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Medical Fitness Tour: San Francisco

Join us September 7-9, 2018. This 3 day event, hosted at the University of San Francisco, will offer fitness & allied health professionals an opportunity to grow their knowledge in the field of medical fitness. We’re excited to welcome experts in the fields who will present on a wide range of topics in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of chronic disease/medical conditions.

The main conference, Saturday, September, 8 and Sunday, September 9 includes

  • Nine educational sessions (with CEC’s for fitness professionals)
  • Two 90-minute lunch & learn discussion groups
  • Networking and Expo
  • Saturday evening mixer with drinks, appetizers, and music
  • Complimentary 1-year professional MedFit Network Membership ($169 value!) MFN is a national registry of fitness, wellness and allied health professionals. (MFN membership for new members only)

There will be 4 half-day pre-conference workshops available for purchase on Friday, September 7 before the main conference.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Stress Resilience: Fitness Professional and Care Partner Focus
  • TriggerPoint™ Level 1 Foam Rolling: Principles & Practice 
  • Capitalizing on the Space in Between Fitness and Medicine: Building or Restructuring Your Fitness Business to Achieve Excellence and Limitless Reward 
  • Training the Older Client with Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

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Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and exercise/cardiovascular health is gaining ground as a primary prevention and intervention strategy. Review the basic etiology of the disease and learn the latest updates for exercise prescription for prevention strategies. Explore 3 levels of disease intervention and the fitness professional’s role in managing and working with clients at various stages of disease progression. Discover the best way to combine brain training with physical training for the best results based on current research.

There are currently 5.5 million individuals with Alzheimer's Disease. Caregiver stress is prominent in today's society as the numbers of individuals diagnosed increases. As health professionals it is important to understand the complex dynamics of stress for the client, caregiver and even personal trainer. Learn how to recognize the different types of stressors and work with possible comorbidity to lead productive training sessions. Some clients who have Alzheimer's Disease may also have Sundowners, anxiety, and depression.

Personal trainers will also learn how to recognize and cope with compassion fatigue during their sessions. It is important for health professionals to also keep their stress levels in check on a daily basis.

Course Objectives
  1. Discuss 4 terms related to cognitive decline and the socioeconomic implications for AD.
  2. Describe the role of preventive intervention and the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Disease prevention.
  3. Explain and demonstrate current recommendations for physical training and brain training for AD prevention and intervention.
  4. Discuss the causes of caregiver and client stress.
  5. Explain how to effectively use stress management techniques to diffuse stressful situations during training sessions.
  6. Describe how to recognize and cope with Compassion Fatigue.
Attendees of this workshop will receive 15% off all courses at the Stress Management Institute for Health & Fitness Professionals
Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

Self-Myofasical Release (SMR) has been shown to relieve muscle and joint pains and improve flexibility and range of motion. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of myofascia, reviews the latest SMR research and then dives into the TriggerPoint™ SMR movement philosophy using The GRID® Foam Roller. Participants walk away with practical knowledge and hands-on experience coaching and cueing movements that can be scaled to all levels of general health and athletic clients for pre- and post workout foam rolling.

Training includes manual and a foam roller.

Approved for 4 CEUs by NASM, AFAA, ACE, NSCA, and ACSM.
Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

This workshop, complete with hands-on exercises and interactive brainstorming, teaches the ambitious career-oriented Personal Trainer to take full responsibility for the development of his or her business.

An emphasis will be placed upon the idea of the business being “separate” from the trainer. In other words, while most personal trainers literally become their businesses, with no distinction between who they are and what they do (a pretty certain road to burnout), students will learn to adopt the adage, “Your Business Should Be The Source of Your Prosperity.”

The workshop is timely as it dives into the opportunities presented by the explosive epidemic of chronic disease (metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, etc.) and exposes the limitations of conventional medical approaches. In exploring the greatest potential of strategic interventions incorporating exercise and nutrition, we discover the power the “specialist” personal fitness trainer can harness in terms of reversing inflammation, improving hormonal balance, and mitigating the markers and symptoms of disease.

The message is one of alignment, a true Allied Health Care effort where personal trainers’ energies and insights complement medical expertise for which we respectfully rely upon physicians and medical specialists.

The first half of the workshop is focused on a rethinking of the disease model, viewing disease escalation as movement along a reversible continuum. This allows for critical thinking and an arrived-upon conclusion that we can facilitate “betterment” moving any client or patient back toward health.

The second half of the workshop will zero in on the true opportunity. We’ll explore the true meaning of “value delivery” as it applies to the relationship between the specialty trainer and the client. We’ll compare foundational business principles with options for specialization and the development of a personalized mission.

