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CPTN Conference 2014 Session Information

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Preconference 1 Extended Sessions

PC1A: Assessment Tips and Tricks for the Pelvis (WS/L)

Angela Pereira, BSc, CSCS, CES

Join Angela Pereira for an interactive 2-Day course including hands-on teaching of a wide range of assessment tools for the pelvis. Explore a logical progression of techniques to examine the stability and balance of the pelvic region – from muscle activation, to appropriate muscle patterning, to adequate muscle endurance. This course will be especially helpful for those fitness professionals who work with older adults living with chronic recurrent low back, hip and leg pain. An introduction to therapeutic exercise progressions will be addressed. Come out and challenge your anatomy knowledge and your assessment expertise!

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

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $230 + HST member; $295 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-14, NSCA-1.4

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

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: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $229 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, NSCA-0.7

PC1C: The Flexible Periodization Method: Individualized Program Design for Athletes – Why Your "Sport-Specific Programs" Are "Hit or Miss" (WS/L)

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

Sport-Specific Training – training that is customized to the needs of a particular sport – sounds attractive, yet sport-specific training, overall, seems to only produce "hit or miss" results because each individual athlete has different strengths or weaknesses in relation to the needs of the sport. For example, a plyometric program for a volleyball player who already jumps high enough to be competitive, but misses every second match because of a knee injury, is an example of a great program with the wrong goals. To produce consistent results, the training program must focus on the needs of the individual athlete requirements to practise and compete successfully. Through theory and practical examples, this 2-Day workshop teaches you The Flexible Periodization Method – a proven nine-step Method to create completely individualized training programs. The workshop includes an opportunity to work on a case of your choice.

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

Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM / Fee: $230 + HST member; $295 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-14, NSCA-1.4

PC1D: The Shoulder Joint: The Most Versatile Joint in the Body (WS/L)

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

This 1-Day seminar provides personal trainers a much more in-depth understanding of the shoulder joint through theoretical, practical and functional techniques to better serve their clients. From dislocations to subluxations to tendinopathies to strains and postural syndromes, this joint has it all. Who would have guessed that technology would challenge personal trainers even more when working with their clients? This seminar reviews the major muscles and structures involved with some of the most common ailments that we see in this area. We will look at the most common tendinopathies in rotator cuff and long head of biceps; dislocations and subluxations of the shoulder to gain a better understanding of how to manage these injuries both preop and post-op; thoracic outlet syndrome, which is growing in popularity due to the use of computers, laptops and hand-held devices, and what you can do from a preventative aspect for your client. We will also look at postural assessment tools that you can use when assessing your clients to help them in understanding why posture is critical in the prevention of overuse injuries and how the cell phone can be a valuable tool in the postural assessment of your client. As per my courses, exercise prescription, PNF techniques, facilitated stretching and manual muscle-testing techniques will be incorporated into the manual part of this course. Be prepared to use your hands, eyes and experiences in learning more about this wonderful joint that can do so much but can be so problematic in everyday life.

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

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $229 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, NSCA-0.7

Friday, May 30, 2014 Preconference 2 Extended Sessions

PC2A: RockFit – Performance Taping Clinic (WS) - CANCELLED

Brad Norris, MEd, CEP, RKin

Performance Movement Taping (PMT) is a program developed by industry-leading experts in functional movement assessment and performance. It introduces the concept of training enhancement via functional taping methods and focuses on improving movement, posture and performance. Rocktape believes that clinics should be inclusive, interactive and stimulating with the majority of time spent ‘hands on’! You will leave with a revolutionary new skill and understanding of human movement. This course is intended for coaches, trainers and athletes with all levels of experience with taping. The best tape and the best taping training in the city is being brought to you for 2014!

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

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM / Fee: $230 + HST member; $295 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-8, NASM-0.8, ACE-0.8. No NSCA CECs.

