. In 2009, he partnered with Dr. Joel Baumgartner, MD with the purpose to change the direction of the current healthcare crisis. Together they developed a successful 27,000 sq. ft., integrated medical center that utilizes medical fitness, functional medicine and regenerative orthopedics to restore health and vitality to their patients.
How do we train clients safely, effectively and intensely with joint replacements? With our ever exploding aging population, clients with joint replacements are becoming commonplace. There is no need to fear working with clients with joint replacements, but having a few unique tips and tactics will help, especially when dealing with clients with hip and knee replacements.

Co-Founder of the Functional Aging Institute, Dan has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not for-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations: athletes, pregnancy, blind, stroke recovery, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, etc.
Lunch & Learn Panel: How to Create Relationships with Medical & Allied Health Professionals

Panelists: J.R. Burgess, Phil Kaplan, Dr. Evan Osar, and Dan Ritchie

Discussion panel starts promptly at 1:00pm

Vendors scheduled at Expo:
Exero System
K9 Fit Club
Urban Poling
Explore the biggest threat to the quality life of older adults: devastating falls. Learn how to assess older clients/patients for fall risk using three validated functional assessments. This will include training on objective scoring and movement analysis for each assessment which are essential in developing the most effective exercise program for each individual. Attendees will be given a systematic Fall Prevention Program Matrix that can be used to program for their clients/patients.

Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco, and has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults.
The one-size-fits-all model of health is outdated and can leave your clients feeling frustrated and uninspired. Genetic testing and the truly personalized approach to wellness that it affords, is the future of preventive health. This session will help you to understand the science behind genetic testing related to lifestyle and health markers, and use that information to tailor nutrition and exercise programs that are personalized to the individual.

Jessica Knurick is a researcher and nutrition educator with a passion for preventive healthcare. Jessica is a registered dietitian with a PhD in physical activity, nutrition, and wellness. She is the Director of Clinical Product & Education at Toolbox Genomics, a company that uses analyzes your unique DNA testing results to give you a personalized, scientific, easy-to-understand Health Action Plan™, a powerful lifestyle plan that will help you make all the right choices.
Regroup after dinner and unwind from the day with a little dessert and a nightcap. Relax and network with your peers. Part of the Club Industry Show. Included in your Medical Fitness Tour registration
The need for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of chronic disease continues to outpace the qualified resources available to serve those who need it most. Despite more accessible information and education and a more widely accepted holistic approach to health, there is a significant gap between the care a patient receives and the healthy lifestyle habits that can prevent and manage disease. There are exciting and limitless opportunities for healthcare professionals from all corners of the care continuum and highly-qualified fitness professionals to collaborate and work in synergy to have a direct impact on the growing national health crisis.
Dr. Aliffe will discuss:
  • Some Benefits and Clinical Indications
  • Why are People Turning to CBD Oil Products?
Enjoy lunch and chat with presenters and attendees.

Vendors scheduled at Expo:
Exero System
K9 Fit Club
Urban Poling
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of people suffer every day from chronic respiratory diseases. Currently 235 million people have asthma, 64 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while millions have allergic rhinitis and other often-underdiagnosed chronic respiratory diseases. Respiratory diseases do not discriminate and affect people of every race, sex, and age. Some of your clients may suffer from a respiratory disease and you may be an important source for relief. Fitness professionals can effectively work with those who have a respiratory disease providing them with a better quality of life through movement.

You'll learn fundamental information on respiratory anatomy and physiology, types of respiratory diseases, causes of respiratory diseases, signs and symptoms of respiratory diseases, and traditional treatment for respiratory diseases.

Learn how to design and prescribe a proper exercise program including basic nutrition to improve the quality of life for your clients with respiratory disease. With progression tracking, your clients can experience a gradual and pleasant growth in their health and fitness status. You as their health and fitness coach can provide a positive experience to facilitate an effective path to better health and wellness.
Learn the different types of cardiovascular disease and how they affect exercise capacity. Examine classes of pharmaceuticals and their mechanism of action and how they alter blood pressure, heart rate, and other physiological parameters. Attendees will gain knowledge to effectively design aerobic exercise programs, resistance training, and balance training for these clients.

