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CPTN Conference 2008 Session Information

Friday, July 4, 2008 Preconference Sessions

FR1A CPTN Yoga Level 3: Yoga for Athletes and Personal Trainers (WS)

Caron Shepley, BPE

Any serious athlete will tell you that muscle balance and flexibility are key components to staying injury free. Local yoga guru, Caron Shepley has created Power Yoga for Athletes – a program designed specifically for increased strength, flexibility, and muscle balance in athletes. Caron’s yoga classes are endorsed by Canadian Olympian and World Cup Champion, Attila Buday, as well as Pan-American and National Team Triathlete, Sean Bechtel.

This 8-hour seminar, geared to teaching the Trainer how to incorporate yoga into their clients’ training sessions will include: a brief history of yoga, basic theory of pranayama and asana practice, discussion about different types of yoga, the practice of sun salutations and other warm-ups, the practice of specific postures with explanations of how the postures benefit athletes in specific sports might benefit from this kind of yoga practice.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-6; Non-Member: $219.00; CAD / Member: $149.00 CAD

FR1B Introduction to Kettlebell Training (WS)

Shawn Mozen, RKC

This workshop will expose Trainers to the basics of Kettlebell training. Participants will be taught various Kettlebell exercises along with supplemental drills that will aid performance and correct common errors. This course is ideal for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of how to use this amazing tool.

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-4; Non-Member: $199.00; CAD / Member: $129.00 CAD

FR1C SWIS Exercise Muscle Testing (WS)

Dr. Ken Kinakin, DC, CSCS, CPTN-CPT.M

This new technique will teach you how to test for the weight training range of motion to determine whether there are any weaknesses caused by a muscle, joint, or nerve dysfunction. This new method of muscle assessment shifts the focus from testing the muscle being used in a weight training exercise, to testing the plane and range of motion of the weight training exercise.. Exercise muscle testing is effective for preexercise assessments because dysfunctional motion patterns are revealed through the test rather than during performance on a weight training machine or during an exercise.

Time: 1:30 AM – 5:30 PM; CECs: CPTN-4; Non-Member: $199.00; CAD / Member: $129.00 CAD

FR1D StrengthPro® Speed Power Specialist™ (WS)

David Sandler, MSc, CSCS, *D; CCS and Ed McNeely, MSc, CPT, CSCS

This 4-part workshop was developed to address the expanding need for both scientific and practical application of the most essential ingredients in sports performance: Speed and Power. Unlike many other Certifications and organizations, STRENGTHPRO® wants you to have access to the same information and training secrets that professional speed and strength coaches use. To ensure you get the most from the course, we deliver real information from well-researched, tested and applied training concepts and then show you how to use it! When you walk away from this course you will be ready to work with anyone looking to improve speed and power!

  • Part 1: The Strength-Speed-Power Continuum. To develop optimal power one must first know whether that power is strength-based or speed-based. The continuum allows the participant to analyze the power demands of a sport or activity, and to determine the proportions of strength and speed needed to excel.
  • Part 2: Developing a Power Profile. Part 2 is a practical session that leads participants through a series of specific and general strength, speed, and power tests. They will learn to administer the test protocols, interpret the results, and set training priorities and goals based on the testing results and how the results match the strength-speed-power continuum analysis.
  • Part 3: Blueprints for Power Development Part 3 provides the program variables and theoretical framework for designing specific power programs. The 5-step model provides participants with a simple, effective means of ensuring that they are covering every aspect of power development.
  • Part 4: Developing the Power Program Building on the previous session, this portion of the Workshop will discuss progressions, programming variables, and the elements necessary to design a program that helps the client or athlete reach his/her goals.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-7; Non-Member: $219.00; CAD / Member: $149.00 CAD

FR1E Twist Performance’s Sport Strength – Level 1 (WS)

