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CPTN Conference 2015 Session Information

Thursday, June 4, 2015 Preconference 1 Sessions

PC1A: Painful Backs Through the Lifecycle: Cause, Corrective Exercise and Progressions for Resilience

Dr. Stuart McGill, PhD

Professor McGill’s approaches, based on 30 years of experimental research and clinical work, have also restored many dysfunctional backs. This 1-Day course will tell the story of how to assess problematic motions, postures and loads, and use this to guide rehabilitation progressions to create resilient backs. Several hands-on workshops augment lecture material throughout the day.

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $250 CAD + HST member; $285 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC1B: CPTN Yoga Level 3: Yoga for Athletes and Personal Trainers

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 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. Please wear workout gear. A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $189 CAD + HST member; $229 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC1C: Mindset Performance – Level 1

Brian Grasso, Dipl Fitness Management

This 1-Day workshop will shed light on several key questions: Why do some fitness participants succeed and some do not? Why do some experience sustainable success while others grow frustrated through years of yo-yo inconsistencies? What can fitness professionals learn about the intricacies of Mindset that will help them better understand their clients attitudes and foster a more collaboratively successful outcome? As an industry, we have become very knowledgeable and well-versed in the areas of nutrition, exercise, programming and physical assessment, but as goes the brain, goes the body. As our industry continues its evolution and prepares to meet the ever-changing demands of social dynamics and our client needs, the next frontier of knowledge must be based on the most critical factor of all: Mindset, and how it controls our behaviors, perceptions and inevitable success potential.

Note: This course is a 1-day live workshop plus an extended 10 hours of online videos. A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $197 CAD + HST member; $250 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-14, CSEP-10, NSCA-1.4, OFC-14

PC1D: Net Profit Explosion Fast Forward™ Plus: The Workshop to Accelerate Your Fitness Business Success

Tom Jackobs, BA, CPT

This 1-Day fitness business workshop will dive right in on how to truly understand your fitness business as an owner or personal trainer where you’ll discover the exact systems that get you more clients, increase your profits and set you on the path to both financial and personal freedom. Learn today how Net Profit Explosion (NPE) has empowered thousands of fitness professionals globally to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Note: A light lunch is included.

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

Friday, June 5, 2015 Preconference 2 Sessions – All sessions include a light lunch

PC2A: Business Essentials for Personal Trainers - CANCELLED

Angela Pereira, BSc, CSCS, CES

From conceptualizing your specialty to operationalizing your ideas with authenticity, explore creative paths to build your health care practice. Learn from Angela’s experience owning two sole proprietorships, one partnership and four corporations over the past 20 years. It’s an honest look from the inside that you will rarely see in this industry! Angela will share expert time-saving strategies to launch you to the next level of business with confidence. From your introductory theoretical education, to skill mastery, social marketing and networking to leverage your success, this 1-Day course is packed with inspiration, motivation and action potential. All you have to do is press play!

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM / Fee: $189 CAD + HST member; $249 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC2B: Complex Core: Stabilisation by Activity

Patrick Beriault, BSc, RKin, CEP

Core training is an integrated part of any training plan necessary for performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, yet most professionals resort to exercises such as crunches and planks. In this session, Patrick and Roman will cover functional anatomy, identify muscle systems at the root of movement patterns, and present testing protocols and example training plans for different sports and populations as they relate to core training. How core training is related to lower body training and how you can impact human performance with a synergistic approach to the core will also be covered. This session will be one-third theoretical and two-thirds practical (please bring comfortable clothing and a mat for your comfort). The practical session will go through training methodology using a systemized approach – initially covering mobilization exercises for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine followed by stabilization exercises to increase strength, power and explosiveness. Part two of the practical session will focus on the lower body again in terms of mobilization and stabilization. Flexibility and range of motion of the limbs play a significant role in force and velocity generation, and serves as a common denominator for human movements.