Eric Lemkin, MS, He spent 4 years in Cardiac, Pulmonary, and Cancer Rehab at a hospital-based wellness center in Raleigh, NC. Eric founded Functionally Active Fitness where he offers private training, sport-specific training, boot camps, kickboxing, plyometrics, kettlebells, and senior fitness. His clients from age 12 to 82, ranging from highly conditioned athletes to stroke survivors.
Known as the trainers’ trainer, CarolAnn has become one of the country’s leading fitness educators, authors, and national presenters. Combining a Master’s degree in Exercise Science/Health Promotion with several fitness certifications/memberships such as FiTOUR, ACSM, ACE, AFAA, and LMI, she has been actively involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. She has executed her...
J.R. is the CEO of Rejuv Medical, Co-Founder of MedFit and HealthOvators. With his business partners, JR is innovating healthcare with a model that prevents, reverses or better manages chronic pain and disease while supporting physicians to achieve these transformations profitability through business. Their revolutionary regenerative health care model includes non-surgical orthopedics, functional primary care...
Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician...
Phil Kaplan is a 30-year veteran of the fitness...
Dr. Jessica Knurick, Director of Clinical...
Eric Lemkin graduated from Eastern Michigan University with both a B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Physiology.  He is a certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE) and though American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM),  Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and Corrective Exercise Specialist  through National Academy...
Dr. Osar is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist...
Dr. Dan Ritchie has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, notfor-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations: athletes, pregnancy, blind, stroke recovery, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, etc. He is the co-founder and...
Christian is an Associate Professor in the...
Lindsay Vastola, NSCA-CPT, has served as editor for PFP media since 2011 and is founder and president of Body Project (2007), a custom fitness and lifestyle company headquartered in Robbinsville, New Jersey. As a keynote and wellness program consultant for companies across industries and speaker at industry events including Club Industry, NSCA, Fitness Business Summit...
Because registration is run by Club Industry for this event, their cancellation policy applies. If written notice is received by September 14, 2018 the registration fee will be refunded less a $75 processing fee. After September 14, cancellations are non-refundable. Approved refunds will be processed within 10 business days. Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrants. Please note the program is subject to change at any time. Requests for refunds must be received in writing, with a detailed explanation by email to medfittour@gmail.com.
Medical Fitness Tour is a co-located event at the Club Industry Show. The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave in Chicago, IL.
You can expect to receive 10-14 CEUs depending on your certifying body. Medical Fitness Tour Chicago is approved for CEU/CECs by: ACE AFAA CDR ISSA NASM: NESTA NFPT NSCA PTAG If your certifying body is not listed, please check with them for their requirements to petition for credit. Note: ACSM very often accepts courses that are approved by ACE and NASM/AFAA.
Lunch is not included with registration. You can bring your own lunch, or purchase lunch on-site at Herb N’ Kitchen. Fresh, flavorful and ready when you are, this versatile grab & go destination offers pastries from scratch, artisan sandwiches and salads, vintage labels, local and craft brews, Starbucks®, countless soda fountain options and plenty of snacks to keep you charged throughout the day and night.
Medical Fitness Tour's preferred area hotel is the The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center at 520 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago (Less than 3 blocks from event venue). Please see the Lodging tab for more area hotel suggestions.
Fitness attire is perfectly acceptable!

Preferred Lodging

The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
520 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago (Less than 3 blocks from event venue)

Medical Fitness Tour has a room block rate at the Congress Plaza Hotel for stays between October 24-27. Per night rate is $159.00 + tax (Single/Double). Our room block rate is available until 9/30.

To make your reservation, call (312) 427-3800 x5025, and let them know you'd like to book a room in the "MedFitEd - Medical Fitness Tours" block. The Congress Plaza Hotel requires a deposit of one night stay (room and tax) upon reservation by a major credit card.

We'll also host a no-host mixer at the Congress on Friday evening.

Other Area Lodging

Note: Rates are subject to change based on availability and booking date. Lower rates may be available via aggregate sites like Travelocity or Expedia.

Hilton Chicago
This is the event venue. Rooms are available, and Club Industry has a discount available. Click here for details.

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Address: 1100 S Michigan Ave
Rates from $188
Less than 3 blocks from venue

Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago
Address: 65 E Harrison St
Rates from $169, with shared room
0.2 mile from venue

HI Chicago Hostel
Address: 1226, 24 E Congress Pkwy
Rates from $37, with shared room
Less than 0.5 mile from venue

Chicago South Loop Hotel
Address: 11 W 26th St
Rates from $239
2 miles from venue


MedFit Network, National Sponsor
PFP Media, National Sponsor
Ladder Coach, Gold Sponsor
Life Energy Fitness, Gold Sponsor
Toolbox Genomics, Gold Sponsor
TriggerPoint™ Performance Therapy, Gold Sponsor
Clustas, Silver Sponsor
PTAGlobal, Silver Sponsor

PT on the Net
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp

K9 Fit Club
Urban Poling

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