*Please note timings and session elements are subject to change, pending official schedule release

Day 1
September 24, 2020
7:00 am - 7:00 am

Virtual Event Doors & Expo Hall Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Fitness for the Autism Population

Eric Chessen

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that takes a keen understanding of physical, adaptive, and cognitive skills for successful programming. In this session, Autism Fitness Founder, Eric Chessen, breaks down what you need to understand, plan, and program for when working with individuals on the autism spectrum, in a fitness or adapted physical education environment. Eric will share his PAC Profile Assessment and Programming strategies with plenty of hands-on demonstrations and practice. Learn the key concepts and practices that will bring confidence and success to the challenge of fitness for this often-overlooked population.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

7 Game-Changing Glute Training Tips

Nick Tumminello

Effective glute training goes beyond just doing squats, deadlifts, hip thrusts, and band shuffles. From this workshop, you’ll walk away with seven glute training techniques you can immediately use to get more out of your glute exercises, and learn some moves that will become staples in your workouts.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Mentor Mentality

Steve Feinberg

Exploring the mind focused on the matters of building other people’s trade craft, profiles, and businesses in efforts to identify the what, how, how to choose, and how much, from both perspectives:
•the prospective consultant seeking to aide others while earning income for information, and
•the prospective client looking for services that will aid in performance, expansion, and/or ascension, all as it pertains to OUR specific industry

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Welcome Keynote Address

Fabio Comana
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease One Bite at a Time

Cody Sipe

Building an indestructible fitness brand: Surviving tough times and making your business a non-negotiable for your members

Min Chan
Linda Tang
Chris Richards
Sean Tan
Jack Thomas

"Do you want to know how you can build an indestructible fitness brand? Join Fitness Business Podcast Asia host, Jack Thomas as he dicssused what it takes to surviving tough times and make your business a non-negotiable for your members with panelists Sean Tan, Linda Thang, Min Chan, Chris Richards. Jack will discuss topics how Covid has impacted their business, how they kept member engagement , how they exectured their comeback stragegy, why their team is so important as well as other advice and tips.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Olympic Level Performance on a Plant Based Diet

Dotsie Bausch

Star of the documentary film The Game Changers, founder of Switch4Good and voted by Veg News as one of the top 20 Most Influential Vegans in the world, Dotsie Bausch will take you on a journey of standing up against the powers at be inside the United States Olympic committee as she transitioned to a plant based diet 2 years out from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Her story of courage armed with science and facts will you inform and inspire you to take change of your health and performance. She will teach you the ill effects of dairy foods and why we have been lied to for so long, looking back at the fracus the milk industry has created and what foods she ate and why they are so powerful, to bring home an Olympic silver medal to her country.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Group Networking Sessions

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

6 Common Running Technique Errors Leading to Injury

Ulrik Larsen

• How many of your clients are running in such a way that they will likely overload their joints and develop injuries?
• Do you know the 6 Main Technique Errors of Running and how to spot them visually on the treadmill?
• In order of difficulty, Australian Sports Physiotherapists Ulrik Larsen will take you through 6 Technique Error Videos to show you how coaching and cueing are used to improve efficiency and reduce soft-tissue overload for runners.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Boost Your Brand Awareness with Standout Online Marketing

Billy Polson

Is your online marketing successfully connecting you with your ideal customers and inspiring them to become paying clients? In this workshop style lecture, attendees will perform a complete assessment of their current online marketing presence, including their search engine performance, website design, social media presence and online reviews. Then using the same essential marketing elements and strategic techniques used by our industry’s most successful brands, students will develop a clear plan to upgrade their most beneficial online marketing methods in order to better represent their brand, attract their ideal customers and convince these customers to make a purchase.
Assess their current online marketing in four key areas: website design, search engine performance, social proof, and social media.
Share case studies, research details and the concepts behind successful marketing techniques, in order to assist students with thinking creatively about ways to improve their marketing.
Build actionable plans for introducing these new techniques, upgrading their online presence, and better connecting to their ideal customer.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Creating Rockstar Online Instructors

