March 5, 2015 - March 8, 2015

Intercontinental O’Hare

5300 N. River Road Rosemont, IL 60018
ph. 847.544.5300

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* Beachbody®
* Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™
* Dragon Door
* Fierce FUNk
* Groove Method
* HIT IT® Fitness
* Lebert Fitness
* Savvier
* Schwinn®
* WaterRower
* WerQ
* Reebok
* Dynamax
* R.I.P.P.E.D.
* Dragon Door
* Zumba
* Peak Pilates
* Ugi
* Masala Bhangra
* Piloxing
* Mad Dogg
* Dynamix
* Power Music
* Yoga Tune Up
* Soul Grooves
* Gray Institute
* ActivMotion Bar
* C.H.E.K. Institute
* And more to come



* Amy Dixon
* Rob Glick
* Kimberly Spreen-Glick
* Doug Gray
* Pepper Von
* Mindy Mylrea
* Andrea DuCane
* Josh Crosby
* Doris Thews
* Helen Vanderburg
* Ami McMullen
* Pete Holman
* Shana Martin
* Tammy Harris
* Terrence Thomas
* Haley Stone
* Katie Haggerty
* Julz Arney
* Peter Twist
* Jeremy Stone
* Len Kravitz
* Jill Miller
* Jeffery Scott
* Shannon Fable
* Johnny Kest
* Fabio Comana
* Skip Jennings
* Brian Nunez
* Robert Sherman
* Keli Roberts


We look forward to seeing you at the event! 


Event Information

Thursday March 5, 2015

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Boot Camp Instructor Certification $219 .8 ACE, .8 NASM, 8 LT
    SGT Ken Weichert
    Personal Training and Group Fitness

    Boot Camp Instructor Certification $219 .8 ACE, .8 NASM, 8 LT with SGT Ken Weichert

    Boot Camp fitness instructors lead the fight against obesity, challenging civilians and soldiers to become their absolute best through the use of highly effective and exciting functional fitness training. The results are body fat loss, improved strength and stamina, increased confidence and higher spirits. Developed Ken Weichert (a.k.a. “SGT Ken”) and certified personal trainer Stephanie Weichert, this course utilizes highly effective physical training techniques practiced by elite military forces. Participants will be immersed in proper form and safety, planning and executing functional fitness programs for outdoor and indoor environments, cadence calls, circuit fitness training, military-style obstacle courses and fitness tests, fitness games, partner-assisted exercises, individual tracking techniques and diet and nutrition. !". Included in the course: Instructor training and testing, Instructor manual & a reference library on a DVD.

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Group Fitness Instructor Training Certificate $189, .8 ACE, 8.0 AFAA,
    Katie Haggerty
    Kaycee Dunfield
    Group Fitness

    Group Fitness Instructor Training Certificate $189, .8 ACE, 8.0 AFAA, with Katie Haggerty and Kaycee Dunfield

    Have you ever thought about elevating your career by becoming a Group Fitness Instructor? This prep course is designed to help you start the journey. In this full day course, you will review and apply the basic science as well as practical skills you need to prepare for formal certification.

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Dragon Door HKC Instructor Certification $299.00 8 LT
    Andrea Du Cane
    Personal Training

    Dragon Door HKC Instructor Certification $299.00 8 LT with Andrea Du Cane

    Master the essentials of kettlebell lifting by learning the principles of Hardstyle training. As a top fitness professional, NOT having this training method in your toolbox could be seriously holding you back from getting fast, impressive results for yourself and your clients. At this 8-hour instructor course, you will learn the most effective, safe, and efficient ways to use, teach and coach the basic kettlebell lifts starting with the Swing, Get-Up, and Goblet Squat. Kettlebell training develops superior athleticism by reinforcing natural movement patterns, learning to move explosively from the hips, and challenges the stabilizers during all lifts – both ballistic and grinds. Become certified as an HKC and join the elite community of fitness professionals. $299.00 - regularly $499.00

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    R.I.P.P.E.D. Inst. Cert. $229 EB $279 Reg $309 Door .8 ACE .8 NASM 7.0 AFAA 8 LT
    Terry and Tina Shorter
    Julie Stepnoski
    Group Fitness

    R.I.P.P.E.D. Inst. Cert. $229 EB $279 Reg $309 Door .8 ACE .8 NASM 7.0 AFAA 8 LT with Terry and Tina Shorter and Julie Stepnoski

