48 Sessions

Follow the latest research in the field of fitness: from Personal Training, through Proper Nutrition to Professional Development.

Live Stream

If you are not able to attend the lectures live, you can follow them online through your device (laptop, phone, tablet).

27 Speakers

Professional trainers and experts from all over the world will share their knowledge and experience with you.

Earn CEUs

You will receive 1 CEU for each hour of attendance at live lectures/workshops.

The world needs you!

About Optima Europe Fitness Conference

YOU CAN NOT MISS THIS

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Welcome to the Optima Europe fitness conference. Despite the new technologies and trends that we all need to follow, we should not lose the importance of personal contact, communication and energy exchange.

This is the first event in this part of Europe, with the goal of keeping up with the latest trends, exchanging ideas and connecting with one another. It’s our duty to provide you with the best education and tools that will enable you to further develop and succeed. Because the world really needs you!

Lectures and workshops follow the latest research in the field of fitness. Lecturers are University Professors, Master Trainers, Nutritionists, Marketing Experts…

The event lasts for 3 days and includes 48 workshops. There will be 4 workshops at the same time. You can choose which one out of these 4 you will attend. All the lectures will be recorded, and you will have access to them for a month after the conference, which means that even those workshops or lectures that you didn’t attend live, you will have an online access to after the conference.

See you at the OPTIMA International Conference

Optima Lecturers and Trainers

The event begins on Friday, November 11th. Saturday and Sunday are intended for lectures and workshops that start at 8 am. A joint lunch is organized on both days, and on Saturday night you will find a Connecting party and lottery, where we will award sponsorship gifts.

Program

Friday - November 11th

16:00-18:30
Registration
Please come earlier.
19:00
Conference opening
Opening speach

Saturday - November 12th

Room 1

Donji Dorćol

08:00 – 09:00

The NASM Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) Model is precisely that—a model; learn how to
work the model to make it work for you and the clients you serve! This can’t miss session will explore
the concepts of periodization, progressive overload, and the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) as
they relate to the evidence-based OPT™ model. Although it offers structure, the creative freedoms
OPT™ allows when designing a program—while still leveraging the scientific principles it’s based
on—will be highlighted, and practical examples of how to apply this information with a wide-range of
client-types will be reviewed to keep training fun, minimize boredom, maximize results, and keep your
book of business full.
*No Equipment Needed

Wendy Batts

MS, NMT, NASM Regional Master Instructor, NASM CPT, PES, CES, CNC.

09:15 – 10:15

Scientificaly revolutionized creatine. Is there anything better than creatine monohydrat? What does science say?

BSc Nemanja Milović

NASM PT, HFS Academy

10:45 – 11:45

Think of how many ways you can workout? Now think of how many ways you warm up. Most people
will go into a training session with the same warm up routine for almost every workout. This
workshop will discuss the principles and strategies that maximize movement preparation for any
workout.
Equipment: None

Kenneth Miller

MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS

12:00 – 13:00

Running a fitness business is a unique venture! Marko will share with you proven ways you can improve your business as a personal trainer.

BSc Marko Vuleta

NASM PT, HFS Academy

15:00 – 16:00

An increasingly common problem that occurs among people is pain in the lower back. Aleksandar will show you which exercises to choose and what is really the most effective in the sea of exercises at his workshop The 'Big Three' Exercises for Lower Back Pain.

Aleksandar Dejanović

PhD, ATOS Academy

16:15 – 17:15

There are many popular exercises seen in fitness gyms today that could be considered high risk
exercises leading to potential injury. Have you thought about the specific positions the body must
overcome when performing the exercises you program? In this workshop, Wendy will discuss why
these popular exercises could be considered high risk while providing you exercise alternatives that are
both safe and effective.
Equipment: Resistance bands with handles and Dumbbells

Wendy Batts

PhD, MS, LMT, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES

Room 2

Shonda 4

08:00 – 09:00

Some fitness trainers have an impressive list of credentials but a small client base, while others aren't as educated but are always booked. What’s the difference between them? Veljko, will talk about the tricks for sale that will help you to learn how to run a successful fitness business.

