4th Annual

Functional Aging Summit

June 15th-16th, 2018 Orlando, Florida

Functional Aging Summit, the World's Premier Fitness, Training and Aging Event
June 15th-16th, Orlando Florida.

FAI Summit 2018

Purchase The Entire Event Package Only $399

Includes Fast Action Bonus - FAI Summit Videos 2017

2018 Summit Faculty

John Spence

Lindsay Vastola

Jacey Gengenbach

Robert Linkul

Dianne Bailey

Dianne McCaughey

Christian Thompson

Colin Milner

Stephen Jepson

Nisan Trotter

Michael Gelfgot

Michol Dalcourt

Dan Ritchie

Cody Sipe

Meet your co-hosts and founders of the Functional Aging Institute: Cody Sipe, PhD and Dan Ritchie, PhD

We aren’t just PhDs! We have trained over 2,500 mature clients and have created the most comprehensive fitness certification for training mature adults. We now have certified Functional Aging Specialists in 16 countries! We aren’t just academics, researchers or creators of another certification program — we are successful business owners, our studio Miracles Fitness just had its 10 year anniversary. When the fitness industry events, associations and publications need expert speakers or writers on training or marketing to boomers and aging adults — we are who they are looking to for the latest information.


  • 6:30 AM -

    Sponsored Workout – ActivMotion Bar

  • 7:00 AM -

    Sponsored Workout – ActivMotion Bar

  • 8:30 AM -


  • 8:45 AM -

    Welcome and Overview of FAI & the Functional Aging Summit

  • 9:00 AM -

    Colin Milner – 10 Transformative Trends in Active Aging

  • 10:20 AM -

    Michol Dalcourt – Functional Movement for Aging Bodies

  • 11:45 AM -


  • 1:15 PM -

    Robert Linkul – Priority Strength Training for the Older Adult: “The Loaded Transfer”

  • 2:15 PM -

    Christian Thompson – Balance and Mobility Training from Evidence to Practice

  • 3:45 PM -

    Nisan Trotter – How to add 75 mature clients to your existing training business.

  • 4:20 PM -

    Dan Ritchie – How to Launch or Jumpstart Your Training Business

  • 5:00 PM -

    Exhibitor Social Networking

  • 5:00 PM -

    Reception and Networking Social

  • 6:30 AM

    Sponsored Workout – ActivMotion Bar

  • 7:00 AM

    Sponsored Workout – ActivMotion Bar

  • 7:30 AM

    Devotional with Nisan – What Gifted People Do

  • 8:45 AM


  • 9:00 AM

    Stephen Jepsen – Never Leave the Playground!

  • 10:20 AM

    Functional Training Strategies with Dianne Bailey, Dianne McCaughey & Jacey Gengenback

  • 12:15 PM


  • 1:30 PM

    Mike Gelfgot & John Spence – The Ageless Fitness Experience

  • 2:20 PM

    Dan Ritchie – The Basics of a Facebook Ad Campaign

  • 3:45 PM

    Cody Sipe – Active Aging Trends and Predictions

  • 4:45 PM

    Official Closing with Dan and Cody


Morning Keynote: Colin Milner

10 Transformative Trends in Active Aging

Colin Milner is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging and a leading authority on the health and well-being of the older adult.  He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of “the most innovative and influential minds” in the world on aging-related topics.  An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 300 articles in such journals as Global Policy, and the 2016 Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He also contributed a chapter to the World Economic Forum book Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise?

Milner’s speeches have stimulated thousands of business and government leaders, industry professionals and older adults worldwide. In Canada, he hosts the Age-friendly BC Community video series released by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.  Whether Fortune 500 companies, or governmental organizations, Milner’s efforts have inspired a broad spectrum of groups to seek his counsel and insights including CNN, BBC, ABC, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and the NY Times.

In 2010, CanFitPro Association awarded Milner with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Canadian fitness industry.

Morning Keynote: Stephen Jepson

Never Leave the Playground!

Are you ready to laugh, play and be amazed?  You won’t want to miss the quirky, witty, funny, one-of-a-kind Stephen Jepson.

At age 74, Stephen Jepson is living proof of his philosophy of lifetime fitness called Never Leave the Playground.  He rides a unicycle, juggles while balancing on a bongo board, throws knives, plays jacks with both hands, walks a tightrope and much, much more.  He even swam across Iowa’s Spirit Lake at age 66 along with having won over 80 gold medals in swimming since age 65.

He knows the secret is to “just keep moving” through constant play, not exercise. He’s developed toys for all ages and degrees of physical fitness to use throughout our daily lives so we never have to leave the playground no matter where we are or what we’re doing.  Consistent movement is imperative to regain and maintain balance, stability, coordination and growth. He calls it “age proofing the brain and body” and it can begin at any age or any condition of the body.

Stephen received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and was a professor at the University of Florida for eight years before starting his own company, Jepson Pottery. He’s won many awards for his pottery including having a piece purchased by the Smithsonian, and has an international following with his instructional videos and teaching seminars at his World Pottery Institute.

