BPFA Inclusive FitPro Summit 2023

Join us for the 2023 Summit, May 19th-21st 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.

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Event Details (More Info Coming Soon!)

Location: York University’s Keele Campus, Tait McKenzie Centre, 1 Thompson Rd, North York, ON M3J 1P3, Google Map Location.

Friday Evening: Casual Networking Meetup – Location TBA

Saturday & Sunday 9AM – 4PM US EST: 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. – Tait McKenzie Centre, 1 Thompson Rd, North York, ON M3J 1P3

BPFA Inclusive FitPro Community Access – Registering for Summit includes 6 months of access to our online learning community, BPFA Inclusive FitPros! This is the place to connect with other cool fitpros, enjoy live learning seminars, and access event recordings from Summit 2023.

Presentation and Movement Topics

  • “5 Ways FitPros Can Utilize Intuitive Eating with Clients” with Leah Tsui , MS, RDN, LDN
  • “Deconstructing the Fitness Industrial Complex” With Authors Justice Williams and Damali Fraiser
  • “Friendly Competition: Creating a Fitness Enviroment that is Both Competitive and Welcoming” with Katie Feeley and Laura Vineyard
  • “Kettlebell Technique” with Damali Fraiser
  • And MORE!

Learn More about Your Presenters and Summit Organizers, More Additions and a Detailed Schedule Is Coming Soon!

Coach Justice Williams

Justice (he/him) will be presenting on his experience of writing and collaborating on the new book, Deconstructing the Fitness Industrial Complex: How to Resist, Disrupt, and Reclaim What it Means to Be Fit in American Culture. 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.

Dr. Kate Browne

Kate (she/her) will be leading 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.

Damali Fraiser

Damali Fraiser (she/her) is a Canadian Kettlebell Instructor, Nutrition Coach, and author passionate about exploring fitness from an intersectional lens.  Founder of Lift Off Strength & Wellness Damali is a compassionate coach and student of strength who teaches hardstyle kettlebell technique, inclusive fitness and sustainable nutrition that supports you in meeting you wherever you are and confidently moving forward to where you want to be. 

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. B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., B.C.L., Fit2Point0 Professional

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.

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, gym owner, park roller skater, and community organizer from Ithaca, NY.

Reserve Your Spot at Summit Today and SAVE $$$ with Our Early Bird Special!! Available Now Until March 31st.

Can’t Make it In-Person? Register for the Remote Access Pass!

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.

Interested in Being a Sponsor?

We love our sponsors! Your support helps keep this movement rolling! Check out our sponsorship packet and learn about how you can get invloved with this great event.

COVID Safety Protocols

All in-person attendees are encouraged to 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.


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