Every attendee will leave understanding that he or she has power over creating a business that takes on the intention and energies of the trainer, ultimately becoming a vehicle for financial freedom and prosperity.
Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

With the advancing age of the population and the widespread prevalence of osteoarthritis, there is an increasing need for qualified health and fitness professionals like yourself to work with individuals experiencing degenerative joint conditions of the spine, hips, and knees. While some can continue an active lifestyle, many individuals will experience decreased range of motion, discomfort, and even the inability to do the tasks they want, need, or love to do secondary to osteoarthritis changes. To effectively help these individuals improve their overall quality of life and accomplish their health and fitness goals, fitness professionals must understand the degenerative process and how to tailor an exercise program to specifically address the needs of this population.

During this half-day intensive workshop, the fitness professional will be introduced to the cause and progression of osteoarthritis and The Degenerative Joint Process™. Additionally, they will be introduced and guided through the Integrative Movement System™ and how the principles (alignment, breathing, and control) create the foundation for improving range of motion, flexibility, and performance in individuals experiencing degenerative joint conditions of the hips and knees. Finally, the fitness professional will learn how to design a safe and effective program for individuals diagnosed with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis. This program will educate and empower and provide fitness professionals with the confidence and skills to work with individuals that present with osteoarthritis.

Dr. Evan Osar is a chiropractic physician and the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification, designed specifically to aid the fitness professional in establishing themselves as an invaluable part of their clients' health care team.
This keynote will touch on what has stayed the same in the fitness/wellness industry over time, what has changed, and what we can look forward to in the very near future.

Co-founder, President and CEO of Active Wellness Bill McBride will share the foundation of our beginnings, our evolution, and what is possible in a new era of opportunity. We are poised to be of greater service with the ability to monetize the good work we do on a much broader scale. We all know that “selling” is “solving” - no one wants to be sold (or sell!). ​​Explore the significance of ​​helping people into new lifestyles of exercise, wellness, well-being, activity and healthy behaviors and learn how your contribution to the industry is making a difference.
Working with breast cancer patients and survivors requires empathy, compassion, and comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter. This session will give you insight into the practical, hands-on skills needed to guide patients through treatment into recovery and long-term survivorship. No two cancer patients are the same; which is why it’s critical to completely individualize programming.

Learn a comprehensive, step-by-step process from renowned expert Andrea Leonard, president and founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and ACE partner.
This session reviews the basic principles of longevity science and the scientific evidence showing we can win the war on cancer right now, with adherence to a diet-style rich in anti-cancer phytochemicals; which also prevents against heart disease, strokes and dementia.

Learning Objectives
  • Use Nutrient per Calorie Density to structure dietary recommendations and understand how nutritional science can impact the aging process and prevent disease
  • Understand the differences between various high-carbohydrate foods that affects their influence on health.
  • Identify foods that positively and negatively affect hormones that contribute to disease and premature aging.
  • Identify the foods with the most powerful effects to prevent cancer and how to incorporate those foods into one’s dietary portfolio
Dr. Furhman is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods.
Tentative Lunch & Learn Discussion Topics
  • How to Create Relationships with Medical & Allied Healthcare Professionals. Moderated by Bill McBride and Dr. Evan Osar
  • Eat and Cook To Live – Nutritional Science In Your Kitchen. Moderated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Discussion groups start promptly at 1:00pm Vendors scheduled at Expo: Urban Poling AstroDurance
This session will cover assessments and corrective exercises appropriate for personal trainers working with clients with the following: Parkinson's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Rhuematoid and Osteoarthritis, Soft Tissue pathologies, such as bursitis, tendinitis, fasciitis and continued recovery from minor surgeries post physical therapy.

Dr. Butler is a fitness professional with over 20 years experience, as well as a licensed Medical and Sports Massage Therapist. At her facility, she works to improve the lives of wounded warriors that have survived traumatic brain injuries and/ or spinal cord injuries.
If you work with older adults (baby boomers and/or seniors), then you likely work with individuals who have been diagnosed with spinal and/or hip osteoarthritis. Spinal and hip osteoarthritis are two of the most common orthopedic issues keeping older individuals from effectively walking, biking, exercising, and performing their daily activities.

During this dynamic, interactive session you will learn the 3-Stage Degenerative Joint Process™ and why so many older adults develop spine and hip issues. Additionally, you will discover the Integrative Movement System Corrective Exercise Strategy™ that covers how to assess and effectively use corrective exercise to address tightness and weakness in the spine and hips. You will leave this session with the ability to incorporate the corrective exercise strategies into the fundamental movement patterns required to safely and effectively progress your older client’s towards accomplishing their health and fitness goals.