Christian Thompson, PhD

Mobility Matters! Exercise Programming to Prevent Falls

Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco, the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC and the newest FAI Advisory Board Member.  Christian has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.

At USF, Christian is engaged in numerous research and community projects investigating exercise programming for falls prevention in older adults including Brain Body Trainer and Always Active.  He received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Council on Aging and Adult Development in 2009.  Christian is a featured author on older adult exercise for the PTA Global certification program and also developed educational content for IDEA, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, TRX Training, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Senior Fitness Association.

Michol Dalcourt

Functional Movement for Aging Bodies

Michol Dalcourt is an internationally recognized industry leader in health and human performance, Founder and CEO of the Institute of Motion (www.instituteofmotion.com ), inventor of ViPR (www.viprfit.com ) and Co-Founder of PTA Global (www.ptaglobal.com ). As an international lecturer and educator, he has authored numerous articles on human design and function.  Michol has been a featured speaker at most of the world’s top fitness conferences, fitness clubs and at many colleges and universities around the world.  He consults with many of the fitness industry’s biggest companies – including Equinox, Microsoft and Nike among others. 

Robert Linkul

Priority Strength Training for the Older Adult: "The Loaded Transfer"

Robert Linkul is the owner of Be STRONGER Fitness, a personal training studio for older adults in Sacramento, California and an internationally known career development presenter for personal trainers and studio owners. Linkul is the NSCA’s 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year award winner and a 2017 NSCA Fellowship inductee. His volunteer work with the NSCA spans over the last decade serving in a number of positions. Currently, Robert is pursuing the NSCA personal trainer board of directors position in the voting class of 2018.
Robert’s passion for working with older adults started in 2005 as his hammer throwing career came to an abrupt end due to an injury. With mounting physical limitations, including lower back surgery, lung cancer, thyroid cancer and three hip replacements, Robert found himself connecting with his older populations even more as these physical limitations are more often found with aging clients. In 2017 he started a continued education course called “Training the Older Adult” which teaches a blue print for exercise selection, progression and cueing.

Dianne Bailey

The Power of Tai Chi for Your Clients and Your Studio

Dianne Bailey, CSCS, personal trainer, Tai Chi instructor and fourth-degree black belt is the founder and co-owner of The Conditioning Classroom, a private personal training studio in Denver, Colorado that has served the mature population for over ten years. She is the creator of the Open the Door to Tai Chi system, which empowers trainers to learn Tai Chi and incorporate this amazing form of exercise into their current offerings.

Dianne is also a published author, speaker, and regular contributor to several publications in addition to serving on the advisory board for the Human Performance Department at Arapahoe Community College. As a member of the Boomer generation, she has experienced the benefits of Tai Chi and wants to make it accessible and approachable to everyone.

Dianne McCaughey

Healthy aging with hope, harmony and humor

Dianne McCaughey Ph.D. with a concentration in Gerontology is an international speaker, author, consultant, master trainer and presenter who has traveled the world touching lives and emphasizing optimal wellness of the mind, body and spirit. The two books she has authored are designed to coach individuals on mental and emotional wellness, as well as physical health to help them age successfully. Her mission and purpose is to educate, inspire and empower people to be the best they can be.

Dianne is an award winning fitness specialist with 30 plus years experience in personal training, group exercise, coaching, and post-rehabilitation. She is a master trainer for multiple companies including: The American Council on Exercise (ACE), The Functional Aging Institute (FAI), The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA/NASM), and the International Sport and Conditioning Association (ISCA).

Michael Gelfgot & John Spence

The Ageless Fitness Experience

Michael Gelfgot’s drive to be a different kind of a health club started 16 years when he met his business partner John Spence.  Between the two, they operate 21 Anytime Fitness locations in the United States.  Along with his teams accomplishments in 2007 Club Operators of the Year, 2013 Success Story of the Year and Personal Trainer of the Year, 2015 Community Outreach Award of the Year, Michael Gelfgot was the very first Personal Trainer of the Year back in 2012.  Gelfgot credits all of his success back to his team and his business partners knowing that without them none of this would be possible.

Jacey Gengenbach

Exercise for Clients with Parkinson’s Disease

Jacey Gengenbach is a certified Functional Aging Specialist and Parkinson’s Disease specialist in Omaha, Nebraska with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. She has been affiliated with the Parkinson’s Health Development (PHD) program since its creation and is a certified instructor for the Delay The Disease Parkinson’s Fitness Program.  Jacey’s passion comes from her daily interactions with clients and the differences that she makes in their lives. Responding to her proactive treatments and soothing methods, her clients thrive in their physical abilities, find comfort within their own bodies and are empowered in by the skills she teaches them.

Lindsay Vastola

Your Host For The Weekend

Lindsay Vastola, NSCA-CPT, has served as editor for Personal Fitness Professional (PFP) since 2011 and is founder and president of Body Project (2007), a fitness and lifestyle company headquartered in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Lindsay presents and writes on topics ranging from habit change, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, and business-specific topics including industry best practices, sales, marketing strategy, and implementing successful business systems.

