Join us for the 2022 Summit July 22-24 in Toronto, Ontario and online. We’re bringing together fitness professionals of any movement discipline who are transforming the health and fitness industry into a space that is welcoming and inclusive for all bodies.

Summit is the place to grow your professional community by connecting with other fitpros who are building thriving, sustainable businesses without predatory sales tactics or weight loss challenges.

What to expect: business skills workshops led by industry trailblazers, body-positive fitness demos, and social time to network. Everything we do has hands-on components and action items so you are empowered to make concrete change right away!

Summit registration is open to all fitness professionals who want to cultivate empowerment with their coaching rather than using traditional body-shaming tactics.  If you’re new to BPFA, Summit is a great way to jumpstart your path toward our Onramp to Inclusive Fitness Practices course. If you’ve already taken Onramp, you can see that knowledge put into practice with different movement principles and training styles.

Price $272

Event Details

Location: York University’s Keele Campus, Tait McKenzie Centre (Main Gym & Student Lounge), 1 Thompson Rd, North York, ON M3J 1P3

Nearest Metro Stop: Pioneer Village Subway Station.

Friday: Online Meet ‘n Greet and GoKart Racing on Gather Town – 5PM-6PM US EST

Saturday & Sunday: Presentations, Workshops, and Movement Sessions designed to help you develop best practices for your inclusive fitness business. Learn actionable skills to make fitness spaces more welcoming places for all people. Our collaborative education sessions will give you a chance to work directly on your own business strategies and coaching techniques in a supportive environment. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes because we’ll be incorporating joyful movement with body positive coaches throughout each day. – On campus location TBA

Satruday and Sunday are 9:30AM-4:30PM with a 60 min lunch break.

Learn More about Your Presenters

Simone Samuels

Simone, (she/her) is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer based in Toronto, Canada. She serves on the board of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance and is a tireless advocate for making the fitness and wider world a more inclusive place. Simone’s “Cultivating Anti-Racism as a Practice in your Inclusive Fitness Community” is available here. B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., B.C.L., Fit2Point0 Professional

Dr. Kate Browne

Kate (she/her) will be presenting workshops sessions on how to lead with your story to connect your unique perspective to potential clients. Kate is a memoirist, speaker, educator, and activist who works as a brand and marketing consultant for wellness businesses. Check out her article, “How Do You Speak about Fitness?“, to learn more about her work.

Damali Fraiser

Damali (she/her/hers) is a Kettlebell Instructor and Nutrition Coach passionate about exploring fitness from an intersectional lens. She began her strength and nutrition journey with a passion for Muay Thai, fighting as an amateur for 3 years and winning a National Kick-boxing championship in 2014. Damali has written articles published by Girls Gone Strong and is Founder of Lift Off Strength & Wellness. A compassionate coach and student of strength, Damali teaches hardstyle kettlebell technique, body-positive fitness, and sustainable nutrition that supports you in meeting you wherever you are and confidently moving forward to where you want to be.

Coach Justice Williams

Justice (he/him) will be presenting on his experience of creating and maintaining Queer Gym Pop Up in Boston as a case study in building intentional communities with your fitness practice. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, head coach at Kettlebell Justice, founder of The Queer Gym Pop Up and BodyImage4Justice, Executive Director of Fitness4AllBodies, and board member for BPFA. He is a trans body positive activist and has been actively creating safe spaces for queer and trans bodies in fitness in the Boston area since 2013.

Katie Feeley

Katie (she/her) is a strength coach, strongman athlete, cat mom, travel junkie, and bourbon enthusiast. She owns Power Plant Gym, an inclusive strength training facility in Aston, PA.

Betsy Archer

Betsy (she/her) is the Owner and Head Coach of All Bodies Movement and Wellness in Asheville, NC. All Bodies creates a space where folx can work on healing their relationships with their bodies and movement, and where folx can develop sustainable and accessible movement practices that help them feel better in their bodies so they can do the things that make them happy. 

Nancie Anderson

Nancie MA OIS CASLI (she/her), is a full time American Sign Language (ASL)-English Interpreter, the ASL-English Interpreting Services Coordinator of York University, a Zumba Instructor, and fitness enthusiast. She has been interpreting for over 25 years and has combined her interpreting skills with her love of Zumba to create a communication rich, more accessible class for Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants who also love to dance. She will be speaking from her experience and what she does to make her classes more accessible.

Dr. Laura Vineyard

Laura (she/they) is a biology PhD. turned fitpro. She is the Executive Director of the BPFA as well as a personal trainer, owner of ShockYard Fitness & Social Club, park roller skater, and community organizer from Ithaca, NY.


