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CPTN Conference 2011 Session Information

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Preconference Sessions

PC1A: Crash Course in Learning the Power Clean (WS)

Dr. Trevor Cottrell, PhD and Jason MacLean, MEd, CEP, NCCP

The power clean is a common exercise applied to a strength and conditioning setting. However, it is usually executed improperly. In this session participants will learn an effective progression for teaching the power clean and will develop skills to evaluate Olympic weightlifting technique.

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Fee: $159 + HST CAD member / $219 + HST CAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-4, OKA-4, CATA-1.6, NSCA-0.4

PC1B: CPTN Yoga Level 3: Yoga for Athletes and Personal Trainers (WS)

Caron Shepley, BPE

Serious athletes understand that muscle balance and flexibility are key components to remaining injury free. Local yoga guru Caron Shepley has created Power Yoga for Athletes, a program specifically designed to increase strength, flexibility and muscle balance in athletes. This seven-hour workshop, which is geared to demonstrating how a trainer can incorporate yoga into 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, and explanations about how athletes in specific sports might benefit from this kind of yoga practice.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear training gear and bring a Yoga mat.

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Fee: $169.00 + HST CAD member / $229.00 + HST CAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-7, OKA-7, CATA-2.8, NSCA-0.7

PC1C: Introductory Kettlebell Training for General Fitness (WS)

Ken Whetham, WKC Master Trainer, NAOKC Director

This course is ideal for anyone interested in learning the fundamental principles of safe and effective kettlebell training. Ken will cover how kettlebells can enhance strength, endurance, mobility, structural integrity and more. The focus of this workshop is mastering the basics–swing, clean, snatch, squat, press, push press and more!

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Fee: $189.00 + HST CAD member / $249.00 + HST CAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-6, OKA-6, CATA-2.4, NSCA-0.6

PC1D: 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. This course will cover warm up, hand wrapping, stance, footwork, and boxing and kickboxing drills and combinations utilizing focus pads and partner training, an abs routine and cool down stretches. This workshop is designed for the ultimate in authenticity for kickboxing and fitness, ensuring a safe and efficient class or personal training session. Certification exam available at the end of the session for $49+HST (exam is offered in a take home format). Only cheques accepted.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Fee: $159.00 + HST CAD member / $219.00 + HST CAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-6, OKA-6, CATA-2.4, NSCA-0.6

PC1E: Introduction to Battling Ropes Training (WS)

John Brookfield, Professional Strongman

In this presentation battling ropes creator John Brookfield will introduce his battling ropes system and explain why it is a missing link in training today. An overview of the program will be discussed as well as how John created the system in his backyard and field tested it before introducing the training to others. You will learn which ropes to use and why, and how to correctly set up the training methods. You will participate in a hands-on session and learn how to implement the first concept of the system sustaining velocity. You will also learn special drills and how to increase the difficulty and intensity of the training with your athletes and clients, and how to set up the training to engage an entire group, team or unit with the battling ropes system.

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Fee: $159.00 + HST CAD member / $219.00 + HST CAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-4, OKA-4, CATA-2.6, NSCA-0.4

PC1F: The Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP) for Older Adults (WS)

Jeff Boris, BPHE, CPTN-CPT.M

Exercise programs can be challenging to deliver to frail, older adults. With limited mobility and health concerns many are unable or unwilling to attend exercise programs in the community due to numerous barriers. HSEP is an evidence-based exercise program for homebound older adults developed by the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging and being delivered across North America. It consists of 10 simple, yet progressive exercises designed to enhance and maintain functional fitness, mobility, balance and independence. Fee includes course manual, exercise DVD, and poster.

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Fee: $189.00 + HST CAD member / $249.00 + HST CAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-4, OKA-4, CATA-2.6, NSCA-0.4

PC1G: SpiderTech Performance: Optimizing Movement with Effective Taping (WS)

Kevin Jardine, DC

SpiderTech Performance is targeted to coaches and personal trainers interested in improving their clients’ through the use of specialized kinesiology taping techniques. In this session you will develop a better understanding of the biomechanics of squatting and overhead movements, understand how biomechanical imbalance impacts performance, learn the methods to improve mobility and performance through the use of specialized kinesiology taping techniques, and develop hands-on skills required to apply SpiderTech precut kinesiology tape applications.

