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CPTN Conference 2009 Session Information

Friday, May 8, 2009 Preconference Sessions

FR1A: Ageless Mobility™ (WS)

Dr. Scott Sonnon, PhD

Today, people young and old are placing undue strain on their joints and muscles through improper and vigorous workouts, and they are hurting themselves more than ever before. Although popular fitness activities have immense physical benefits, they instead may lead to arthritis, joint, and ligament tears; chronic joint pain, and muscle strains.

Ageless Mobility™ is designed as a genetically-programmed sequence of movements, lubricating each joint, one at a time, until the entire body becomes fully flushed with essential nutrition. Many people throughout their lives are literally starved for this kind of critical movement! Once each joint is well-oiled and ready to move, soft, flowing yoga movements, easily learned, begin to release the body of chains of tension. This specific process assists in preventing daily aches and pains while helping to abate the onset of shoulder bursitis, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and lower back disc herniation, hip, knee and ankle strain. Simple breathing exercises, incorporated into the program, manage stress at a biochemical level while at the same time increasing core strength and improving gastrointestinal health.

Scott Sonnon, founder of RMAX International, multiple-time USA National Team Coach and International Martial Arts Champion, has developed Ageless Mobility™ as a highly effective health and fitness program designed for people of all ages and fitness levels. Whatever your level of fitness or health, you will benefit enormously from Ageless Mobility™.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-7; Non-Member: $229.00; CAD / Member: $169.00 CAD

FR1B: CPTN Yoga Level 3: Yoga for Athletes and Personal Trainers (WS)

Caron Shepley, BPE (Honours)

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.

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

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

FR1C: Training and Nutrition for Physique and Figure Enhancement (WS)

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

We’ve all seen them-club members who train week after week, year after year, yet their only result is a smaller version of what they were the year before. Join David Sandler as he shares his knowledge of: physique assessment and body composition measurement; the biomechanics of muscle shaping; nutrition to maximize fat loss and minimize muscle loss; training for maximum muscle development; and nutrition for muscular development.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM; CECs: CPTN-7; Non-Member: $229.00; CAD / Member: $169.00 CAD

FR1D: 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

FR1E: Fighting Fit MMA-Ultimate Fighter Fitness/Conditioning (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting are the newest phenomenon to sweep North America. As coach of a competitive Boxing & Kickboxing club and a certified personal trainer, I find that 95% of the clients who come through the door of my facility are MMA/Ultimate Fighting fans who recognize the benefits of training authentically to improve overall fitness, learn proper self-defense and satisfy a passion, even if they aren’t interested in the full-contact, competitive side of the sport that occurs in the Octagon. This workshop is designed for you, the trainer, to tap into that MMA-UF market by incorporating authentic drills for cardio and strength using new and innovative tools, striking, kicking focus pad and floor bag ground work. This rigorous training program format will potentially capture clients who are MMA-Ultimate Fighting Fanatics, through a new-found passion for “training to the extreme” without actually fighting!

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-4; Non-Member: $199.00; CAD / Member: $129.00 CAD

FR1F: Advanced Training Tools (WS)

Peter Twist, MSc

Join Peter Twist to learn a progressive-performance approach to implementing advanced training tools into your client workouts and athlete practices. In this practically intensive workshop you will learn exercises and techniques designed to train resisted and overspeed movements using cutting-edge training tools that will add variety, fun and results to your training sessions. These advanced tools are no longer reserved just for the pros. Warmup, preparation exercises, and mobilizers will be taught with client-appropriate progression and regression, allowing you to easily integrate these products into your movement, strength, and balance training program.

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-3; Non-Member: $199.00; CAD / Member: $129.00 CAD

FR1G: How to Create a Periodization Plan (WS)

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

Periodization is the systematic variation of training variables with the purpose of achieving peak performance at a predetermined date. Many books have been written on the topic of periodization and various "models" (linear-, non linear, undulating, conjugated and block) have been suggested. The body of literature on periodization, however, is characterized by disagreements in terminology, bias towards certain types of sports (long vs. short competitive season), theoretical tables that are difficult to interpret into practice. In this workshop you will learn a completely flexible model of planning a long-term training cycle (16-20 weeks) that makes use of the fundamental and effective principles by which the body works.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-7; Non-Member: $229.00; CAD / Member: $169.00 CAD

Saturday, May 9, 2009 – Conference Sessions

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

SA1A Joint Mobility to Bathe the Inner (Biotensegrity) Bag (WS)