Weekend Schedule (Subject to Minor Updates)

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Address: Tait McKenzie Centre (Main Gym & Student Lounge), 1 Thompson Rd, North York, ON M3J 1P

SaturdaySession TypePresenterTopic
Start 9:30 AMDoors OpenCOVID Rapid Tests
10:00 AMWorkshopLaura VineyardCollaborative Critical Thinking Skills – Changing the Fitness Industry
10:30 AMMovementLaura VineyardGlorious Warmup Movements
11:00 AMPresentationKate BrowneHow to Lead with Your Story to Connect Your Unique Perspective to Potential Clients
11:30 AMWorkshopKate BrowneWords with Kate – Workshop Your Copy
12:15 PMMovementKate Browne1st Annual BPFA 0.5K
12:30 PMLunch (1hr)
1:30 PMPresentationJustice WilliamsBringing Queer Gym Pop Up to Life
2:00 PMWorkshopJustice WilliamsBringing Your Special Event or Community to Life
2:30 PMMovementKatie FeeleyStretch ‘n Chill
3:00 PMPresentationDamali FraiserInclusive Coaching without Othering
3:30 PMWorkshopDamali FraiserInclusive Coaching without Othering
End 4:30 PMBPFA StaffSemi-Directed Networking (optional)

SundaySession TypePresenterTopic
Start 9:30 AMPresentationKatie FeeleyPractical Realities of Putting Your Inclusive Fitness Business Methods into Practice
10:00 AMWorkshopKatie FeeleyWorkshopping Case Studies – Bring YOUR Moments of Struggle in the Fitness Industry and We Will Collaborate on Creative Solutions
10:30 AMMovementDamali FraiserUplift Your Swing – A Guide to Teaching the Kettlebell Swing for Every BODY Type, Shape and Size No Matter What Experience You Have with a Kettlebell
11:30 AMLunch 1hr
12:30 PMBPFA StaffSemi-Directed Networking (optional)
1:00 PMPresentationSimone SamuelsManaging the Mental During Movement
1:30 PMMovementSimone SamuelsZumba
2:00 PMPresentationNancie AndersonThe Basics of Hiring ASL Interpreters for Your Events
2:30 PMMovementBetsy ArcherMovement Through Play
3:00 PMBPFA StaffWrap Up and EPOCH Kettlebell Raffle
End 4:00 PM

Can’t Make it In-Person? No Worries! Here’s Your All-Access Pass Through The Interwebs.

Buy the $94 Remote Access Summit Pass here
$94

The Remote Access Pass experience will be hosted by Dr. Kate Browne on Zoom. The in-person sessions will be broadcasted live and recorded for later viewing.


Bundle Your Summit Pass with Our Onramp to Inclusive Fitness Practices Course and Save!

Our Onramp to Inclusive Fitness Practices Course is packed full of ways to reach and change the lives of a huge market of underserved individuals who WANT a safe and welcoming space to move, but haven’t found it yet. Click here for more details.


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Event Accessibility Notes

The in-person and online summit will be staffed fully with ASL interpreters. Feel free to contact us if you have questions. info@bodypositivefitness.org

We have attendees interested in collaborative childcare during the event. If you are interested in that option, please contact us at info@bodypositivefitness.org to let us know what your needs are.

If the cost of the event is a significant barrier to you please message us at info@bodypositivefitness.org to learn about our scholarship options.

This event is taking place in a 2nd floor gymnasium and student lounge space. Entrance to the building and through to our event does not require any step-ups, there are ramps and an elevator throughout.

Bathroom facilities include a men’s, women’s, and an all-gender restroom.

The majority of seating will be bleacher seating with some folding chairs. The weight limit of the folding chairs is 300lbs.


COVID Safety Protocols at the Event

All in-person attendees will be provided with free rapid COVID tests on Saturday morning before being admitted to Summit. If a person tests positive Saturday morning we will offer a full refund or a full refund minus the cost of the Remote Access Pass ($94) and they can attend online.

All in-person attendees must wear masks while indoors when not actively presenting or eating food. Free masks will be available.

If in-person attendance poses too great a risk, please consider registering for our REMOTE ACCESS PASS.


IMPORTANT COVID POLICY TRAVEL NOTES

Going into Canada...https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#pre-entry

Returning to the USA… https://ca.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-canada-3/


Questions?

We would love to her from you! Please email us at info@bodypositivefitness.org.