National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the worldwide leaders in fitness certifications, will host the eighth annual Optima Conference virtually October 13-15, 2022. Registered attendees will receive free access to more than 100 educational sessions, workouts, and networking events, including a keynote speech by health psychologist and international bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, PhD.

“We are very excited to have Kelly joining us for Optima, as she brings transformational knowledge about the physical and mental benefits of exercise,” said Laurie McCartney, president of Ascend Learning’s fitness and wellness brands, including NASM and AFAA. “By making this a free event for the second year in a row, we are able to give the largest possible audience access to the newest and most groundbreaking developments in the industry.”

The three-day, virtual event will include sessions on a variety of health and fitness topics, a virtual exhibitor hall with new vendors and enhanced group fitness experiences.

Keynote speaker, McGonigal, is best known for her TED Talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” which is one of the top 20 most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 23 million views. She is also the author of several books including The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress and The Joy of Movement.

Optima was awarded a Gold Stevie International Business Award for “Best Educational Conference,” making it one of the top events for members of the health and wellness industry. Last year, the conference welcomed more than 10,000 attendees from all facets of the fitness industry including personal trainers, wellness coaches, athletes, massage therapists and health club managers.

The Full Access Pass is free with registration. However, attendees will also have the option to purchase the Full Access Pass with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which enables attendees the opportunity to earn credits toward recertification requirements based on their attendance and participation throughout the sports medicine conference.

[Source(s): National Academy of Sports Medicine, Business Wire]

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