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2020 CPTN Personal Trainer Summit Session Information

Intensive Sessions – All-Day


8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

INT1: Fitness Kickboxing Level 1, 2 or 3 (WS)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, 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.

Intensive Sessions – Half-Day 1


8:30 AM to 12:45 PM

INT2: A Course In Breathing (WS)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M

In this 4-hour workshop, you learn and experience science-based yet efficient breathing techniques to help you reduce stress before, during, or after workouts. You will also see the benefits of breathing to help flatten the abdominal wall; improve digestion and reduce blood pressure; get faster results with flexibility training; improve muscle mass; improve strength and safety in strength training, and improve endurance.

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

10:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Frances Michaelson, ND, BA, PTS

The topic of hormones can be very complex. When people suffer from not losing weight, especially while exercising and making dietary adjustments, it appears that the factor they all have in common is an underlying problem with hormonal balance. Regulating hormones and fixing gut bacteria can do a lot to boost health. Simply looking at diets and calories to fix symptoms, including fatigue, skin issues, hair loss, weight gain, bloating, insomnia, PMS, infertility, impotence, and more, does not work. Addressing hormones is vital for recovery and regenerating the body. In this presentation, we dive deep into my top ten tips for achieving optimal hormonal balance for a lifetime.

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

10:00 AM to 12:45 PM

INT4: Osteoporosis Exercise Guidelines: Too Fit to Fracture (L)

Dr. Judith Laprade, PhD, MSc, BSc, BA

What exercise is safe and necessary for someone with Osteoporosis or even the beginnings of bone loss? This session will cover the internationally recognized exercise guidelines for osteoporosis and provide prescription guidelines and practical tips on how to incorporate into daily exercise routines.

Intensive Sessions – Half-Day 2


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

INT5: Proof That the IT Band Doesn’t Stretch. Challenges to Exercise Myths and Assumptions (L)

Dr. Judith Laprade, PhD, MSc, BSc, BA

Does the foam roller stretch out the IT Band or break down adhesions? Should we let the knees go in front of the feet when we do squats? Stretch after a workout or before…or at all? Weight belts…a help or a hinder to doing heavy lifting? Answers to exercise myths and assumptions like these and more using anatomical truths and current research.

Breakout Sessions – Includes Lunch


8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

FR1A: What About You? Self-Care Strategies Designed for Personal Training Professionals (L)

Amy Roosenboom, BA, RMT, Sports Business Management

As a personal training professional, you spend a significant amount of time and energy toward helping and encouraging your clients to live their healthiest lives. But what about you?!? This session goes beyond the physical dimension of wellness and explores other dimensions of wellness that can significantly improve your well-being and decrease the likelihood of burnout. You will learn proven strategies (some that take less than 2 minutes per day) that will serve to improve your social, emotional and intellectual wellness.

FR1B: 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. In this session, participants engage with: Identifying the critical difference between external and internal motivation; the importance of self-efficacy and four 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!

FR1C: What to do When Your Client Gets a Cancer Diagnosis (L)


If you have been in the fitness industry for a while, there is a 50/50 likelihood you have encountered a client who has either received a cancer diagnosis, has completed cancer treatment, or is in the process of cancer treatment. Statistically, current reports state that 1 in 2 Canadians will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes. Are you prepared for the inevitability that you will encounter this scenario with your clients? Do you know what to do? Can you still work with them? Is it safe to work with them? The short answer is, "It depends." Find out what you (and your clients) need to know if you intend to continue working together through one of the toughest battles they could face in their lifetime.

FR1D: Building a Successful Health Podcast (L)

Samantha Gladish, BSc, RHN

Learn how to build your brand and elevate your coaching career through podcasting. Registered Holistic Nutritionist, yoga instructor, author and leading podcaster Samantha Gladish teaches the fundamentals of creating a successful, sustainable podcast.

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

FR2A: The Business of Personal Training: 20 Principles to Success (L)

John Paul Catanzaro, BSc, CEP

Discover the tools for success in The Business of Personal Training. Why settle for an average income? Learn how to quickly boost revenue and maximize your money-making potential with 20 key principles.

FR2B: Creating an Online Course (L)

Dr. Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc, ART, Med Ac

The rise in technology has changed the way many of us learn. Online courses are an excellent resource for working professionals, as they allow us to learn from the comfort of our homes or work environments. As fitness professionals, to expand our reach to both clients and colleagues with busy, demanding schedules, creating an online course may be the answer! Learn how to organize content, create examinations, and which learning management system to use to deliver your course. Strategically marketing and pricing your online course will also be discussed.