MBA Veljko Marković

HFS Academy

09:15 – 10:15

We all know the importance of individualized programming, but if you are not performing structured
assessments, it is likely you are not maximizing your clients outcomes and results. This workshop will
explore transitional movement assessments and what to look for when assessing your clients. We will
uncover over and underactive muscles if compensation exists and how to help realign your clients so
they will be able to move, feel and perform at their highest level.
*No Equipment Needed

Wendy Batts

MS, NMT, NASM Regional Master Instructor, NASM CPT, PES, CES, CNC.

10:15 – 11:45

What is Detox, why is important and  how can we detoxify our body? Bogoljub, a detox expert, will give you scientifically based, clear guidelines on how to cleanse your body.

Bogoljub Pejčić

HFS Academy

12:00 – 13:00

Damir will show you the proper progress of plyometric training exercises.

Milan Veselinović

HFS Academy

15:00 – 16:00

From elite athletes to the general population, much attention is given to the core and ways to train it -
but what's the best way to approach core training for your clients? What methods add a progressive
challenge while focusing on stability, strength, and power? This interactive workshop will explore
factors that contribute to optimal core activation, review important core exercises from simple to
complex and will provide you with a chance to perform these exercises so you can implement them
immediately with your clients to help them build a stable and strong foundation.
Equipment: Stability Balls, Medicine Balls, Mats

Wendy Batts

MS, NMT, NASM Regional Master Instructor, NASM CPT, PES, CES, CNC.

16:15 – 17:15

Miša Bačulov

Coach, motivator, athlete

Room 3

Shonda 1

08:00 – 09:00

Injuries and absences from the court, entails problems in various aspects of the competition and training process - both for the player and for the team. In desire for returning to the court as soon as possible happens to skip some steps in the process of returning from ACL injury. The last step, which follows practically when the recovery in the medical sense is over, is to return to sporting form and play at the level from before the injury. Only in that case it can be said that the entire recovery process was successfully carried out.The lecture will discuss about important aspects of recovery and successful return to competitive sporting form. Everything will be accompanied by examples from the decades-long experience in training and rehabilitation of athletes in various sports across all levels, including Vasilije Mićić, MVP of the Euroleague.

Prof. dr Marko Ćosić

PhD, University of Belgrade, FSFV

09:15 – 10:15

Neuromuscular stretching also called proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is used by professionals trained in the technique. Professor Milan Cvetkovic will show you the technique and application of this way of stretching.

Prof. Milan Cvetković

PhD, University of Novi Sad, FSFV

10:15 – 11:45

The goal of off-season periodization is to maximize sports performance. This is the period of time after the conclusion of the season where athletes decrease sport specific skill work and start to focus on functional movement and strength development. Milan will point out the importance of this phase through practical examples.

Milan Veselinović

HFS Academy

12:00 – 13:00

Learn the primary reasons for obesity and how clients may become obese, what changes occur in the body due to obesity, how that can affect the health and physical properties of the body, and much more.

MSc Marko Dimitrijevic

University UNION Nikola Tesla, Faculty of sport, HFS Academy

15:00 – 16:00

Although the fitness industry continues its rapid expansion, the margin between success and failure becomes finer. Against a backdrop of fierce competition and fast-changing trends, sharp insights are the key to stealing a march on your rivals. Necessity has well and frankly been the mother of invention. Operators who previously relied entirely on visits to their gyms to lead in revenue have been forced to reconsider their marketing strategies. In these cases, they've emerged from the pandemic with complementary digital channels, a more efficient system, pus fresh opportunities to grow their revenues and customer base.

Milan Ivetić

CEO & Owner iFit

16:15 – 17:15

Aleksandar Dejanović

PhD, ATOS Academy

Room 4

Shonda 2

08:00 – 09:00

One of the most popular and most important muscle groups to train for aesthetics, health, and performance, the gluteals play an integral role during nearly every dynamic movement of the body.

