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CPTN Conference 2010 Session Information

Friday, May 14, 2010 Preconference Sessions

FR1A: Building the Ultimate Back – From Rehab to Performance (WS)

Stuart McGill, PhD

Join internationally renowned expert, Stuart McGill, for an 9-hour day of lecture and practical workshop application of cutting edge information from his newest book release, Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance. During the day Stuart will focus on four specific areas:

  1. Building the foundation: Dispel the myths about how the spine works and becomes injured. Anatomical, biomechanical and motor control perspectives are provided to set up the clinical and exercise approaches.
  2. Interpreting client presentation: Understand aberrant motion and motor patterns and possibilities for corrective exercise. Provocative tests and their mechanical basis provide guidance for optimal exercise design.
  3. Rehabilitation Exercise: Biomechanics and Clinical Practices – Many exercises prescribed to low back patients have not been subjected to scientific examination. This component of the course attempts to quantify and rank exercises for their spine loading, muscle usage and stabilizing potential. Algorithms for choosing the best exercise approach for each individual are provided.
  4. Training for performance – Training the back for performance (either athletic or occupational) requires different approaches and objectives than training to fulfill rehabilitation objectives. Some of the techniques developed in our work with world class athletes will be introduced and discussed within the context of valid mechanisms and evidence. These include the progressions from establishing motor control patterns, through to stability, endurance, strength, power and agility. A lot of myths are addressed in this section. The challenge is to train for maximum results but minimal risk of injury.

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-8; Non-Member: $249.00; CAD / Member: $189.00 CAD

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

Caron Shepley, BPE

Serious athlete understand 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 specifically designed for increasing strength, flexibility, and muscle balance in athletes. Caron's yoga classes are endorsed both by Canadian Olympian and World Cup Champion, Attila Buday and by Pan-American and National Team Triathlete, Sean Bechtel.

This 7-hour workshop, which is geared to demonstrating how a trainer can incorporate yoga into client's 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; and explanations about how 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-7; Non-Member: $229.00; CAD / Member: $169.00 CAD

FR1C: How to Create a Periodization Plan (WS)

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

Periodization is the systematic use of training variables with the purpose of achieving peak performance by 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 proposed. The body of literature on periodization, however, is burdened 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 through which the body performs. Topics covered include: The essential features of an efficient periodization model, definition of 7 different 1–week training templates – the building blocks of a long-term training plan and the use of 1–week training blocks in the creation of a training program.

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

FR1D: Vegan Sports Nutrition: How to Boost Athletic Performance on a Plant-based Diet (WS)

Brendan Brazier, Professional Ironman Triathlete

Based on Brendan's proven method, learn how to successfully transition to a plant-based diet that will significantly boost athletic performance. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of a plant-based diet and ensure all nutritional needs are met.

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

FR1E: Fitness Kickboxing Level 1 Instructor Course (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Learn "Real" Boxing/Kickboxing punch and kick techniques as well as actual combinations designed by a Certified Competitive Boxing/Kickboxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. From the warm up, hand wrapping, stance, footwork, boxing & kickboxing drills and combinations utilizing focus pads and partner training, abs routine and cool down stretches. This workshop is designed for the ultimate in authenticity to kickboxing and fitness ensuring a safe and efficient class or personal training session.

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

FR1F: Kettlebell Skills and Drills (WS)

Steve Cotter, BSc, IKFF, CSCS

Join Steve Cotter, President of the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation and Creator of the Encyclopedia of Kettlebell Lifting DVD Series, as he provides the foundation of kettlebell skills from the ground up. Train with Steve and learn the basic full body lifts from a Master of Kettlebell training. Learn how to use your stance to generate power; to direct your force from the ground, through your midsection, to your hands; and to coordinate the entire body so that your movements are rhythmic, crisp and powerful.