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Fee: $159.00 + HST CAD member / $219.00 +HSTCAD non-member; CECs: CPTN-4, OKA-4, CATA-2.6, NSCA-0.3

Friday, June 3, 2011 Sessions

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

FR1A MMA Cardio Caveman (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Learn real MMA cardio training by incorporating agility, resistance-cardio drills and partner training techniques designed by a Certified Competitive Boxing-Kickboxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer for the ultimate in authenticity and fitness, and ensure that you can deliver a safe and efficient class or personal training session. Prepare to sweat and burn with innovative drills for cardio and endurance in a rigorous training program format. Your clients will hate you but love the results! Featuring the FKCI Bootcamp Belt System.

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

FR1B Exercise Ball Boot Camp (WS)

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

The practical seminar allows you to fully understand how the exercise ball can be used to functionally help stabilize the core musculature. Explore how the exercise ball can help correct posture, spinal mechanics and muscular neurophysiology.

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

FR1C Intro to Chain Reaction (WS)

John Brookfield, Professional Strongman

In this innovative new session, John Brookfield will introduce his chain reaction program and expose you to a unique, one-of-a- kind breakthrough training method. You may think you know how to implement chains in your training; however, you have never seen the methods John will introduce to you. Learn the push/pull power method, which will take your functional explosive power through the roof. Experience a taste of the strength endurance phase of the system that John calls the never-ending nightmare. Participate in the push/pull strength concept, which forces the entire body’s muscles to perform multiple tasks. The results of this method will build unique strength from different angles as well as give the body the ability to resist injury.

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

FR1D Power Up Your Professional Presence (L)

Susan Lee, MPE, MA, CPTN-CPT

Have you ever thought of being a presenter? Have you always wanted to be a published author? Learn how you can turn your passion into winning proposals for presentations and publications. As a professional, you have gained the credentials, experience and clientele to succeed in your role as an employee, employer or entrepreneur. Presentations at workshops and conferences can increase your credibility within the personal training and fitness field. Knowing that you are a published author may garner widespread publicity and a larger clientele. Whether you choose presentations, publications or both, this session will provide you with the need-to-know steps to power up your professional presence.

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

FR2A MMA Combat Drills and Skills (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Learn real MMA conditioning training, 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, and ensure that you can deliver a safe and efficient class or personal training session. This workshop is specifically designed for the trainer who is looking to incorporate drills and conditioning, including striking, focus pad training and ground-and-pound floor work, into a rigorous training program.

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

FR2B Olympic Lifting for Everyone (WS)

Ingrid Marcum, BBA, CSCS

Olympic lifts (snatch, clean and jerk) are widely recognized as a great way to develop power, strength, speed and athleticism. However, due to the technical nature of the lifts, they are often absent from training programs. This session will help you understand the general teaching progressions for Olympic lifts. In addition, you will learn exercises that can be used either as drills for the lifts or used alone as a simple way to start to incorporate various Olympic lifting movements.

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

FR2C Extreme Agility Training (WS)

Suzi Horton, Professional Stuntwoman, Dancer and Athlete

Suzi has been dancing from the age of 3 covering the areas of Ballet, Jazz, African and Caribbean, Latin and Street Funk. During the early 1980’s she trained alongside Canada’s National Track & Field team. In 1987 Suzi suffered a major car accident and then began 3 years of recovery and rehabilitation from this life threatening accident from which she was told she would never dance again. As a result of Suzi’s self imposed rehabilitation and drive, Suzi’s new lease on life grew to begin working for and with Canada’s top stunt coordinators and performers in movies such as The Incredible Hulk, Max Payne and Saw V. Suzi has also gone on to dance for Prince, George Clinton, The Beastie Boys and other international acclaimed performers. Suzi presently works with multiple choreographers, aerialists, dancers and athletes, teaching various movement based classes for the last 4 decades. This is work which provides vast experience in creative ways to improve conditioning, mobility and athleticism that has grace and beauty in movement, balance, posture and poise.

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

FR2D Running Form – Field, Track and Road (L)

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

This session is for everyone who coaches or participates in road running, track running or team field sports. During this session we will discuss proper running form and technique, from the linear running style of a distance runner to the non-linear style of the field team sport player. Discussions of technique will be based on current literature in addition to video analysis data table. Program design considerations will also be discussed in an effort to help coaches prevent overtraining (in athletes), with close attention paid to the concerns of endurance athletes. Come and learn how to improve your own running as well as strategies to help others.