Peter Twist, MSc

During this certification course, you will learn effective methods for improving an athlete’s ability to transfer force from the legs through the core to the upper body. This Linked System™ sport-strength module includes content designed to increase an athlete’s muscle hypertrophy, strength, multi joint power, rotary power, and segmental plyometrics through innovative multiplaner exercises. This system is a cutting-edge approach to developing a functional body that better expresses and integrates strength for life and sport, and enhances reactivity for muscle and joint durability. It’s an energizing training method for elite athletes and fitness clientele using gym and portable training tools.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-7; Non-Member: $289.00; CAD / Member: $249.00 CAD

Saturday, July 5, 2008 Sessions

SA1A Integrated Strength: Strong on your feet – like you should be! (WS)

Peter Twist, MSc

Toe-to-finger-tip strength is required to meet the demands of real life and sport. Traditional machine-based training leaves the exerciser ill-prepared to meet these demands. Join the Twist team to explore how to modify traditional exercises to increase the function and transferability of their gains to real life and sporting situations. This workshop is a must attend for those working with an athletic population, children, youth, and aging Boomers looking to stay functional in life.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear training gear.

SA1B Fitness Assessments: Assess to be the Best (L)

Paul Aspinall, BPE, MES, CPTN-CPT

Learn fitness testing protocol that will improve the outcome of your personal training sessions and increase overall productivity. Paul will lecture on a variety of fitness tests that cover balance, core strength, aerobic capacity, max power, and much more. The fitness testing highlighted in this lecture has been specifically chosen to guide a Trainer in program design variables and goal specific outcomes. Whether you are a new Trainer or a Trainer with much experience, this lecture will be a valuable tool for increasing the quality of service to your clients and positively affecting your ability to attract new clients.

SA1C Assessing and Identifying for Upper and Lower Cross Syndrome (WS)

Michelle Becker, BSc, CPTN-CPT and Dr. Astrid Trim, DC

The workshop is designed to give Personal Trainers a fast, easy way to functionally assess their client and to predict, post-rehabilitate, or prevent common types of injury or complaints such as hip, low back pain, knee pain, rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries, neck pain, and stress headaches. Participants will be taught how to test for specific muscle inflexibility and weaknesses that create many muscular imbalances. Participants will learn a number of “Trainer Gems” that will solve many common problems that clients experience, and will set the Trainer heads and tails above others.

SA2A Sport Performance-Based Movement Screens (WS)

Ed McNeely, MSc, CPT, CSCS

The ability to control your body and perform basic movements is essential for every sport. Weakness and muscle imbalances can lead to chronic injuries that may cost you a season and detract from the enjoyment of the sport. This lecture outlines a series of fundamental movement screens that can act as the foundation for any exercise program. Learn how to objectively assess your athlete or client; to determine appropriate exercise selection and intensity; to maximize progress; and to decrease the injury.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear training gear.

SA2B How to Influence Hormones for Radical Fat Loss (L)

Jeremy Hudson, BKin, CSCS

Sound nutrition and proper training can certainly bring about good fat loss results. But, if you want results to last, then you would better investigate how nutrition and training influence hormones. Hormones provide the solution to optimal body composition. By understanding the hormonal involvement in fat loss, effective exercise and nutrition protocols targeting specific hormones can deliver fast and life-long results. Find out what hormones need regulating to deliver the best fat loss results. I invite you to join the experts and be a part of the cutting edge advances in fat loss research. This will take your training to the next level, guaranteed!

SA2C How Trainers Can Help People With Chronic Heart Failure (L)

Sheldon Persad, MSc, CSCS, NCCP, CPTN-CPT

Cardiovascular causes of death continue to rise in North America. How can we help people with such ailments? Working in conjunction with the medical field, we will focus on what you as a Personal Trainer can offer. This session will discuss the causes of heart failure and how we as Personal Trainers can contribute to helping people with this condition stay out of the hospital and work towards independence. Specific discussions will include frequencies, intensities, durations, and modes of activities. Furthermore, discussions will include strength training recommendations based on current research. This session is also appropriate for Personal Trainers who work with the elderly.