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $189 CAD + HST member; $249 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC2C: Fascial Posture Training System (FPTS)

Melissa Putt, BA

Fascia is an integral part of any fitness, posture and agility training program. All physical results are dependent on the quality of the fascia. However, it is not a cellular system and thus requires unique methodology to effect physical change. The FPTS course is designed to firstly expose the depth and complexity of the fascial network. It will also teach trainers how to address the fascial system through facilitated stretch and pinning, read posture imbalances related to fascial restrictions, and provide exercises to release upper and lower cross-syndrome fascial tension.

Note: This course is physical and lecture based. Please remove shoes and socks. A light lunch is included.

Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM / Fee: $189 CAD + HST member; $249 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC2D: Practical Functional Testing for Normal Range of Motion of the Major Joints with Corrective Intervention Techniques

Kevin Duguay, Dipl HS AT, Sport Therapy Consultant

When we look at a client and their dysfunctions, we often find there are underlying factors that contribute to their limitations in performing athletic movements and activities of daily living. This seminar will allow you to connect the bridge at both ends with regards to common musculoskeletal conditions of the major joints, and how they affect the kinaesthetic chain in regards to basic movement patterns that are required in athletics and activities of daily living. As you gain an understanding of normal range of motion and why it is required for normal mechanics, we can then utilize simple functional tests to educate and demonstrate to the client what we are trying to correct and how it is impacting their activities.

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $189 CAD + HST member; $249 CAD + HST non-member / CECs:CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC2E: MMA Conditioning Coach – Level 1 Course

Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPT

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the newest phenomenon to sweep North America. As a coach of a competitive MMA club and personal trainer, I find that 95% of those who come through the door are MMA fans that recognize the benefits of training authentically to improve overall fitness, learn proper self-defense and satisfy a passion, but aren’t interested in the full-contact competitive side of the sport that occurs in the Octagon. Learn real MMA conditioning training, striking techniques, combinations and floor bag-work designed by a Certified Competitive MMA 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 into that market by incorporating authentic MMA drills including rope training, obstacle course, agility training, cardio training, strength training, boxing & kicking focus pad training, and ground & pound floor bag work into a rigorous training program format perfect for a specialty class format. Candidates must complete a take-home exam to qualify for certification distinction.

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $179 CAD + HST member; $239 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC2F: Periodization of Flexibility Training – Why Flexibility is Developed Before Strength, Speed, Power or Endurance with The Flexible Periodization Method

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

With The Flexible Periodization Method, the various qualities of flexibility are developed to achieve a balanced posture, to be able to perform specific movements optimally, to acutely improve strength/power and to aid in recovery. Several types of flexibility exist that are developed with various flexibility training methods and for multiple purposes as seen above. For this reason the optimal sequencing (periodization) of flexibility training becomes an important issue in effective long-term training. This eight-hour workshop is 100% hands-on. With the often tight muscles in the upper-cross and lower-cross syndromes as examples, you will learn and experience periodization of the qualities of flexibility, periodization of flexibility training methods and periodization of flexibility training exercises.

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM / Fee: $189 CAD + HST member; $249 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

PC2G: CPTN / Personal Best Triathlon - CANCELLED

Sheldon Persad, MSc, NCCP, CSCS, SWC©, CPTN-CPT.M; Sean Bechtel, BA, NCCP; Steve Karlsson, BA, NCCP

This workshop will help you with basic form, technique and drills to help improve your swimming, biking and running. The workshop will include instruction and skills useful for you as a participant, as well as information you can apply to help your clients this summer. Even if your goal is not to complete a triathlon or coach triathletes, the cross-training skills covered in this workshop can be applied to help maximize fitness and minimize the chances of injury due to overload and overuse for single-sport athletes. Drills and skills will be discussed in class, and also practised during the activity segments with a focus on efficient movement. Learn the proper catch and stroke in the pool, learn the appropriate setup and cadence on the bike, learn the advantages and disadvantages of heel striking. The session will also include information on how to appropriately structure a training program (micro, meso and macrocycle). Participants will need to bring outdoor running and cycling gear, and be prepared for sun, wind and/or rain. The swim will be at a nearby pool, and participants will require swim gear. A complete list of suggested equipment will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Note: A light lunch is included.