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

FR3A Fighting-Fit Boot Camp Circuit (WS)

Joanne O’Donnell, PTS

Participants will learn how to teach an intense, cutting-edge circuit workout designed by a Certified Personal Trainer and kickboxing Coach that consists of innovative cardio drills and resistance training formatted in progressive stations that incorporate the use of agility ladders, pylons, steps, weave poles, hurdles, hoola-hoops, medicine balls and free body drills.

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

FR3B Intro to Seniors Fitness (WS)

Susan Yurincich, BBA, CPTN-CPT

For trainers who have not previously worked with seniors, this workshop will give you the fundamentals to do so. You will learn about the use of different modalities and variations on the sequence of training for both individuals and groups. The physical component will center on group instruction and keys to focus on when training this demographic. You may surprise yourself and find a passion for training this generation; working with seniors is very rewarding and they are so often appreciative of the positive changes they experience from fitness.

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

FR3C Combining Battling Ropes with Bodyweight Training (WS)

John Brookfield, Professional Strongman

In this session battling ropes creator John Brookfield will demonstrate a variety of unique ways to combine battling ropes with specialized body-weight exercises. You will learn how this phase of the battling ropes training system can be used to develop the highest levels of strength endurance, balance, core stability and the ability to perform multiple tasks. This phase of the system will push athletes to their utmost abilities and build greater mental endurance and the ability to resist fatigue while under distress. These drills will give athletes and fitness professionals a huge advantage in their chosen sports or battlefields.

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

FR3D Marketing 101 (L)

Christopher Russo, Dipl Print Journalism

In this session Susan K. Bailey Advertising will provide you with the Top 10 Tried and True Tips for Successful Marketing. Learn what works in the industry from a campaign-and-offer standpoint based on the success of the hundreds of clubs Susan K. Bailey Advertising has worked with throughout Canada and the U.S. You don’t want to miss this!

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch (not provided, please bring lunch)

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

FR4A Medicine Ball MMA Style (WS)

Staci Bland, PTS, NWS

Medicine ball training is an integral part of training for MMA athletes and has tremendous benefits in personal training and group fitness classes. Learn skills and drills that will kill the core, strengthen the lower and upper body, and increase speed, power, endurance and flexibility. Medicine balls will help you train the entire body like a champion, and are a unique addition to your current routine or can be used as an entirely new training format.

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

FR4B Joint Mobility Training (WS)

Ken Whetham, WKC Master Trainer, NAOKC Director

This could be the missing element in your program! Ken’s joint mobility system will prepare your body for exercise, prevent injury and improve performance through increased range of motion. The body is a kinetic chain and you need to ensure you have complete range of motion; otherwise, movement limitations can affect your success in sport and in life.

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

FR4C Practical Applications of Battling Ropes (WS)

Ingrid Marcum, BBA, CSCS

Learn to incorporate the various elements of the battling ropes training system into your training programs for any group or client, whether you train athletes, general or special populations. We will discuss the unique benefits of the battling ropes training system as it compares to other training tools.

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

FR4D Functional Training of the Rotator Cuff with the “Shoulder-ciser” (L)

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

This theoretical and practical seminar provides a full understanding of the role of the rotator cuff in proper shoulder dynamics. We will look at these muscles in regards to their action and function within the shoulder, and experience practically how these muscles can be functionally strengthened with the use of the Shoulder-ciser, a device that is completely portable and can be used with a wide range of individuals, from the non-disabled to individuals who use a wheelchair.

2:45 PM to 4:30 PM

FR5A Ultimate Strength & Conditioning (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, PTS

Prepare to have your usual strength conditioning routine rocked. Designed by a Certified Competitive Kickboxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, this workshop will introduce you to the Ultimate Conditioning Bag™ as you push your body through rapid-fire strength exercises that pump the muscles and keep the heart rate elevated during intense interval training. Experience the ultimate partner training with the newest FKCI training development: the “On The Ropes” Strength Training System™. This workshop is designed for group, class or personal training sessions in a kick-butt format.

