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2019 CPTN Personal Trainer Summit Session Information

Intensive Sessions – All-Day


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

INT1: What is Better Than Treating an Injury? Preventing It. Master the Core Four.

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

The Core Four - the Bird Dog, Side Plank, Front Plank and Curl Up - are well-proven tools to help prevent back pain. In this all-day, fully hands-on workshop you experience ready-to-use, 6-week beginner, intermediate and advanced programs that integrate the Core Four (a total of 18 weeks of programming). Specific elements discussed are French Press Diaphragmatic Breathing, Combination Exercises, Touch, Friction, Partner Resistance, Explosive Contractions, Visualization, Periodization and Program design.

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

INT2: Fitness Kickboxing Level 1, 2 or 3

Ross O’Donnell, BA, I.S.K.A. Master, CPTN-CPT

Learn real kickboxing punch and kick techniques as well as actual combinations designed by a Certified Competitive Boxing/Kickboxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. In this uniquely formatted class, participants for Level 1, 2 and 3 will learn simultaneously in one setting. Level 1 - Beginner: Learn the warm-up, hand wrapping, stance, footwork, boxing & kickboxing drills and combinations utilizing focus pads and partner training, abs routine and cool down stretches. Level 2 - Intermediate and Level 3 - Advanced: Learn complex multi-strike combinations and techniques beyond the basics. To participate in Levels 2 or 3, you must possess Level 1 or 2 respectively.

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

INT3: Fascial Posture Training System (FPTS)

Melissa Putt, DO(C), BA, MES, RNCP, CPT

The Fascial Posture Training System explores the complex nature of fascial webbing and the fascial lines. All sports activity and fitness training positions/postures are maintained through the tension and compression forces of fascia (not tight muscles as was once believed). All exercise from weightlifting, cardio training, stretching and functional training can be enhanced with a thorough understanding of fascial tension. The Fascia Training System teaches the art of reading fascial tension, and how it affects posture and physical ability. It is a practical course detailed with a thorough toolbox of fascial pin and stretch release techniques. Learn how to feel the fascia, release its tension, and help clients avoid common pain and strain patterns. Fascia Posture Training will accelerate fitness goals whether sports, weight loss or agility. Understanding fascia is the root of all physical change.

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

Intensive Sessions – Half-Day 1


8:00 AM to 12:15 PM

INT4: The Iliopsoas: Function and Dysfunction (L)

Dr. Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc

Rumour has it that the hip flexors or the psoas (more specifically, the iliopsoas) are the root of all of our problems. Admittedly, an overstatement, hip flexor dysfunction can result in pain and the inability to perform optimally, whether it be a deadlift PR or simply walking down the street. Join us for this intensive 4-hour session where we will discuss: Anatomy, Function, Dysfunction, Practical Assessment and Training (and Treatment Options).

INT5: Kettlecamp: Kettlebells for HIIT Training (W) - CANCELLED

Jennifer Hintenberger, MEd, BKin

KettleCamp is the combination of Kettlebells and Bootcamp. This CPTN intensive is an introduction to the Kettlecamp Coach Certification and will educate you on the most beneficial kettlebell exercises (swings, snatches, jerks, renegade rows, etc.), teach you how to decrease/eliminate common challenges associated with kettlebells (bruising or hand tears/blisters from improper technique) and introduce you to intense, but modifiable, KettleCamp HIIT workouts. All participants receive a handout with free KettleCamp workouts.

INT6: Mind-Shift: Coaching Change Psychology Using Choice Theory’s Transformative Yet Simple Tools (L) - CANCELLED

Heather Harrison, MEd, BKin, NCCP Certified, CEP, CPTN-CPT.M

A growing body of evidence suggests the skillful application of specific coaching techniques can support even the most stuck or resistant client to seek and maintain health behaviour change. This dynamic, practical session focuses on the Choice Theory Model of motivation and behaviour and its application to daily coaching interactions. Participants can expect to engage with: identifying psychological needs that drive behaviour, how to effectively solicit a detailed picture of a client’s needs and wants, how to bridge the gap between intention and behaviour, learn gentle confrontation techniques to address discrepancies between client goals and on-going behaviours, and much more. Shift one thing, change everything!