Stefan Vasić

NASM PT, HFS Academy

09:15 – 10:15

The ability to maintain postural control or balance is a fundamental component of performance, injury resistance, and rehabilitation that follows an injury. Milena NASM PT will show you methods for effective performance, instructions and balance exercises.

BSc Milena Ilić

NASM PT, HFS Academy

10:15 – 11:45

Training for top results! How can we activate the whole body with just one prop?! Learn the perfect snatch technique!

BSc Dejan Mihajlović

NASM PT, HFS Academy

12:00 – 13:00

At the same time, strength, flexibility, balance and cardio are combined with breathing techniques. Tamara will show you the benefits of Pilates and its impact on your overall health.

Tamara Ratković

PhD, Singidunum University

15:00 – 16:00

Slobodan Tiragić, the TRX trainer, will show you a more drastic approach to hit training, along with the suspension tape. Are you ready?

Slobodan
Tiragić
Darren
Dillon
Nathan
D’Rozario
16:15 – 17:15

Unilateral exercises are excellent for many different sports. Nathan will teach you which unilateral exercises you should do and how you can do them with the TRX suspension trainer.

Slobodan
Tiragić
Darren
Dillon
Nathan
D’Rozario
19:00 – Optima Connecting Party

Sunday - November 13th

Room 1

Donji Dorćol

08:00 – 09:00

The financial stability of the club is always an important issue for survival and
functioning, and any potential contribution is interesting to consider. The fitness industry
is developing on the basis of offering attractive and quality programs and constantly
testing organizational models that can keep members in the club. The development goal
is for the club member to have a sense of belonging to the group with whom he
exercises, that the instructor is a real leader and initiator, and the club is the first place
for socializing, active rest and relaxation.

Dušan Mitić

Professor. Dusan Mitic, PhD,

09:15 – 10:15

Whether you train groups, one-on-one, virtual or in-person body weight exercises are a must for every
personal trainer’s arsenal of exercise library. Body weight exercises require no equipment, are scalable
and adaptable for any training environment. This workshop will discuss 5 Body Weight exercises that
can have a big impact on any workout.
Equipment: None

Kenneth Miller

MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS

10:15 – 11:45

What is intermittent fasting? Most individuals adopt intermittent fasting as a means to lose weight. But is it effective? Dragan Ivanov, an expert, in the field of nutrition will tell you the Truth About Intermittent Fasting.

Mr. sci. med. dr Dragan Ivanov

EDEM

12:00 – 13:00

Not every client meets the physical expectations of a pre-planned program or session. Sometimes they
exceed, and sometimes they miss what a trainer hopes to accomplish during a workout. As a fitness
professional, you need to recognize how and when to increase and reduce the exercise challenge to
create better exercise experiences. This workshop explores how to make required changes on the fly
without missing a beat.
Equipment: Resistance bands with handles

Wendy Batts

PhD, MS, LMT, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES

15:00 – 16:00

Coach from anywhere
- World Class Program Builder
- Build, Track and deliver training programs
- Smart Training library and training templates
- Track Progress of client
- IOS, Android & Tablet Apps

BSc Damir Laštre

Founder of STC

16:15 – 17:15

Corrective exercise is necessary for both keeping an athlete's structural integrity and
returning from injury. When it comes to throwers, racquet sports and other “rotational” athletes, range
of motion, stability and coordination need to be combined in their training program. This workshop
will discuss the steps and progressions for rotational athletes to navigate the twists and turns of
training.
Equipment: Foam Roller, Mini-Bands, Resistance Bands with Handles

Kenneth Miller

MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS

Room 2

Shonda 4

08:00 – 09:00

We all know that the squeaky wheel always gets the grease, right? Well, the shoulder often times is the
squeaky wheel, and more often than not, it doesn’t get the grease it needs. From assessment to program
design, we'll explore a system of programming and exercise selection that enhances the use of the
shoulder region and helps the practitioner to go beyond just chasing down symptoms.
Equipment: Foam Rollers

Kenneth Miller

MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS

09:15 – 10:15

Grow your class numbers by developing powerful relationships with your participants. Create an atmosphere in your class that everyone wants to be a part of. Connection is all about taking the focus off yourself and bringing your attention to your participants. Engaging them so they are part of the class and not just watching you perform on stage. So how do you connect and enage your participants?

