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October 13-15, 2022

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*The deadline to complete the steps to earn CEU credits is 12/22/22.

#1 Virtual Fitness Conference:

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#1 Virtual Fitness Conference:

Join On-Demand!

Back and better than ever, the eighth annual Optima Virtual Conference is set to stream right into the comfort of your own home this October. This award-winning event brings together the leading experts and innovators in the world of fitness and wellness to lead you through more than 100 educational sessions, workouts, and networking events spread out over three days.

Perfect for everyone from seasoned personal trainers and group fitness instructors to health and wellness enthusiasts, this virtual expo has something for everyone, no matter their experience in the fitness industry. Winner of the 2021 Gold Stevie International Business Award for Best Educational Conference, Optima was selected from more than 3,700 nominations for its best-in-class virtual experience.

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Perfect for everyone from seasoned personal trainers and group fitness instructors to health and wellness enthusiasts, this virtual expo has something for everyone, no matter their experience in the fitness industry. Winner of the 2021 Gold Stevie International Business Award for Best Educational Conference, Optima was selected from more than 3,700 nominations for its best-in-class virtual experience.

This year’s theme is “Elevate Your Impact,” and we invite you to sign up today and reserve your spot to connect with attendees and special guests, while earning valuable continuing education units towards recertification at this exclusive and unique conference.

Best of all, you will be joining a passionate community that is transforming lives around the world!

Who Should Attend Optima?

Personal Trainers

Massage Therapists

Fitness Professionals

Group Fitness Instructors

Fitness Coaches

Health Club Managers

Wellness Coaches

Nutrition Coaches

Health & Fitness Enthusiasts


We're bringing our Optima education and experience online with our virtual conference. Spread out over 3 days, you'll experience everything Optima has to offer from the comfort of your own home, from anywhere in the world. Get ready for industry leading presenters, cutting-edge and trending topics - specially tailored for the virtual environment and the future of the fitness industry.

October 13-15, 2022

Optima is our biggest event of the year. It’s our annual industry conference, and 2022 will be our eighth year hosting this incredible experience. Optima is brought to you by both the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). More than 10,000 fitness professionals attended Optima 2021 from the comfort of their homes, and we expect 2022 to grow even larger.

NASM & AFAA professionals:

  • NASM Master Trainers and Master Instructors
  • Certified Personal Trainers (NASM-CPT)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialists (NASM-CES)
  • Certified Nutrition Coaches (NASM-CNC)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialists (NASM-PES)
  • AFAA Master Instructors
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructors
  • AFAA Personal Fitness Trainers

Plus, health club managers, fitness industry specialists and enthusiasts!

We always strive to bring you the latest and greatest the fitness industry has to offer. Look forward to:

  • Virtual Conference
  • Relevant Sessions and Topics
  • Virtual Exhibitor Hall with New Vendors
  • 2022 Internationally Recognized Keynote Speaker
  • Enhanced Group Fitness Experiences

You need to be at least 18 years of age to attend Optima 2022. To make sure the event remains the best environment for learning, we invite only those 18 and over to participate.

  • 3-Day Virtual Conference: Full Access Pass (with CEUs) = $399
    • Last Chance Pricing of $199 is available through 12/08/2022
  • 3-Day Virtual Conference: On-Demand Access = $0
    • *On-Demand Access = Attendance only and does not award CEUs

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

The Full Access Pass gains you attendance to sponsored morning workouts, session attendance, the industry’s top keynote speaker, networking events, and access to our exciting vendor expo. The Full Access Pass (with CEUs) grants you the opportunity to earn up to 1.9 NASM or 19 AFAA CEUs.

Check your inbox! You will receive an email confirmation with additional steps such as how to set up your user profile, how to register for sessions and much more!

Please contact [email protected] if you do not receive this communication.

  • Over 100 educational workshops and lectures, coffee talks, morning, and afternoon workouts
  • 1 Keynote Presentation
  • Access to the Virtual Expo Hall
  • Networking events
  • Session handouts provided by presenters and post-event recordings of all educational sessions
  • If upgraded to Full Access Pass (with CEUs), earn up to 1.9 NASM / 19 AFAA CEUs

We will have some of the best presenters and speakers in the industry at the conference. Explore our Speakers below to learn more.

If NASM and AFAA must cancel the event, our liability is limited to a full refund of event registration fees only.

Full refunds are available by calling NASM Member Services at 1 (800) 460-6276, option 2, on or before September 15, 2022.

Your registration confirmation email will serve as your receipt. This will be sent to you immediately upon registration.

For registration related questions please email [email protected].

  1. Once the Optima Virtual Platform is live you will receive an email with your access to the Home page. From there, click on the Schedule / Agenda tab in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. This brings up the daily available sessions.
  2. Click on the “+” sign in the top right corner of each session tile to add it to your agenda.
  3. When you have completed adding sessions, click on My Agenda in the top left corner of the agenda page to review all your sessions. You will also be able to access My Agenda from the Schedule/Agenda tab at the top of the home page.