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM / Fee: $179 CAD + HST member; $239 CAD + HST non-member / CECs: CPTN-7, CSEP-5, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

Saturday, June 6, 2015 – Conference Sessions

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SA1A: I’m Certified. Do I Really Need Professional Liability Insurance Coverage? (L)

Diana Bereas, CAIB, CRM

This session will create a deeper understanding of the importance of Professional Liability Insurance for Fitness Professionals in today’s society, identify the key risks associated with not carrying insurance and how your personal assets can be exposed to litigation. Any exposure or interruptions to day-to-day operations can have a devastating financial and personal impact that are difficult to recover from. Professional Liability Insurance can mitigate these risks and provide protection for you and your business. You will be provided with clarification on what a policy covers and how it can protect your business when you are training clientele in a fitness facility or conducting private sessions in home. Claims examples will be reviewed to showcase how Professional Liability Insurance responds in real-life circumstances.

SA1B: Intro to the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching (WS)

Lori Haws, BA, RKin, CPTN-CPT, CEP

Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching is the new and innovative way to stretch the body. In this Workshop, you will be introduced to the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching. In resistance stretching, the muscle is contracted and lengthened at the same time. It creates immediate gains in flexibility, improves performance and recovery, creates more powerful, explosive and core stable movements, creates a more balanced body, removes chronic stress and injuries, targets specific areas of existing injuries, removes painful muscle tension and helps realign the body to improve posture.

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

SA1C: Making Sense of Yoga – A Breakdown of the Different Styles of Yoga (WS)

Angela Jervis-Read, CYT

There are many different ways to practice Yoga. Often, the names of the styles of Yoga are in Sanskrit, to add to the confusion! This lecture/workshop is designed to help you decipher between the various styles of Yoga, and will teach trainers how each style can potentially affect the body and mind of their clients. With this clarification, you, the trainer, will be able to understand more fully what a client has been doing in their Yoga class, and it will help you to recommend an appropriate style of Yoga class for your clients. Styles to be explicated: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Retorative, Nidra, Pawamuktasan, Pranayam, Meditation, Bikram and Moksha (hot Yoga) and Jivamukti. We will be doing a little sample of each style so that you can feel the difference, as well as understand the differences intellectually.

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

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

SA2A: Periodization of Grip Training – The Missing Link in your Athletes’ or Fitness Clients’ Next Personal Record (WS)

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

For some, strongmen grip strength is the end goal, but for most athletes and fitness clients grip strength is a means to lift heavier loads faster, and in turn improve muscle mass, strength, power and ability in daily tasks. Unless the grip is as strong (or stronger) as the larger muscles of the back and legs, grip strength is holding your athletes and clients back. In strength and conditioning, the grip is often emphasized by modifying the multi-joint exercises to increase the demand on the grip. However, to optimally develop grip strength, the grip and forearm should be trained “from the inside out,” focusing on single-finger strength first and then an integration into strength of the entire hand. This session focuses on the rationale for adding specific grip exercises to the training program, equipment-based and equipment-free strategies for single-finger strength, flexor/extensor balance, partial grip training (gripping with less than five fingers), exercises that involve the entire hand but emphasize specific fingers, thick bar training (and transfer to regular bars) and various (unusual) attachment options for pull ups and cable exercises.

SA2B: Weight No More – Change your Behaviour and Tip the Scale in your Favour (L)

Jodi Robinson, BSc, RD

From chronic dieting to habitually overeating, one’s eating behaviours can either support or hinder their ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This session will explore the concepts of mindless eating, emotional eating and intuitive eating, and focus on how to eat versus the what. Using evidence-based research and case examples, you will learn techniques and strategies to help your clients change their behaviours to overcome their diet mentality, and end the cycle of deprivation and overeating for good.