Dr. Scott Sonnon, PhD

Using Scott Sonnon’s approach to "6-Degrees-of-Freedom" (versus tri-planar) movement, you will explore how to decompress and cavitate joint capsules and periosteum. Note: This is an active session., so please bring workout gear.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

SA1B Concurrent Training: Are muscles getting mixed messages? (L)

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

Perhaps one of the longest-lasting and most interesting debates for personal trainers has been about “effective” sequencing of cardiovascular and resistance training when combining the 2 modalities into a single workout (called concurrent training). This workshop discusses the adaptations involved when strength and endurance exercises occur in the same workout session. Participants will get an overview of the physiological adaptations and the latest evidence-based research, both positive and negative, of concurrent training. Finally, the workshop concludes with practical suggestions on the suitable application of concurrent training to program design for your clients.

SA1C Who Is This Person and What Do They Want? (L)

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

Knowing your client and their motivations are key to designing a good personal training program. This lecture will cover the information-gathering and assessment process that will allow you to determine why your client has really come to see you; to assess their true motivation; to decide the type of feedback and training style that would most suit his/her personality; and to help you decide if you and your client are a good match.

10:45 AM to 12:15 PM

SA2A Kick-Box Bootcamp (WS)

Joanne O’Donnell, PTS

Designed by a Certified Competitive Kickboxing Coach and CPT, this dynamite boot-camp workout is intended to teach participants how to incorporate the use of resistance bands, equalizers, agility ladders, pylons, weave poles, steps, and kick-box techniques into their programming for running, plyometrics, and resistance training and into their obstacle courses.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

SA2B Training the Adult Athlete (L)

Peter Twist, MSc

The adult market for sport conditioning is growing at a fast rate, as aging fitness and sport enthusiasts become more in tune with the benefits of a functional approach to training. Join Peter Twist for an interactive lecture as he takes you through the Twist Sport Conditioning Paradigm for training adult athletes for their favourite sporting activities and real life. A snapshot of fitness research with respect to the aging body is followed by exercises, training guidelines, scheduling considerations, program design, and recovery requirements. Find out how Twist markets to and services their adult clientele and prepare to give your adult clients your very best.

SA2C R’s of Working with Obese Clients (L)

Dixie Douville, BA, RN, BSN

Reach, Retain and Results. These are 3 key components of developing a fitness program for an overweight and obese population. Many overweight and unconditioned clients think that exercise is “too hard” or that they have to lose weight before they can participate in an exercise program! Designing and implementing an exercise modality for this clientele includes non- to low-impact cardio, resistance training, and other appropriately modified activities. Learn how to assist your clients in understanding the weight loss potential and health benefits of a program that combines behavioural change and individual goal-setting into a successful outcome for clients.

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

SA3A Lebert Buddy System (WS)

Marc Lebert, BA, CPT

Designed as a two-participant workout, this new and unique training tool offers unlimited options for exercise and program design. Participants work together to pull, twist and push; great idea for trainers to work closely with their clients and for pairing up team or Boot Camp members. The Buddy System is very portable and inexpensive for personal training sessions, group exercise, or in-home training.

SA3B Riding the "Silver Wave" (L)

Dixie Douville, BA, RN, BSN

Although it has been estimated that between 4.3 & 5.6 billion dollars in North America would be saved annually if 10% of sedentary adults began a walking program, still more than 2/3 of older adults do not engage in regular physical activity. It is well documented that exercise can help to prevent, or at least slow down, the degenerative effects of aging. As fitness trainers, we need to understand the effects of aging and how to safely train our older clients for optimum functional capacity and quality of life. Learn to work with a growing market of older adults looking for more activity.

SA3C The Physiology of Motivation: The Missing Link in Mind-Body Fitness (L)

Jeff Boris, BPHE (Honours), CPTN-CPT.M

Beyond behaviour-modification techniques, the missing link to motivation lies within the mind-body connection. Your approach to exercise and nutrition may be de-motivating your clients without you even knowing it! Discover how science is revealing that the right balance of exercise and nutrition can cultivate the brain chemistry necessary to enhance motivation in contrast to poor nutrition and too much of the wrong exercise that may actually turn off the motivational juices!