    Become a R.I.P.P.E.D. certified instructor. This total body, high intensity style program, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight, masterfully combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance as the workout portion along with Diet suggestions to help your clients attain and maintain their physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable and extremely effective. The deliberate combination of the R.I.P.P.E.D. elements and how they are precisely organized in the R.I.P.P.E.D. class format provide the basis for the One Stop Body Shock System by stimulating different energy systems and muscles in each workout segment, changing the focus and activities every 6 to 9 minutes. Along with driving, motivating music, participants jam through R.I.P.P.E.D. with smiles, determination and strength. R.I.P.P.E.D. is effective and tough yet doable. $229 Early Bird, $279 after Early Bird Deadline, $309 Door.

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Strike! Instructor Certification, $179 Early Bird/ $199 Regular, 0.6 ACE, 5.0 AFAA, 6 Life Time
    Kimberly Spreen - Glick
    Abrea Arnold
    Group Fitness

    Strike! Instructor Certification, $179 Early Bird/ $199 Regular, 0.6 ACE, 5.0 AFAA, 6 Life Time with Kimberly Spreen - Glick and Abrea Arnold

    Do you want to be trained as an instructor of the latest, most innovative kickboxing class in the industry? Strike! is a full-body interval workout that blends traditional kickboxing combinations with controlled weight-bearing strikes and blocks inspired by martial arts stick fighting. It's all strategically planned to create a non-stop flow of nothing but energy and sweat. You will learn proper form and technique a variety of kickboxing movements as well as basic strikes and blocks along with great ideas and combinations to help you design your class.

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Zumba® Basic Instructor Training Level 1 $225, .7 ACE, 5.5 AFAA (must register @ www.zumba.com)
    Jenna Bostic
    Patrice Williams
    Group Fitness

    Zumba® Basic Instructor Training Level 1 $225, .7 ACE, 5.5 AFAA (must register @ www.zumba.com) with Jenna Bostic and Patrice Williams

    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. We''ll provide you with all the tools and resources you will need to teach a Zumba class. $225, .7 ACE, 5.5 AFAA, 8 LT. You must register for this session at www.Zumba.com

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Tabata Bootcamp™ Instructor Certificate, $229.00 .9 ACE, 9.0 AFAA, 9.0 SCW
    Mindy Mylrea
    Personal Training and Group Fitness

    Tabata Bootcamp™ Instructor Certificate, $229.00 .9 ACE, 9.0 AFAA, 9.0 SCW with Mindy Mylrea

    Tabata Bootcamp(tm) -created by Mindy Mylrea 2015 Trainer of the Year and the winner of “Most Impactful Program” is a turnkey program that provides you with all the tools you need to be the best trainer/ teacher you can be and to help your clients achieve lasting results, and generate successful revenue for yourself. This is more then just a workout program. You’ll learn the latest techniques in HIIT research, metabolic profiling, perfect exercise programming, body assessment, and motivational coaching skills for creating positive healthy habit forming behaviors including the Take 3 Eating method, which is a behavioral science approach that will change the way your clients eat forever. This is the perfect program for group X, small group, and personal training and 

Certification. Includes: 
2 Manuals
Figure * tubing
, over 140 Online Workouts/Nutritional Support Videos. Fully Integrated 
Website for each Trainer with Complete Ongoing Support
, No Licensing Fees, & No monthly dues.

  • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
    3D XTREME™ Certification - powered by BOSU 0.6 ACE, 6.0 AFAA
    Julz Arney
    Group Fitness

    3D XTREME™ Certification - powered by BOSU 0.6 ACE, 6.0 AFAA with Julz Arney

    3D XTREME™ is a pre-formatted solution to maximize usage of BOSU® Balance Trainers in your club. This completely unique, high-intensity, team-oriented workout program combines functional total body training with calorie-blasting cardio, intense core, and interactive team challenges to get XTREME results. The secret is the 3-dimensional impact of Triplex Training that fuses cardio, conditioning and core and utilizes the BOSU with other favorite training equipment to help you improve your overall fitness. The exercises will challenge you, the pace will drive you and the team energy will inspire you! Get certified to bring this program to your club and watch your participants build muscular strength, cardiovascular power and flexibility. Participants will receive the 3D XTREME™ Instructor Training Manual and DVD.