Emma Masters

Are you ready to transition to an online group fitness era? Our industry has shifted, and now more than ever it is essential group fitness instructors and personal trainers are on the top of their game. If you’ve recently learnt to take your business online, are you doing everything you can to stand out from the crowd?
Whether planning to take your whole business online or wanting to deliver a hybrid model, this session is guaranteed to leave you with the tools to create online fitness experiences that keep your members coming back for more. Join Emma with 11 years’ experience in group exercise mentorship, management and program design as she facilities your journey to excellence - refining the skills needed to deliver a Rockstar class to your members in front of the camera all the way back to the studio.

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Stretch Break

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

UP Practical Workshop: Maximise movement, mechanics and muscle

Crown Kim

Ultimate Performance is the 'World's leading personal training company'. Workout efficiency is key, as many trainers and clients lead busy lives. In this workshop you will find out how to maximise your workouts for body recomposition. Experience how this works, why this works and how to program this for yourself and your clients.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How To Revive Your Social Media Marketing & Build Thriving Online Communities

Lynsey Fraser

How Covid-19 has changed digital marketing and the way customers interact with content and what that means for Fitness Professional and what they need to double down on now. Plus some practical tips to build stronger social media communities to help retain more members.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Eating to live or living to eat - What's the missing link?

Benjamin Siong

These statements are often made to convey either the notion of complete self-control over food, or complete control of food, over self. The prior is a cliché statement from bodybuilders who seem to take pride in consuming large amounts of “blend” foods purely for the purposes of fueling their physical development. The latter defines the modern ‘foodie’ who will travel to the moon and back just to have a taste of the latest food creations in town.
Yet, for the majority of the time, our relationship with food can never be described in such a “black or white” fashion, especially when emotions and stress are involved. Eating based on emotions is that grey area that everyone will experience at one point or the other. This can often lead to a situation, where despite knowing that certain foods are not beneficial for the body, individuals continue to repeat their actions of eating them. The result is weight gain, self-image issues, self-hate, lowered confidence, increased stress, and the cycle perpetuates.
This seminar will delve into the topic of emotional eating, identifying how our actions are a product of emotional, mental and physiological processes, as well as the steps we can take to emerge out of this negative cycle with a better control and relationship with food.

5 Learning objectives:
1. How an all-or-nothing approach can destroy our relationship with food
2. To understand why we “emotional” eat
3. To Identify the processes that contribute to this self- perpetuating cycle
4. Strategies to help break this cycle
5. The practical implementation of strategies and where to start

Day 2
September 25, 2020
11:00 am - 11:00 am


12:00 am - 12:15 pm


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Innovations in Programming: A Scientific Approach

Vanessa Leone

Programming for small groups and personal training clients can become repetitive, stagnant and time consuming. Keeping up with the latest research while running your business can be a luxury you can’t afford to do. By attending this session you will receive the latest updates in fascial physiology, nervous system adaptations, motor learning, stress variability and recovery. Understand how to integrate these latest learnings while sticking true to tried and tested program variables and overload principles. Use PTAG Movement Style systems to put the cherry on top and deliver world class group or 1:1 training sessions every time.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Past, Present & Future Digital Technologies and the Implications on Virtual Fitness Work

Dr Darian Parker

In this presentation attendees will learn about the origins of the internet, video conferencing technologies and how these technological innovations rose along with the increasing popularity and knowledge of fitness and wellness. Attendees will also be exposed to the latest research in human personality research and how that relates to adoption of digital technologies. Furthermore, attendees will learn about the pros and cons of entering the virtual fitness work space.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Injuries In Strength Training

Dr Benjamin Soh
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Implementing High Performance into the General Population: Using Technology For Transformational Outcomes

Eoin Scullion

Your client as a high performer and how to implement the methods professional athletes use into the GenPop lifestyle. You can expect to leave with how to onboard and gain buy in from their clients when delivering this data and metrics to them, how to pick the lowest hanging fruit to improve and why/how it goes further than just data - personal development, stress, nutrition, hobbies - why do these things play a big role in a sustainable program.