Intensive Sessions – Half-Day 2


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

INT7: Introduction to Kettlebell Sport (WS) - CANCELLED

Jennifer Hintenberger, MEd, BKin

What is the difference between kettlebells that are the same size but different weights and colour variations? The black kettlebells are traditionally used for general strength and conditioning - KettleCamp. The colourful bells are made for kettlebell sport; i.e. Girevoy Sport (GS). These kettlebells are the same size and shape regardless if they weigh 6kg or 40kg! Why? Find out in this session on Kettlebell Sport; one of the fastest growing sports in Canada. Join Jennifer, who recently won 2 World Championships/World Records in Spain with Team Canada, and is in charge of developing Team Canada for the IKMF World Championships in Poland being held on November 2019, for an intensive session that teaches you detailed technique in the kettlebell clean, jerk and snatch (both single and double bell), proper hand insertion, rack position and overhead lockout. Jennifer will also explain the opportunities available to you and your clients to participate in kettlebell sport, starting at the amateur level, and the progression to potentially represent your country on a World Stage.

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

INT8: Shift Happens: Harnessing Change Psychology to Help Clients Get Unstuck and Remain on Track (L)

Heather Harrison, MEd, BKin, NCCP Certified, CEP, CPTN-CPT.M

A growing body of evidence suggests the skillful application of specific coaching techniques can support even the most ‘stuck’ or resistant client to seek and maintain health behaviour change. This interactive, practice-based session introduces evidence-informed coaching tools from various change psychology theories that can support even the most ambivalent or resistant clients to move toward effective behaviour change. Participants can expect to engage with: Identifying the critical difference between external and internal motivation, the importance of self-efficacy and 4 ways to support it, how to skillfully apply autonomy support to increase client’s buy-in for reaching their goals, listening for, evoking and harnessing client language that signals their motivation for real change, and much, much more. Shift one thing, change everything!

Breakout Sessions – Includes Lunch


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

FR1A: The Business of Personal Training (L)

Paul Aspinall, BPE, MES, CPTN-CPT

Participants will develop an understanding of the principles of marketing and the fundamentals of small business management. The content is presented from a marketing perspective, focusing on strategies unique to the fitness industry. Marketing plans, advertising tools, and selling strategies are explored and developed to provide participants with information to launch successful fitness businesses.

FR1B: Motivational Interviewing for Fitness Professionals - Your Blueprint for Success (L)

Jodi Robinson, BSc, RD, CDE, PTS, RYT-200

Motivational interviewing is a communication style that helps you inspire, connect, and serve your clients with trust and likeability. This session is ideal for those looking to refine and sharpen their motivational interviewing skills to cultivate quality relationships, connect with diverse populations, and positively influence clients towards change. During this interactive session, we guide you through reflective activities that help you assess, reflect, and expand on essential motivational interviewing skills to best serve your clients. As well, we share a plethora of practical tools to help you successfully infuse motivational interviewing into your daily practice as a fitness professional with confidence.

9:15 AM to 10:45 AM

FR2A: The Art & Science of Building Your CPT Business (L)

Meg Sharp, MSc, BEd

Many great Personal Trainers will tell you they are extremely uncomfortable with selling. All you want to do is help more people; use your knowledge and motivational powers to make people healthier, stronger and happier as you work with integrity, honesty and transparency. There are specific sales steps that work which can help you be more successful. Let me help you understand how to make sense of and embrace each one of those steps and embed your expertise, integrity, authenticity and compassion in your client conversations.

FR2B: Exercise and Nutrition for Mental Health (L)

Igor Klibanov, BSc

We know that exercise, in general, is good for mental health, but how do you figure out the exact exercise prescription for your client? That’s exactly what you’ll learn in this seminar – the frequency, intensity, duration, and type of exercise most appropriate to manage anxiety and depression. Additionally, you will learn how food affects mental health. You will be able to tell the difference between good nutritional advice and bad advice as it pertains to mental health, in an evidence-based way.

