NYC Mania

SCW Fitness Education, the largest fitness conference organization in the country, has announced the inaugural New York City MANIA® conference, which will be conducted on the weekend of February 24 through February 26. We strive to ensure our MANIA® conferences provide all fitness professionals with educational opportunities that include the ability to earn continuing education credits and to become certified in a multitude of fitness-related disciplines.

A MANIA® weekend offers more than 200 sessions, with 16 sessions occurring concurrently on an hourly basis. More than 70 world-renowned Presenters provide MANIA® attendees with an experience that is unparalleled in the fitness industry.

Sara Kooperman, CEO of SCW Fitness Education, who has been the force behind MANIA® events for the past 30 years notes, “We are extremely excited to add this event to our annual tour. We are passionate about providing quality and affordable education, and our New York City MANIA® event in February will enable us to partner with fitness professionals to create a fitter America.”

For additional information regarding SCW Fitness Education and the New York City MANIA® event in February 2017, check out Can’t get to New York City in February? Go to and find an event near you.

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SCW and Power Systems

SCW Fitness Education is excited to announce that we have partnered with Power Systems for the next two years to bring Fitness Professionals the latest and greatest in fitness products at each of our 2017/2018 MANIA® Conferences! Both companies also have reached an innovative educational collaboration – so look for Power Systems sessions at all eight MANIA® events!

The partnership between Power Systems and SCW will develop ongoing, relevant, educational content for personal trainers, small group training and fitness instructors. Power Systems also has a variety of offerings for studio owners who seek unique products that will differentiate them from the competition.



Power Systems is well-known to Fitness Professionals worldwide. The company’s mission is to advance health, fitness and physical performance for everyone by living out core values — letting integrity dictate actions, being self-motivated and success-driven, selling the highest possible quality products, and demanding a positive attitude and respect for everyone. The Power Systems team strives daily to enhance the customer experience by providing the latest in tips and trends, product innovations, and most importantly, listening to customers and exceeding their expectations 100% of the time.


Learn more at and be sure to visit a MANIA® near you to try out a variety of the products Power Systems offers!


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FitCamp with Lawrence Biscontini

What and Where is fitCamp?

For more than five years at my mountaintop home in Puerto Rico, I have been offering fitCamp, dedicated to advancing everyone’s fitness career, both horizontally and vertically, from group training, personal training, aquatics and boot camp to the business of fitness.

fitCamp is a personal fitness convention that is tailored to your fitness needs and limited to four people per week! You fly yourself in (on Monday) and out (on Friday) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and your fee includes everything else: food, education, classes, books, DVDs, experiences and special surprises. I do all of the cooking featuring recipes from my new book, Meals and Musings. Each day is a fun, outrageous mixture of classes, exercises, filming, watching yourself and talking on the beach. It’s a chance to do all the things you know you have to do to make yourself a better teacher and trainer but never have had the time to do — until now. The day starts with breakfast at 8:00 a.m., and each day comes to a close after dinner with hot chocolate under the stars around 8:00 p.m.

Who Attends?

Anyone who wants a bit of sun in the middle of winter spending a week on fitness that will fast-track a career into something more adventurous, making you more popular and professional almost immediately.

When is fitCamp?

fitCamp occurs during most weeks of January, February and March. There are still some slots open. I am flexible with groups according to when they can find affordable airfares and what they teach. Of the four weeks each month, fitCamp has a strong emphasis:

  • MindBody Week
  • Personal Trainer Week
  • Aqua Fitness Week
  • “I teach/do everything” Week

How Much?

fitCamp fees are based on what each attendee can afford and can be spread out in a payment plan over a few months. Fees also are determined according to your level of experience. For example, current fitness presenters who come to train with me don’t pay the same fees as someone who comes to me who doesn’t even possess one current certification. All are welcome. fitCamp ranges between $800 to $2000 per person depending on your experience, your needs and the week chosen. This fee includes transportation to/from airport, WiFi, all meals and all education.
Please note: Airfare is not included.

Why attend fitCamp?

You get my expertise and attention for an entire week, so ask as many questions as you want! I not only help you both recognize and develop your strengths, but I also guide you along any opportunities for growth. You get an exotic vacation, uninterrupted time with one of the world’s most award-winning fitness presenters, speakers and authors, plus all of your continuing education credits! This is an experience of a lifetime.

Email [email protected] for more information, and please include your phone number with your inquiry.

Another way to connect and learn more about fitCamp is experience a live class with Lawrence at MANIA®!