Nisan Trotter

How to add 75 mature clients to your existing training business.

Nisan Trotter is the proud author of Born Gifted and a sought after motivational speaker widely known as the Fitness Preacher. His life attest to the fact that your gifts can take you anywhere. He has been serving in ministry over 20 years, and upon graduating as a first-generation college student from Bucknell University, his professional career started as an investment advisor turned higher ed. fundraiser. He took a leap of faith by leaving a comfortable paying career to pursue his dreams of becoming a fitness entrepreneur. Trotter’s success in the fitness industry garnered national and international attention en route to winning the Fitness Business Summit Personal Trainer of the Year Award. He’s been madly in love with his beautiful bride, Yorelis, for nearly a decade, and he’s on a nonstop cheek-kissing mission with his two little boys, Onesimus and Osias!

John Spence

The Ageless Fitness Experience

John Spence is the owner and operating partner in a chain of 22 Anytime Fitness locations in the United States.  He was one of the first 20 AF operators in the US. He opened his first location in 2004 in Aurora, Indiana US. John and his team were recognized as the Anytime Fitness Operators of the Year in 2007 and his team also won the Anytime Fitness Community Outreach Award for their philanthropic work in 2015.  Prior to Anytime Fitness, John worked as the general manager of a large multipurpose fitness center as well as an independent fitness club consultant.

Cody Sipe, PhD

Active Aging Trends and Predictions

Given the continued exponential increase in the older population what does the next 5-10 years hold for the fitness industry?  Will it continue to ignore this huge market or will new competitors emerge?  Will the Boomers continue to invest in their own fitness once they reach the age of 75 or 80 and if so what does this mean for your exercise programming?  Join Dr. Sipe as he takes a glimpse into his crystal ball to answer these and other pressing questions that will help you be more successful today as you prepare for tomorrow.

Dan Ritchie

The Basics of a Facebook Ad Campaign and why you should start one Today!

4 Tactics that are simple you should be doing every 60 days and cost you essentially nothings…..and 2 Tactics that you should consider adding in the next 60 days that cost a little money but have a big return

Dan Ritchie, PhD, is a recognized leader in exercise programming for older adults and was honored with the 2014 Personal Trainer of the Year award by Personal Fitness Professional (PFP) magazine. Dan and his team at Miracles have trained over 2,500 clients over the past 11 years.

Make Sure to Check Out Our Pre & Post Conference Workshops!

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Mastermind Intensive Workshop

During the mastermind coaching day you will not only learn a whole new way to attract prospective clients, but you will learn from Dr. Dan Ritchie, Dr. Cody Sipe and other mastermind members things you didn't even know you needed to know.

The focus of this coaching day is to supply you with the credentials that will set you apart in your market to work with the 55 plus market and make you an Expert. The mature market is the largest and fastest-growing fitness market in the world and will be for the next 30 years.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Fitness Tools for Mature Clients

Anchor Point Training: This 90 minute hands on workshop will cover the following: The nature of elastic resistance, The three fundamental connections that determine the summation of forces, Partner training variations of resisted movement patterns, & Oscillation for metabolic training.

ViPR PRO: In this hands on ViPR session, you will learn a principle based approach to working with people who are generally deconditioned, utilizing the ViPR to facilitate improved functional thresholds and increase the training variability.

ActivMotion: In this session, we will introduce and explore new science-backed approaches to how we can truly help our aging population replace fear with confidence and live life stronger everyday.

DOD Fitness: This workshop will introduce fitness tools to help your older clients stay safe, engaged and comfortable while working out. Fitness tools will be provided for all workshop participants.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Functional Aging Specialist

The population of older adults is exploding and they want to continue to work, travel and play for as long as possible. Traditional “senior” exercise programs are somewhat beneficial but they do not maximize functional ability which is so crucial in later life. In this workshop you will learn innovative exercise strategies, techniques and movements for clients over the age of 50 that have been shown to be critical to functional aging. Through lecture and hands-on learning you will develop the knowledge and skills to perform functional fitness assessments and create functional exercise programs for a wide variety of older clients. Become the “go to” expert in your community for training mature adults. Attendees will have access to the Functional Aging Specialist online learning modules, some of which will need to be completed prior to attending the event. To become certified attendees will have the opportunity to complete the online exam.

Post-Conference Workshop:
Open the Door to Tai Chi

This one-day workshop teaches the attendees all of the individual moves of the Yang style 24 short form of Tai Chi and teaches them how to put these moves together into the flow of the form. Attendees also learn the 8 underlying principles of Tai Chi which drive the benefits and how to incorporate these principles as they teach Tai Chi. Dianne Bailey, the creator of the Open the Door to Tai Chi system instructs the entire workshop and provides individual feedback to each participant regarding their understanding of Tai Chi.

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