3:15 PM to 4:45 PM

SA4A Successfully Training Groups (WS)

Graham Brown, BPHE (Honours), BA, CPT and Alison Wells, BA, BJ, CPTN-CPT

If you have ever taught fitness classes, trained a sports team, or run a boot camp, you will be aware that something different occurs in training/teaching large groups. People are falling into rolls, some work harder, some hide in the crowd, while other’ performance drops. Learn the psychology of group instruction, how to get each person to perform to his/her best ability, and how to foster greater exercise adherence. With this information you will be the instructor whose program everyone keeps coming back to.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

SA4B Adapted Aerobic Fitness for Seniors (WS)


"The life expectancy of Canadians has reached record levels. According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, a woman born in 2001 can expect to live to 82.2 years. A man’s life expectancy at birth reached 77.1 years in 2001." As fitness trainers, we need to address this growing senior group to facilitate their independence and maintain their quality of life. "Aerobic Capacity" is the key to overall physical fitness and independence. This workshop will highlight the latest research to support this important fitness component and will provide exercise techniques for a group chair-exercise class.

SA4C Boosting Metabolism with Energy Neutral Training (L)

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

Many people focus their training on burning calories to lose body fat. This lecture will provide evidence that this may not be the best use of a training session for weight loss and it may, in fact, decrease metabolism and slow fat loss while simultaneously increasing muscle mass loss. We will present a new energy-neutral concept of weight loss that is being used with many top athletes who wish to optimize their body composition while still improving performance.

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Peter Twist, MSc

Join the Twist team for a challenging full body workout that will leave your muscles pumped, your heart rate jacked, your nervous system taxed and your body SMARTER. Smart Muscle™ Training utilizing the SMART Gym focuses on integrating dynamic balance and movement with isolation and multi-joint prime mover strength. The portable SMART Gym makes exercising along the isolation-to-functional-to-sport-specific continuum possible, resulting in enhanced coordination and awareness, muscle hypertrophy, and greater caloric output. No membership required, no added fees, just a functional workout with endless exercise options using cutting edge equipment.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

SA5B Marketing Successes and Lessons (L)

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

During this session we will discuss several successfully applied strategies to help you market your skills and personal training business. We will also discuss lessons that the industry’s more notable trainers and coaches have learned through trial and error. Come and learn about how to keep your clients coming back, how to get new clients, and how to avoid the mistakes made by the current “stars” of our industry. This session is appropriate for novice and experienced trainers and coaches.

SA5C Accessibility and Personal Training: Models of Disability, Troubling Language and the AODA Customer Service Standards (L)

Susan Lee, MPE, MA, CPTN-CPT

Over 16% of persons aged 15 or older have some form of disability according to Statistics Canada (2006). Recently, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standards established directions for public and private organizations to remove barriers to accessibility. What does this mean to personal training services? What do you need to do now to comply? Learn how you can implement changes within your services to reach out to a potential clientele. Inclusive practices have the potential of enhancing your image as a professional personal training and fitness service attuned to the goals and needs of a diverse clientele.

Sunday, May 10, 2009 – Conference Sessions

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

SU1A Fitness Boxing 101 (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

This program was designed by a Certified Competitive Boxing Coach and CPT as a basic introduction to fitness boxing. It incorporates “real” boxing punches, slips, ducks and combinations, and uses focus punch pads and partner training that is intended for either group fitness or PT sessions. This workshop will introduce the participants to very basic components of the Fitness Boxing Program.

SU1B NLP based Goals for Lasting Change (L)

Marc Lebert, BA, CPT

Typically, in the month of January, many people decide to join a gym. Research shows that more than half the people joining will not “hang in” until swimsuit season. Why? Because their main goal was to join a gym; once they signed that membership they had virtually met their goal! In this session you will learn how the mind works, and how to use your mind most effectively; how to break negative habits and adapt positive ones; how to choose and change your feelings, mood and state of mind. This program is not a quick fix. Results happen only by applying this program’s material to practice, patience, and commitment.

SU1C Chair Yoga (WO)

Celeste Shirley, BKin (Honours), CPT

All the mind-body benefits of Yoga geared for those who, because of weight, inflexibility, age or disability, have difficulty getting down to the floor to exercise. Chairs can be used either for a complete class or as a tool for certain postures. Breath work and a sequence of moves will be covered.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

SU2A Compensatory Yoga to Release the Outer (Biotensegrity) Bag (WS)

Dr. Scott Sonnon, PhD

Using Scott Sonnon’s “3 Counter-point” approach to tacking down the fascial bag, you will explore how to release adhesions through non-manipulative yoga postures.

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

SU2B Periodization for Fitness (L)

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

Most textbook models of periodization assume participation in competition on behalf of the client/athlete. This lecture presents a radically different method of periodization geared toward clients who are not participating in competitions. You will also learn – by using the concept of training residuals – how a client can work toward 2 sets of goals at the same time, thus enhancing variety in the program and minimizing risk of overuse injury.