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM; CECs: CPTN-3; Non-Member: $219.00; CAD / Member: $159.00 CAD

FR1G: Ultimate Fighting Fit Bootcamp (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Designed by a Certified Competitive Kickboxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, participants will learn how to teach a dynamite Bootcamp workout that consists of innovative cardio drills; resistance training with ropes & heavy bags; an obstacle course that incorporates the use of: agility ladders, pylons, weave poles & ropes, medicine ball drills and Boxing, kickboxing and MMA pad work techniques. Special added bonus, introducing the newest FKCI training development; “On The Ropes” Strength Training System™

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM; CECs: CPTN-3, CFP-2; Non-Member: $229.00; CAD / Member: $129.00 CAD

Saturday, May 15, 2010 – Conference Sessions

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SA1A Building Strength in Numbers (WS)

Marc Lebert, BA, CPT

Designed for partner work, this workshop maximizes bodyweight training exercises, core strength training moves with the Equalizer plus flowing, dynamic and unique exercises using the new "Buddy System". Two people (trainer and client, coach and athlete or just buddies) work together and create dynamic and variable resistance with hundreds of exercises in unlimited planes. Bring a friend this session's exercises are performed in tandem!

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

SA1B Nutrition in the 21st Century (L)

Cheryl Millett, MSc

Our food and living environment are not the same as one hundred years ago. People need to think differently about how and what we need to do in order to maintain a healthy and optimally performing body. We are all athletes at the end of the day. This presentation uses knowledge of the past, causes of disease, new discoveries of the present, and the importance of supplementation, to educate and empower you to make healthy changes. The body is a miracle and everyone deserves to experience a life of healthy possibilities.

SA1C Financial Fitness (L)

Jennifer Black, BSEd, FMA, CSA, CFP, FCSI and Janet Baccarani BSc, MBA, CA, FMA, CSA, CFP

Whether you're an employee, self-employed, or a business owner who employs others, your financial fitness is a big part of your overall "fiscal" well-being. To develop overall financial fitness, you need to work on the core elements that are most important, cross-train for endurance, and fine-tune the details so that the end result is right for you. It's important to understand what you can do to give your financial plan the strength, balance and confidence needed for the long run. Learn what you can do to boost your financial portfolio and discover strategies to minimize the taxes you pay. Find out how to protect your business, your personnel and yourself and relieve any feelings of risk and uncertainty. This session can provide ideas for a fitness routine to build your personal or business finances and achieve peace of mind.

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

SA2A Qi Gong (WS)

Steve Cotter, CSCS, AKC

Qi is a Chinese term that translates as breath or energy and Gong means work or skillful activity. Therefore, qi gong refers to the practice of breathing skill or energy mastery. Steve will discuss how "energetics" is the missing link in most people's training and thus could be the key to enhanced recovery, increased energy and reversing the effects of aging.

SA2B A 3-Step Nutritional Approach for Weight Loss Resistance (L)

Natasha Turner, ND

The objective of this lecture is to enhance your basic understanding of the relationship between our nutritional habits (i.e. the foods we choose, and how much, how often and in which combinations) and the hormonal response. You will learn how to recognize the subtle signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance – those imbalances that cause weight gain, interference with fat loss, and poor appetite control. You will come away with the perfect nutrition prescription to treat and improve all forms of hormonal imbalance: obesity, inflammation, estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, low serotonin (depression / anxiety), menopause, hypothyroidism, and more.

SA2C Workplace Workouts (L/WS)

Dixie Douville, BA, RN, BSN

Early mornings, long commutes and entertaining customers. The routine of a busy work day leaves little time for extracurricular activities. That is why the number one reason that corporate workers cite for not engaging in a regular exercise routine is lack of time. Learn how to infuse healthy habits into the lives of your busy clients. Whether you have an on-site corporate fitness centre or need more creative ways to fit fitness into your life, come learn the tips for success for wellness in the workplace.