Healthcare & Fitness The New Start Up

Scott Hunt
Michael Mantell
Jonathan Goh
Dr Fadzil Hamzah
Mel Tempest

The biggest opportunity in the fitness industry is health care. We need to align health care and fitness side by side as one, equal in the profession and not excluded.Whilst there are many factors to be considered, along with carefully drawn lines of scope of practice, many see the benefits of in collaboration between these two professions. Join Mel along with panelists Michael Mantell (PhD), Scott Hunt, Jonathon Goh and Dr Fadzil as they discuss why is it important to encourage the fitness industry and the health care industry to merge together in collaboration working Side by side and what obstacles have been created that is currently preventing collaboration.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Preparation Systems For World Class Mma Performance

Joseph Coyne

This session will cover performance systems used by the UFC Performance Institute to prepare the best mixed martial artists in the world. Joseph will detail how to set up your training so different sessions (e.g. strength, aerobic and anaerobic training) are not interfering with one another to get the best possible results for your athletes or clients. These principles of training and preparation will be able to be applied to any sport or client.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mechanics of Strength Training

Michael Cunico

There are areas within strength training that are still debatable. What is the optimal repetition range for hypertrophy, should you take every set to failure, and how much volume is too much volume? In lifting though there are some rules which if we don't abide by we may be loading the body in a sub-optimal way, or placing undue stress on our systems. Identify the ideal ways to execute traditional movements to ensure safe and efficient progress for your clients.
Key Learning Objectives
1. List key movement principles that we need to consider when planning a workout program.
2. Compare the difference between traditional movements and some less popular exercises and how they load different structures of the body.
3. Organise these less traditional movements into a program that is suitable for a variety of clients.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Animating the Cue

Tarek Chouja

What we say to our clients matters. That is why the communication piece behind programming sessions is equally important. In this session you will learn and gain:

> learn and apply the external cuing model to animate the cue for complex movements
> learn how to implement feedback within the cuing system to keep clients focused during the session
> contextualise a system of cuing that integrates the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic styles of learning to personalise coaching

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Stress and it’s effects: Optimising Rest & Recovery Through Epigenetics

Dr Cam McDonald
Kyle Riley
4:30 pm - 4:50 pm


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Group Programming For Maximal Results

Vanessa Leone
Emma Masters

Want to battle big brand boutiques in group programming, formatting and coaching? Boutique fitness classes are the leaders in the market for group exercise experiences but how do they do it? Programming for PT is completely different to groups yet the scientific principles remain the same. With over 20 years combined experience programming and teaching group classes Emma and Vanessa are here to help you discover your freestyle programming and coaching powers.

Understand the differences between HISS, HIIT, LISS, LIIT as well as how to program class formats and take away keys teaching tools to morph your PT abilities into owning any room in a group setting.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Global Industry Overview: Learn From 400 Fitness Businesses Without Leaving Your Chair

Justin Tamsett

The fitness industry has been changed forever with COVID 2019. Some businesses have 'pivoted', others adapted and others just closed. As someone who has had over 26 weeks of Zoom calls with owners across the globe, you will hear lessons learned, data that impacts your business, where a gold mine is hidden inside your business right now and a hint of what you should be doing right now. You will leave this session knowing what business you are in and where to focus your attention.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Wellness Movement

Fiona Kriaris

It has just been reported that the Global Wellness Industry is worth $4.2 trillion dollars with 12.8% growth over the past two years, it’s evident that people are wanting more than the traditional methods of diet and exercise. Wellness has become a leading trend that has made its way into the health & fitness industry. Learn what “Wellness” is and how you can incorporate it in your business to be able to meet the growing desires of your customers while adding depth to your program mix.