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    HOT HULA fitness® .7 ACE, 4.0 AFAA, $189
    Anna-Rita Sloss

    HOT HULA fitness® .7 ACE, 4.0 AFAA, $189 with Anna-Rita Sloss

    Strong, sexy and spirited, HOT HULA fitness® is a fun and exciting vacation dance workout. Travel through a "total body workout" in 60 minutes as HOT HULA fitness® isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads & arms. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, HOT HULA fitness® incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Easy to follow and low impact, all ages and fitness levels will enjoy HOT HULA fitness®.

  • 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Schwinn® Indoor Cycling Instructor Training Course $199, .8 ACE, 7.25 AFAA 9 LT
    Jeffery Scott
    Shannon Fable
    Indoor Cycling

    Schwinn® Indoor Cycling Instructor Training Course $199, .8 ACE, 7.25 AFAA 9 LT with Jeffery Scott and Shannon Fable

    Get certified in the industry’s most respected and progressive indoor cycling instructor training course. In one power-packed day you’ll have the tools you need to become a successful and sought-after instructor on any bike. This critically-acclaimed certification includes the Schwinn® Cycling Coach’s Pyramid, a specialized system that makes teaching simple for you and an incredible experience for your students. You will learn bike fit, cycling science, class design, music, communication skills, motivation techniques and more. Join us for the one indoor cycling certification that is always innovating, making it worth repeating to refresh your skills and inspire your teaching and turn up the volume on rider motivation! Receive •Two complete workouts •A comprehensive training manual •Certificate of Training worth .8 ACE CECs/7.25 AFAA CEUs. $199, .8 ACE, 7.25 AFAA

Friday March 6, 2015

No classes scheduled.

Saturday March 7, 2015

No classes scheduled.

Sunday March 8, 2015

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    PiYo Instructor Certification $249.00, .7 ACE , .7 NASM, 8.25 AFAA
    Susanna Kalnes
    Group Fitness

    PiYo Instructor Certification $249.00, .7 ACE , .7 NASM, 8.25 AFAA with Susanna Kalnes

    This workshop will give you a taste of why PiYo is the hottest workout in the industry today! Sweat, stretch, and strengthen—all in one workout! PiYo LIVE combines the muscle-sculpting benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. Using just your own body weight, you’ll perform a series of high-intensity, low-impact moves that will work every single muscle for a long, lean, and incredibly defined physique. No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results. Also, with a 2015 infomercial release and great name recognition, your classes will be packed!

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™ Instructor Certification, $199, 7.5 AFAA, 0.5 NESTA, 0.8 NASM, 0.8 ACE
    Mark Shipman
    Personal Training and Group Fitness

    Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™ Instructor Certification, $199, 7.5 AFAA, 0.5 NESTA, 0.8 NASM, 0.8 ACE with Mark Shipman

    This 8-hour course is designed to systematically prepare you to teach and coach a high-intensity, metabolic-driven Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™ class within a group exercise setting. You will be introduced to new concepts, teaching tools and a motivating delivery style that will change the way you view teaching fitness, while expanding your own professional growth. This training course includes the science that informs BODYSHRED along with interactive, practical application of the methodology and a creative experience of the moves and programming. You will be required to pass a practical exam at the end of the training and a written exam within 2 weeks after the workshop to become a fully certified BODYSHRED instructor. Requirements: Instructors must be at least 18 years old. Instructors must hold certification as a trainer from a recognized national fitness association, pass the practical and web exam with a score of 80% or better. Must be affiliated with a BODYSHRED™ approved gym.

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Bender Barre Instructor Certification $189 .6 ACE 8.0 AFAA 8 LT
    Leslee Bender
    Group Fitness, Dance and Mind Body

    Bender Barre Instructor Certification $189 .6 ACE 8.0 AFAA 8 LT with Leslee Bender

    This session introduces the trainer to how to successfully teach a basic Barre format without the use or necessity of a ballet bar. Many clubs are losing members to Barre studios. This session includes how to run a successful Barre program, and keep your members! Each trainer will walk away understanding that this program is based on applied functional exercises that create core strength, improve flexibility and posture for all levels of students not dancers! You will understand why we do not require a student to tuck tighten and externally rotate the feet. Above Barre is authentic, progressive and creates critical thinking trainers who look at each student individually. · Understand the true purpose of each exercise and how it relates to changing the body · Know how to modify for all levels of students · Walk away with more than performing but teaching successfully · Deliver a successful Basic Barre program that will keep students coming back for more!!

