Now, in its 16th year, the DCAC International Fitness Conference& Trade Show will be held in the heart of the Washington D.C. at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. A record audience of fitness professionals will be attending to sharpen their skills, gain certifications, and pick up continuing credits. In addition to advanced training across a broad spectrum of exercise modalities, this year's conference will feature special one-day tracks for Pilates and personal training. Of special note will be sessions on the topic of outdoor fitness.

67 world-class presenters will teach 200 regular conference sessions and 30 in-depth pre and post conference workshops - including the spectrum of high demand topics of personal training, yoga, Pilates, dance, spinning, Gliding, Core Pole, Bosu, and aquatics.

The advances in fitness come at us so quickly that professionals need a conference such as this just to spot emerging trends.

Subject Tracks Now Offered

The conference has diversified over the years to include innumerable exercise modalities. This year, several topics are grouped together on the same day in specific tracks. For those attendees that are pressed for time and cannot span the entire five day conference, they can now attend as little as one day and yet totally sharpen their skill in their desired area.

Special one-day tracks will be held this year for: aquatics, children's fitness, Pilates, personal training, and senior fitness.

The Group Fitness Staple

DCAC has its origins in aerobics and group fitness. This year's event will offer a multitude of group fitness offerings from the latest dance steps to the advances in the use of props such as Body Bar, Gliding, Bosu, Step, and a multitude of fusion classes for total body workouts.

There will be many returning superstar group fitness presenters this year including Rob Glick, Sherry Catlin, Petra Kolber, Mindy Mylrea, and Christi Taylor.

Personal Training Growth

This year will have a significant number of sessions for personal trainers. In addition to regular presenters that pack the rooms such as Douglas Brooks, and Robert Sherman, this year sees the return of Ph.D's Len Kravitz and Wayne Westcott to lend some real academic depth and research to the programs.

Sessions will cover not only specific exercise protocols, but how to do it with a minimum investment in equipment. Also, personal training success is more dependent upon business acumen than exercise knowledge. So there will be several sessions on how trainers can market themselves and properly run their businesses.

Addressing the Aging Boomers and Kids

A large population segment that fitness professionals need to address are the aging boomers. Robert Sherman has created a session called "Aging Strong" that specifically addresses this.

Additionally veteran presenter Jeff Borden will be teaching courses in senior strength training and senior chair dance.

Both Borden and Mindy Mylrea, among others, will be teaching a special children's fitness track. And, Getes is offering a special kids nutrition session.

A Must Refresher for Fitness Professionals

DCAC is held in midsummer so not to place a strain on instructors' calendars. It's a great time for professionals to take a break from their routine, revitalize their skills, meet interesting peers, and have fun.

Douglas Brooks summed it up this way: "What I love most about the DCAC conference is the wide range of timely and interesting topics, as well as the world class caliber presenters. There is nice balance between classroom theory and science, and workshops that focus on application. I always leave the conference refreshed and ready to implement the new programming ideas when I return to my clients on Monday."

About the DCAC International Fitness Conference and Trade Show

Since 1992, DCAC has produced an annual fitness conference and trade show in greater Washington, D.C. during midsummer. World-renowned industry experts and educators are brought together for a five-day event that enables health and fitness professionals, as well as enthusiasts, to attend a wide array of hands-on training seminars and walk the trade show floor. Participants can earn continuing education credits for many of the industry's major certification organizations such as AEA, IFTA, AAAI, ACE, AFAA, NSCA, NSPA, NASM, and WITS.

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