FR2C: Strength Training for the Foot (WS)


Foot development is not a sexy topic, but it can be the low-hanging fruit that improves the performance outcomes and orthopedic health of both competitive athletes and the general, recreational population. This course explores practical strategies for assessing and developing the strength and stability of the feet in the weight room and at home by looking at the following: (1) Rock Mats and Rough Terrain: Why spending time bare-foot is important; (2) What to look for when assessing someone’s feet; (3) Diabetes, Aging, and the Foot: Glucose and the Nervous System;(4) Training to improve posture, movement, and athletic performance.

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

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM

FR3A: From Training to Empowering (L)


Are you frustrated working with clients who never get the results you were both hoping to achieve? So was I. As a wellness professional and personal trainer, I had those clients. At the CPTN Conference in 2017, I found the answer. Z-Health Education transformed my business. Z-Health provides cutting-edge applied pain and performance neurology training for fitness professionals. They offer a precise, brain-based training system specifically designed to impact the controller of movement—the human nervous system. Applied neuroscience assessments and drills, combined with my knowledge and experience, transformed my business from training to empowering.

FR3B: Publish a Book and Fill Up Your Schedule With Clients (L)

Igor Klibanov, BA, CPT

In this session, you will learn the power of having a book, and how to use it as a marketing tool, to: gain more clients, raise your rates, be seen as an authority, distinguish yourself from the competition. You can achieve all of the above even if you don’t know what to write about; you don’t know how to publish a book; you don’t know where to start; you have no idea how to use it as a marketing tool; you don’t have much time to write a book; you don’t think you’re qualified.

FR3C: Core Fusion (WO)

Deanna Lawson-Langford, BA, CCF-CMCP, CPTN-CPT.M, OFC-TFL

With a focus on the muscles that support the core, this flowing Core Fusion workshop can be applied as a class format or pulled apart for use with one-on-one clients. This class brings together the health-related fitness components of endurance and flexibility and provides an experience that includes a focus on the elements of balance and coordination. Progressions, regressions and modifications will be offered to create an inclusive experience.

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

FR3D: Helping the Breast Cancer Client (L)

Anne Marie Collingwood, BA, CPTN-CPT, GFL

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “on average, 74 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day”. As personal trainers, we can help women in their recovery and wellness journey. Anne Marie will share the candid story of her own experience with breast cancer and her role in developing breast cancer-focused programs offered at YWCA Hamilton. Drawing on her specialized training and the impact received by countless women, Anne Marie will teach you about secondary health concerns that can arise from breast cancer and resources that may be beneficial. Additionally, come and try exercises that address some of the challenges women face after breast cancer surgery and treatment. As a trainer, you can offer hope.

12:45 PM to 1:15 PM

LUNCH: Hot Lunch Served to All Delegates

1:15 PM to 1:55 PM - All Delegates

FR4A: What About Me (L)


Being a fitness professional, mentoring, teaching, coaching and educating hundreds to thousands of people is one of the most gratifying professions there is. It is the very reason you became certified and the motivating factor that gets you out of bed every day. But as the years have passed, you may have wondered, is there more for me? What else can I do? How else can I achieve success both financially and mentally? You turn to the Internet and see tons of self-proclaimed experts touting their expertise, and you hear of "trainers to the stars" and see experts on TV and wonder, could that be me? Perhaps you are looking to own a gym or studio, and perhaps you do and are looking to expand. You’ve seen hundreds of cool new inventions, equipment and technology and the explosion of the nutrition and supplement industry; maybe that is where you should focus some effort? The truth is that every one of these things and many more we don’t yet know is not only possible but plausible with the right attitude and a few key things to consider. When asked, "What about you?" your answer should be: “I’m right here. I am ready for any challenge, and I am ready to get started right now! Resources in fitness are plentiful, ideas for new exercises and programs are endless, but resources for future growth and self-fulfillment are often scarce unless you know where to look and how to activate them. The "What About Me" Keynote exposes the "how-to and where to" secrets of unlocking your future and your potential.

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

FR5A: Injury Prevention Strategies for Ageing Clients (L)

John Paul Catanzaro, BSc, CEP

The effects of ageing are unavoidable. Physiological changes affect the quality of tissue and can predispose the ageing client to greater injury risk. Learn how to reduce the risk through proper training and healthy dietary and lifestyle habits. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! The secret to longevity in the gym is being able to find a way to train without getting hurt. Discover unique and novel strategies that ageing clients can use to prevent injuries. If you work with clients that are in their late twenties or older, then this seminar is for you.