Lawrence is excited to be presenting at the first SCW NYC MANIA® ever!

Mark your calendars, and register at now so you can check out the below classes offered by Lawrence:

  • Pre-Con Certification on Thursday: SCW Active Aging Certification: The Life in Our Years

and inside the convention:

  • Neuroplasticity 101 and Beyond
  • Anatomy of a Hug
  • Stories of Color – Buy the Book and attend in person!
  • Take It Lying Down
  • Co-presenting with Yury Rockit: Introduction to Meditation

Lawrence also will be judging the NYC MANIA® Fitness Idol – Apply to compete here:

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New Podcast from Kathy Smith

We have some really exciting news! Last month, fitness phenom Kathy Smith launched a new podcast series, called On Health: The Art of Living, with new episodes airing each Wednesday.

You probably have worked out with at least one of Kathy’s videos, but if not, you’re missing out! Kathy is a New York Times bestselling author who has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: She has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs – landing her in the Video Hall of Fame – and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. Kathy’s motto always has been progress, not perfection!

In October 2016, her podcast joined the top of the charts, ranking as the #18 podcast on iTunes’ overall New and Noteworthy list and the #12 best podcast in Fitness & Nutrition.

Each week on the show, Kathy shares the latest research and information on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

Recently, she been recording some fascinating podcasts, which included the following guests:

  • Olympian Kate Grace | Training Tips – Professional track and field athlete, specializing in the 800 meter. She represented the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympic FINALS!! And most importantly, she is Kathy’s oldest daughter.
  • Diana Nyad | Motivation – Swimming champion who completed her 40-year-old dream to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours.
  • Valter Longo, PhD | Fasting Mimicking Diet – One of the world’s foremost experts on prolongation of lifespan and longevity.
  • Kathy Magliato, MD | Women’s Heart Health – A cardiothoracic surgeon whose New York Times best-selling book is the basis for the NBC show Heartbeat.
  • Wayne Westcott, PhD | Strength Train The Adult Way – Author of more than 20 books, 400 articles and 600 newspaper columns on the topic of muscle-building exercise.
  • Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS | Leaky Gut–  A New York Times Bestselling Author, who has a groundbreaking guide for understanding one of the most discussed yet little understood health conditions: leaky gut syndrome.
  • Alan Christianson, NMD | Adrenal Fatigue – A New York Times bestselling author and naturopathic medical doctor who specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders.
  • Martin Gibala, PhD | HIIT Training In 1 Minute– Professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He conducts applied research that examines the impact of exercise and nutrition on health and performance.
  • Dave Asprey – Creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast Bulletproof Radio and author of the New York Times bestselling book The Bulletproof Diet. This episode is launching in a few weeks!
  • Mark Sisson | Chronic Cardio – Author of the bestselling book Primal Endurance about revolutionizing your training approach to drop excess body fat, manage stress, preserve health and go a lot faster.

And, don’t forget to click here to subscribe to receive the latest weekly episodes!

Check out the episodes, and if you like what you hear, write a review or a question for Kathy. It takes only a few minutes.

Exciting News! Kathy Smith will be presenting at some of our 2017 MANIA® events! Stay tuned to to find out when so you can learn more from her live!

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Biscontini's White Wine Sangria

With the holidays approaching, there will be lots of cocktails flowing! This is a fun and easy recipe that is sure to be a hit! This traditional southern Italian beverage is relatively new in the U.S., and it makes a wonderful, light drink anytime. Plus, eating the fruit at the end is an added bonus!

Mix in a large pitcher:

2 cups white seedless grapes, sliced

2 cups sliced fresh peaches

1 cup of sliced apricots

1 cup of sliced & peeled apples

1 cup of sliced strawberries

1 cup of cut cherries; this adds additional color

2 bottles of white wine (Lawrence prefers Sauvignon Blanc from Australia or New Zealand

2-3 cups of white grape juice (Welch’s® brand works great)

½ cup sugar/agave/honey

Mix all ingredients and store in refrigerator overnight or for a few hours to marinate fruit. ENJOY!

Get this recipe and many others here:

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SCW OnDemand is a brand new premium video subscription service that puts instant access to hundreds of unique workouts right at your fingertips on your computer or mobile device. Enjoy UNLIMITED STREAMING of your favorite presenters demonstrating the best of Group Exercise, Aquatic Fitness, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Kettlebells, Active Aging, Dance, Sculpting, Personal Training and much more!

We take the most exciting sessions from MANIA® and add them to our growing number of videos to keep you stocked with inspiration all year round!

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