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CPTN Conference 2013 Session Information

Thursday, May 30, 2013 Preconference 1 Sessions

PC1A: Fascial Fitness – (SOLD OUT)

Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains

Fascia is the missing element in fitness training. After many years of being the “Cinderella” of body tissues, new research into the fascinating role of our body’s sinews has revealed new strategies for building our “fascial body” to balance the strength and tone we are bringing to the muscular tissues in training.

This 1-Day course, designed for the personal trainer, fitness coach, Pilates, yoga or martial arts instructor, brings together a rich diversity of new images of fascial dissections and research findings to understand the surprising and integrative role of fascia in force transmission, injury and repair. The day will include demonstrations and practical applications shown to produce maximum strength and resilience and to prevent injury (most injuries are connective tissue injuries).

See and feel the various layers and types of fascial tissue and understand how ‘sensori-motor-amnesia’ can rob us of our full potential, and how all the fascial tissues ‘hang together’ to make total body movement.

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM / Fee: $195 + HST member; $245 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-8, CATA-3.2, NSCA-0.8

PC1B: Food Addiction: Why It Should Matter to You (L) - CANCELLED

Dr. Vera Taraman, MD, MSc, FCFP, CASAM, ABAM

Do you wonder why clients following your workout routine still don’t lose weight? Have you suggested a healthy diet that your clients are determined to follow only to find that they keep slipping back into eating junk food? This workshop will help you understand why food provides the comfort that it does and why particular foods provide so much comfort that they are as compelling, indeed as addictive, as drugs.

By May of 2003, Mike had slowly added 85 lbs of bodyfat to his 5ft 9in, 160lbs frame. It took eight years, but for him, being 245lbs was the final straw. After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, he embarked on a journey that led him to realize that he was addicted to food, and had to treat his recovery the same way an alcoholic did. The only answer for him was complete abstinence from addictive substances: certain foods that, once eaten, he could not seem to control. Today he enjoys a life free from the craving for fattening foods, and – as a personal trainer – his mission is to pass along what he has learned to others who have trouble losing weight and keeping it off.

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM / Fee: $99 + HST member; $149 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-4, CATA-1.6, NSCA-0.4

PC1C: Chronic Disease Management – The Art of Facilitating Behavior Change (L) - CANCELLED

Heather Westaway, RK, CDE, CPT

A growing number of Canadians face the daily challenges of managing chronic disease. There is a role for Exercise Specialists to help. During this interactive session, participants will gain the awareness, confidence and skills required to support clients living with chronic disease. Learn practical applications and develop your “tool kit” today! Topics will include: The Burden of Chronic Disease, What is the Role of the Exercise Specialist?, Screening and Scope of Practice Issues, Principles of Self-Management and Behaviour Modification, and Establishing Effective Action Plans.

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $219 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CATA-2.8, NSCA-0.7

PC1D: Breathe Into Motion® – Power Yoga (WS)

Michael Chapman, RYT, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-CYS

This 1-Day program is an opportunity to learn the general framework of a power yoga class in a step-by-step method. Breathe Into Motion® Power Yoga is built from elements of various yoga styles and compiled in a logical progression based on the principles of exercise science. The program is an intense workout and physical therapy at the same time.

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

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $219 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CATA-2.8

PC1E: Fitness Buffet (WS)

Rob Pacas, BPHE, BEd

Ever wonder what is the best way to train a professional athlete? In this comprehensive workshop, participants will be exposed to many forms of programming and fitness equipment that are used with amateur as well as professional athletes. Equipment used during this session includes battling ropes, sled barrows, sand bags, various forms of surgical tubing, body bars and circuit cards. Whether you are a teacher, coach, personal trainer, boot camp instructor, or team trainer, you will walk away with ideas that can be implemented the very next day.

