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#1 Virtual Fitness Conference: Join On-Demand!

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Streaming right into the comfort of your own home, the award-winning Optima Virtual Conference gives you the opportunity to join more than 100 educational sessions taught by the industry’s leading voices. Join us for a 3-day, virtual experience with opportunities to learn from the best in fitness and wellness, network with attendees and special guests, attend morning workouts, and earn valuable CEUs towards recertification.

From athletes to nutrition coaches, personal trainers to massage therapists, there’s something for everyone at this comprehensive industry event.

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NASM was awarded the 2021 Gold Stevie® International Business Award for Best Educational Conference, recognizing best-in-class virtual events and selected from more than 3,700 nominations across 63 nations and territories.

Who Should Attend Optima?

Personal Trainers

Group Fitness Instructors

Nutrition Coaches

Massage Therapists

Fitness Coaches

Health & Fitness Enthusiasts

Fitness Professionals

Health Club Managers



Optima is our biggest event of the year. It’s our annual industry conference, and 2021 will be our seventh 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 15,000 fitness professionals attended Optima 2020 from the comfort of their homes, and we expect 2021 to grow even bigger.

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.

Please note: Optima is held in U.S. Mountain Standard Time. However, all sessions will be available on demand.

If you haven't registered for the event yet, you can reach out to our NASM Program Advisors at (800) 460-6276, option 1. If you're already registered, you can call NASM Member Services at (800) 460-6276, option 2.

If you are located in the U.K. please call our sister company, Premier Global NASM, at 0203 873 7512.

  • This is a fitness conference, first and foremost, so you should wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
  • 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.

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. It is also approved for 10 EuropeActive CPDs and 5 CIMSPA Endorsed CPDs.

In order to earn CEUs from Optima, you must purchase the CEU Pass by 12/7/21. If you registered for the free Full Access Pass, you can upgrade to the CEU Pass until this date. The deadline to complete the steps to earn CEU credits is 12/22/21.

Every 60 minutes of instruction is awarded 0.1 NASM and 1.0 AFAA credits. The schedule will list CEU credits for each applicable session. 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/CPDs value is associated with them. Workouts do not qualify for CEUs/CPDs.

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1.9 CEUs

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19 CEUs

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5 CIMSPA Endorsed CPDs

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10 EuropeActive CPDs

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1.9 CEUs

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19 CEUs

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5 CIMSPA Endorsed CPDs

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10 EuropeActive CPDs

If someone is not an existing certification holder at the time of the event, he/she will not earn any CEUs or CPD points, nor can Optima 2021 be retroactively applied once for a later-earned certification or license.

Full refunds are available by calling NASM Member Services at 1 (800) 460-6276, option 2, on or before September 15, 2021.

If you purchased your ticket through Premier Global NASM, full refunds are available by calling on 0333 400 0353 or emailing [email protected] on or before September 15, 2021.

You need to be at least 18 years of age to attend Optima 2021.

Yes! You must have a U.S. address to check out through our website, but you may call 800-460-6276 option 1 to register over the phone.

If you live in the U.K., you can register through our sister company, Premier Global NASM. Register for the free Full Access Pass here or the CPD Pass here.

Please note: this event is held in U.S. Mountain Standard Time. However, all sessions will be available on demand.

Keynote Speakers

Tunde Oyeneyin

Tunde Oyeneyin

Peloton Trainer & Founder of S.P.E.A.K. Movement

A Texas native of Nigerian descent, Tunde Oyeneyin knew her life would be forever changed when she joined the leading interactive fitness platform, Peloton. Using her voice as a force to bridge the divide between all humans everywhere, Tunde has long known her mission is to "create great change" in our world; today, her success and recognition have surpassed her wildest dreams. Each day, she sets out to inspire, uplift, connect, motivate and stand for good -- both on and off the bike.

Kelsey Wells

Kelsey Wells

Sweat Trainer & Creator of the PWR workout programs

With more than 5-million followers across Instagram and Facebook, Sweat Trainer Kelsey Wells is one of the most sought after personal trainers to provide health and fitness advice to women around the world. In 2016, Kelsey rose to influence when she shared her own post-pregnancy journey online, along with her message encouraging women to unlock their inner strength through fitness.

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Hear what others are saying about Optima.

"This was an awesome experience - thank you for pulling this outstanding conference together. I learned tons from my favorite presenters and NASM coaches."
- Stephen

"Excellent sessions presented by great instructors with loads of info that can be applied directly in my profession. So excited to apply what I learned in these sessions and spice up my programming for clients and classes."
- Annemieke

"The diversity in content was incredible! Being my first year and very new in my career I had so many takeaways that I have already started implementing right away! Also, very excited about the opportunity to go back and re-watch training sessions along with catch ones that I wasn't able to catch live being in another session. Very, very well done!!"
- Gina

"Amazing conference. I learned a lot about things I may not have sought out otherwise and other content that was available that I was looking for. Wide range of topics and highly inspirational. I really enjoyed virtual aspect. Would otherwise not have been able to attend. Activated new dreams within and solidified and amplified others. Great to feel connected to the community in this way. Being a part of the NASM family is an honor."
- Micah

"I really loved Optima this year and the fact that it was top-notch in almost every way makes me really proud to be part of the NASM family. I'm already looking forward to next year!"
- Laura

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