EMPOWER! Fusion Chicago, IL

March 28, 2019 - March 31, 2019


6100 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018



Event Information

Thursday March 28, 2019

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Movement Principles: The Core! Powered by Balanced Body, $249, $219 early bird
    Helen Vanderburg
    Prsnl Trng & Grp Fitness

    Movement Principles: The Core! Powered by Balanced Body, $249, $219 early bird with Helen Vanderburg

    Take a deep dive into effective core training principles in this in-depth workshop. First, we take a hands-on approach to truly understanding the anatomy of the core and how it works using the Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ system. Together we’ll build the diaphragm, spinal and abdominal muscles and pelvic floor to gain a better understanding of how they work together to build a strong core and create functional lumbopelvic stability. In the second half of the workshop, you’ll learn progressive core training techniques using the Balanced Body Movement Principles. Combining theory, effective core exercises and practice teaching, you will come away with the all the tools you need to design programs for training clients at any level. This is one module of the 5-part Balanced Body Movement Principles course. Once you have taken all 5 parts, you will receive a certificate as a Balanced Body Movement Specialist.

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Barre Fundamentals Instructor Training, $199, CECs pending
    Katie Haggerty

    Barre Fundamentals Instructor Training, $199, CECs pending with Katie Haggerty

    Foundation meets function on the barre for a ballet technique experience which combines the principles of cardio, flexibility, strength and core work all in one. This training is designed to explore these fundamentals to develop and enhance your existing knowledge and skills necessary to launch you into building and delivering a successful barre program.

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Zumba® Basic Instructor Training Level 1 $225, $250 one week prior, 0.7 ACE, 8 AFAA, 8 SCW
    Jenna Bostic
    Group Fitness

    Zumba® Basic Instructor Training Level 1 $225, $250 one week prior, 0.7 ACE, 8 AFAA, 8 SCW with Jenna Bostic

    This training is the first step to becoming a Zumba® instructor as it teaches you the foundation and formula to teach a Zumba® class. You will learn the steps to four basic rhythms (merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton). You'll learn how to put these steps together into a song, and how to create your first Zumba class. $225 early bird price.REGISTER NOW TO GET A FREE ZUMBA BAG AND $25 DISCOUNT USING THE CODE: EMPOWER25 Included: 1 Electronic Instructor Manual and Certificate of Completion, Online Videos to review Basic Steps, ACE CEC's and AFFA CEU's

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    The Roll Model® Method: Science of Rolling, $249 0.8 ACE, 0.8 NASM, 8 ACSM
    Laurie Streff
    Group Fitness & Yoga

    The Roll Model® Method: Science of Rolling, $249 0.8 ACE, 0.8 NASM, 8 ACSM with Laurie Streff

    Put self-care into your own hands! This training empowers you to personally adopt highly effective self-myofascial regimens for pain-relief and improved performance. Experience 6 rolling sequences that affect profound change which you can bring back to your classrooms, clients and patients.

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Indoor Cycling


    Instructor Power Essentials covers principles of teaching with power, training zones and best practices for Indoor Cycling instructors. Explore the basics of class design, goal setting and anchoring time and effort and discover how to combine metrics and music to deliver a safe, effective and exhilarating Indoor Cycling Experience in every class!

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    POUND PRO TRAINING, $199, 0.8 ACE, 7 AFAA, 0.7 NASM, 4 Canfitpro
    Group Fitness

    POUND PRO TRAINING, $199, 0.8 ACE, 7 AFAA, 0.7 NASM, 4 Canfitpro with .TBD

    • Prepare to rockout to incredible music as you practice and breakdown POUND® choreography, key teaching concepts and methods during this one-day, 8-hour training. Discover how POUND® integrates safety, science, movement and music to create a one-of-a-kind group fitness class for participants of all ages and stages. Each training participants receive The Official POUND® Pro Training Guide, their own set of Ripstix®, access to our online instructor network, The Label and on-going support from the team at POUND® HQ.

Friday March 29, 2019

No classes scheduled.

Saturday March 30, 2019

No classes scheduled.

Sunday March 31, 2019

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Barre Above® Primary Instructor Certification, $250, 12 AFAA, 1.2 ACE, 1.2 NASM, 12 SCW
    Lauren George
    Tricia Murphy-Madden

    Barre Above® Primary Instructor Certification, $250, 12 AFAA, 1.2 ACE, 1.2 NASM, 12 SCW with Lauren George and Tricia Murphy-Madden

    Whether you currently teach barre, or are motivated to add this popular format to your repertoire, look no further than Barre Above®. Discover the essentials of barre and see how this dynamic and progressive method of training enhances strength, flexibility and balance. Walk away with tips on how to launch and run a successful and in-demand barre program for all fitness levels that requires little to no equipment.