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

SA3A Ultimate Circuit Training (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Participants will learn how to teach an ultimately intense cutting edge workout designed by a Certified Personal Trainer that consists of innovative cardio drills, resistance training with ropes, an obstacle course that incorporates the use of, agility ladders, pylons, weave poles, hurdles, ropes and medicine ball drills. Special added bonus, introducing the newest FKCI training development; “On The Ropes” Strength Training System™

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

SA3B Understanding and Mastering Movement Screens – Part 1 (L)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CHEK Practitioner Level 2, CHEK HLC L3, CPTN-CPT

Currently “Functional Movement Screens"™ and “Primal Pattern Assessments"™ are widely used assessment tools among coaches, trainers and therapists. Because of strong marketing tactics, these tools are receiving a lot of attention. However, looking for "quality of movement" is something coaches have done for ages. This lecture focuses on the essence of looking for "quality of movement" with the purpose of educating the participant to create their own screens, assess any kind of movement and effectively use the information in creating better training programs.

SA3C Fitness Myths and Misconceptions (L)

Trevor Cottrell, PhD

Lifting weights stunts kid's growth. Machines are safer than free weights. High reps build definition. Low fat diets get you cut. Lifting weights limits flexibility. Static stretching prevents injury. Are these urban legends? This discussion will explore some common myths and misconceptions of fitness and put the misinformation to rest.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Lunch and Keynote Address on Trainers and Professional Responsibility

Steve Cotter, CSCS, AKC

Join the CPTN Team, fellow trainers and conference presenters for a hot lunch (complimentary with your registration) on the Saturday of the conference weekend. Listen to and share in Steve Cotter's vision of the professional responsibilities for trainers and the concept of being mindful service providers--to focus on service and to be mindful that it is a service and not a job; that we hold a position of great importance in a modern world that is increasingly less mobile.

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

SA4A Fitness Boxing (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Enjoy a program 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 very basic components of the Fitness Boxing Program to participants.

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

SA4B Using Research as a Decision Making Tool (L)

Trevor Cottrell, PhD

How do you decide what supplement to buy? Which training protocol is best? The information age has increased the volume of information and misinformation flowing through the fitness industry. Research can sometimes help guide you through this information jungle. Some web-based researching strategies will be discussed using scenarios that every personal trainer can relate to.

SA4C If Your Cells Could Talk (L)

Jeff Boris, BPHE, CPTN-CPT.M

Health and performance begins at the cellular level – the smallest functional unit of life. DYS-FUNCTION at this level is at the root cause of DIS-EASE and DIS-ORDER. Exercise triggers multiple metabolic changes to bring about positive chronic adaptations. However, little is known about the systemic changes taking place at the cellular level. By exploring the secret lives of cells, discover how nutrigenomics, the new science of how nutrition alters gene expression, the natural process of cell regeneration, and cellular energetics is controlling the outcome of your client's exercise and nutrition programs.

3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

SA5A Bodyweight Movements (WS)

Steve Cotter, CSCS, AKC

Utilizing nothing but your own bodyweight, Steve will lead you through exercises that develop all the physical attributes – strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination etc. The principles and drills taught in this course will be applicable to the beginning, intermediate or advanced fitness practitioner. In addition, Steve's "Animal-Based Exercises" are very unique and incredibly effective. You wont’ get this information anywhere else!

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

SA5B Personal Training Clients with Disabilities: Readiness to Engage in Equitable Professional Practice (L)

Maureen Connolly, PhD, CSCS, CPTN-CPT

Personal Trainers will increasingly be engaging clients with disabilities, health-related conditions and other contingencies associated with aging and typically occurring bodily wear and tear. Since most of these clients will fall inside a personal trainer's scope of practice, it is our professional responsibility to be prepared -- in terms of exercise modifications, interpersonal skills, needs assessment protocols and professional attitudes-- to work effectively and respectfully with this client base. Embodied contingency is the most fluid category of existence there is…are you ready? This session will provide an overview of scope of practice implications and will begin a discussion of guidelines for improved personal trainer readiness and continuing education.

