EVOLVE Fitness Symposium

March 24-26, 2017

Florida State University

EVOLVE stands for six important concepts, which serve as the foundation of this event: Energize, Vitalize, Optimize, Lead, Value, and Educate.  As the fitness industry morphs and changes, we hope to be a driver of this revolution.  Through the sharing of ideas and the continuance of education, we can successfully move forward in fitness.   



We look forward to welcoming you to the 5th Annual EVOLVE Fitness Symposium, 3 days of educational sessions and networking opportunities all focused on collegiate fitness programs, services, and facilities.


Registration Information

Registration for this year's symposium is now open. The Early Bird Deadline is Monday, February 27th at 11:59 pm. Registration at regular rates will continue online through Monday, March 20th. In-person registration will be available at the conference at the regular rate, but may have reduced benefits (no t-shirt, for example).

Online registration requires a credit card for payment. You can register multiple attendees with a single payment. For check payments, please print and mail in the printable registration form. Mail-in registrations must be received at FSU by the Early Bird Deadline to qualify for the special rate.

  Printable Registration Form  Online Registration has closed. Please print form and present in person.

Registrant Type Early Bird
On or Before Feb 27
Feb 28 and After
Student Attendee $55 $65
Professional Attendee $65 $75

To cancel a registration, please contact us. Cancellation requests received by February 27th will receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee. Cancellations between February 28th and March 13th, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds are available after March 13th. Please note it may take 4-6 weeks to receive a refund from the date of the request.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us via email or call Chris Schmoldt at 850.644.0552 or Lynn Grasso at 850.644.0546.


Schedule Overview

View the EVOLVE Schedule of Events   for specific information on educational sessions and start and end times for each day's sessions and activities.

Friday, March 24th
Beginning in the afternoon, conference check-in will take place at the FSU Reservation, our waterfront park. Tours will be available in addition to stand-up paddleboard yoga, kayaking, canoeing, climbing wall, beach volleyball, and other park activities.

Saturday, March 25th 
Educational sessions and master classes in the morning and afternoon on the FSU main campus, with lunch provided. In the evening, the All-Conference Social will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments at The Gathering in Collegetown   .

Sunday, March 26th
Sunday: Educational sessions continue in the morning on the FSU main campus, ending at lunch.


Maps and Directions

Need some navigation assistance? Visit our Maps and Directions   page for addresses to each facility and links to Google maps.


Pre-Conference Activities

Check-in takes place Friday afternoon from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the FSU Reservation Waterfront Park, our own outdoor park located along Lake Bradford in southwest Tallahassee.  It is located at 3226 Flastacowo Road (zip code 32310) to punch into your phone apps. Or, printout our FSU Reservation Map and Directions.

Bring your swimsuit or other activewear to take advantage of some preconference activities on Friday afternoon.  All activities are FREE!  After you check-in for the conference at the FSU Reservation, stick around and enjoy recreational activities at our waterfront property including swimming, sand volleyball, kayaking & canoeing on the lake, or take advantage of these special afternoon offerings.

  Register Online for Preconference Activities

FSU Athletics Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Space Limited
Take a look at the facilities FSU's student-athletes use to prepare for competition. Our friends in Seminole Athletics will give a tour of strength and conditioning areas of Doak Campbell Stadium as well as other Athletics facilites on campus. The tour will depart the FSU Reservation at 2:30 pm, returning at 4:30 pm.

Campus Recreation Facilities Tour
Get a guided tour of the department's fitness facilities -- the Dr. Bobby E. Leach Student Recreation Center and the Fitness & Movement Clinic -- along with a peak at our award-winning Rec SportsPlex and Main Campus Fields outdoor sports facilities.  Tours depart hourly from check-in at the FSU Reservation.

FSU Challenge Course
Challenge yourself or your staff on our new high ropes course at the FSU Reservation. We will have facilitators ready to help you and your team traverse the main team elements in the course, built in 2014.

Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga - Space Limited
Enjoy an hour of stand-up paddleboard yoga on Lake Bradford at the FSU Reservation. Two sessions available: 1:00-2:00 and 3:30-4:30.

Waterfront Activities at the FSU Reservation
Take swim, play beach volleyball, or checkout one of our watercraft including kayaks and canoes to paddle on the lake. There's plenty to do at the Rez all afternoon.


Conference Activities & Competitions

Join us for a special Saturday morning workout.

Yoga in the Outfield - Saturday from 7:00 am until 8:00 am
Enjoy a sunrise yoga class in the outfield of Dick Howser (Baseball) Stadium, just across the street from the Leach Recreation Center.

You can also showcase your personal fitness during one of our two intercollegiate competitions. Just stop by during the time period to participate.

Seminole Strength - Saturday from 8:30 am until 11:00 am
Our modified Combine/Strong Man/Woman Competition, located on the Turf Field adjacent to the Leach Recreation Center.

Push/Pull Power Mini-Meet - Sunday from 8:30 am until 11:00 am
One-rep Max Deadlift and Bench Press, located in the Fitness Annex area inside the Leach Recreation Center.


Lodging Information

We have partnered with two local hotels to get discounted rates. Both hotels are a short drive from the FSU campus and downtown with restaurants nearby. Each hotel has a limited number of rooms reserved for EVOLVE. Reserve early to receive the special rate! 

Hotel Info Four Points by Sheraton Home 2 Suites by Hilton
Rate $112.00 (book by March 10th) $114.00 (book by March 1st)
Contact Call 850-422-0071 or book online  Call 850-402-8900 or book online
Additional Information Free parking, Free WiFi Free parking, Free WiFi, Free Breakfast



EVOLVE Fitness Symposium would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We encourage you to stop by the Expo in the Leach Center Atrium throughout the conference to speak with representatives from the following companies:

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