SA3A Fitness Kickboxing 101 (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPT

Fitness Kickboxing is an ideal, fresh, innovative optional workout enabling Personal Trainers to add a new dimension to their services. It was designed by a Certified Competitive Kickboxing Coach for basic introduction to fitness kickboxing, incorporating “real” kickboxing punches, kicks, focus kick-punch pads and partner training. Trainers can use Fitness Kickboxing as the cardio portion or warm up to their regular routine or as an additional alternate session format tailored to their clients’ needs. All the equipment required is portable.

SA3B Strength Speed and Power Training: Theory and Application (L)

David Sandler, MSc, CSCS, *D; CCS

In recent years, the idea of functional training has overshadowed much of the traditional training that Personal Trainers relied on. However, pure strength training is still the method of choice for most strength and conditioning coaches. This lecture provides answers to the problems facing practitioners who train a variety of populations. Relating to choice of exercise, frequency of training, rate of progression, and philosophical aspects of program design, recommendations will be given to help develop the proper program for the specific sport athlete. Participants will learn how to individualize the training programs, based on the athlete’s physical, psychological, and emotional maturity, as well as on the demands of the sport.

SA3C Detox: The Myths, the Facts (L)

Dr. John Dempster, ND

This lecture will explore many of the current facts of safe and effective detoxification techniques. It will also expose common detoxification myths and pitfalls that clients should avoid when they engage in a detoxification regime. Areas of discussion will include: how we get toxic, where toxins are stored – and how they affect human health; simple ways of testing toxicity in your clients; the importance of a customized detox plan for each individual; when to detox – and how often; detox strategies/techniques/therapies, etc that work!

SA4A Sport Core (WS)

Peter Twist, MSc

Join the Twist Team of Sport Conditioning Specialists for cutting-edge theory and practical drills to enhance your application of the principles of stability and rotary power. You have built your core foundation and this session will show you innovative ways to improve whole body performance. Whether you work with average clientele, weekend warriors, youth, to professional athletes, the Twist team will deliver integrated core exercises designed to accelerate your client’s ability to swing harder, decelerate quicker, accelerate into open space faster, and lift heavier but remain injury free.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear training gear.

SA4B The Right Exercise at the Right Time (WS)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CHEK Practitioner Level 2, CHEK HLC L3

Learn how to build your client from the ground up using the flexibility-stability-strength-power system. As a Trainer you have probably come across a variety of exercises, some more isolated and/or gentle in nature, some more whole body and powerful. You might also have found yourself wondering, “Which of these exercises would benefit my clients the most?” The answer is not “either/ or.” The optimal solution is learning to use the right exercise at the right time through the flexibility-stability-strength-power progression. This session is a practical demonstration of the flexibility-stability-strength-power system focusing on how to prepare the client for intense lower and upper body activity.

SA4C Lipids in Nutrition (L)

Melissa Putt, RNC, MES, CPTN-CPT

Fat is an essential nutrient that has been marginalized and misrepresented over the past 60 years. Fat was the first food to be chemically altered, to change its nutritional impact and manufacturing usefulness. This lecture will discuss in detail the chemical composition of all dietary fats and their unique characteristic affects on health, and will summarize the scientific nomenclature, classification, and chemical alterations and processing that dietary fats are treated with. This lecture will present arguments for a better understanding of saturated fats and their role in optimum human nutrition and will provide a summary of all dietary fats, how they are processed, chemical configuration, assimilation, and ultimate impact on health and well-being, have an impact on social, workplace and familial roles.

SA5A The Lebert Equalizer – Total Body Conditioning – Level 1 (WS)

Marc Lebert, BA, CPT

The Lebert Equalizer is fast becoming a favourite training tool with Personal Trainers and a mainstay in Group Exercise and boot Camps. In this course you will learn: how to properly use the Lebert Equalizer (body placement, weight distribution, positioning of the bars, etc.); many of the basic warm-up exercises with the Equalizer (isolation exercises, warm-up, agility drills, etc.); many of the basic compound strength training exercises with the Equalizer (push-ups, vertical rows, dips, etc.); programming design ideas and sample class formats (pairing exercises together, developing Equalizer workouts for different populations, incorporating the Equalizer into classes, Team Training, Boot Camps, etc.); many of the basic Stretches with the Equalizer; Advanced exercises and special needs.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear training gear.

