SCW Fitness is an internationally recognized educational organization that provides hands-on certifications and continuing education courses and conventions to fitness professionals in multiple disciplines nationwide.

For 38 years SCW has always been and always will be dedicated to diversity and inclusion. We are proud to be the fitness education and respected certification company of choice for Personal Trainers, Group Exercise Instructors, Small Group Training Leaders, Aquatic Exercise Professionals, Cycling Instructors, Mind-Body Experts, Sport-Specific Training Educators, and many more. This outstanding Family of Leaders also supports Managers, Directors, and Owners of clubs and facilities nationwide with our Business Leadership Summit and sessions.

As the largest conference leader in the world, MANIA® offers seven Professional Training Conventions annually in Washington, D.C., California (San Francisco), Florida (Orlando), Atlanta, Dallas, Midwest (Chicago), and Boston — and now, online too with our Live Stream MANIA® Fitness Pro Conventions! SCW serves over 8,000 health and wellness professionals at our events, and we reach more than 300,000 virtually through our SCW OnDemand program, Online Certifications and Continuing Education Credit (CEC) programming options. 


MANIA® is more than just a Fitness Pro Convention; it’s the place where the fitness community goes to be educated, inspired and recharged! As the largest global provider of Fitness Conferences in the world, earn up to 20 CECs in a single weekend, running 13 sessions every hour, featuring 70+ presenters. MANIA® Conventions across the U.S. attract world-renowned fitness educators leading over 200 sessions and 17 certifications.

Experience It All Under One Roof At One Event!

13 Sessions per hour with over 200 sessions on such topics as:

Active Aging
Functional Training
Personal Training
Group Exercise

Exercise Science
Social Media
And Much More!

20 Continuing Education Credits/Units (Cecs/Ceus) In 1 Weekend

MANIA® Conventions supply you with up to 20 Continuing Education Credits/Units during the 3-day convention including the Keynote speech, evening sessions and the SCW Health & Fitness Business Summit sessions! SCW, AFAA, ACE, AEA, ACSM, NASM and other providers accept MANIA® CECs/CEUs. We are happy to help you secure Physical Therapy or other CEUs! SCW is committed to excellence and utilizes only presenters that are certified or carry a fitness-related graduate or undergraduate degree. Please check with your individual certification organization to determine the exact number of CECs/CEUs required for credential maintenance. All courses are subject to CEC/CEU approval by your corresponding educational organization. We are always here to help! 

Health & Fitness Business Summit Now Partnering with IHRSA Helping You Build Your Business & Career

For Owners, Directors and Managers

Together, the SCW MANIA® Conferences and the SCW Health & Fitness Business Summit will inspire fitness industry Owners, Managers and Directors reaching deep into Commercial Multipurpose Clubs, Boutique Studios, YMCAs, JCCs, Parks & Recs, Universities, and Hospital Wellness Centers.

Marketing, Technology, Trends, Sales, Retention & Leadership

The SCW Health & Fitness Business Summit will be held at the MANIA® Conventions in San Francisco, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Boston and DC Take advantage of three days of laser-focused business sessions exclusively dedicated to marketing, technology, trends, sales, retention, products, programming, finance and leadership.


Dear Midwest MANIAcs,

We are not just opening doors at our first Live, In-Person MANIA®, we are kicking them down!

If SCW MANIA® is the machine – you are the fuel! Every decision is made with YOU the fitness pro in mind, which is why we painstakingly select premiere fitness topics tailored to help you meet your goals. 2021 trends point towards new trends in active again, personal training and, of course, a resurgence and appreciation of group fitness programming. It is all about community! Mind/body, along with nutrition programming is quickly becoming some of the top trending topics in our wellness industry.

SCW is dedicated to our Health & Fitness Business Summit held under the same MANIA® roof at the beautiful Westin O’Hare. Owners, Managers and Directors are congregating to over 50 sessions with 30 top presenters focused on reinventing our facilities. Partnering with IHRSA, enjoy this local event conveniently brought to you, our fearless leaders.

We have overcome so many challenges in the past year, but SCW never wavered in our dedication to bringing fitness professionals the highest quality fitness education at the most affordable price. Our commitment to diversity (people of color, LBGTQ, size and shape) has never been stronger.