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    The Roll Model® Method: Ball Sequencing & Innovation, $249 0.7 ACE, 0.7 NASM, 7 ACSM
    Laurie Streff
    Group Fitness & Yoga

    The Roll Model® Method: Ball Sequencing & Innovation, $249 0.7 ACE, 0.7 NASM, 7 ACSM with Laurie Streff

    Explore several soft-tissue self-care solutions using the 4 different Roll Model® Therapy Balls, and learn to create innovative sequences to provide instant feedback of improved function differentiating your teaching for diverse populations.

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Generation POUND Pro Training, $179, 0.7 ACE, 7 AFAA, 0.7 NASM, 4 Canfitpro
    Group Fitness

    Generation POUND Pro Training, $179, 0.7 ACE, 7 AFAA, 0.7 NASM, 4 Canfitpro with .TBD

    • Generation POUND® is a youth-oriented program that fuses movement and music to improve focus, coordination, physical fitness, teamwork skills and more. Inspired by POUND®’s mission and beliefs, this one-day, 8-hour training provides POUND® Pros with the foundational education and skills needed to teach this exciting new program and excel as an instructor, mentor and role model. Participants can expect to learn the Generation POUND® formula, choreography, techniques and key considerations for inspiring and connecting with the next generation of noise-makers!

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    STRONG by Zumba™, $250, $275 one week prior, 0.8 ACE, 8 AFAA
    Kelly Bullard
    Group Fitness

    STRONG by Zumba™, $250, $275 one week prior, 0.8 ACE, 8 AFAA with Kelly Bullard

    STRONG by Zumba® is a revolutionary high-intensity workout, led by music. Body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometrics are synced to original music designed to match each move. Think you have what it takes? REGISTER NOW TO GET A FREE STRONG BY ZUMBA BAG AND $25 DISCOUNT USING THE CODE: EMPOWERSBZ25 Included: 1 Electronic Instructor Manual and Certificate of Completion, Strong by Zumba My first Class" E-learning course.

  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Balletone®—Powered by Savvier Fitness® w/ Lauren George, $250, $230 early bird, ACE 0.7, AFAA 7.0,
    Lauren George

    Balletone®—Powered by Savvier Fitness® w/ Lauren George, $250, $230 early bird, ACE 0.7, AFAA 7.0, with Lauren George

    Ballet is back...and with the popularity of barre, Pilates, and strength conditioning cardio, it’s bigger than ever. Balletone provides dancer’s workout for the non-dancer. Learn how to create a dynamic, total body workout with no equipment by combining Pilates, barre, and flowing ballet movements that not only improve posture, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance, and balance, but also challenge your students to progress. Balletone choreography is easy to learn and master and is all center-floor, keeping your students constantly moving, motivated, mentally focused, and ready to come back time and time again. Capture your fitness and your inner dancer you never knew you had...and bring out the dancer in you and your students with Balletone. Certification includes: • Print and electronic instructor manual • Balletone® Dancer’s Workout DVD • Instructor web membership • Equipment and apparel discounts • No licensing fees • Options for ongoing choreograp




Jenna Bostic

Jenna Bostic is an international Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Fitness. She has been presenting for Zumba® since 2008 and teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba® instructor trainings. Jenna was the featured ZES for the one-on-one choreography on the ZIN #35 DVD and on ZIN TV for both Aqua Zumba® & Zumba® Toning. Jenna has a degree in Exercise & Sport Science and holds ACE, AFAA and AEA certifications in group fitness, personal training and aqua fitness.”


Kelly Bullard

Kelly is an International fitness educator and a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) since 2009. She holds degrees in Exercise and Sports Science (Health and Physical Education) and a Master’s degree in Sport Administration. Her passion, enthusiasm, and experience is for fitness/ dance for people of all ages. Kelly specializes in many of the Zumba Fitness programs and has presented in over 36 countries. She is in several Zumba DVD’s, including being featured in the Aqua Zumba Vol. 6. Kelly holds a variety of certifications in many areas of fitness, and is a continuing education provider for AEA, AAAI/ISMA, AFAA & ACE.


Lauren George

Lauren George is the Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, owner of Clemson Fitness Company, and a Master Trainer for Balletone. She has had a love for movement since a young age and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from University of North Texas. She was named EMPOWER! Fusion Education Partner of the Year in 2018. Lauren has had the pleasure of leading the group fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and Todd Pilates and Fitness. Most of all, Lauren is passionate about helping participants understand that fitness can be FUN!


Katie Haggerty

Katie Haggerty has become a popular member of the professional fitness industry through her unique brand and delivery. She is well known for her ability to create a balance of innovation, breakdown and functionality through a signature style of fun that creates an experience unlike any other. Katie is the Signature Program Manager and co-creator of Warrior Sculpt and LifeBarre, including developmental workshops, to grow the Life Time Fitness brand. She is a presenter at multiple national fitness conferences, specializing in yoga, dance, step and motivational speaking, and has been awarded the 2014 EMPOWER! Fitness Conference Female Presenter of the Year. Katie holds a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is ACE certified.