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

FR5B Strongman Training for Athletic Performance and Physical Fitness (WS)

Jordan Foley, BA, BEd, CSCS

The lecture section of this presentation will outline how to properly implement strongman training into your current programming. This will include technical points, volume and intensity considerations, coaching cues, common mistakes and example workouts. The workshop section will expand on the lecture material by allowing participants to do a sample workout with built-in instruction. A question and answer period will follow the workshop section to help you understand the material and implement it as soon as possible.

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

FR5C Hockey Skating Mechanics: The Link from the Ice to the Gym (L)

Warren Haesler, BSc, CSCS, PTS

Learn the fundamental mechanics in the hockey stride. Understand how to assess and recognize skating deficiencies in your athletes. Develop an effective list of corrective exercises for use in the gym. Build a program that will focus on increasing stability and mobility in the body that is specific to individual athletes’ needs. Every athlete is different and so should be the programs he or she follows. Let’s move away from cookie cutter programs and build biomechanical specificity from the ground up.

2:45 PM to 5:30 PM (3hr Session)

FR5D Technique and Training Linear Speed (WS)

Vic Phyllis, BPE, BEd

Linear speed is the basis for sport. From linear speed we develop what many call athletic quickness or functional speed, which is apparent in the agility an athlete demonstrates in competition. Linear speed gets the athlete from A to B. In this workshop we will look at the technique that optimizes linear speed and how to develop that form. We will also experience a workout that will address speed, form and some specific strength work designed to help the athlete become “faster,” as we often phrase it.

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

4:15 PM to 5:30 PM

FR6A Yoga-MMA Fusion (WS)

Barb Ferguson, PTS, FIS

This class is a combination of yoga, Pilates, body-weight resistance training and core work. Although Yoga – MMA Fusion is a multidimensional class that focuses on muscle lengthening and strengthening as well as balance work, it goes beyond your typical yoga class. Proper breathing techniques and mental focus will help build stamina and body awareness. This class is a unique way to challenge your flexibility and balance.

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

FR6B Group Conditioning with Athletes from a Wide Variety of Sports (WS)

Rodney Wilson, BPHE, BA

This session will take you through the design and implementation of group conditioning workouts for male and female athletes across a continuum of sports, including football, soccer, basketball, rugby, rowing, volleyball and lacrosse. Training tools will include BOSU balls, medicine balls, agility ladders and cone-based drills. Exercise selection will focus on speed development, agility training, ground-based power exercises and prevention of common injuries.

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

FR6C Show Me the Money – Getting Your Business Launched! (L)

Andre Leitert, BA

This lecture will focus on selling your business idea and the various financing options available to start your business. It will review the pros and cons of the options that exist, along with tax and business operating implications. Participants will leave with the knowledge of various private and government programs available and will feel comfortable with the options available to find growth financing for an existing business or financing for a new business.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 – Conference Sessions

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SA1A Double Effectiveness of Bodyweight Training (WS)

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

In this advanced workshop you will learn bodyweight combination exercises that combine balance-dominant exercises, power-dominant exercises and strength-dominant exercises, combination exercises that utilize the floor, a wall, a door frame and friction, and exercises covering squatting, bending, lunging, pushing, core, hamstrings/glutes and grip. You will also learn how to “tune up” body exercises by integrating muscle control, co-contraction, perturbations, partner-resisted exercises and tempo contrasts You will also gain knowledge about how to put these exercises into a long-term plan by applying the principles of periodization to bodyweight exercises.

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

SA1B Sales for the Trainer Who Likes Helping People but Dislikes Selling (L)

Jeff Boris, BPHE, CPTN-CPT.M

You didn’t get into fitness for the love of sales. In fact, many trainers have limiting beliefs about sales and find selling the least enjoyable and most challenging aspect of their business. There are three types of trainers: those who like to sell, those who are uncomfortable with it but manage, and those who don’t like selling at all. Do you really want to help more people and experience the success you're capable of? No matter where you're at in your business, this session will help develop the comfort, confidence and competence needed with sales to grow your business to the next level.

SA1C A Critical Analysis into the Use and Effectiveness of Nitric Oxide and Related “Hybrid” Supplements (L)

Dr. Trevor Cottrell, PhD

In a continual quest to maintain elevated profits, supplement manufacturers are more commonly turning to “hybrid” supplements as a means of increasing sales. The hybrid approach involves the combination of ingredients into “proprietary blends,” and an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to ingredient lists. One popular class of these supplements are the new Nitric Oxide blends, which claim to increase exercise capacity and muscle growth through the manipulation of blood flow to the muscle. Learn the science and pseudoscience behind these supplements, and while you are at it, the mechanism by which Viagra can “pump” you up as well.