Dr. Evan Osar is a chiropractic physician and the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification, designed specifically to aid the fitness professional in establishing themselves as an invaluable part of their clients' health care team.
Meet & Greet sponsored by AstroDurance

Enjoy drinks and light appetizers while you network with our speakers, vendors and other attending participants.

Cash bar available
Details coming soon.

Kevin has been in the industry for over 25 years. He is currently the President of PTA Global & PTontheNet, providing high quality on-line education for the health and fitness Industry worldwide.
It is now proven that exercise, diet, and mindset play a vital role in helping to manage the symptoms and mental challenges of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

This session will cover:
  • Understanding the importance of becoming an MS trainer.
  • How to properly implement an exercise program that is effective.
  • How Bungee Fitness works, and why it is one of the best exercise tools to use for those with MS (Full program demonstration).
  • What are the diet options for MS, why they are NOT cures and why adaptation is important.
David Lyons is the founder of the MS Fitness Challenge worldwide charity, author of Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis and recipient of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award for this inspiring session.
Tentative Lunch & Learn Discussion Topics
  • Toolbox Genomics Discussion Topic TBA. Moderated by Jessica Knurick
  • CBD: What Fitness & Allied Healthcare Professionals Need to Know. Moderated by Jakub Pritz
Discussion groups start promptly at 1:00pm
There are so many myths surrounding exercise and pregnancy that fitness and allied heathcare professionals are often afraid to work with the prenatal population. Learn the truths about how the human body’s primary systems typically respond to pregnancy, and how functional and corrective exercise programming is so beneficial to facilitating a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.

Course objectives:
  1. Discuss and debunk the myths related to exercising during pregnancy to eliminate fears of training this population.
  2. Identify the physiological, anatomical, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and emotional responses to pregnancy.
  3. Learn the most recent, up-to-date medical community guidelines and recommendations for exercise during pregnancy.
  4. Develop functional and corrective exercise programming throughout pregnancy for an easier pregnancy, and a faster recovery.
  5. How to grow your own business by serving this population.
  6. Danielle Spangler is a pre and postnatal fitness specialist with over twenty years of experience and a mother of three children. She created the first ever studio based group exercise program for the pre and postnatal population called “CORE Mom” (Corrective Obstetrical Related Exercise) and also runs a program in the South Bay of Los Angeles called “Bionic Mommy”.
Older adults are unique and the complex aging process challenges even the most healthy and fit of them. This session will focus on how to design safe, effective and challenging exercise programs for active older adults to enable them to get the most out of their later years.

Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. He has has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults
A fitness professional for over 20 years, Dr. Tonya Butler began her career in fitness as a Master Fitness Trainer in the United States Army. Dr. Butler served as a tenured professor at the University of North Georgia teaching courses in exercise science and recreation and leisure studies. As a national speaker, Dr. Butler presents...
Robyn Caruso is the founder of The Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ and Uniquely U Wellness Center™. Robyn received her bachelor’s degree from Rowan University in Health Promotion and Fitness Management. She is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and group fitness instructor, a certified health education specialist by (NCHEC),...
June Chewning has been serving the fitness industry since 1978 as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. She taught elementary physical education for 6 years before completing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Health Enhancement. June served as president and owner of Health Enhancement and Fitness Services (a corporate and community wellness provider) for...
Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. He has been an active family medicine clinician for over 25 years. He is the author of 9 books, 5 that have been on the NY Times bestseller list (* noted below)....
Phil Kaplan is a 30-year veteran of the fitness field and a pioneer in the realm of Personal Training.  The first Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient from Personal Fitness Professional, he’s appeared on over 1000 TV and radio shows sharing “the Fitness Truth.” Through seminars, articles, appearances, and programs, Phil paved the way for personal trainers...
Andrea Leonard is the Founder and President of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. Andrea is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as a personal trainer by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American...
In 2006, David Lyons was hospitalized and diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 47. David, a former bodybuilder and health club owner, exercised regularly and lived a healthy lifestyle. He was devastated by the diagnosis and frustrated by the physical limitations of his condition. His initial MS attack left him with partial paralysis,...
Bill is a health club industry veteran with over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Sports Clubs and Active Wellness, LLC and owns a health club consultancy – BMC3. Bill has served as Chairman of the...
Evan Osar is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification designed specifically to aid the fitness professional establish themselves as an invaluable part of their client’s health care team. In addition to his chiropractic degree, Dr. Osar has earned national certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM),...
As a mother of three, Danielle understands the physical challenges women face during pregnancy, childbirth and recovery on both a personal and professional level. Danielle has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. This has fueled her passion for helping pregnant women and new mothers through this physical and emotional journey, thus giving her...
Dr. Kevin Steele has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 25 years. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while a faculty member in Physical Education and Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University. During this period; he also worked with a local physician specializing in...
Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC.  Christian has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research....
Main Conference (2-day) Registration
$299.00 $199.00
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Includes all sessions on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9