Tricia Murphy-Madden

Tricia Murphy-Madden is the Education Director for Savvier Fitness and a former club owner and fitness director for 15 years. In addition to co-creating Barre Above™, she has developed many highly acclaimed programs including Urban Striptease Aerobics, My Best Friends Workout, and the ABC’s of Exercise.


Laurie Streff

Laurie Streff is a C-IAYT movement educator and teacher trainer passionate about inspiring people to prioritize self-care. Through embodied learning techniques of Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method® Laurie is especially thrilled to share unique principles for therapeutic mobility, pain-free movement, and enhanced downregulation experiences.


Helen Vanderburg

Helen is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness Club and Fusion Fitness Training™ in Calgary. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including the 2005 IDEA Instructor of the Year, 2015/ 2013/ 2006/1996 CanFitPro Presenter of the Year and an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Helen is a master trainer and educational program developer for Schwinn, BOSU and Total Gym and the author of Fusion Workouts. Helen’s Professional Highlights include: • BPE, 2015 Canadian Presenter of the Year! • Certifications: ACE, AFLCA, CanFitPro, Pilates, E-RYT Yoga certified • Fitness columnist for numerous magazines and newspapers including the Fitness, Self, Chatelaine, Flare and The Calgary Herald. • Worldwide convention presenter.




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Travel Information

RECOMMENDED AIRPORT: Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)


The Westin O'Hare
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Tel: (847) 698-600
Guest rate: $124 per night

Empower! Fusion 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Empower?

A: EMPOWER! Fitness Events are designed especially for fitness professionals as well as fitness enthusiasts. Through these regional weekend events, we, alongside the community and a team of world-renowned fitness presenters, celebrate fitness, continuing education, motivation and the desire for an overall healthy way of life for all.

The events are produced by Global Fitness Solutions, LLC and hosted in partnership with Life Time Fitness, the premier Healthy Way of Life company, in the United States.

Whether you are a fitness professional in need of your CECs or an enthusiast who simply wants to exercise with the best fitness presenters in the world, EMPOWER! is exactly where you need to be!

Q: Who should attend?

A: Anyone who has an interest in fitness and a healthy way of life!

Fitness Professionals! If you are a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor, come to learn and grow as you earn your much-needed continuing education credits (CECs) from some of the most highly regarded presenters in the industry.

Fitness Enthusiasts! Come enjoy huge, high-energy classes led by the best teachers in the fitness industry and around the world as you support your community and celebrate a healthy way of life with friends and like-minded enthusiasts.

Q: Why is Thursday considered a "special event" day?

A: Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 are considered Pre-Conference event days.  When you register for the EMPOWER! conference weekend, Thursday and the morning/day is not included in the weekend event package (Fri-Sun).  If you are interested in participating in an intensive or certification on Thursday or Friday, you will need to seperately register for each individual class.



Q: How do I register?

A: You can register by mail, fax, or online. For more information about how to register for the EMPOWER! Fusion event you can call 

1855 BE EMPOWERED 1 855 233 6769


Q: How does course selection work?

A: For EMPOWER! upon registration you will be able to select your sessions. We limit the number of registrations to ensure as many attendees as possible receive all their first choice selections at the event and can easily make changes throughout the weekend at will.



Q: When can I check in?

A: You can check in at the event registration desk starting each day at the following times:

Q: What will I receive at check in?

A: You will receive your check-in packet containing a schedule, wristband or ticket, and a goody bag.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Bring a photo i.d., your registration confirmation letter, exercise apparel, a water bottle, and money for lunch and shopping at the expo.

Q: How do I get a receipt?

A:  If you register online, you can print a copy of your receipt at the time of registration. If you mail or fax your registration, you can pick up a copy of your receipt at the event.



Q: What are CECs?

A: CEC stands for Continuing Education Credit (also referred to as CEU or Continuing Education Unit). You receive CECs by attending fitness-related educational workshops. Typically, certification organizations require that instructors earn a certain number of CECs to maintain and renew their certificates. Check with your certifying organization regarding specific requirements.

Q: How many CECs will I get for each class?

A: Each workshop equals .1/1.0 to .2/2.0 CECs from ACE, NASM, AFAA, AEA, AAAI/ISMA and NETA.

Q: How do I get my CECs for attending this event?

A: You will get CEC's in an email the weekend of the event.  Please look for it coming from Global Fitness Solutions.  NOTE:   If you do not see it by the end of the day Sunday, please check in your junk mail.



Q: Who do I contact if I have a question?

A: Global Fitness Solutions
     11 Woodswallow Lane
     Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
     P 1-855 - 233-6769      F (949) 786 2977


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