PC2B: SST-NASE Speed Clinic (WS)

Larry Jusdanis, BPHEd, CPTN-CPT

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 plyometrics 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!

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

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $169 + HST member; $229 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, NSCA-0.7

PC2C: What Does it Mean to be Ready to Work with Clients with Disabilities? (L) - CANCELLED

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

Personal training is one of the professions that has to be ready to accommodate clients in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This means that trainers must be aware of architectural, space and equipment accessibility, and that all promotional and needs-assessment materials must be accessible across a variety of media. It means an attitudinal shift in what training, interviewing, program planning, progression, spotting and encouraging might entail. This session will assist you in tapping into underdeveloped creative capacities to make a difference in people’s quality of life in ways that you might not have previously imagined.

Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM / Fee: $129 + HST member; $189 + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-4, NSCA-0.4

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Conference Sessions

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SA1A: Boomers as Clients: Strategizing Programming and Interpersonal Skills (L)

Lee Fielder, MA, BKin, CPTN-CPT

Boomers as aged participants are the next generation of clients for personal trainers who are ready to move to the next level of program design and delivery. Every clientele comes with their own unique contingencies. This session will explore the complex needs and demands of an increasingly diverse client base. Learn strategies for program design and rapport building through considerations of safety and respect. As well, apply the idea of “organize the week, organize the workout” (O-WOW principle) as a strategy that will assist and support individualizing programming with the contingencies of boomer-aged clients.

SA1B: Business Essentials for Fitness Professionals (L)

Angela Pereira, BSc, CSCS, CES

When establishing yourself as a fitness professional, what will set you apart and assure you success in a highly competitive marketplace? Join Angela Pereira for a discussion about the entrepreneurial side to business: What kind of clients will define your business? What type of business structure will work for you? Who should be part of your business advisory team? What type of insurance do you need? Should you hire associates? Where should you look for referrals? What other health care professionals should you include in your network? What kind of numbers on your balance sheet will make you happy? Prepare your questions for what will be a dynamic discussion!

SA1C: Omega-3 Supplementation (L)

Evan Lewis, MSc, PhD (C), CSCS

Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential nutrient for human health and can only be sourced from diet. Canadians are under consuming omega-3s and over-consuming omega-6s. This dietary imbalance can alter the body’s homeostatic balance. This in turn affects how the body performs during exercise and adapts to training, at the level of the motor neuron and muscle to cell all the way to the whole body. This session will discuss different sources of omega-3s, how they are digested, metabolized and utilized throughout the body for improved health, and to encourage and accelerate adaptations to training.

SA1D: You Can’t Fire a Cannon From a Canoe – A "Balanced" Approach to Stability Training (WS)

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

Training on unstable surfaces and with unstable equipment has been popular for a decade or more. However, strength training on unstable surfaces has also been criticized for not getting clients real strength. A range of scientific studies point to the fact that when instability is introduced, the muscle activity shifts from the larger prime movers to the smaller stabilizers, in essence supporting the notion that training on unstable surfaces does not build strength. However, by investigating the issue deeper, you will learn how to optimally periodize stable and unstable surface training over the course of a longer training cycle.

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

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

SA2A: Intro to NLP and the Mind-Body Connection (L)

Mike Cicinelli, CMC, CHT, CMPTLT, CPTN-CPT

As a fitness professional, our goal is to create lasting change in our client’s lifestyles. What if there were techniques and skills available to you that could help increase your client’s results in all areas of their life? How valuable is effective and precise communication in teaching? Intro to NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is an opportunity for fitness and health professionals to come and learn all about some of the secrets of how to create powerful and lasting change for themselves and their clients. We will discuss the mind-body connection and how it can impact the health and lifestyle of individuals. This intro talk is geared to expose some of the most powerful transformational tools available today!