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

Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM / Fee: $149 + HST member; $199 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-5, NSCA-0.5

PC1F: Fitness MMA for the Personal Trainer (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPT

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a competitive full-contact amateur and professional sport, but, most people are attracted to fitness MMA for its training benefits, to learn self-defense and experience authentic MMA training without sparring. The cardiovascular, toning, conditioning and motor-skill enhancements gained make fitness MMA a tremendous option to sport – competitive MMA and a fantastic tool for personal trainers to have in their toolbox. Experience training with an array of equipment ranging from focus pads, ground and pound bags, conditioning bags and belts in a small group personal training session your clients are sure to enjoy.

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

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $210 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CATA-2.8, NSCA-0.7

Friday, May 31, 2013 Preconference 2 Sessions

PC2A: Back to the Back: A comprehensive approach to dealing with common spinal conditions

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

This eight-hour course covers the most common spinal conditions we see in our real world. Participate in a review of practical anatomy around the spine, take a look at normal spinal mechanics, movement patterns and postural implications that result in injuries; learn how these conditions occur and what can be done to help the client who has acquired these injuries. Revisit how prevention and the implementation of lifestyle patterns, remedial and corrective exercises can help to significantly reduce the effect of these problems. Conditions covered include: Facet Joint Impingement Sydrome, Lordosis, Pelvic Wheel Dysfunction, Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease and Sciatica. Experience ample opportunity for practical development of manual skills and working with a partner to help foster these manual skills.

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM / Fee: $195 + HST member; $245 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-8, CATA-3.2, NSCA-0.8

PC2B: Olympic Lifting (WS) – (Sold Out)

Dr. Trevor Cottrell, PhD, CSCS

The Olympic weightlifting movements, and related exercises, are recognized as essential components of a strength and conditioning program. Appropriate application of the Olympic lifts in a strength and conditioning program will result in significant improvements in athletic strength and power potential. This weekend workshop is designed for strength and conditioning coaches, athletic therapists, personal trainers and training enthusiasts interested in using the Olympic lifts as part of their athletic performance-enhancement programs. Lifts to be studied will include: power snatch, power clean and push jerk. Analysis of the Olympic weightlifting movements will be simplified and a coaching progression taught that will allow you to apply these lifts to any population.

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

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $210 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CATA-2.8, NSCA-0.7

PC2C: SST-NASE Speed Clinic (WS)

Dr. George Dintiman, PhD and Larry Jusdanis, BPHEd, CPTN-CPT

Learn from the coaches whose athlete ran a 4.31 40-yard dash! The second-fastest time recorded in North America! Attention all coaches and trainers who work with athletes of hockey, football, soccer and any other sports requiring Speed Power and Agility. Learn from the best in an interactive 1-Day workshop to improve your client’s speed. This isn’t your typical form running clinic. Coaches will experience modalities such as: Over speed and sled training, the proper way to teach lateral speed, the use of functional implements such as the tire for speed enhancement, complex training, one of the fastest ways to enhance your speed, the proper way to teach plyometric and when to use them, Olympic lifting and when to use and unique one-legged exercises to increase your performance.

Plus Program Designed to Optimize Speed, SST’s different rep scheme methods for speed enhancement, plus a few top program methods for peaking! This 1-Day workshop is a must if you are serious about making your athletes the fastest!

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM / Fee: $195 + HST member; $245 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-8, CATA-3.2, NSCA-0.8

PC2D: CPTN Yoga Level 3: Yoga for Athletes and Personal Trainers (WS)

Michael Chapman, RYT, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-CYS

Serious athletes understand that muscle balance and flexibility are key components to remaining injury free. Originally created by local yoga guru Caron Shepley, this program is 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 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. Please wear workout gear.

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $219 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CATA-2.8, NSCA-0.7

PC2E: Beyond Functional Training: Maximizing the Transfer of Training Effects through science-based exercise selection (L/WS)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M, CHEK Practitioner L2, CHEK HLC L3

Go beyond buzzwords like “functional training” and, from a scientific viewpoint and with practical examples, examine the whole “food chain” of decisions needed to give the athlete or fitness client the RIGHT exercises at the RIGHT time. Topics covered: The importance of a needs analysis and how to create one. Scientific principles of exercise selection, exercise creation and exercise periodization. The workshop includes opportunity to apply the principles taught in a program design case study.

