Current members must log into the Members Portal to receive membership rates for online courses, exams, workshops and conferences.

2023 CPTN Personal Trainer Online Summit Session Information

All Online Sessions

CECs: CPTN-7/14, OFC-7/14

Featured Session

S01: The Neurology of Aging and Motor Control

Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CES

Aging is an inevitable aspect of humanity that we cannot stop – however, with advances in science, there are now many daily rituals we can do which can dramatically slow down the again process. Join Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist Dr. Emily Splichal as she explores how our nervous system ages and how we can protect our motor control and balance with age. As a movement specialist, her passion lies in applying anti-aging science related to movement longevity.

Credit(s): 1.0

Older Adult Training

S02: Better Balance

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

Based on the 6 Steps to Better Balance, this session’s content can be delivered to clients in a one-on-one session, a small group training session, or used to enhance components of a client’s existing programs. Balance work is so much more than core training. As such, the application of the 6 Steps to Better Balance sees this workshop focusing on a progressive approach to training: proper postural alignment, mechanics, stability and mobility of the foot, ankle, hip, and knee; core training; overall wellness techniques that support better balance; and balance exercises with progressions and regressions.

Credit(s): 1.5

S03: Concurrent Training for Older Adults

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M

Should clients do cardiorespiratory training or resistance training first in the session? To lose fat, build muscle and be healthy, fitness clients combine cardiorespiratory and strength training in the same session or week (concurrent training). However, there is a risk that combining cardiorespiratory training and strength training negatively affects muscle building (unless you optimally design the program). This lecture reviews the science of concurrent training and delivers seven program templates that optimize the interaction between resistance training and cardiorespiratory training.

Credit(s): 1.5

S04: Falls & Fractures in Osteoporosis: What Can Exercise Do?

Judith Laprade, PhD, MSc, BSc, BA

Osteoporotic fractures resulting from a fall are the most significant negative consequence of the disease itself. Fragility fractures are more common than many chronic conditions and diseases, but fortunately, research demonstrates that exercise directly reduces fall-related injuries. This session will provide practical examples and an overview of the most up-to-date exercise recommendations derived from the best evidence, including determining fracture risk, factors for falls, and what specific interventions are effective in preventing falls and improving quality of life.

Credit(s): 1.0

Post-Rehabilitation & Injuries

S05: Fascia and the Nervous System for Training

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

This session will summarize the ascending and descending nervous system pathways, the cerebellum, basil ganglion, VOR (vestibular ocular reflex) and how all these systems integrate into joint and mechanical proprioception. Functional movement and exercise skills will follow this foundation to enhance client balance and coordination, contributing to more significant fitness gains. We will review the fascial system and how it supports the nervous system and its pathways highlighted. Participants can expect to create a toolbox of testing skills, a theoretical understanding of the nervous system, an anatomical knowledge of the fascial system, and a comprehensive set of movement exercises to enhance the proprioceptive feedback system.

Credit(s): 1.5

S06: Functional Neurology and Midbrain Optimization

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

As personal trainers, our journey into optimizing our health and wellness is paramount for us as healthcare advocates and to assist our clients with maintaining an optimal level of well-being and quality of life. Our journey into neurology has shown how critical brain function, neuroplasticity, and CNS homeostasis are for our daily tasks. The participants of this seminar will experience firsthand, via stability testing, strength testing and flexibility testing, the immediate changes in human performance when we place the midbrain in homeostasis in conjunction with Voxx HPT.

Credit(s): 1.5

S07: Glute Activation: What Shuts Them Off and Turns Them Back On

Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc, ART, Med Ac

Can the glutes be "shut off"? When examined through the lens of neurology, it is possible and quite common for glutes to lose their ability to contract maximally. Possible causes include neuromuscular junction dysfunction, nerve impairment, transmission, and reciprocal inhibition. Even when we rule out these pathologies, exercise execution and compensation patterns can alter glute activation patterns. This session will explore underlying causes and solutions to reduced activation of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus.