SA5B The Science and Art of Low Back Health (L)

Mahmoud Zaerian, BA, CSCS

Consider that what we do now for strengthening and stabilizing the low back is doing the exact opposite to what should actually occur. Recent investigations into mechanisms of injury have revealed that many back-training practices actually replicate the loads and motions that already cause injury to parts of the low back. In this session we will take a closer look at the science and art of training for a healthy low back, with the goal to enhancing spinal stability and preventing nagging low back pain.

SA5C BodySense: Promoting Positive Body Image in Athletes, clients and other active individuals (L)

Heather Harrison, BKin, NCCP Certified, CPTN-CPT

In this session you will hear about the 10 BodySense Basics, a best practice model that nurtures positive body image in active people to prevent health-compromising behaviours, such as disordered eating and steroid use, and to aid in the development of total self-esteem. You will be given guidance to ensure that your facilitation of building self-esteem is positively and proactively adding to your client’s training experience. You can expect to be involved in activities and the creation of goals, which can be used to facilitate an increase of self-esteem in clients, thereby improving their chances of attaining greater overall health and performance measures. Body image issues, nutrition, “true sport” and stress management will each be addressed.

Sunday, July 6, 2008 Sessions

SU1A Couples Training (WS)

Graham Brown, BPHE, BA, CPT

Do you want more clients, improved client retention and variety in your training sessions? Want your clients to achieve results faster and your Personal Training business to soar? Tap into the booming market of couples training or “couple therapy.” Learn what you can do to reach this clientele. Discover new and effective interactive exercises that you can implement into pair-training sessions in such a way that you challenge your clients and make every session fun and cooperative.

SU1B The 6 Rs of a 6-Figure Trainer (L)

Jeff Boris, BPHE, CPTN-CPT.M

What does it take to generate a 6-figure income? Learn how to apply the six Rs of a service-oriented business Recruiting, Retention, Referrals, Results, Revenues and Residual Income – to create the business and lifestyle you desire. Take away instant action steps that can transform your personal training business and have you generating new profits in weeks.

SU1C Energy Skills (WO)

Adele Derkowski, CPTN-CPT

Energy Skills is a blend of Qigong, Acupressure techniques, breathing, and Yoga flow. It is designed for the 50+ age group with a low fitness level but a desire to age gracefully. Energy skills have a balance of body/mind work, where concentration is required to co-ordinate the body parts to move slowly and smoothly. Repetition builds stamina, enhances range of motion, encourages perfection, develops skill, improves confidence, and calms the mind and body.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear and a yoga mat.

SU2A Science Meets Practice: New Developments in Sports Performance (L)

David Sandler, MSc, CSCS, *D; CCS

Looking for new information to take your client to the next level? This is a “can’t miss” lecture revealing some of the most recent findings in sports research. Using high-speed cameras, thermal imagery, accelerometers, force plates, crash test dummies, and other biomedical measures, Sandler shows you how to apply detailed information generally used on elite athletes to your everyday client. See what the Pros do and learn how the Joes can do it.

SU2B Fitness Assessment: You may know where to go, but do you know how to get there? (L)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CHEK Practitioner Level 2, CHEK HLC L3

The human being is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being – a thorough assessment needs to include all 4 of these aspects. In this session you will learn a comprehensive system for assessment and goal setting to ensure your program meets your clients’ needs. The areas of testing that may require referral to another professional will also be covered. You will learn the system of TYPE1 and TYPE2 goals that will help you to determine the best course of action based on the information you collect from your client.