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

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $219 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CATA-2.8, NSCA-0.7

Saturday, June 1, 2013 – Conference Sessions

CEC - CPTN-7, CATA-2.4, NSCA-0.7 Maximum

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SA1A: MMA Ultimate Sand Bag Workout (WS)

Darrin Cave, CPT

This high-energy workout takes participants through kickboxing MMA circuit workout using various pieces of equipment such as the sand bags and med balls to help enhance the participant’ overall experience. Programming is designed to appeal to both beginners and advanced members.

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

SA1B: Osteoporosis and the Personal Trainer (L)

Dr. Judith, PhD, MSc, BSc, BA

Did you know that a 50-year-old woman has a 40% chance of having a fracture during her lifetime? That high-performance athletes can have thin bones? That more men than women die after a hip fracture? That 60% of osteoporotic spine fractures are silent? Do you know which of your clients are at risk for fractures? Do you know how to plan an exercise program not only to benefit the bones but minimize the risk of a future fracture? This lecture is an introduction to the personal trainer on research-based principles for safe exercise, identifying clients at risk for fracture and providing resources for further education on exercise as it pertains to an osteoporotic client.

SA1C: 3D Functional Anatomy (WS)

Paul Aspinall, BPE, MES, CPTN-CPT

A dynamic presentation of 3D functional anatomy that will give participants a new perspective on muscle recruitment during exercise. The course begins with an introduction to anatomy using 3D animation. Each muscle is displayed allowing students to learn muscle types, fiber direction and how they relate to movement. The core of the lecture will include the 3D models that will be rotated and moved to show muscle function during common exercises. This method of learning anatomy will help participants visualize and comprehend muscle actions and recruitment in gross-motor exercises.

SA1D: Ah Marketing – Finding a Need and Filling it Profitably (L)

Andre Leitert, BA

Marketing, what is it really? There are countless examples of great products and services, offered by both big and small companies, well financed with talented people that end up failing primarily due to poor marketing strategies. In this session, participants will learn the steps of developing a successful marketing plan for their services or products, various marketing strategies, such as promotional plans, public relations plans and brand development. Practical approaches for both new and existing business on how to do a marketing audit will be discussed. Examples of failures and successes will also be part of the discussion.

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

SA2A: Beyond the Basics: Padwork for the Personal Trainer (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPT

Kickboxing focus pad workouts have become one of the most popular forms of small group training and personal training sessions. This style of training has been featured in many TV shows, movies and commercials, and as such is popular with clients. To conduct a safe training session, the trainers must be competent in how to hold and position the pads as well as instruct and demonstrate proper combinations. This session will prepare you with pad holding techniques employed by pros and utilized from beginner to pros.

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

SA2B: Diabetes. Take Action. Take Control. (L)

Heather Westaway, RK, CDE, CPT

People living with diabetes have unique and specific needs, requiring a self-management plan that includes lifestyle and behaviour modification to ensure they sustain the best quality of life possible and prevent future adverse complications. During this interactive session, you will learn how to individualize physical activity recommendations to create a safe, effective and realistic exercise prescription for each client. We will also touch on diet and medication counseling that is within your scope of practice. Learn about practical and user-friendly tools, techniques and resources that you can implement with clients immediately to increase their functioning and quality of life.

SA2C: Movement Progress and Assessment (WS)

Matthew Verboom, BSc, BEd, HPT, CSCS

In this session, you will learn how to teach the progressions and regressions of each basic human movement category, how to use cuing to correct movement and muscle activation, what each exercise can tell you about your client/athlete and their dysfunctions, error detection and correction in speed, power and strength training and how to use ongoing assessment in a group or team setting to ensure continued progress.