Credit(s): 1.5

S08: Intro to Myofascial Cupping

Iain Kemp, MPT, PT, CPT

In this abridged version of our FMT RockPods Myofascial cupping course, we introduce the concepts of skin/fascial decompression to help improve tissue mobility, improve movement effectiveness and efficiency, and modulate pain. This presentation will cover the relevant anatomy, physiology and neurology behind the proposed effects of myofascial cupping, and how we can utilize that information in novel applications to help people feel and move better.

Credit(s): 1.0

S09: Muscle Activation for Common Injury Sites: Shoulder, Low Back, and Knee

Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc, ART, Med Ac

Injuries and pain can cause muscle weakness or inhibition. Similarly, weak and inhibited muscles can result in pain and an increased risk of injuries. Designing a program to address injuries can be a puzzle as specific movements can exacerbate conditions, yet, required for injury prevention and pain reduction. This seminar will cover the relationship between common injuries and dysfunctional muscles, focusing on muscle testing, activation exercises, and kinesiotaping applications.

Credit(s): 1.5

Mobility Training

S10: Flexible Steel: Untying the 4 Knots

Louka Kurcer, BFA, CES

The shoulders and the hips tie the arms and the legs to your body; this is obvious. But to take the knot analogy further, to function correctly, a knot cannot be too loose – it comes undone, and your shoe comes off, or it’s too tight, in which case you cannot untie it; you cannot ever remove your shoe. To have a functioning knot, you must have a perfect balance of strength and flexibility. You must be like flexible steel. Flexible steel bends but does not break. The session will be on gaining more flexibility and mobility in the hips, thoracic spine (Tspine), and shoulders. Why? Because we will get a massive bang for our buck if we can make even minor improvements in these key areas.

Credit(s): 1.5

S11: Ground Force Method: Movement Exploration

Louka Kurcer, BFA, CES

Ground Force Method (GFM) is a movement system focused on the quality of your movement. Moving better should be the goal before you move more, stronger, or faster. The GFM Session can be used as a warm-up and warm-down. The goal is to build movement literacy while having fun and working in the flow state, which makes people want to perform any activity more than once. The flow in this set-up is an ultimate work-capacity builder. In the flow state, you can do more because time becomes secondary to the drive to move, to move well, and to string any number of movements together in a sequence.

Credit(s): 1.5

S12: Introduction to the Global Laws of Movement

Ricky Stanzi, BA

GOATA (Greatest of All Time Actions) Movement was founded on the study of the most durable humans on the planet. These groups of humans include indigenous tribes-people, multi-decade professional athletes with minimal injuries over their career, and late age athletes who can still compete injury-free in events such as marathons and triathlons into their 80s. Through the study of these groups – a clear pattern of movement and rest presented itself. This finding led to the realization of an innate design for human movement. Humans move a particular way, allowing us to be extraordinarily durable and thrive in the wild for the past 200,000 years. We're built to be injury-proof. In this session, participants will learn the importance of organization inside the musculoskeletal system during the gait cycle and the ideal pattern of forward movement, allowing them to start to spot movement errors in their clientele.

Credit(s): 1.0

S13: Refining Joint Mobility Exercises

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M

We use Dynamic Mobility Exercises to prepare for a specific movement. In contrast, we use joint mobility exercises to nourish a specific joint with synovial fluid. This workshop will expose you to 1) joint mobility exercises for all joints of the body—as the backdrop for discussing complexity as the parameter for the progression of joint mobility exercises; 2) ways of directing attention to fine-tuning the training outcome (the observer effect); 3) the best ways to breathe; and 4) ways of using joint mobility exercises to refine the body’s bio-energy field. The exercise progressions are simple yet elegant and do not require extraordinary flexibility or coordination.