SCW MANIA® Fitness Education Conventions are going on their 38th year, and we couldn’t have made it this far without your tremendous support. YOU are a MANIAC® and we consider it an honor that you have chosen us to keep you on the cutting edge of fitness education.


In Health,

Sara Kooperman, JD
CEO, SCW Fitness Education

Brand New! Register for the MANIA® recordings only option or add it to your in-person registration!  Earn 20 CECs/CEUs needed to renew your certification at your own pace!  Enjoy 80+ session recordings from the convention for 40 Days (that’s only $1 per day) and you get ALL the sessions from Rooms A, B, C, D, and H. It’s the perfect option to make sure you don’t miss a minute of action from the weekend.

Look for the icon in the session pages for the 80+ sessions that are recorded.


Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to view the SCW COVID-19 event policy or click here.

Any fitness professional or enthusiast that wants to up-skill their concentration or expand their knowledge about other areas of fitness education should attend a MANIA® event!

Personal Trainers
Facility Managers
Small Group Trainers
Mind/Body Experts
Dance Instructors
Group Ex Instructors
Club Owners
Aquatic Teachers

With over 200 sessions (13 sessions every hour) featuring over 70 world-renowned Fitness Educators, MANIA® guarantees a fun experience that will leave all attendees well-equipped to return to work on Monday.

Online. Just click the “Register” button at the top of this site and choose the option that suits you best!

Every registered attendee will receive a confirmation email. The convention receipt can be found in the body of the confirmation email. Any product (plus shipping and handling) receipts will be included in the product package. All event receipts and educational product costs can be deducted for tax purposes.

Presenters, classes, dates and times are subject to change without formal notice. In the event Midwest MANIA® is cancelled, we will be in contact with you to issue a 100% guaranteed refund or you may reach out to [email protected].

• Wed. Sept. 29: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thurs. Sept. 30: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri. Oct. 1:  6:00 am – 7:30 pm

Sat. Oct. 2:  6:30 am – 6:15 pm

Sun. Oct. 3: 7:00 am – 12:45 pm

Enjoy 80+ session recordings for 40 Days at your leisure by adding the session recordings to any MANIA® registration. At only $1 per day, you get all the sessions from Rooms A, B, C, D, and E. It’s the perfect option to make sure you don’t miss a minute of action from the weekend.

Look for the icon in the session pages for the 80+ sessions that are recorded.

Please bring a valid driver’s license or government issued ID and a signed copy of the convention consent form that you receive in your event confirmation email. Additionally, please bring shoes, changes of clothing, food, notebooks, pens, notebook or iPad for outlines and notes and money for shopping in the expo! At check-in, you will receive an admission wristband and a lanyard. MANIA® Convention attendees will receive a bag with the daily schedule and convention map. You will also be presented with your name badge when you check in at the on-site registration desk. Don’t forget to bring your session outlines that are available at We will not provide session outlines on site.

We are happy to check you in at any time during the posted registration hours:


• Wed. Sept. 29: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thurs. Sept. 30: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri. Oct. 1:  6:00 am – 7:30 pm

Sat. Oct. 2:  6:30 am – 6:15 pm

Sun. Oct. 3: 7:00 am – 12:45 pm

There are usually places to change and/or shower between classes in the fitness center, at the Hotel or in the Aquatics area.

Session outlines will not be provided in the classrooms. Outlines will be posted on the website prior to the start of MANIA® and attendees will be able to print them or download them onto an electronic device such as a smartphone or tablet. Past outlines are available at

CECs/CEUs are continuing education credits or units utilized to keep certifications current. SCW is a CEC/CEU provider for SCW, ACE, AFAA, NASM, ACSM, AEA and more. If there is a certifying body that is not present on the list above, attendees can petition the CEC form with these certifying bodies directly (attendees may incur additional fees).

The credits you can earn at this event are recognized by the following agencies: SCW, ACE, NASM, ACSM, AFAA, and AEA. If your certification agency is not listed, you will have to petition the CECs with your certifying body. We are happy to assist with this process. Please email [email protected] should you require assistance.

You can earn up to 20 CECs/CEUs by attending the 3-Day convention. If you choose to attend a pre-convention certification or workshop, you can earn even more CECs/CEUs.

