11 Health/Fitness Expos and Conferences for Fitness Instructors in 2017

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Fitness instructors and health club owners are in the business of selling themselves and their knowledge. Continuing education by attending conventions, conferences and workshops help instructors broaden their horizons and expand their wealth of knowledge about safe and effective exercise equipment and practices.

AAAI/ISMA “One World” International Certification and Education Conference

Held at different times during the year in Colorado Springs, Atlantic City and Cape Cod, these conferences provide professionals with the AAAI/ISMA, ACE, AFAA, AEA, and IFTA credits needed for renewal. At the conference, the practical and theoretical knowledge is shared. AAAI/ISMA certifications are approved by many major gym chains throughout the United States. There are more than 180,000 certified members globally.

ACSM | Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) hosts this Summit and Expo that provides personal trainers, certified professionals, and even students with insight on everything from scientific to practical application. Speakers include experts in the field, including Len Kravitz, Bess Marcus, and many others.

Athletic Business Conference

Held in Orlando, Florida, this conference allows thousands of fitness professionals from across the United States, Canada and 20 other countries to network as they take a look at the newest products and services for their programs or facilities. More than 250 manufactures and suppliers with a variety of athletic equipment showcase their products to keep professionals up to date with all that is available.

Club Industry Show 2017

This health/fitness expo is held in Chicago over three days. It promises to

“help you improve your business operations, inspire personal growth, and provide insight into the future of the industry.”

A number of exhibitors display innovative fitness products, technology, and equipment. In 2016, exhibitors included gym equipment companies such as

  • Black Mountain Products
  • Life Fitness
  • Troy Barbell

… as well as

  • locker manufacturer Salsbury Industries, and
  • management software provider Motionsoft.
DCAC International Fitness Education Conference

Back in 1991 when the fitness craze was relatively new, the Washington DC Aerobics Convention (DCAC) began. It was created to

“help fitness enthusiasts and current professionals advance their careers in fitness education and to develop a community of like-minded fitness professionals.”

More than a quarter century later, the trend continues and the DCAC fitness seminars offer continuing education credits through: AAAI, AEA, ACE, AFAA, NASM, NETA and NSCA.


This health and fitness expo in Phoenix is now in its 19th year. The event pulls together some of the top experts in the field who speak and present health research and fitness seminars. There are workshops on everything from core training to Pilates, as well as interactive outdoor activities in Phoenix, and a pool party!

Get Together Conference 2017

Held in Amsterdam, this is Europe’s biggest conference for movement professionals. Topics include nutrition, crossfit, functional training, strength and conditioning, and more. Many professionals from the United States, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands present. Sessions cover three days.

IDEA® World Convention

What happens at this convention in Vegas can be shared with clients afterwards. More than 225 industry experts present on health, fitness, and nutrition. There are more than 330 in-depth and hands-on workshops, lectures, and workouts. Fitness professionals can increase their depth of knowledge and learn ways to increase success and income.

IHRSA 2017

The IHRSA annual international convention and trade show is held in Los Angeles. For more than 30 years, this convention by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has attracted attendees from more than 80 countries. It features presentations from leaders in the fitness industry, an educational component, and premier trade show showcasing the latest products in health and fitness industry trends.

MANIA® 3-day Fitness Education Conference

Held in New York, California, Florida, Atlanta, Dallas, Illinois, D.C. and Boston throughout 2017, this event promises to be more than just a conference and a

“place where the fitness community goes to be educated, inspired and recharged!”

Attendees have many topics to choose from. There are as many as 17 sessions on a variety of topics every hour, led by world-renowned fitness educators.

 40th Annual NSCA National Conference

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) brings together leaders in the industry to provide presentations and hands-on sessions. These professors, strength coaches, and personal trainers help fitness professional stay on top of the latest industry trends. The event addresses the gap “between innovative science and power-packed applications in exercise and athletic performance.”


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