SA5C Functional Muscle Neurokinetics: The Missing Element in Training Protocols (L)

Allan Oolo Austin, DO, DC, NMD, CCSP, CCRD, PhD

Learn about neurologically-based testing methods which trainers can use to accurately assess and correct muscular-strength/length-pull imbalances for prevention of training injuries and enhancement of exercise program outcomes. For the first time in history, personal trainers will now have the ability to conduct regional and global neurokinetic mapping assessments which will enable them to tailor-make training programs according to their assessment findings. This leading-edge technology will finally bridge the gap between trainers/coaches and sports doctors/therapists, enabling trainers/coaches to clearly communicate with specialized health-care professionals.

4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

SA6A Functional Applied Speed Training (FAST) (WS)

Larry Jusdanis, BPHEd, CPTN-CPT

The purpose of the FAST protocol is to better educate fitness professionals, enabling them to enhance sports performance in their athletes in the shortest amount of time. Unlike your typical speed and agility program, the FAST protocol is a thorough program that provides the following topics in developing athletes: assessment for speed, Strength training for speed, alternative exercises for speed; proper body composition, muscular imbalances and correction for speed and use of over and resistance methods. With a growing population of sports performance coaches, the FAST protocol will inform all of alternative methods for speed enhancement.

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

SA6B I’m Certified, Now What? – Setting Up a PT Business (L)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

The workshop will touch upon the initial points to consider when starting a professional Personal Training business. It will include discussion on preparing a business plan, Registering a business, GST & PST implications and requirements, Marketing Plan & research, Ways to Promote your business, Advertising, Pricing your Service, Developing Brochures, Web sites, Equipment needs, Legal Issues & Insurance, Leases, Self-Employment Expenses & Bookkeeping.

SA6C Moving and Aging (L)

Dixie Douville, RN, BSN

Although most people associate aging with a decline in physical performance, it does not mean it is time to pull up the rocking chair for retirement. Adults are increasingly becoming more active in their later years and with some creativity, you can provide a safe, effective and challenging workout for your "senior" clients. It is never too late to move the human body. In this session you will learn the benefits of various types of exercise, perform/observe and coach modification techniques and map out 3 workout routines that will provide cardiovascular, strength, balance and flexibility components appropriate for the aging client.

Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Conference Sessions

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

SU1A Understanding and Mastering Movement Screens – Part 2 (WS)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CHEK Practitioner Level 2, CHEK HLC L3, CPTN-CPT

Currently "Functional Movement Screens" ™ and "Primal Pattern Assessments" ™ are widely used assessment tools among coaches, trainers and therapists. Because of strong marketing tactics these tools are receiving a lot of attention. However, looking for “quality of movement” is something coaches have done for ages. This workshop focuses on the essence of looking for "quality of movement" with the purpose of educating the participant to create their own screens, assess any kind of movement and effectively use the information in creating better training programs.

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

SU1B Working IT Out: Nutritional Advice on Eating Disorders (L)

Cheryl Millett, MSc

An eating disorder may or may not be noticeable and for some it can be prevented. Gain knowledge in the areas of coaching and nutrition regarding eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa) starting with the effects that binging and starvation have on health. Via education, trainers will gain knowledge in this area that will better enable them to direct clients to the right resource for guidance, guidance that can make a difference to those with a disorder or those that are heading down that path. As a fitness professional, come out to learn this area in more detail to assist clients to be healthy and well.

SU1C Urban Poling (WO)

Evelyn and Paul Charters, BPE, BEd

Over 25 years of research shows that walking poles boost the benefits of ordinary walking. Adding walking poles lets you tone your core & upper body, increase the intensity of walking, take stress off your knees and hips, burn more calories, enjoy the out of doors. Why attend? If you don’t know the technique, you won’t get the benefits! Walking poles are for all ages and fitness levels!

