National Academy of Sports Medicine® and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America Offer Free Access to Award-Winning Fitness and Wellness Conference – Business Wire

Health psychologist and author Kelly McGonigal to speak at eighth annual Optima Conference October 13-15
GILBERT, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 conference.
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About NASM: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness and wellness certifications and learning tools. Building on over 35 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. NASM provides an industry-first training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on science-backed research. NASM has been the choice of over 1.4 million fitness professionals in over 100 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellbeing and fitness. To learn more about NASM, visit or call 1.800.460.6276. For news and industry insights, follow on Facebook or Twitter at @NASM.
About AFAA: Since 1983, Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has issued over 350,000 certifications in 100 countries, providing generations with the practical skills, science and hands-on experience necessary for effective group leaders and trainers to motivate and inspire others to move toward healthier and happier lives. To learn more about AFAA, visit or call 1.800.446.AFAA. For news and industry insights, follow us on Facebook or Twitter at @AFAA_fit.
Jamie Killin
Uproar PR for NASM
Jamie Killin
Uproar PR for NASM


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