Credit(s): 1.5

In-Home Training

S14: Maximizing At-Home Personal Training

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

The shift to in-home training over the last few years has been one of the largest the fitness field has ever experienced. While many folks returned to in-person training as soon as possible, at-home training is here to stay for many clients. Are you maximizing all the opportunities this training format allows? This session consists of two components: 1) the logistics/business side of training at home (e.g. session type and timing, “dos” and “don’ts” for in-home work) and 2) the exercise and program design side of training at home (e.g. how to keep programs engaging, practical and keep clients motivated).

Credit(s): 1.0

S15: Portable Products for Practical Programming

Marc Lebert, BA, CPT, NLP Practitioner

When I started my PT career over 25 years ago, I had minimal tools to enhance my clients' workouts. Portable products can help, especially for trainers who work in client homes. From equipment like EQs to medicine balls and everything in between, we will explore many ways to use them! Whether PT or group fitness, these tools can help you get creative with your training sessions and classes. You will leave with more ideas than you can immediately implement.

Credit(s): 1.0

Fitness Business

S16: The Bestseller Blueprint: 5 Easy Steps to an Amazon Bestseller in 1 Month

Igor Klibanov, BA, CPT

Learn how to write an Amazon bestseller predictably; even if you are a terrible writer, you don't know what to write about and don't have time. This presentation will teach you the 5-step process to make your book an Amazon bestseller. Plus, you'll learn essential concepts, like the scientific way to choose a compelling book title, how to get a million-dollar book cover for only $20, what to write inside your book, how many sales you need to become an Amazon bestseller, how to make those sales, and more.

Credit(s): 1.0

S17: How to Elevate Your Brand and Stand Out With Your Online Presence

Francesca Cadhit, BSc

What do you write on a webpage or online profile? How can you make your message stand out to your dream clients? Where do you start? Your web presence, including your CPTN webpage, is critical to your sales funnel. Consider this: if you double your conversion rate, you double your leads and business. In this presentation, I share my copywriting tips on how to write a webpage that converts without the overwhelm.

Credit(s): 1.0

S18: The Top 5 Strategies to Grow Your Client Roster from the Gym Floor

Brandon Green, RTSm, CMSS

As a Personal Trainer, you have two critical distinctions. Besides contractual relationships, you are an entrepreneur generating your own business, brand and culture while also being an intrapreneur, a representative of the company you work at, in or own. Recognizing yourself as a brand with a niche gives you the first step to start dominating your business growth from the gym floor. Guaranteed, you will have a fruitful career if you employ the five strategies consistently.

Credit(s): 1.0

Lifestyle & Wellness

S19: Diabetes for Trainers: Nutrition Essentials to Help Your Client

Jodi Robinson, BSc, RD, CDE

30% of Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The expectation is that this number will increase. As a fitness professional, being able to help a client take charge of their diabetes can be incredibly rewarding. This session will cover all the nutrition essentials for diabetes, including updated nutrition guidelines, common myths and misconceptions, resources, and your scope of practice as a fitness professional. Walk away with a well-equipped nutrition toolbox to help your clients manage their diabetes!

Credit(s): 1.0

S20: The Program Predicament

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

Certified Personal Trainers make their clients fabulous, science-based, and effective programs. The challenging truth, however, is that no matter how great the program, many clients still need help making lasting changes. When supporting clients through lifestyle change, simply providing more information about exercise recommendations is not usually the answer. This session covers key wellness coaching skills and tools to help trainers better support the change process and set their clients up for success.

Credit(s): 1.5

S21: How to Train A Unicorn

Heather Harrison, MEd, BKin, CSEP-CEP, CSEP-HPS

To survive as nomadic hunters / gathers 12,000 years ago, our brains became conditioned to have a fondness for other people like us (our tribe) and an aversion to difference. This psychological conditioning is persistent now in our everyday lives and as professionals. How do you train a unicorn? You recognize its uniqueness, demystify its existence and knowingly challenge archaic human conditioning. This session is for trainers interested in understanding how equity, diversity and inclusion can create a stable, health-promoting environment for all clientele.

Credit(s): 1.0