Generally, each certifying body will award one CEC/CEU per hour during each workshop. Each class is 1.25 hours and therefore, you will receive 1.25 units. Some certifying bodies give more or less than the 1.25 units, depending on factors such as lecture vs. workout and land vs. aqua.

CEC/CEU forms will be provided electronically after the event. Upon the close of MANIA®, you will be asked to complete an event survey. After you complete the survey, you will be taken to a page to download the CEC/CEU Form for MANIA®. The form will be signed and you will have to tally the totals for your CECs/CEUs on the third page of the form. The CECs/CEUs expire after two years from the date of the conference. Please make sure to retain an electronic copy for your records, since there is a $35.00 replacement fee for any misplaced forms.

Upon completion of a pre-convention certification or workshop, you will receive a CEC/CEU form. CEC/CEU amounts are dependent on the pre-convention certification or workshop that you enroll in during MANIA®.

Wednesday and Thursday are the Pre-Convention days because they occur before the 3-day MANIA® weekend event, which begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. This allows SCW to offer full and half-day certifications where the instructors can give thorough one-on-one time with the attendees, which contributes to a valuable educational experience.

Your certification is valid for two years. Please note the following steps that are required to renew your certification:

• Please visit

•  Submit 20 hours of continuing education credits from courses you attend after your certification’s renewal date

• You can obtain CECs from a SCW Approved Provider. Please visit to view the list of approved providers. If you have obtained more than 20 credit hours, extra hours do not carry over into the next period

• SCW recognizes other courses taken through all accredited colleges and universities. Academic courses relating to the field of fitness such as leadership, teaching skills, fitness management, nutrition, research, anatomy, physiology, exercise programming, and others can be applied towards your SCW Certification renewal.

• When submitting your renewal application include your CEC information and the renewal fee of $55 per certification

• A $20 late fee will be assessed if you choose to renew your certification after the expiration date

• If you do not renew within six months of your certification’s expiration date, you can apply for an extension at a cost of $75 here.  If you don’t apply for an extension you will forfeit your certification and will have to retake the course in order to re-certify. You will be able to do this by completing an online certification or by attending a live training at one of our MANIA® events.

• Due to state and facility CPR requirements, SCW no longer requires a copy of your CPR card

You must submit 20 hours of continuing education credits from courses you attend after your certification’s renewal date.

• You can attend a MANIA® conference or another live certification course to obtain CECs. Please visit for more information.

• You can complete another Online Certification. Please visit for more information.

• You can obtain CECs from a SCW Approved Provider.  Please visit to view the list of approved providers.

• Courses that are approved for SCW continuing education credits are listed below:
SCW recognizes other courses taken through all accredited colleges and universities. Academic courses relating to the field of fitness such as leadership, teaching skills, fitness management, nutrition, research, anatomy, physiology, exercise programming, and others can be applied towards your SCW Certification renewal.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQ’s above, please contact SCW Fitness Education during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Central Standard Time). Email: [email protected]; Phone: 847-562-4020.


SCW is thrilled to see all of you again at our in-person events!

Register with confidence! 100% guaranteed we will be back in-person or your money back!

All SCW onsite staff will be fully vaccinated and ready to assist you!

 To attend the conference, one of two situations are required:

1) Attendees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at their time of entry. “Fully vaccinated” means at least 14 days after your second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or after your single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

2) Attendees must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the conference.

According to current local governmental regulations in Rosemont, IL masks are required for all indoor activities. Our hope is that this requirement lifts prior to October 1, 2021.  Please check back regularly for updates.

To promote safety and comfort, all exercise activities will be socially distanced and lecture rooms will require masks.

A photo (on your phone) or physical copy of a vaccination card or test result is required upon entry along with a photo ID.



 Our hotel, The Westin O’Hare, has a Commitment to Cleanliness.

Fully COVID-19 vaccinated staff 

Compliance with indoors CDC guidelines

Social distancing in common areas & rooms

Rigorous cleaning of equipment

100% confidence & refund guarantee

Hand sanitizer available throughout

How To Register For Midwest MANIA®

Please watch the accompanying video to see the best ways to choose your sessions and get the most from your MANIA® registration experience.