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

SA2D: Muscle Buffering for High-Intensity Sport (L)

Nicole Springle, MAN, RD

It has been well established that power athletes have significantly more carnosine as compared to endurance athletes, which can improve the muscle buffering capacity during high-intensity exercise. Recently evidence has been building to support the impact of beta-alanine (BA) supplementation to further improve muscle carnosine and result in significant performance benefits for anaerobic athletes. This session will review the current body of evidence and highlight appropriate protocols for supplementation and indications of use of BA to augment muscle buffering for individuals involved in high-intensity sport.

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

SA3A: True Functional Training with Unusual Implements (L)

Larry Jusdanis, BPHEd, CPTN-CPT

Larry will teach the proper way to use unusual implement training for your clients and athletes. Participants will be put through activities such as tire flipping and grappling, prowler, sledgehammer and sled variations plus much, much more unique equipment! Larry will explain how and when to use all implements for your clients. Learn how to use implements for fat loss, strength gains, development of power and speed. This interactive presentation is a must see!

SA3B: Where’s the Beet? A Closer Look at the Role Beets, Beetroot Juice and Dietary Nitrate Can Play in Athletic Performance (L)

Jennifer Sygo, MSc, RD

Beets and beetroot juice have recently generated significant interest among runners and other athletes for their ability to act as a legal ergogenic aid. This seminar will examine the evidence surrounding the use of beets and other sources of dietary nitrate to modulate the body’s nitric oxide pathway and ultimately improve endurance performance and reduce perceived exertion. Current research surrounding doses and time-course of action will be discussed, as well as the controversy surrounding dietary nitrate and cancer risk.

SA3C: Breathe Into Motion® – Yoga Adjustments and Corrections (WS)

Michael Chapman, RYT, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-CYS

In the Breathe Into Motion®Yoga System, adjustments and corrections are used in ways to enhance muscle recruitment, movement patterns and posture. In this workshop, ethical practices for adjustments will be discussed in detail. The Breathe Into Motion®Yoga System is consistent with CPTN protocols.

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

SA3D: Sarcopenia: What Personal Trainers Need to Know (L)

Cameron Mitchell, MSc, CSCS

Sarcopenia is the age-related decline in muscle mass and function, which accelerates in the 5th decade of life and can reach a rate of 1.5% per year. This decline initially affects athletic performance but eventually begins to impact an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living and can ultimately be the deciding factor in relocating to an assisted living facility. The decline in muscle mass can negatively impact an individual’s metabolic health as well as their function, and can put them at risk for conditions such as diabetes. This lecture will discuss how resistance training and nutrition can attenuate or even reverse sarcopenia as well as provide some recommendations for resistance training in older adults.

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Lunch: All Delegates in the Kobayashi Hall

1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

Keynote Address: Barefoot Training 101: What to do Before You Bench Your Training Shoes (WS)

Dr. Reed Ferber, PhD, CAT(C), ATC

Barefoot running has quickly become a topic discussed in most popular health magazines, a popular training method for runners and athletes, as well as a shift in lifestyle for everyday living. But, what is the science behind minimalist footwear and barefoot training? In this talk, Reed Ferber discusses the recent research behind barefoot running and running in minimalist footwear, debunks some myths and provides evidence-based advice on who could benefit from this approach, how to best transition away from shoes and optimal training methods.

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

SA4A: Integrating Loaded Carries Into Programming (WS)

Jeff Jensen, BA, CSCS

This presentation is geared to the fitness professional who would like to integrate loaded carries into programming for athletes and general fitness clients. Farmer’s walks, suitcase carries, overhead carries, cross-body carries and sandbag carries will be discussed, demonstrated and performed by participants. These carries have a vast number of variations and we will discuss their appropriateness for your clients as well as when and how to utilize them.