SA2B: Unmasking Superfoods: The Truth and Hype Behind Acai, Coconut, Kale, and More (L)

Jennifer Sygo, MSc, RD

With mounting interest in health wellness, athletes and active individuals are often turning to so-called “superfoods” to improve their health and their performance. But what is the evidence behind the at-times outlandish claims made about these foods? Do we really know what the health benefits – or, in some cases, risks – are? And can these foods really impact performance? In this presentation, Jennifer will provide an overview of the myths and realities behind a number of popular and controversial foods, including acai and goji berries, kale, chia, hemp, and coconut, while also highlighting the potential benefits of underappreciated superfoods, including cheese, mussels and oysters. Controversial topics, including the role of saturated fats in our health, will be highlighted.

SA2C: Tabata Training: Facts, Fallacies and Applications (L)

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

Tabata training has become very popular as a proposed means of shedding body fat at an accelerated rate. In fact, this is so much the case that entire classes and programs have been designed around the use of this method. This presentation will investigate the origins of the Tabata method, how it was studied, the results that were measured, and the applicability of how and when to use Tabatas as part of an overall fat-loss routine.

SA2D: What a N.E.A.T. Idea! (WS)

Deanna Lawson-Langford, BA, CPTN-CPT, OFC-TFL

Current research tells us that, in addition to providing structured exercise programs, we must attend to our client’s N.E.A.T. (non-exercise activity thermogenesis – that is, everything else they do outside of the gym to increase their movement) for the best results. This session will give trainers out-of-the-box ideas to assist clients to enhance their N.E.A.T. throughout daily activities, and help take their client’s results to the next level!

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

SA3A: Financial Fitness Testing (L)

Graham Brown, BPHE, NCCP, CPT

Ever wonder why some trainers dominate their market while others fade away? What are the key performance indicators for your business? It’s time to take a brutally honest look at how you really spend your time. Learn how to evaluate your own fitness business and learn how to find your strengths, weaknesses and then persistently pursue excellence to dominate your market. Whether you are a new trainer or an industry vet, you won’t want to miss this.

SA3B: Improving Strength Qualities in a Concurrent Training Model (L)

Christopher Chapman, MSc(C), BKin, CEP, CSCS, NCCP Trained

Many sports and activities require training both strength and endurance qualities at the same time (i.e., concurrent training model). This can prove challenging due to the interference phenomenon, which is well documented in the literature. This presentation will review both the current and historical science on this topic. A full Yearly Training Plan (YTP) of Olympic Canoe Kayak athletes will be used as an example of the application of these principles. While this model is a must for any cyclical endurance sport athlete, it most definitely applies to team sport athletes and general populations trying to maximize training adaptations.

SA3C: The Benefits of Physical Activity and Aging Well (L)

Patricia Clark, BPHE

Ongoing research continues to confirm the effects of physical activity on optimum aging and the prevention of chronic diseases. As we reach 2015, when there will be more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 14, it is more important than ever to get the message to older adults that it is never too late to be active. This session will highlight recent research as it relates to physical activity, and the prevention/management of several chronic diseases and how to encourage positive lifestyle behaviour changes in an older individual.

SA3D: True Functional Training With Unusual Implements (WS)

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!

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

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Luncheon: Hot Lunch Served to All Delegates

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Luncheon Address – Research in Fitness (L)

Mark Young, BKin

Dr. Trevor Cottrell, PhD, CSCS

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: Eight Hidden Reasons Your Clients Can’t Lose Weight (L)

Igor Klibanov, BA

What if your approach to fat loss is completely backwards? After all, fat loss is about a lot more than calories, exercise and willpower. In fact, you don’t just lose fat to be healthy, you need to be healthy to lose fat. In this session, you will learn the eight hidden reasons why your clients can’t lose fat, even if they are doing everything right with their nutrition and exercise. This presentation will cover factors such as hormonal balance, brain chemistry, digestive health, toxicity and more. This session will transform you into a fat-loss detective to enable you to detect each individual client’s blueprint for fat loss.