SA1D The Complex Role of the University Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Canadian Universities (L)

Adam Douglas, BPE, BA, CSCS, Steve Lidstone, BKin, CSCS, CAT(C), NCCP and Rodney Wilson, BPHE, BA

The Canadian collegiate strength and conditioning world has lagged behind that of the United States for a number of years. There are currently five universities in Ontario that employ a full-time Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach. This is a growing trend, with some schools likely to add an S&C Coach in the near future. This lecture will include material from three speakers. They will talk about successes and challenges of working at their respective institutions (McMaster University, York University and Queen’s University). Topics will include facilities, nutrition, programming and implementation.

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

SA2A Split Style Snatches and Cleans: Their Value and Methods of Performance (WS)

Larry Shepard, BA, BEd

Prior to the 1960s, all Olympic lifters performed the snatch and clean in the split style. Today, the movements are rarely seen on the weightlifting platform and are seldom taught to athletes. Some modern strength coaches have recognized the benefit of employing these lifts and associated exercises to increase hip mobility and foot and hand speed, but there are few experts around to demonstrate or teach the proper techniques. Learn about the application of these “old” lifts to the training of sprinters, throwers, volleyball players and more. You can learn about how to do these quick movements to add a little fun to a strength training routine.

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

SA2B Post-Activations Potentiation and Complex Training (L)

Dr. Trevor Cottrell, PhD

Performance coaches are well aware of the benefits of a well-structured dynamic warm-up on performance. Most warm-up activities are submaximal in nature and serve to generally prepare an athlete for their sport. One warm-up technique that has recently gained research support, however, is the use of maximal training loads to prepare an athlete for a high performance event such as sprinting or jumping. Performance benefits from this type of warm-up are due to what has been termed “post-activation potentiation.” Some have taken this technique and used it to train athletes for higher power output, with this process being termed “complex training.” In this session you will explore the scientific basis for this form of training and practical methods for applying it as part of a training or testing protocol.

SA2C Extreme Agility Training (L)

Suzi Horton, Professional Stuntwoman, Dancer and Athlete

Participants will learn flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness tools used and explored to increase conditioning abilities and allow total freedom of mobility of your client.

SA2D How to Breathe for Improved Health, Muscle Mass, Strength or Endurance (WS)

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

Breathing is automatic and is often taken for granted and neglected. But the way we breathe is one of the most powerful regulators of our bodily functions, and you can greatly enhance your clients’ benefit from an already existing training program by learning optimal breathing skills. This session teaches breathing by drawing upon ancient wisdom from Taoist traditions and Qigong as well as modern science and empirical experience.

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

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

SA3A Enhancing Movement from the Centre to the Levers (WS)

Steve Lidstone, BKin, CSCS, CAT(C), NCCP

Torso training for movement enhancement is a systematic, progressive approach that requires a strong foundation of exercise progression. In order to train the torso a health care practitioner must first understand its function, strengths and limitations. In this workshop you will learn how the torso encompasses shoulders to hips/knees and everything in between, torso stability progressions (anti-rotation, anti-extension and anti-rotation), shoulder and hip periphery stability training, and torso strength and power progressions.

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

SA3B Performance Stability (L)

John Gray, MSc, CSCS, NCCP

Current musculoskeletal screening programs do not predict or prevent reinjury in sport. Performance stability is currently used by many elite athletes across Europe and the U.S. Learn to identify weak links and movement control problems that often lead to pain, and understand the “core stability” controversy that is limiting your clients’ progress. This lecture will help you understand the components of a tailored program that are required to optimize performance stability in all your clients!

SA3C Unique Communication Skills for a Successful Chair Exercise Program (L)


Teaching chair exercise is not as easy as it looks! You must consider your clients’ needs, accommodation requirements and program delivery. Successful program delivery for chair exercise relies heavily on effective communication skills, including body language, eye contact, verbal cues, voice volume, audio cues, touching cues and location. The components to successful communication allow for the three Ps to exist in a chair exercise class: pleasure, protection and permission. Learn unique communication skills to lead a successful chair program.