SA2C: Yoga for Runners (WS)

Christine Felstead, BA, E-RYT

More than 30 muscles attach to the hips. Healthy hips are pain free, strong, stable and unencumbered in range of motion. Most sports and prolonged sitting lead to chronic tightness in the hips, resulting in reduced range of motion, as well as aches and pains. In this workshop we will move the hips through a wide range of motion, zeroing in on key trouble spots. In addition, we will work on stabilizing the hips by strengthening specific muscle groups. Greater stability and increased range of motion in the hips will improve your sport performance, make you lighter on your feet and keep you feeling great.

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

SA3A: Building a Business with Obstacles (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPT

Recent studies indicate that most clients over 40 years of age want their exercise routine to be effective, but also to be FUN. The newest phenomenon in the industry is fitness challenge races involving obstacle courses. This session will teach proper equipment selection and obstacle course setup to maximize fitness benefits while providing for an engaging fun fitness challenge. All delegates will have an opportunity to experience the obstacle course in a fun competition.

SA3B: Cancer Rehabilitation Program for the Personal Trainer (L)

Marian Barnick, BSc, RKin, CWCE, CEES(C)

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program utilizes exercise prescription to focus on the individual requirements of each cancer patient. The Program is designed to address physiological and psychological symptoms related to both the disease of cancer as well as the symptoms occurring from medical intervention to treat the disease. The protocols for the Cancer Rehabilitation Program is based on research that has shown remarkable improvement in cancer patients who undergo a specialized form of exercise specific to cancer patients. Research and training has been specifically provided to patients at the Toronto Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, and the Program has been approved by Sunnybrook for use with their cancer patients. Certification as a Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist provides patients with the comfort and security that their therapist understands not only the diagnosis and disease, but also their physical and psychological needs, and is able to provide a safe, progressive, active treatment to meet their individual goals. Join us for an outline of the Cancer Rehabilitation Program, and a review of the training protocols to become a Certified Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist.

SA3C: Post-Workout Yoga (WS)

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

Learn Yoga posture sequencing for post-workout cool-downs and end-of-workout tapering. A strategic selection of Yoga postures, and the balancing of those poses with counter postures, will serve as a template for constructing programs for your clients. We will discuss the difference between stretching connective tissue versus stretching muscle fibre. Find out why pro athletes are using Yoga to supplement their training!

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

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

LUNCHEON: Lunch Served to All Delegates

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Luncheon Address – Becoming a Champion: Lessons Learned (L)

Barrie Shepley, BPE, NCI Level 5 Olympic Coach

During this session, Barrie will share behind-the-scenes stories of the Olympic Games, and distinctions between champions and those that fall short. He will also share lessons learned in coaching weekend warriors for Ironman Triathlon competitions. Not only will you be able to apply skills learned during this session with your clients, but much of the information will apply to helping you excel in your business.

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

SA4A: Client-Centred (Functional) Prescription for Older Adults (L)

John Griffin, MSc, Professor (R)

Successful aging is about quality of life and maximizing the healthy life years. Functional “client-centred” activity prescription can significantly minimize symptoms attributable to aging. Participate in some functional mobility screening to discover any preclinical impairment. Discover ways to seek to implement effective compensations with people who may benefit from them by keeping them active and preventing disabilities. Learn how to use functional training for older adults to increase awareness of the connection between their exercise prescription and activities or tasks they perform daily. Since physical functioning of many older clients fluctuates daily (e.g., pain from arthritis), as personal trainers it is critical to monitor the unique individual responses of the client and plan for variations in the level of challenge.