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm


Day 3
September 26, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zumba Strong

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

recorded content added to ExPRO E-Portal

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Foot Mobility

Dr Joe Muscolino

The feet are the foundation of the body, so a foot problem can cause not only local pain but reverberate up the body causing pain and dysfunction into the knee, hip, pelvis, and spine. Learning how to assess and treat joint dysfunction in the foot is crucially important.
In this pre-recorded workshop, we will learn how to assess and treat joint hypomobilities that can contribute to or cause uncontrolled/excessive pronation, rigid high arch, hallux valgus, and big toe stiffness, as well as problems up the kinetic chain, such as sacro-iliac and lumbar spine pain and dysfunction, and even scoliosis.
Improving foot function will help the body move better. Learn simple techniques that will improve foot function and get your clients back in contact with the ground with healthy strong feet.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Elongation and Articulation of the Spine

Simona Cipriani

It is common in the world of fitness and other movement therapies for new approaches and ideologies to appear that become “hot topics.” Nowadays, there are conflicting opinions about spinal flexion, extension, and rotation. Perhaps it is not about specific ranges of motion, but more about greater concepts of movement. Come to discover how the Contrology Pilates System has seen it for the last 100 years.
In this pre-recorded workshop, you will learn how to work with core concepts of the Pilates Powerhouse and Box… how the concept and technique of the Scoop can massage and mobilize your spine… how to work in Opposition… how to create spinal strength, flexibility, and motor control… by working with elongation and articulation of the spine.
With the Contrology System, you will learn simple yet profound techniques that will improve your health and vitality.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

The Benefits of Dance for the Brain

Chloe Mercer
Amelia Aramu

Why work out just your body and not your brain? Dance Fitness can be both physically demanding and cognitively demanding. Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels and can improve brain function in all ages by blending the cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and proprioception held in the cerebellum. A Choreography based Dance Fitness class in particular can improve all 8 core cognitive skills in children, adults and older adults. Learn the importance of working-out the brain in your group exercise classes and learn how to enhance your classes.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Virtual Connections: Lights, Camera, Action!

Sara Kooperman

Learn impactful tips on how to engage with your virtual audience. Review everything from sign-ups to send offs. Lighting, cameras, music, and more. Review the systems and financial set-up to survive this pandemic and succeed long into the future.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Fitness Pitfalls: Scope of Practice for Nutrition, Injury Management/Prevention, and the Role of Recovery

Fabio Comana

Although nutritional coaching is a fundamental practice of most trainer-client relationships, what exactly are professionals allowed to do and what is considered beyond scope of practice? Likewise, injuries often can happen to anyone, regardless of fitness level and trainers often find themselves on the frontline of helping clients return to activity, but what should we do and not do? This session guides the fitness professional through best practices for nutritional coaching and injury management, all within his/her scope of practice. The role of recovery is also very important in the prevention of many overuse and overtraining injuries. We will explore overtraining syndrome (OTS), functional overreaching (FOR), and non-functional overreaching (NFOR), and will include strategies and solutions to help educate members on how to avoid common fitness injuries and training pitfalls that may lead to burnout or injury.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Exercise is Medicine

Seishen Gerard
Dr Fadzil Hamzah

In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates said that “Eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise… work together to produce health.” This relationship has been further defined by years of scientific research that shows a clear correlation between physical activity and health status. That is, those individuals who maintain an active and fit way of life live longer and healthier lives than those who do not. This association between physical activity and health persists in virtually every subgroup of the population, regardless of age, sex, race or environmental condition. The benefits of exercise are overwhelming, and it has been shown that exercise can be used therapeutically for any condition. Healthcare systems must begin to think of physical activity and exercise as a medication that should be prescribed to patients. Healthcare professionals must therefore collectively urge all patients to become more active and stay active throughout their lives. It’s imperative that all patients understand the risks of being sedentary, and the importance of exercise in treating and preventing chronic diseases. Exercise Professionals on the other hand, are uniquely qualified to help people on a journey of lifestyle change, particularly those with specific training and accredited certifications in health coaching. The fitness industry must therefore reinforce standards for well-qualified health and exercise professionals that will solidify trust between the medical and fitness communities, for the benefit of patients and consumers. There should be a merging of the fitness industry with the healthcare industry, so that both patients and clients can be better helped to find an appropriate exercise regimen. The Exercise is Medicine initiative therefore provides an innovative approach that, through a prescription, links the medical profession with physical activity professionals and community resources.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Functional Aging Circuits and the Functional Aging Training Model