SA3D Energy Skills (WS)

Adele Derkowski, CPTN-CPT

Experience 10 exercises consisting of a blend of Qigong, acupressure, breathing and yogaflow. Great for the 50+ age group with a low fitness level and a desire to age gracefully.

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

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Lunch and Keynote Panel

Join the CPTN team, fellow trainers and conference presenters for a hot lunch (complimentary with your registration) and a panel presentation from our team of experts.

Panel Presentation: Fitness Trends and Business Strategies

Moderator: Susan Lee, MPE, MA, CPTN-CPT

Join veterans of the fitness field and learn about fitness trends and how you can leverage your talents to expand your business. What are the trends? How do you plan to service these trends? What are your best business practices for personal trainers and fitness professionals? Following the panel presentation, you will also have the opportunity to participate in an open-mike Q & A session.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

SA4A Medicine Ball Training for Power, Endurance, Agility and Injury Prevention (WS)

Rodney Wilson, BPHE, BA

This session will show you how to effectively factor medicine ball training into weight room programs, group training sessions and testing for sports, including football, volleyball, soccer, rugby, rowing, basketball and hockey.

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

SA4B Undereating and the Active Female: Recognizing, Understanding, and Managing the Female Athlete Triad (L)

Jennifer Sygo, MSc, RD

Female athletes who chronically consume less energy (fewer calories) than they expend put themselves at risk of menstrual disruption, bone loss and compromised athletic performance. Emerging evidence also suggests that body composition, sleep quality and even cardiac risk factors can be negatively affected by long-term undereating. Despite these risks, many active women do not realize that they are in an energy deficit, believing instead that cutting calories will improve body composition and performance. This session will outline the evidence surrounding this “female athlete triad” (energy deficit, bone loss and menstrual disruption), as well as the role trainers can play in prevention, assessment and treatment.

SA4C The Business of Personal Training – Client Retention (L)

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

The focus of this session is how to improve the service you provide while being mindful of client retention. We will discuss the hard and soft skills necessary in personal training to start, continue and improve your business. Consideration will also be given to the ways you can promote your brand by focusing on inexpensive methods of marketing. Sheldon will share the steps he and his business partner have taken and the techniques they have used to maintain the same clients for 15–20 years.

SA4D The Competitive Edge Strength and Conditioning Camps Based On the LTAD Model (L)

Steve Lidstone, BKin, CSCS, CAT(C), NCCP

The Competitive Edge is a strength and conditioning camp created and run by Strength and Conditioning staff at McMaster University. This camp is designed to promote the foundations of strength and conditioning to young athletes who wish to develop a broad base of athletic skills, and is based on concepts from Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD).

3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

SA5A Training for Speed, Agility and Quickness in Small Spaces (WS)

Adam Douglas, BPE, BA, CSCS

Many people train speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) by solely performing a variety of cone drills on a field or court. SAQ training has progressed further and programs now need to include elements of acceleration/deceleration, change of direction mechanics and lateral speed. This workshop will show you how to train these elements in a small space so you can add these drills to your toolbox without needing access to a field or gym.

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

SA5B The Return of Myths and Misconceptions of Fitness (L)

Trevor Cottrell, PhD

Back by popular demand, Dr. Cottrell will continue to explore those urban legends that haunt the fitness industry. Lifting weights stunts kids’ growth. Machines are safer than free weights. Hormones direct fat deposition. Core stability is developed on a ball. Truth or fiction? This discussion will explore some common myths and misconceptions and will put the misinformation to rest.

SA5C Development of a Training Plan for the High School Level Athlete (L)

Marcello Campanaro, BPE, BEd, CSCS

This session will focus on developing training programs for the high school-level athlete. Topics include the uniqueness of this level of athlete, the needs that should be considered for these athletes, how to develop an athlete’s profile in order to develop a training plan, and managing the high school athlete’s commitments and integrating them into the training plan. Training for the multi-sport high school-level athlete will also be discussed.

SA5D Meridian Stretches (WS)

Adele Derkowski, CPTN-CPT

Meridians represent the energy flow of the organs passing throughout the body and limbs. Stiffness means energy is blocked in an area/meridian. Meridian stretches use breath, movement and mindfulness to push and pull energy through the body to create flowing energy.

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


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