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    INSANITY Instructor Certification $249, .7 ACE, 6.5 AFAA, .8 NASM
    Angie Green
    Personal Training and Group Fitness

    INSANITY Instructor Certification $249, .7 ACE, 6.5 AFAA, .8 NASM with Angie Green

    The 8 hour INSANITY Instructor Certification is an interactive learning experience designed to provide instructors with the tools necessary to be a successful INSANITY instructor. With a strong focus on physiology, biomechanics and effective coaching skills, this educational workshop also includes safety and injury prevention and proper exercise modification to accommodate participants of all fitness levels. In addition you are provided with information on how to build your business and create community with in your classes all in this action packed, fun and sweat filled certification. This certificaiton is taught by a Master Instructor (not Shaun T).


Julz Arney

Julz Arney is the Education Programs Director for Schwinn® Cycling, ShockWave and INDO-ROW. She is a master trainer and a development team member for BOSU®, an avid runner and yoga practitioner. Julz carved out her unique space in the industry as a dance-fitness expert choreographing consumer DVDs and creating class formats for global club chains.


Abrea Arnold

Abrea has over 15 years of teaching experience in the Fitness industry. Certified through ACE and AFAA, she has served as a Personal Trainer, Metabolic Technician, Group Fitness Manager, and Fitness Presenter / Educator. Her passion lies in coaching and developing new and seasoned Instructors, Endurance multi-sports and training, and creating a love of fitness in her participants through her edgy, yet authentic, style and sense of humor.


Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender 2010 finalist for IDEA Instructor of the year, graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science and creator of the Bender Ball has over 25 years in the fitness industry presenting internationally. Leslee has created the first core training programming with a small ball to protect the back as documented by The Journal Of Applied Research. B.A. ACSM, NASM ACE SCW faculty, Master trainer for Realryder, Gray Institute, Chi Bolster, and Savvier.
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Jenna Bostic

Jenna has been teaching Zumba® Fitness classes for over 6 years and presenting Zumba® instructor trainings internationally for over 4 years. With a degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Florida, she also holds certifications with ACE, AFAA & AEA. As a Zumba® Education Specialist, Jenna teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba® instructor trainings. With a passion for dance and fitness, she loves teaching.


Andrea Du Cane

Andrea Du Cane is Director of Certifications for Dragon Door Publications, a Master Kettlebell Instructor, CK-FMS certified, CICS certified, Primal Move National Instructor and RIST, ZHealth certified, and has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has written and produced two DVDs The Kettlebell Goddess Workout, a top selling Kettlebell DVD on Amazon.com and her most recent The Kettlebell Boomer. Her DVD, Working With Special Populations, was filmed at the RKC Level II. Her Ageless Body Book was released fall of 2011. She is featured in the From Russia With Tough Love video and book, and was one of the athletes featured in the TRX-Kettlebell Power DVD. She published an article on Russian Kettlebells for Best Body Magazine. She was interviewed and photographed for an article introducing kettlebells for Oxygen Magazine.


Kaycee Dunfield

Kaycee is currently the National Brand Manager and Master Instructor Trainer for Life Time Fitness, the Healthy Way of Life Company, and is celebrating 25 years in the fitness industry. Her journey includes being a fitness instructor, Yoga/Pilates Instructor/trainer, Education Specialist, Program Director, Format Creator and National Fitness Presenter. Kaycee has been seen in many fitness videos and online video's and loves traveling the globe to share her passion. She has many fitness industry certifications including ACE, AFAA, NASM, Schwinn, 200 hr YTT, Stott Pilates and quite a variety of industry specialty certifications. Besides her love in working with instructors and mentors she has a deep passion for Motivational Speaking, Yoga and Dance.


Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the founder of SFR, a consulting firm for aspiring fitness educators, manufacturers and managers, as well as the owner of Balletone® and GroupEx Pro®. Shannon is a 17 year fitness veteran, freelance writer, as well as an international presenter for Schwinn®, BOSU and ACE. She is a member of the ACE Board of Directors, has helped author portions of the ACE and ACSM Group Fitness manuals, and has starred in over 25 fitness videos. Shannon is a certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach interested in helping fitness professionals navigate the industry and find their place. She's busy improving the self-esteem of the world as the Director of Exercise Programming for the Anytime Fitness Franchise.


Angie Green

Angie Green is a Master Trainer for Beachbody, the producers of the best selling at home fitness programs such as Insanity, P90x, Turbo Fire and more. Working alongside Shaun T, she has been instrumental in developing the Insanity format and certification to bring the program to fitness clubs all over the country. Angie has been a national presenter since 2006 and travels around the country to present instructor trainings and at fitness conventions. She has been in several fitness instructor videos as well as on QVC and the infomercial for Turbo Fire. Angie is the owner of AngieFit.com and lives in Toledo, OH. She also currently works alongside Chalene Johnson as Format Expert for Turbo Kick where she assists in the creation of music and choreography for instructors.
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Katie Haggerty

Katie Haggerty has become a popular member of the professional fitness industry since 1999 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. Katie is a National Group Fitness Brand Manager, co-creator and instructor of numerous developmental workshops to grow the Life Time Fitness brand. She is a presenter at national fitness conferences and motivational speaker. She holds a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is ACE certified.


Susanna Kalnes

Susanna Kalnes is a Chicago area, Level 4 Master Trainer for BeachBody. In this position, she certifies others to teach Insanity, PiYo, and TurboKick across the state of Illinois. Fitness is truly her passion and she delivers information in a fun, educational, and non-intimidating way. Kalnes is also regularly interviewed on Chicago news TV as a fitness expert, and has been featured in national media including SHAPE magazine and iHeart Radio.


Mindy Mylrea

Mindy Mylrea is the 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 ECA OBOW Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, the 1999 International IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, a Gatorade sponsored athlete, and a five star presenter for IDEA. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for both ACE and AFAA. Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Gliding , the Gliding discs exercise program. She is a master trainer and on the pro development team for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, Flirty Girl Fitness, and Bosu. Mindy is the creator of Tabata Boot camp that earned Most Impactful Program of 2013, and owner of FitFlix Productions DVD production services. . She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 400 instructional videos.
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Jeffery Scott

Jeffrey is an International Fitness Presenter, Reebok Master Trainer, Schwinn Master Trainer and the Group Fitness Education & Training Manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs. With over 20 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry Jeffrey has conducted training workshops around the world and is recognized as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer.
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Mark Shipman

Mark has been active in fitness throughout his life. As a child and young adult he was a gymnast, tennis player as well as a Cheerleader. Because of his love of fitness he made the decision to acquire a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services as well as Psychology. His first professional experience in the industry was 20 years ago as an After School Program Leader/ Assistant Director for Denton Parks and Recreation. Upon graduating college Mark continued in fitness as a program manager for Plano Parks and Recreation. Wanting to build on his skill as an educator he then left fitness to become a Senior Trainer for MAC Cosmetics followed by a Regional Education Manager for Aveda.


Terry and Tina Shorter

Husband and wife team and proud parents, Terry and Tina Shorter, were brought together by their shared passion for music and movement. Well equipped with certifications from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and American Council on Exercise, as well as over 25 years of combined fitness experience and a wide array of continued education programs under their belts, this power couple works with the nation's premier gyms and fitness studios as the founders of R.I.P.P.E.D.-The One Stop Body Shock® health & lifestyle program. The Shorter’s also share their passion for helping people with their Master Trainer Team and thousands of R.I.P.P.E.D. trained fitness professionals in all 50 U.S. states and several countries, which they refer to as their family.
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Anna-Rita Sloss

Anna-Rita created HOT HULA fitness®, a Polynesian based workout in 2009. She choreographed different movements from the Islands of the Pacific into a dance routine where the actual choreography was broken down to the Polynesian drumbeats. Incorporating Anna-Rita’s fitness background and roots, this non-stop one hour class became an instant hit! HOT HULA fitness® has been featured on several television shows including “America's Next Top Model”. She is so proud of HOT HULA fitness® and the positive change it has made on so many individual’s lives. In 2011, Anna-Rita developed HOT FUSION®. This “OL'SKOOL GROOVES with NEW'SKOOL Moves” class is a combination of New Skool Dance (The Troupe, Tootsie Roll) and resistance training, set to Ol’Skool tunes. HOT FUSION® fuses cardio and sculpting, taking your fitness to a whole new level, while having fun, enjoying music and feeling like a confident dancer.