SU2C Strengthening the Mind-Body connection through the Chakras (WS)

Dawnelle Hawes, MEd, CPTN-CPT.M, RYT

In Yoga, the Chakra System has been described as a map for our life journey. Understanding and balancing the chakras can provide a personal road map for optimal living. In this workshop, there will be a discussion of each of the energy centres and how an excess or deficiency in a centre affects our lives. Attendees will be invited to participate in various sun salutations, each designed to focus on a particular chakra. This workshop will provide take-away information that will be useful both for clients and participants to integrate training at a mind-body level.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear and a yoga mat.

SU3A Web-based Training (L)

Joe Arko, CPT

This web-based training lecture is essential for any Trainer looking to make more money in the fitness field. This 90-minute talk will cover the use of websites for attracting more clients; retaining more clients; creating multiple revenue streams such as Online Training, Membership-Based Websites, E-Books, and Online Newsletters. You will learn not only about how to get started with web-based training, but also about some of the potential pitfalls and common mistakes people make when venturing into creating websites! If you're looking to make your business more professional, make more money while you sleep, or create multiple streams of income from your existing clients, this lecture is for you!

SU3B Putting the Puzzle Together (WS/L)

Ed McNeely, MSc, CPT, CSCS

The culminating lecture of this workshop focuses on bringing all of the concepts together by discussing methods for developing, periodizing, and initiating the final program. Since there are many choices to make just with exercise selection alone, the ability to build and implement a proper program is a daunting task. Issues that will be examined include time limitations, workout frequency, group size, and equipment availability as it relates to the components of speed and power that were discussed throughout the workshop.

SU3C The Expectation Disconnect Effect – Implications for Clients, Trainers, Managers, Policy and CECs (L)

Dr. Maureen Connolly, PhD, CSCS, CPTN-CPT

Intergenerational realities are undeniable in personal training contexts. Differences in age, stage and anticipatory set will affect the kind of expectations that clients, Trainers and managers have of each other and themselves. This session will explore issues related to the sites of disconnection across these interdependent groups and discuss strategies for prevention and intervention.

SU4A Healthy Living (L)

John Paul Catanzaro, BSc, PFLC, CK

Healthy Living incorporates an in-depth discussion on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle factors. Topics include: What is essential in our diets and what is not – get ready to be surprised!; How one of nature’s best foods can be your worst enemy; How to determine who the high- and low-carb responders are; The single most important physical factor that affects aging; Calorie-counting is ineffective and the better alternative; The “real deal” on fibre, sugar, soda, fruit juice, fruit, and milk; The 4 simple rules to healthy eating and the 6 key lifestyle factors that influence your health and fitness and ultimately, your shape; The best bottled water – another guaranteed surprise!; The key form of exercise that will give you the most “bang for your buck”; How long-term aerobic work can actually store more body fat; and much more.

SU4B Fitness Marketing (L)

Alison Wells, BA, BJ, CPTN-CPT

Are you a club owner, director, or Personal Trainer looking to increase your clientele and retain current Members? Learn simple and highly effective marketing strategies that you can implement immediately to transform your business and increase the awareness of the impact of fitness in your community. Learn how to work with local media to establish your position in the community as the fitness expert. This seminar will detail what you can do from a marketing perspective, to place, and keep, your business in the limelight.

SU4C Energetic Rehabilitation (WS)

Dr. Ken Kinakin, DC, CSCS, CPTN-CPT.M

This session will teach you how to do advanced rehabilitative techniques that impact the neurological system and motor points of the muscles to increase muscle recruitment. With any injury, muscular contraction is decreased due to damage to the muscle fibers’ and also to altered neurological firing or proprioception. Learn how to safely use energetic modalities such as lasers, multi-polar magnets and your own energy with Qigong on specific points to increase the muscular contraction by 10-50%. Energetic rehabilitation will increase strength and allow you to recover from an injury quicker, to achieve a state of optimal health and fitness.


  • WS – indicates a workshop session
  • L – indicates a lecture session
  • WS/L – indicates a combination of both Workshop and lecture session
  • WO – indicates a workout session