Join us for an exciting live event where you'll learn from 5 industry experts about the unique physiological, biomechanical, and behavioral aspects of coaching and training women—a group that accounts for more than 50% of gymgoers. This is an exceptional opportunity to move your career forward by learning practical concepts that directly apply to your programming and coaching.

Be part of an inspiring day of learning where you will:

  • Engage with our A-team of industry experts
  • Get your questions answered in real-time
  • Connect with other health and fitness pros
  • Earn CECs to maintain your certification
  • Receive surprises from select event sponsors
  • Take part in an energizing movement session

Become a leader supporting women's fitness

Advance your skillset,
expand your reach

Understand the unique physiological and biomechanical elements critical to effectively coaching and training female clients.

Engage and interact in real time

During this full-day event, you will learn from respected experts and connect with like-minded fitness professionals.

Level up your coaching ability

Enhance your program design by better understanding the nuances of what motivates women, so you can better support this population in achieving their goals.

Meet the experts & explore the event schedule

Did you know that over one-third of women between the ages of 18-50 structure their workouts based on their menstrual cycle, according to Mindbody? This session will prepare you to better understand your female clients' PMS and period pain symptoms, so you can design personalized exercise programming.

Jiji Pollock (she/her)

Ph.D. Candidate in Health and Human Performance

Many females experience premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and menstruation/period pain symptoms. Assisting in managing these symptoms with practical recovery and training methods may improve their quality of life and well-being during their menstrual cycle.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify physiological causes of PMS symptoms and period discomfort
  • Understand the impact these symptoms have on lifestyle and on the female body
  • Implement recovery management techniques and exercises that can improve symptoms and quality of life

This session will focus on smart strategies for training the upper and lower body while keeping the specific needs of women in mind.

Keli Roberts (she/her)

ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach,
and Group Fitness Instructor

Focusing first on the upper body, this session will examine biomechanics and kinesiology before reviewing several effective movements designed to enhance muscle balance and posture. For the lower body, this session will investigate common alignment deviations and function, and provide appropriate progressions to enhance muscle strength, endurance and function.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Understand biomechanics and kinesiology considerations for the female body
  • Implement several different movement techniques designed to enhance muscle balance and posture
  • Apply appropriate progressions to enhance muscle strength and endurance for the female lower body

This session will explore emerging research on hormonal influence on adiposity and menopausal transitions, as well as exercise strategies for this stage of life.

Jan Schroeder, Ph.D. (she/her)

ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Professor of Kinesiology at Long Beach State University

Female clients transitioning through menopause may experience a decline in sex hormones, specifically estrogen. Therefore, understanding the effect of this important hormone during menopause may assist you in supporting your clients during this phase of life.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify the stages of menopause
  • Understand the effect of estrogen on energy expenditure, appetite, and body weight
  • Determine appropriate exercise strategies for weight management during menopause

This session will investigate, discuss and debunk the myths surrounding women in fitness, empowering you to grow as a fitness professional as you support your clients in their goals.

Mychele Sims (she/her)

ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
NASM Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist

The health and wellness industry has seen a surge in women engaging in fitness activities, with statistics showing that women now account for around 50% of fitness center members. But while woman have more access to a variety of movement practices and are more active now than in years past, some age-old misconceptions are still being presented as fact with no basis in reality. As a health and fitness professional, it’s critical to understand the misinformation and myths still prevalent in the industry today.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Recognize common misconceptions about women-related health and fitness
  • Understand the connection between women’s mental health and staying active
  • Improve your communications and strategies for working with women

Full schedule of events

  • 8:00 am: Welcome address with ACE
  • 8:30 am: Coaching for Confidence: Training strong women across all life stages with Farel Hruska
  • 9:45 am: PMS and Exercise: Managing Training and Recovery to Boost Quality of Life with Jiji Pollock
  • 11:00 am: Better Biomechanics: Effective Training for the Female Body with Keli Roberts
  • 12:15 pm: Movement Break led by ACE Certified Professional Araceli De Leon
  • 12:45 pm: Weight Gain and Menopause: What's Estrogen Got To Do With It? with Jan Schroeder
  • 2:00 pm: Debunking Myths in Women's Fitness with Mychele Sims
  • 3:15 pm: Interactive, live Q&A with all presenters
  • 3:45 pm: Closing remarks from ACE

How do I earn CECs?

Prior to event day, a course will be added to your My ACE Account containing supplementary materials and a link to access the virtual experience.

At the end of the live event, an attendance code will be shared with participants. Entering the code in your course will confirm your presence at the event and fulfill your CECs. If you need to reference the code again, a recording of the summit will be available in your course for 2 weeks following the live event.

If you have any difficulties redeeming your CECs, our team will be happy to provide support!

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Workshop Policies and Procedures


In the event that the American Council on Exercise (ACE) would cancel a workshop for ANY reason, a full refund will be issued to the participant. ACE is NOT responsible for any other expenses the participant may have incurred.


All of ACE's live workshops are non-refundable programs unless approved by ACE's Educational Services Team. For questions, please call 800-825-3636. A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to any approved cancellations.


Any participant who is registered for an ACE workshop and needs to reschedule their workshop to a later date listed will be subject to a $50 transfer fee and MUST contact ACE's Educational Services Team at 800-825-3636 to verify that a reschedule date is available.

Transfer of Registration

ACE cannot transfer a participant's registration to another participant unless approved by ACE's Educational Services Team. Transferring a registration to another participant is subject to a $100 transfer fee.

Hotels and Accommodations

ACE does not provide hotel and accommodation recommendations for our workshop events. Google is a great resource to search for hotels in the area of the workshop location.

Transfer of Registration

In the event of inclement weather, all workshops will be held as scheduled at the discretion of ACE. Pre-registered participants who are unable to attend their scheduled workshop may reschedule without incurring additional charges so long as their request has been received 7 days following the originally scheduled date. No refunds will be available. In the event that ACE cancels a workshop due to bad weather, participants will be given a full refund or option to reschedule (if another date is available).