Jasna Žunić

Les Mills Head Trainer

10:15 – 11:45

Yao Simon Koff

Head coach and owner of the K. Simonfit Gym

12:00 – 13:00

Marko Vukotić
15:00 – 16:00

The hips can be the source of great power or great pain. Accessing the capabilities of the
hips can make or break the workout session or how one feels post-exercise. This session examines the
needs of the hips and how to develop and deliver a plan to fire the body’s engine on all cylinders.
Equipment: Foam Roller, Mini-Bands

Kenneth Miller

MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS

16:15 – 17:15

How does hydration affect training? You will discuss the latest research and findings on hydration science. Sanja will tell you everything about the water intake you get from food and your hydration needs.

Prof. Sanja Mazić

MD, PhD, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine

Room 3

Shonda 1

08:00 – 09:00

Milan will show you several ways to best organize a group of athletes to achieve the same goal.

Milan Veselinović

HFS Academy

09:15 – 10:15

Why are plyos important for athletes and normal population?
 - Rules for exercise selection
  - A how-to guide for designing, teaching, performing plyometric jump training
 - How to utilize multi-jump training progressions to maximize power & elastic strength?
 - What types of jumps/plyos do you do on an acceleration day?
 - What types of jumps/plyos do you do on a max velocity speed day?
- Plyometric in Rehab and phases?

BSc Damir Laštre

Founder of STC

10:15 – 11:45

BSc Vanja Bačić

HFS Academy

12:00 – 13:00

Can vegans and vegetarians, especially athletes, satisfy all their nutritional needs? Find out what are the scientific recommendations  and  what are the tips you should give to your clients who eat this way.

Mr. sci. med. dr Dragan Ivanov

EDEM

15:00 – 16:00

Achieving a healthy weight, eating a balanced carbohydrate-controlled diet, and getting regular exercise all help to improve blood glucose control. Professor Marina Đelic will tell you how to prevent diabetes in a simple way.

Dejan Nešić

M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor at Institute of Medical Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade

16:15 – 17:15

GO fitnes

Room 4

Shonda 2

08:00 – 09:00

Darren
Dillon
Nathan
D’Rozario
09:15 – 10:15

Darren
Dillon
Nathan
D’Rozario
10:15 – 11:45

Connect the feet and the spine! Tamara will reveal to you how these two entities work together as a single system.

Tamara Ratković

PhD, Singidunum University

12:00 – 13:00

BSc Nemanja Milović

NASM PT, HFS Academy

15:00 – 16:00

Do you have a good squat warm-up routine? In the workshop you will learn which exercises are the most effective and why.

Stefan Vasić

NASM PT, HFS Academy

16:15 – 17:15

Dejan will explain to you which exercises are the most effective and why, as part of a workshop dedicated to this topic.

BSc Dejan Mihajlović

NASM PT, HFS Academy

Tickets for OPTIMA Conference

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  • Personal attendance to lectures and workshops
  • Online access to all lectures after the conference
  • You will get 1 CEU for every hour of Lecture/Live Training
  • Asking questions
  • Lunch
  • Party ticket
Early Bird

Live Stream

99
  • Online access to lectures and workshops
  • Chatting with other users of the live stream
  • Access to all lectures online after the conference

About Belgrade

Belgrade is a city that never sleeps. A city of entertainment and culture, which you cannot remain indifferent to. A place where people eat well and have fun.

The conference is held in the heart of the old town. Nearby there are: the main pedestrian zone, Knez Mihajlova Street, lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and is a great place for a nice walk and shopping, then Kalemegdan- the fortress with a huge park which is full of monuments, museums – a place with fantastic views of rivers and the rest of our capital.

The event will be held at the Mona Plaza Hotel.

If you decide to stay at this hotel, you must state at the time of booking that you are a participant in the Optima Conference event and will receive a discount. Booking mail: reservations@monaplaza.com

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