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

FR3A: What is Your Superpower? (L)


Your “Superpower” creates a roadmap for how you define goals, navigate change and achieve results. Your definition creates a connection with you and your community through mentorship. Trish will describe three types of mentors and how you may connect with your clients to achieve results. She will discuss a roadmap while sharing stories from three entrepreneurs who are breaking barriers. Hear their three words of advice which you may use on your success journey. Define your “Superpower!”

FR3B: Why Your Gut is the CEO of Your Health (L)

Frances Michaelson, ND, BA, PTS

We live in a world of chaos when it comes to nutrition. Although there are many choices of foods to eat, we still face a plethora of allergies, intolerances, and stubborn belly fat. People are more confused than ever. While a diet plan may work well for one person, it does not necessarily suit another. This is because we are not what we eat, we are what we digest. In this lecture, you will gain a better understanding of nutrition, including the world of probiotics, prebiotics, and supplements in general. Walk away with a clear dietary plan designed for health and vitality.

12:15 PM to 12:45 PM

LUNCH: Hot Lunch Served to All Delegates

12:50 PM to 1:50 PM - All Delegates

FR4A: Applying Evidence - Informed Practice in a Fitness Setting (L)

Dr. Trevor Cottrell, PhD, CSCS

Evidence-informed practice (EIP) is a buzzword that is common in medical and health fields. The goal of EIP is to maintain currency and quality of interventions to maximize client-centred outcomes. It aims to prevent the misuse of interventions in situations where there may be minimal benefit or enhanced risk to the client. The fitness industry is evolving to include EIP. However, the industry is deeply reliant on gimmicks and fads to keep people interested and excited, which is sometimes in conflict with EIP principles. In this interactive lecture, participants will learn processes for integrating EIP into their practice and how to critically evaluate new product and service claims in the industry.

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

FR5A: Unraveling the Facts & Fads of Plant-Based Diets (L)

Jodi Robinson, BSc, RD, CDE, PTS, RYT-200

With the increasing popularity of plant-based diets and sustainable food sources, it’s important for fitness professionals to understand the facts and potential follies behind these movements. During this presentation, Jodi shares an overview of the pros and cons of plant-based eating focusing on the evidence behind the key nutrients, environmental impact, and effect on health and athletic performance while also highlighting the potential benefits of antioxidants, phytochemicals, sprouted grains, and more. Controversial topics such as soy-based foods and edible insects (as a sustainable, environmentally friendly food source) are also highlighted.

FR5B: Stress Management for the Busy Professional (L)

Igor Klibanov, BSc

If you're a trainer who works with busy professionals engaged in a high-stress job, you’re probably noticing its effects; low energy levels, reduced mental clarity and maybe even belly fat. You intuitively know that it’s not doing your clients’ health and performance much good. In this presentation, you’ll learn what you can do about it and learn how to fit exercise into your clients’ busy day, understand how stress affects the different physiological systems of the body, and figure out effective stress management strategies.

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

FR6A: Using Technology in Personal Training: Maximize Impact and Spend Less Time on Your Computer, More Time Coaching (L)

Christopher Chapman, MSc, CSCS, CEP, NCCP Certified

Do you spend much of your time in Excel building programs and tracking progress? Are you still logging with pen and paper? Fitness technology and software are now at a price point where the return on investment is massive through saving you time and providing great impact through progress tracking, client performance feedback and actionable data. This session will discuss the options available and interactively explore and demonstrate a Canadian made tech solution to help solve the everyday problems of trainers.

FR6B: Postural Syndrome (L)

Dr. Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc

Postural syndrome or upper crossed syndrome afflicts most, if not all, of our clients. If we look at it through the lens of anatomy, it merely is dysfunction of the thoracic spine, shoulder girdle, and inevitably the glenohumeral joint. Join me in this session and learn how to reduce and eliminate Postural Syndrome.


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