SA4B: Hypopressive Exercise – Low-Pressure Fitness (WS)

Trista Zinn, BA, CPTN-CPT, Hypopressive Level 4

Hypopressive is the term used to describe a decrease (reduction) in pressure. Hypopressive Training (Low-Pressure Fitness) is a new form of exercise that targets the core without causing detrimental pressure to the abdominal wall and pelvic floor. The technique consists of postural and breathing exercises done in a systematic, ordered and rhythmic way. Benefits of Hypopressive Training include: Reduction in waist size and flattens abdominal wall, increases abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone, prevention and treatment of incontinence, prolapse and hernias, increases explosive strength and anaerobic capacity for sports performance, raises metabolism, aids in improvement of sexual function, improves posture (especially posterior chain) and activates the sympathetic nervous system.

SA4C: Inner Practices of Yoga (WS)

Karusia Wroblewski, BFA, E-RYT 500, CYT

Here in the West, we are achieving the highest levels of mastery in the anatomy and physiology of physical fitness. What can cutting-edge fitness professionals learn from the spirit of Yoga? Yoga is multidisciplinary according to its Eastern roots. Total health necessitates training not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. The result is physical, mental and emotional well-being and longevity. In this experiential workshop, we will tap the inner practices of Yoga; namely breath, concentration and meditation. We will see how they enrich our strength, flexibility and balance on all levels.

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

SA5A: Demystifying Dairy: Understanding a Controversial Food (L)

Jennifer Sygo, MSc, RD

Milk can be a source of confusion. Said to be nutritious for its calcium, protein and potassium content, milk is also claimed to be harmful to humans because it contributes to acidity and inflammation. Its effect on cardiovascular disease is also controversial, with some studies claiming its saturated fat content to be harmful, while more recent research suggests it could be neutral or even beneficial to our hearts. This presentation will examine the myths and realities of cow’s milk and other dairy foods, with a focus on the latest research in this rapidly evolving area.

SA5B: Body Blueprint Assessment

Larry Jusdanis, BPHEd, CPTN-CPT

How can trainers get the best results for their clients? We all agree a good program is needed, but to provide a precise program trainers must be able to properly assess their clients. Otherwise you are just speculating! Take the guesswork out of your programs. Learn SST’s (Sport Specific Training) Body Blueprint Assessment techniques to further your skills as a personal trainer/strength coach!

SA5C: Osteoarthritis of the Hip – Happy Hips or Hurting Hips? Your Keys to Making Healthy Hip choices (WS)

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

Osteoarthritis of the hip is particularly debilitating due to the implication on weight-bearing activities and Activities of Daily Living (ADL). In this workshop, we will examine this condition in detail in regards to anatomy and how the hip joint is designed to function. We will look at how this condition begins to affect the kinetic chain in regards to the injury/pain cycle with musculoskeletal injuries, and look at ways to educate and assist your client with exercises and activities that are critical to help minimize the effects of this condition and to maintain healthy hips as we continue to age.

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – Post-Conference Sessions

CPTN Training Camp for Practical Assessors

Maria Hui, BA, CPTN-CPT.M and Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M, CHEK Practitioner L2, CHEK HLC L3

Become a CPTN Practical Assessor for your geographical area and play a key role in the certification of new personal trainers. CPTN is currently seeking assessors in Ajax, ON; Brantford, ON; Burlington, ON; Etobicoke, ON; Ottawa, ON; Thornhill, ON; Vancouver, BC; Calgary, AB; Winnipeg, SK; Victoria, BC.

Successful applicants will be taught the essentials of how to effectively assess candidates using CPTN’s unique assessment tool, and learn the skills necessary to successfully evaluate candidates on their competence in cardiovascular training, resistance training, program design and interpersonal communication.


  • Hold a current CPTN-CPT certification for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience in Personal Training.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Access to a computer, Internet and e-mail.
  • Basic computing skills and understanding of Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
  • Resume with scanned copies of indicated credentials.

Interested Candidates:

Complete the Practical Assessor Application found in the Members Portal and e-mail to including the requirements. Successful applicants will be informed of acceptance and sent an invoice for the registration fee.

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Fee: $299 CAD + HST / Location: Body + Soul Fitness – Eglinton (Toronto, ON, Canada)


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