FR5B: Nutritional Considerations for Breathing and Movement (L)

Angela Pereira, BSc (Honours), RKin, CNP, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-CYS, CSCS, ROHP

The muscles of the pelvic floor and diaphragm not only team up to stabilize our trunk - did you know that they also play a big part in determining the pH of our body, our heart rate variability, our gut motility and our digestion? Whether we are breathing with our mouths closed, how we choose our food and plan our daily and weekly menus, if we have regular daily bowel movements, how well protein is digested in our stomach before passing into the intestines - these are closely linked to our muscle awareness, activation and movement patterns. If nutrition, breathing, and movement aren’t optimized we can have problems stabilizing our blood sugar. This can lead to chronic inflammation in the body and result in the development of multiple chronic autoimmune diseases. Join Angela to find out just how closely connected nutrition, breathing and movement really are!

FR5C: Partner-Assisted Stretching: How to Optimize Your Client’s Flexibility (WS)

Amy Roosenboom, BA, RMT, Sports Business Management

Do your clients have low back pain? This interactive and practical session will provide you with insight around the most common cause of back pain and the one stretch that is making it worse! This session will begin with a comprehensive anatomy review of major muscle groups in the trunk and hips. The primary focus of the session will revolve around a demonstration of partner-assisted stretching and an active discussion of common client conditions and dysfunctional movement patterns. Participants will learn how to create an appropriate stretching program for clients with general low back pain due to a hyperlordotic posture.

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

FR5D: Get Published & Get noticed (L)

Fred Antwi, CEO, Publisher & Marketing Strategist and Ashley Shaw, BA (Honours), CPT

Writing articles, getting published and developing your brand are just a few ways you can expand your opportunities as a fitness professional and increase your bottom line. Sweat Equity Lifestyle Media Group (SELMG) is offering a first-of-its-kind, interactive, and highly-personalized session, where you will have the opportunity to learn directly from an online fitness marketing specialist, and publisher of 3 national fitness magazines on the newsstand. We collaborated our expertise to create the Get Published & Get Noticed action plan. It gives the exact framework, action steps, and resources you need to turn your ambition to be published or to separate yourself in a sea of trainer sameness into a reality.

FR5E: Anti-Aging Strategies - Beyond Bands and Aquafit (L)

Dr. Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc, ART, Med Ac

As our population ages, our clients seek out our expertise to prevent the inevitable changes that occur as we get old. Fortunately, science and research have demonstrated that individuals in their 50s, 60s, and into their 70s and 80s can improve their strength, body composition, function, but most importantly, their biomarkers. Join us and learn tools, ranging from movements, nutritional strategies, and recovery methods to maintain function as we age.

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

FR6A: 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; 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.

FR6B: How to Double Your Business in 1 Year With Public SPeaking (L)

Igor Klibanov, BA, CPT

If you want more clients and to be seen as the go-to authority in your city, public speaking is one of the fastest ways to establish yourself as such. In this session, you will learn the benefits of public speaking, how to get booked for speaking engagements, the three necessary elements for public speaking success, the difference between speaking for motivation vs. speaking for education vs. speaking for sales. Reap the benefits of the above even if you don’t know what to say, you’re scared of public speaking or if you’re already using social media.

FR6C: How to Get the Most Out of Tabata Training (WS)

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M

Many trainers use Tabata Training, but almost no one knows that the original protocol was not a fat-burning workout but designed to improve VO2 max. In this science-based session, you will learn what type of clients can use Tabata and the specific program variables that allow you to optimize fat burning or cardiorespiratory fitness for busy clients.

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

FR6D: Bodyweight Bootcamp (WO)

Deanna Lawson-Langford, BA, CPTN-CPT.M, OFC-TFL, CCF-CMCP

Whether in a group fitness format or working with a client one-on-one, creating an effective total body workout without equipment can be a challenge! Join Maria and Deanna for a body-weight only boot camp with loads of take-home exercises that include progressions, regressions and modifications to create a fun, inclusive exercise experience for everyone.

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

FR6E: Working With Young Athletes (L)


One of the most under-represented niches in the personal training market today is young athletes. Yes, they have coaches for their teams, many of whom are volunteer parents who take the role just to ensure their child has a team to play on. And if they are lucky, a team of 20 football or soccer players may have access to one strength coach, who, in many cases, develops a generic program that all players follow, regardless of their training development needs. In this session, we will discuss several topics, such as the benefits of strength training during the pubescent and adolescent periods. How to market/pitch your services to youth athletes and organizations. The most common concerns/doubts received from parents and organizations relating to youth strength training. How to analyze the available literature to reassure the general population of its efficacy, safety, and value; the complexities, contraindications, and pre-requisite knowledge required to work with pre-adolescent and adolescent athletes.


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