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

SA4B: Conquering Metabolic Syndrome (L)

Heather Westaway, RK, CDE, CPT

This session will provide a practical and effective ‘tool kit’ for addressing the needs of this growing demographic. You will learn how to recognize and identify the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome, apply appropriate assessments and screening tools to identify those at high risk for adverse events, and design safe and effective exercise and diet interventions that you can implement tomorrow to improve your client’s function and quality of life. Through group discussion, interactive learning opportunities and case studies, you will gain the skills and confidence to help them overcome their physical, social and psychological barriers to exercise.

SA4C: Personal Training and Autism: Exploring Relationships and Programming Possibilities (WS)

Dr. Maureen Connolly, PhD, CPTN-CPT, CSCS and Nicholas Smith, BPE, Autism Specialist

Autism is no longer in the closet. More people with autism and the families and friends who support them are interested in participating in community programs and expanding the opportunities for meaningful active leisure. With the advent of the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA), it is more important than ever for personal trainers and other fitness professionals to be prepared to work with persons with disabilities, Autism included. There is strong research evidence to support the positive effects of physical activity for persons with autism, although personal training contexts remain underexplored. We propose offering a workshop that will provide the basics on the how-to’s of working with persons with autism in physical activity settings and on organizing environments and instructional strategies that are conducive to this particular clientele.

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

SA4D: Diet or Supplement? – Optimizing Intake of Vitamin D and Iron (WS)

Nicole Springle, MAN, RD

While we know that a well-balanced diet is able to provide adequate vitamins and minerals to cover the needs of the sedentary and moderately active individual…is it enough to optimize the nutritional needs of individuals involved in high-intensity exercise or elite-level sport? This session will examine 2 specific micronutrients: iron and vitamin D. Participants will gain an understanding of how gender, type and level of activity, geographical location, diet and other factors can impact this decision as well as an appreciation for the important role these nutrients play in both health and performance optimization.

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

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

SA5A: Learn the Ropes (L)

Rob Pacas, BPHE, BEd

Heavy rope training is the latest craze in the fitness industry for a reason. The rope is extremely safe, challenging and can be modified for all fitness levels. Come and experience the versatility heavy ropes provide. Whether you plan on using the ropes as part of a circuit, for strength training or by themselves as the workout, this presentation is sure to leave you saying, "WOW!"

SA5B: Paleo, Gluten-free, Ducan…Oh My! Navigating the Latest Dietary Trends for Health, Weight Loss and Athletic Performance (WS)

Jennifer Sygo, MSc, RD

Where once low-fat diets and calorie counting ruled the day, Paleo diets, gluten-free eating and diets that manipulate macronutrient ratios (protein/carb/fat), such as the Dukan diet, have now become common choices for weight control and athletic performance. This seminar will provide an overview of these dietary trends, as well as a critical analysis of the current research for, or against, their use for weight loss, performance and prevention of chronic disease.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear workout gear and bring an exercise mat.

SA5C: Breathe Into Motion® – Yoga for Injury Rehabilitation (WS)

Michael Chapman, RYT, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-CYS

This workshop will teach you how to factor the most common injuries in a variety of sports into weight room programs, on-field warm-ups, speed/agility sessions and cool-down sessions. We will discuss the prevalence of specific injuries in women’s sports compared to men’s sports, screen for the risk of injury among participants, and then factor all of that into the training we cover.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear workout gear and bring an exercise mat.

SA5D: How Old Are You? Body Age vs. Chronological Age (WS)

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

Currently, greater than 80% of all visits to the doctor are stress related. With the inability to balance work, exercise and daily responsibilities, our clients are overloaded and aging beyond their years. During this session, we will discuss the effects of stress and exercise on body age. We will identify specific stress types plus discuss simple tests you can use to identify your client’s body age. We will also discuss research findings on proven ways to help clients decrease their body age. Note: exercise prescription is not always the most appropriate first step toward helping. Come and learn why.

Note: This is an active session. Please wear workout gear and bring an exercise mat.


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