SU2C Super Seniors: Speed and Power training to prevent falls and improve performance (L)

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

Seniors are often treated as frail, fragile and unable to do higher intensity activities. This session will demonstrate how, with proper progression, speed and power drills that have traditionally been used with athletes can be used by seniors to decrease the risk and rate of falls. We will draw on our experience running the largest seniors’ program in the United States to show how even the very old are capable of far more than we often give them credit for.

1:00 AM to 2:45 PM

SU3A Pilates for the Overweight and Obese Market (WS)

Dixie Douville, BA, RN, BSN

“Long lean lines”, “Postural integrity” - these phrases are not generally in the personal frame of reference for people who are facing the need to lose 50 or more pounds in their attempts to get healthy. So how do we apply the benefits of Pilates to reach a growing population of overweight and obese individuals? Explore how Pilates can address some of the health concerns of the overweight population. Participate in this workshop and learn the marketing and coaching language; the educational and training techniques that will create an optimal environment for accessing and working with the overweight and obese markets.

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

SU3B Adaptive Fitness for Professionals (WS)


The session will help you to teach persons with disabilities the importance of ongoing physical activity, and how to design a safe and effective exercise program for this population. It will also address the issue of what to look for when they are seeking help in attaining their fitness goals.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

SU3C Misconceptions of Strength Training (L)

Paul Aspinall, BPE, MES, CPTN-CPT

A complete discussion of resistance training techniques and "functional training" based on the latest research. Learning new resistance training guidelines will challenge participants to think differently when selecting exercises and training individuals 50 years old and older. Participants will discover exercise alternatives which will help to eliminate injuries, imbalances, and poor results. Individuals will leave this lecture with the tools to enhance their resistance training and a new approach to strengthening and preserving the human body.

2:45 PM to 4:15 PM

SU4A Medicine Ball Madness (WS)

Graham Brown, BPHE (Honours), BA, CPT and Alison Wells, BA, BJ, CPTN-CPT

Got Balls?! Are your medicine balls collecting dust in the corner or being used to burn fat off your clients? Join this high energy workout to discover new, effective and creative ways to challenge you and your clients with medicine balls. This total body workout will give your clients the variety and fun they crave and the results they keep coming back to you for. Come dressed to sweat!

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

SU4B Recovery Nutrition and Nutritional Supplements (L)

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

Taking in the right nutrients at the right time is critical to getting the most out of your workouts. This lecture will discuss the role that nutrition plays in training adaptations and the recovery process. A focus will be on determining the right proportions of carbohydrates and protein pre and post workouts to create different physiological effects. There will also be a discussion of the science behind many of the popular nutritional supplements that are purported to enhance performance and improve recovery.

SU4C Body Composition Strategies (L)

John Paul Catanzaro, BSc, PFLC, CEP, CK

This lecture will examine case studies that cover areas such as diet, supplements, and training programs geared toward changes in body composition. Learn many of the trade secrets to get lean in a short period of time.

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

SU5A Fitness Kickboxing 101 (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

This program is designed as a basic introduction to fitness kickboxing. It incorporates real kickboxing punches, kicks, punch and kick combinations, and uses focus/punch pads and partner training intended for group fitness or personal trainer sessions. This workshop will introduce the participants to the basic components of the FKCI Fitness Kickboxing Program.

Note: This is an active session., so please bring your workout gear.

SU5B The Art of Profitable Partnerships (L)

Jeff Boris, BPHE (Honours), CPTN-CPT.M

The best way to predict the future of your business is to create that future! Through strategic collaborations, learn how to minimize risk but maximize potential by being in business for you not by yourself. Jeff has a proven, 20-year track record of partnering with independent trainers, health clubs and studios, fitness retail stores, spas and salons, health food stores, clients, health care practitioners, fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, print media, travel agencies, and more. Drawing on this experience, he will walk you through a successful process of creating a profitable business from the initial proposal to the implementation stages.

SU5C Applying Yoga Concepts to Personal Training: Influence of the Doshas on client motivation (WS)

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

There are five elements that make up matter (Ether, Fire, Air, Water, and Earth). In Ayurveda, these five elements combine to produce three major influences on our bodies, called Doshas. In this workshop, you will start with an understanding of your own dosha type. You will then learn how dosha type affects a client’s motivation to get healthy and to exercise. Finally, for each of the three dosha types, workshop participants will personally experience suitable poses and sequences that could be used in whole or in part in personal training programming.

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


  • WS – indicates a workshop session that consists of both lecture and practical applications
  • L – indicates a lecture session
  • WO – indicates a workout session