Kimberly Spreen - Glick

Kimberly is the Sr. National Director of Group Fitness, Yoga and Indoor Cycling for Life Time, a premier ‘healthy way of life’ company that operates over 100 centers across the US and Canada. She is a member of the IDEA Program Director Committee, LifePower Yoga Faculty Member and one of Exercise TV’s Star Trainers as well as star of several exercise videos. She is the co-creator of 5 Star Development Training and co-producer of EMPOWER! Events. Known for her passion, enthusiasm and humor, Kimberly travels the world as a Presenter, Motivational Speaker and Continuing Education Provider. Kimberly’s philosophy: Do what you love – LOVE what you do!
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Julie Stepnoski

Julie Stepnoski lives in Chicago, IL and grew up as an avid dancer and soccer player. She is a certified AFAA and ACE group exercise instructor and has been a R.I.P.P.E.D. instructor for one year. When R.I.P.P.E.D. was first introduced to her as a participant in 2011, her love for the choreographed music that matched each move and the sports based design of the format gave her everything she needed to excel her physical and mental abilities beyond belief. Her past years of being an educator propelled her passion as she wanted to become certified and give the gift of R.I.P.P.E.D. to everyone and make a difference in their lives, just as R.I.P.P.E.D. has done for her. Her favorite part of teaching R.I.P.P.E.D. is that you can get a total body workout, from strength and interval training to mixed martial arts, which allows her participants of all fitness levels and ages, to feel stronger, happier, and accomplished in just one hour!


SGT Ken Weichert

Ken Weichert (aka SGT Ken®) is an award-winning international speaker, six-time US Army Soldier of the Year, Master Fitness Trainer, Master Resilience Trainer, Counterintelligence Agent and highly decorated combat veteran. Ken has trained over 500,000 Service Members and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 articles for GX®, Backpacker®, Outside®, Health®, and created the Operation Family Fit video series and fitness kits for the Air National Guard. Ken founded the longest-running Boot Camp fitness program in the United States, START Fitness®, and has starred in several best-selling fitness videos. Ken is the recipient of the Canadian Fitness Professionals 2011 “Best New Presenter of the Year” award, the EMPOWER 2013 “Male Presenter of the Year” award, and has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox news, and continues to serve as a host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel.
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Patrice Williams

Patrice Williams is an ACE and AFAA certified fitness professional. Patrice began her journey with Zumba® Fitness in 2008 becoming a licensed Zumba® instructor and is now a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) conducting trainings in the Midwest (USA) for the Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Sentao and Zumba® Step specialities. Patrice was an assistant presenter for the 2012 and 2013 Zumba® Instructor Convention in Orlando, FL, as well as, the 2013 Zumba® Instructor Conference in L.A. She is the featured ZES and choreographer on Zumba® Toning Volume #11 and appeared in the Zumba® Glutes instructor e-learning DVD. Patrice loves meeting, educating, and inspiring other ZIN members in her role as a ZES, hearing their stories of how Zumba® has positively affected their lives and watching that circle of influence grow.



Early-Early Bird Pricing for the Full-Main Conference: $199 until January 6th

 $249 until February 13, $289 after


Friday Only: $179 until February 13, $199 after

Saturday Only: $179 until February 13, $199 after

Sunday Only: $129 until February 13, $149 after 

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Travel Information

Closest Airport:

  • O’Hare International Airport(ORD), less than 5 miles from event location

Event Location:

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel

5300 N. River Road

Rosemont, IL 60018                       

ph. 847.544.5300


Special Event Rates:

Deluxe King                                   -  $123

Deluxe Double                               -  $123

Luxury King                                   -  $143

Luxury Corner King                       -  $153

Visit EMPOWER! Fusion link to receive special discounted pricing.  Click on the brown box in the upper right hand corner where it says VIEW ROOMS AND RATES to choose the dates and rates.  if you would prefer to call the hotel, you can request a room under EMPOWER! Fusion.


Ground Transportation:

  • Complimentary Shuttle from ORD

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 

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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 can pick up your certificate at the event.



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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