SAN DIEGO, CA—April 20, 2023—On May 19, the American Council on Exercise invite media and fitness professionals to an exclusive live conference about how fitness professionals can better support women’s health.

Top industry experts, including Dr. Jan Shroeder of Long Beach State University and Farel Hruska of EoS Fitness, will share the unique physiological, biomechanical, and behavioral aspects that go into coaching and training women. Fitness professionals who attend will leave with practical concepts that they can use immediately to level up their programming and coaching.

While more women than ever before are starting their health and fitness journeys—now accounting for 50% of fitness center members—fitness classes and resources are too often based on outdated misconceptions, such as women clients’ top reasons for exercising. Based on a 2022 MindBody report, people are exercising to feel better mentally, rather than control their weight, and the mental health of women was more affected by the pandemic than men.

Women deserve better. This live event will not only provide professionals with accurate, up-to-date information about the unique experiences of women and fitness but will empower professionals to create programs that can incorporate the unique physiological, biomechanical, and behavioral aspects of coaching and training for women.

Speakers include:

  • Farel Hruska (she/her), ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, Director of Learning and Development at EoS Fitness
  • Jiji Pollock (she/her), CPT, MS, Ph.D. Candidate in Health and Human Performance
  • Keli Roberts (she/her), ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach and Group Fitness Instructor
  • Jan Schroeder, Ph.D. (she/her), ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Professor of Kinesiology at Long Beach State University
  • Mychele Sims (she/her), ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, NASM Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist

Event Details:

  • 8 a.m., Welcome Address
  • 8:30 a.m., Coaching for Confidence: Training strong women across all life stages with Farel Hruska. This session will cover lifetime physiology transitions, including pre and postnatal, important coaching tips for creating lasting behavior change, as well as the nuanced emotional and cognitive aspects of training women.
  • 9:45 a.m., PMS and Exercise: Managing Training and Recovery to Boost Quality of Life with Jiji Pollock. Did you know that over one-third of women between the ages of 18-50 structure their workouts based on their menstrual cycle, according to Mindbody? This session will prepare you to better understand your female clients' PMS and period pain symptoms, so you can design personalized exercise programming.
  • 11 a.m., Better Biomechanics: Effective Training for the Female Body with Keli Roberts. This session will focus on smart strategies for training the upper and lower body while keeping the specific needs of women in mind.
  • 12:15 p.m., Movement Break with ACE’s Araceli De Leon
  • 12:45 p.m., Weight Gain and Menopause: What’s Estrogen Got to Go with It with Jan Schroeder. This session will explore emerging research on hormonal influence on adiposity and menopausal transitions, as well as exercise strategies for this stage of life.
  • 2 p.m., Debunking Myths in Women’s Fitness with Mychele Sims. This session will investigate, discuss, and debunk the myths surrounding women in fitness, empowering you to grow as a fitness professional as you support your clients in their goals.
  • 3:15 p.m., Live Q&A

Register and save your seat.

About American Council on Exercise

Since 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has been the leading non-profit education and certification provider for health coaches and exercise professionals in the United States and around the world.

With more than 90,000 highly respected certified health coaches and exercise professionals, ACE Certified Professionals are on the ground daily helping people move, stay active and make lasting lifestyle behavior changes to build healthier communities.

Headquartered in San Diego, ACE collaborates with public health partners to educate people of all backgrounds about the importance of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors; advocates for public policies to increase physical activity opportunities; and supports scientific research that investigates the efficacy of behavior-change interventions and the effectiveness of exercise practices and trends.

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