Lunch & Learn Discussion Groups, Networking and Expo

Saturday Evening Mixer

1 year MedFit Network membership (new members only)

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

This special early bird rate ends June 30!

Lunch is not included in price. Boxed lunch is available for purchase for $30 for the 2 days. You can add this to your total at check-out, or you may choose to bring your own lunch.

Saturday Only Registration
$125.00
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Includes all sessions on Saturday, September 8.

Lunch & Learn Discussion Group, Networking and Expo

Saturday Evening Mixer

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

This special early bird rate ends June 30!

Lunch is not included in price. Boxed lunch is available for purchase for $15. You can add this to your total at check-out, or you may choose to bring your own lunch

Sunday Only Registration
$100.00
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Includes all sessions on Sunday, September 9.

Lunch & Learn Discussion Group, Networking and Expo

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

This special early bird rate ends June 30!

Lunch is not included in price. Boxed lunch is available for purchase for $15. You can add this to your total at check-out, or you may choose to bring your own lunch.

Pre-Conference Workshop 1 Registration
$149.00
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Ticket for the 4 hour pre-conference workshop: Alzheimer’s Disease and Stress Resilience: Fitness Professional and Care Partner Focus, presented by Robyn Caruso and June Chewning

Workshop held Friday, September 7, 8:00am-12:00pm

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

Pre-Conference Workshop 2 Registration
$149.00
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Ticket for the 4 hour pre-conference workshop: TriggerPoint™ Level 1 Foam Rolling: Principles & Practice , presented by Dr. Tonya Butler

Workshop held Friday, September 7, 8:00am-12:00pm

Includes manual and foam roller

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

Pre-Conference Workshop 3 Registration
$149.00
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Ticket for the 4 hour pre-conference workshop: Capitalizing on the Space in Between Fitness and Medicine: Building or Restructuring Your Fitness Business to Achieve Excellence and Limitless Reward, presented by Phil Kaplan

Workshop held Friday, September 7, 1:00-5:00pm

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

Pre-Conference Workshop 4 Registration
$149.00
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Ticket for the 4 hour pre-conference workshop: Training the Older Client with Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, presented by Dr. Evan Osar

Workshop held Friday, September 7, 1:00-5:00pm

CEU/CECs included for fitness professionals

Conference will be held at the University of San Francisco.

Main Conference (Saturday & Sunday) will take place in the McLaren Conference Center at 2401-2449 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA.
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Medical Fitness Tour San Francisco is approved for CEUs/CECs with the following organizations:
ACE
ISSA
NAFC
NASM/AFAA
NFPT
NCCPT

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.
Boxed lunch is available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday. You will be able to add them to your registration at check-out. You're also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Evening mixer on Saturday will have light appetizers. Cash bar will be available

Lunch is not available for the Friday pre-conference workshops.
Fitness attire is perfectly acceptable!
Full refunds will be issued for any cancellations made a minimum of 30 days prior to an event start date. Any changes or cancellations should be requested in writing a minimum of 30 days prior, as we need to confirm meals and seating with the event venue.

For cancellations less than 30 days from the event start date, refunds will be given, less a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the event result in forfeiture of entire registration amount. Alternatively, you may choose to put the balance toward another event and the amount will be kept on file as a credit for up to 1 year.

Cancellation or change requests must be submitted to medfittour@gmail.com; refunds will be processed in a timely manner.

Failure to attend an event without prior notification (i.e., no-show) will result in the forfeiture of the entire registration fee amount.

Cancellation of event attendance will also result in the loss of new membership status for the MedFit Network, if applicable.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

MedFit Network, National Sponsor
PFP Media, National Sponsor
Toolbox Genomics, National Sponsor
Perform Better, Gold Sponsor
PTAGlobal, Gold Sponsor
TriggerPointTM, Gold Sponsor
TRX, Gold Sponsor
Clustas, Silver Sponsor
AstroDurance, Meet & Greet Sponsor


THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation
Genome Magazine
National Osteoporosis Foundation
PT on the Net
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp

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