SA4B: Building the Athletic Development Model in Youth Sport (L)

Derek Salvador, BA, CSCS

Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD) is a popular topic within the Strength and Conditioning community. In this session you will learn about the importance of athletic development and its relevance in youth sport. Learn how to create and implement youth-level training programs in relation to age and gender. Using concepts from various LTAD models, this lecture will also discuss training models, methods of program design and delivery, and the growing concerns with early sport specialization.

SA4C: Fascial Posture Training (L)

Melissa Putt, BA

Fascia is a body-wide continuity and force transmission system. Without fascia no movement would be possible. It links toe to brow, organs to spine, arm to core and links all systems together. Fascial Posture Training System is a 2-Day seminar to teach five fascial lines. These are the foundation of posture and alignment and ultimately the root of all physical improvement. In the FPTS you will learn: 1) How the Fascial system works, 2) Muscle testing to highlight fascial tension, 3) Five major fascial lines, 4) Posture reading through the fascial lines, and 5) Facilitated fascial Pinning, Stretching and Releasing.

SA4D: Leaking When You Jump Is Not Normal! (WS)

Julia Di Paolo, BSc PT, Cert MDT, MCPA, Reg PT and Samantha Montpetit-Huynh, BA, PTS, PFS, NWS, RAB

Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction are common – common but not normal. The high-intensity activities we participate in coupled with the amount of sitting we do each day is wreaking havoc on our bodies and contributing to more and more women leaking when they jump or laugh or skip or run. While you may hear some tell you it is normal and not to worry about it, we are going to set the record straight – it is common but not normal and it can be fixed! This session will look at the anatomy of the pelvic floor, its role in core stability, signs of a weak pelvic floor, and functional movements that will help you and your clients build a stronger core.

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

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

SA5A: Breath Into Motion Power Yoga Breathing (WS) - CANCELLED

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

Breathe Into Motion Yoga System includes a variety of Pranayama or breath-control techniques that will aid in core stability in a variety of fitness models including strength and cardiovascular training. Unique in its design, the Breathe Into Motion Yoga System was built specifically to enhance athletic performance and aid in the rehabilitation of injuries. Breathing is the key to success in physical yoga practice. Michael Chapman will lead you through a wide variety of BIM Yoga breathing techniques to aid in training your clients.

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

SA5A: Breathing for Health (WS)

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

Breathing Techniques to Improve Health is excerpted from Karsten Jensen’s popular workshop, “A Course in Breathing” (8 Hours). Due to the shorter time frame of the conference sessions, we are offering you the entire (50 + page manual) and Karsten will focus on explaining and teaching – Breathing to Increase Yin Energy (de-stressing), Heart Breathing (proven to positively affect hormonal levels), The Spinal Pump (nourishing the brain), Vacuum Breathing (massaging the internal organs) and Alternate Nostril Breathing (balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems).

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

SA5B: Holistic Nutrition (L)

David Lee, BA, CPTN-CPT

This informative workshop will provide you with current information required to implement sound nutritional regiments using whole food recipes. Topics covered include organic foods, foods good for digestion and how to improve digestion using food-combining principles. Additionally, this session will highlight the benefits of using a juicer; the benefits of quality, natural food herbal supplements to help give your body enough of the right elements; and minerals and vitamins.

SA5C: Osteoarthritis of the Knee: What Happens to the Knee When Your Articular Cartilage is Compromised? (WS)

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

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.

SA5D: Vegetarian Diets for an Active Lifestyle (L)

Jodi Robinson, BSc, RD

Vegetarian athletes have unique nutrient concerns due to the demand of physical activity on their bodies. For instance, consider protein, iron, vitamin B12, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. This session will address the nutrient needs of active vegetarians/vegans, discuss healthy pre/post workout meal options and provide tips for overall meal planning. Also, learn which vegetarian ‘Superfood’ you should be discussing with your clients. The goal of this session is to have you walk away feeling confident that you can discuss healthy eating with your vegetarian and vegan clients.


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