You can easily add and remove sessions from your Agenda tab before or during the event by clicking on the +/- sign in the upper right corner of each session tile. You may also attend sessions that are not added to your agenda by clicking into them directly from the home page.

You will be able to modify sessions within your agenda throughout the event. If you choose to switch to another session halfway through the presentation, please be aware that you will not receive CEU’s for both sessions. You must be in a session for a full 50-minute duration to obtain CEU credit.

  • This is a fitness conference, first and foremost, make sure you have comfortable sneakers nearby to join in one of our virtual workout sessions.
  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection, computer audio, a webcam (if you would like to join with video) and an updated flash player.
  • Many workshops are hands-on and will require movement, make sure you have plenty of space in your home to move.
  • Some sessions may require the use of towels, small dumbbells, resistance bands or foam rollers. All equipment requirements will be listed in the session's description.
  • You may also want to have a notebook for taking notes during sessions (though there will be a place for you to take notes in the virtual platform itself).
  • It’s always a good idea to have a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Each speaker has a unique plan for their presentation, so each session will be different. Many speakers’ handouts or presentations will be available for download within each applicable session. On the right side of the presentation near the session chat you will see a Files tab with downloadable attachments.

Another reason to attend Optima 2022 is to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs or CECs). The CEUs obtained from attending the Optima Conference may satisfy all or a portion of the requirements needed to maintain your NASM or AFAA certification(s).

These CEUs may also apply to certifications offered by other providers or may satisfy licensing requirements for certain professions. Please reach out to those providers or agencies directly to confirm acceptance.

For more information on the Continuing Education Requirements for NASM or AFAA certification renewals, please visit www.nasm.org or www.afaa.com.

To obtain CEUs at the Optima Virtual Conference, your entry and exit of each session you attend will be monitored. To receive CEU credit for each 60-minute session, attendees are required to remain in each session for at least 50 minutes.

Your entry in each session will need to occur no later than 5 minutes after the start of the session. At the end of each session, your exit will be determined by answering a short survey.

This process must be followed for sessions viewed during the conference, October 13-15, and when viewing the sessions using the video on-demand platform until December 22, 2022.

Please note: Each completed session is equivalent to 1 Credit hour (i.e. 0.1 NASM or 1.0 AFAA credits)

Besides NASM, many other fitness-related certifying or licensing organizations may accept the CEUs you earn at Optima 2022. Each organization has its own guidelines and procedures, ranging from automatic approval to a review via a petitioning process. Please check with those organizations for their guidelines and procedures for approving continuing education and awarding CEU values.

We are anticipating attendees can earn up to 1.9 NASM CEUs / 19 AFAA CEUs at the Optima Virtual Conference (Thursday - Saturday), depending on the sessions selected and attended, however this is subject to change.

Every 60 minutes of instruction is awarded 0.1 NASM and 1.0 AFAA credits.

Please note, other organizations may credit the continuing education units differently.

An event in this industry just wouldn’t be complete without a workout, however no CEU value is associated with them. Workouts do not qualify for CEUs.

If someone is not an existing certification holder at the time of the event, he/she will not earn any CEUs, nor can Optima 2022 be retroactively applied once for a later-earned certification or license.

Each 60-minute lecture will be worth 0.1 NASM and 1.0 AFAA credits. The schedule will list CEU credits for each applicable session.

At the end of each conference day, you will receive an email with a link to fill out the session surveys. When prompted, enter the email address that you used to register for the conference. The sessions you attended will be listed on the right-hand side of the screen. If the session name is red, it means you have not completed the survey. Click on the red session names to complete the survey. Once you have completed the surveys, you will see an option to download your certificate. This can either be printed immediately or saved to your computer to print later. You will have until the end of the day December 22nd to complete the surveys and download your certificate.

Please reach out to [email protected] for a replacement copy.

Keynote Speaker

Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

Certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

A health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. You might also know her from her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," which has over 20 million views. Kelly helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Kelly is certified as an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and she is also one of the subject matter experts who helped develop NASM’s new Certified Wellness Coach program.

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HEAR What Others Are Saying About Optima

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Deborah V.

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This was a great presentation. I appreciate the array of information regarding the different body types and the different methods of training and nutrition required for Bodybuilding. The discipline required for this sport deserves respect.

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Rebekah A.

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This was very helpful. I am currently trying to decide if I want to start virtual training and this gave me the push I needed!

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Melissa J.

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I love the reminders of what I should be doing with my business as far as time management. I tend to give my clients the world, they deserve it, but I need to be kind to myself as well.

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Brytne S.

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This had amazing info that isn’t talked about enough. Most of it, it was the first time learning it for me.

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Benny S.

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Loved the energy and presentation. I can definitely take what I learned to refresh my classes.