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

10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

SU2A Fighting Fit – MMA Fitness (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and Ultimate Fighting is the newest phenomenon to sweep North America. Learn “real” MMA striking techniques, combinations and floor bag-work designed by a Certified Competitive Boxing-Kickboxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer for the ultimate in authenticity and fitness, ensuring a safe and efficient class or personal training session. This workshop is specifically designed for you, the trainer, to tap that market by incorporating authentic MMA-UF drills for cardio, strength, striking, kicking and ground work into a rigorous training program format.

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

SU2B Stability, Instability, Functional or Traditional? When is Best? When is it Useful (L)

Steve Bodanis, BA, CPTN-CPT

These buzz words are key aspects in the fitness and strength training industry. There continues to be confusion surrounding them and how they directly apply to individuals to optimize results. Whether you are training athletes or the general population – learn how and when to use each training modality to get the desired results on your clients. Learn how to design effective programs as well as several new exercises to add to your training "tool box."

SU2C Practical Exercises for the Obese Client (L)

Dixie Douville, RN, BSN

Many foundation exercises can be challenging for your overweight clients. It may not be because they are completely deconditioned, but because we, as trainers, frequently fail to create realistic and practical programs that will engage and give confidence to the clients who carry excess weight. This workshop will provide information and movement instruction that you can put into practice immediately with those overweight clients interested in improving their health through exercise.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

SU3A How the Soft Art of "Mindful Movement" Can Beef Up Your Business (WS)

Evelyn and Paul Charters, BPE, BEd

Learn how the Body Control Pilates program can enhance your career as a movement educator. Designed for personal trainers, this experiential workshop will teach you techniques from our uniquely therapeutic Pilates methodology. Learn how to help your clients go beyond the mere mechanics of an exercise. Help them discover and feel, through your new-found guidance, the subtle movements within each exercise that will help them truly connect to their own bodies.

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

SU3B Transformational Power of the 3-Day Food Record (WS)

Jeff Boris, BPHE, CPTN-CPT.M

The key to improving your client's diet is NOT to change what they eat, but change what they want to eat! The 3-Day Food Record is a simple and highly effective, but underutilized, tool for creating positive change. When it comes to nutrition there is agreement that a) people already know what to do, but don’t do what they know, and b) there is no replacement for the foundation of a healthy balanced diet. From novice to advanced, this workshop takes you through a practical use of the 3-Day Food Record (come prepared with your own or a client's) with plenty of new food for thought!

SU3C Flexing Mental Muscle (L)

Marc Lebert, BA, CPT

In January many decide to join a gym. But research shows that more than half the people will not make it to swimsuit season. Why? Because their goal was to join a gym, and once they signed up- they have met their goal! This lecture covers basic psychological programming to discover how the mind works and how to use it most effectively. You will learn how to choose your feelings and state of mind, easily break negative habits and adapt positive ones.

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

SU4A Stretching to Improve Performance, Power and Possibility (WS)

Ann Green, MS

Learn to maximize flexibility with stretching sequences to free tension in the hips, hamstrings and lumbar spine. With all the sports, strength training and running our clients do the most overlooked component to their program is stretching. You will learn the relationship of muscles important for hip and back function and come out with a practical stretching routine utilizing the new Lebert Stretch Strap that will enhance your clients functional performance, keep them free from injury and give you the tools needed for the next wave of success in your business.

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

SU4B Squats and the Functional Integrity of the Knee (L)

Trevor Cottrell, PhD

Are squats bad for the knees? This session will examine the myths and misconceptions surrounding this controversial exercise and will provide an overview of coaching techniques for teaching how to squat safely and effectively.

SU4C Physical Activity, Diabetes and Brain Health (L)


In Canada and the United States adults under the age of 50 years have experienced the greatest rise in diabetes, with almost double the prevalence rate in the past decade. The long-term complications of Diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, and dementia. Diabetes is progressive and can accelerate aging if it is not controlled by positive lifestyle changes. This workshop will focus on the latest research in the Physical Activity component of the Diabetes and Brain Health Program. A self-management approach to incorporating physical activity to lead a healthier lifestyle for people with diabetes will be emphasized.


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