Dan Ritchie

How do we design small and large group training sessions to have the most bang for the buck when it comes to functional improvements, whether clients are 45, 55, 65, or 75 years old? In this hands-on presentation, experience four levels of functional workouts in a circuit fashion to see how your training techniques can range from a low-functioning novice to an advanced, elite athlete.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Realizing & Harnessing Your Full Female Power

Lindsey Rainwater

We have been experiencing a universal shift as a collective, a change from masculine to feminie power. It is time to move further towards the full female power that ignites radical change in our world. In her short and impactful message, Lindsey shares how to realize your power and live your life on purpose, with value and vision to truly harness your innate qualities giving way to the life you are meant to have.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Let's FACE It Together: Facial Fitness & Rehabilitation

Christine Conti

Learn how to have a more vibrant, nutritious, and fit face! Experience facial exercises that will strengthen muscles and boost confidence. Recognize the connection between exercise science and facial exercise to increase muscle movement, enhance facial expression and reduce signs of aging! Prolong the onset of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, Bell’s Palsy, and more through a series of safe, effective, and fun exercises!

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Mastering Differentiation to Attract More of Your Ideal Clients

Billy Polson

Whether you are looking to grow your in-person training practice, your online fitness programs or your boutique fitness studio, creatively defining your differentiators is the key strategy for positioning your business ahead of the competition within your market. In this workshop style lecture, attendees will work through the exact steps necessary for researching their target customer, well defining their product offering, studying their competitive market, and strategically adjusting their brand and marketing plan to better reach their target audience and increase new client acquisition.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Bulletproof Your In-Person Coaching Experience To Beat The Digital Wave

Jack Thomas

Whether you're a coach or a business owner, building a strong fitness brand that stands out is crucial for success in a crowded market. Jack Thomas, founder of BASE and host of the Fitness Business Asia podcast, is joined by fitness industry thought leaders from around the region to share their journeys and insights into what it means to build a brand that's truly special in fitness.

Jack will be joined on the panel by Sean Tan, director of True Group; Linda Tang, co-founder of WeBarre; Chris Richards, managing director of APAC for Ultimate Performance and Min Chan, general manager of Yoga Movement.

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Optimal Nutrition For Mental Health

Kristen Beck

The link between nutrition and mental wellbeing seems intuitive, but the research into how diet actually influences our brain health is only in its’ infancy. In this comprehensive session, nutritionist Kristen Beck (M.Hum.Nutr. B.H.Sc) will explore how the brain and body responds to stress and review the latest science into how both our nutrition and body composition can affect brain health. Topics will include the impact of food processing, refined sugars and grain foods, intense sweeteners, types of fats and proteins as well as the role of gut health in balancing stress hormones and boosting feel-good neurotransmitters. Take home practical, scientifically-validated food and dietary suggestions to help clients manage stress and support optimal mental wellbeing.

How & Why to Start Offering Online PT Services

Owen Bowling

"Learn how to adapt your personal training service to include online training and, more importantly, learn why you should consider online PT services.
Topics covered in this session include:
Understanding your WHY and how online services help you achieve your mission
Online training considerations - what do you need in place before you begin?
Technology - explore the platforms, apps and channels you can use
Implementation - how to get started


ExPRO by FitnessSG is helping to keep the fitness industry vibrant offering Singapore and SE Asia exposure to evolving education from world-renowned experts. Delivered within a motivating fitness community ExPRO offers the opportunity to expand your education as well as network and connect with likeminded Exercise Professionals.



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