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2018 CPTN Personal Trainer Summit Session Information

Intensive Sessions – All-Day

CECs: CPTN-7, IYCA-4, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

INT1: Functional Aging Specialist Workshop

Debi Pillarella, MEd, MES, FAS, CPT

The rapid growth of the ageing population (age 50+) presents an unprecedented opportunity for the fitness professional who understands how to train these clients effectively. This comprehensive and innovative program is just what you need to become an expert in functional fitness for mature adults. This interactive workshop will give you the tools and teach you the skills necessary to implement functional training techniques, strategies and movements that are important to your ageing clientele. Also, learn to conduct meaningful functional assessments and develop effective exercise programs. Whether you lead private training, small-group training or group fitness classes, the techniques learned in this valuable workshop will serve you and your clients for years to come.

INT2: Kettlebell Camp

Jennifer Hintenberger, BKin, MEd

This session introduces participants to the benefits of using kettlebells in combination with body weight exercises for safe and effective workouts that encompass a wide variety of physical benefits (cardio, strength, endurance, speed, power, core stability and more) all in the same training session. Participants learn a minimum of 10 kettlebell and 10 bodyweight exercises that can be combined to create several 20-60 minute workouts modifiable for all levels of fitness. Learned kettlebell exercises include kettlebell swings, double bell swings, cleans, proper rack and lockout position, single and double snatches, jerks, Turkish getups, renegade rows, push presses and more.

Intensive Sessions – Half-Day 1

CECs: CPTN-4, IYCA-2, NSCA-0.4, OFC-4

8:00 AM to 12:15 PM

INT3: Introduction to Cancer Exercise

Andrea Leonard, BA, CSCS, CPT, CES, PES

This workshop provides health and fitness professionals with a general understanding of the acute and chronic side-effects of cancer surgery and treatment. Participants will gain an understanding of 1) How cancer surgery and therapy impacts physical mobility, posture, activities of daily living, and survivorship. 2) The signs and symptoms of upper and lower extremity lymphedema and how to prevent and manage them. 3) How to develop a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program to help correct muscle imbalance and range of motion limitations while addressing other acute and chronic treatment side effects.

INT4: A Master Class in Inversions - CANCELLED

Angela Jervis-Read, BA (Honours), E-RYT 500, YACEP

To master these fundamentals we need to conquer our fear of falling, develop strength as well as flexibility and grow our ability to concentrate. We will work on core stabilization exercises and flexibility training that pertain specifically to the following inversions: Handstand, headstand and forearm balance. Inversions are useful for developing upper body and core strength, mental stability and are one of the best stress busters out there. Build confidence and courage in a fun and playful atmosphere.

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

INT5: Using Mobility as the Foundation for Function

Kennedy Lodato, CPT

Self-myofascial release (SMR) has been shown to relieve muscle and joint pain and improve flexibility and range of motion. This 4-hour workshop teaches an advanced approach to SMR and covers fundamental principles of human movement science including anatomy, joint motion, function and dysfunction, and the art of useful assessments. Participants walk away with an understanding of movement principles and hands-on experience coaching and cueing various assessments along with SMR techniques utilizing the MB5 to best assist individuals in maximizing their movement patterns. Fee includes MB5 and course manual.

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

INT6: Advanced Weight Training Assessment Techniques

Dr. Ken Kinakin, DC, CSCS

This session will teach you how to assess weight training exercises through muscle testing specific muscles of the shoulder joint. You will also learn to do advanced techniques such as Isometric Agonist Antagonist Exercise and Energetic isometric exercise. These Prehab techniques impact the neurological system to increase muscle recruitment. With any dysfunction, muscular contraction is decreased due to altered neurological firing or proprioception. Learn how to safely muscle test different shoulder muscles to determine what is weak and what isometric exercises will be most effective. You also learn how to use energetic modalities such as multi-polar magnets to increase the muscular contraction.

Intensive Sessions – Half-Day 2

CECs: CPTN-3, IYCA-1.5, NSCA-0.3, OFC-3

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

INT7: Refining Joint Mobility Exercises

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

Dynamic Mobility Exercises are used to prepare for a specific movement. In contrast, joint mobility exercises are used to nourish a specific joint with synovial fluid. During this hands-on workshop you will get to try: 1) joint mobility exercises for all joints of the body--as the backdrop for discussing complexity as the parameter for progression of joint mobility exercises; 2) ways of directing attention to fine-tune 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.

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

INT8: Functional Fitness Training for Neuro-diverse Clients

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

Using unconventional and alternative approaches to traditional and non-traditional training apparatus, and strategies of embedding motor learning and fundamental movement patterns, participants will practice observation and analysis of training based movement patterns, task breakdown, progression and activity design as they explore adaptive programming for neuro-diverse clients. Trainers prepared to engage neuro-diverse clients can transfer these skills to their engagement with ageing and rehabilitating clients, as well as expand their repertoire of training options for their neuro-typical clients.

INT9: The Art of Letting Go

Angela Jervis-Read, BA (Honours), E-RYT 500, YACEP

All competitive athletes train hard and eat right. Other than genetics, what gives athletes an edge and what determines who's on and who's not on game day? Where your head is at is the most crucial factor for any athlete. Fear because of a fall or trepidation because of a nagging injury, are examples of how an emotional response can interfere with the task at hand. In this workshop, learn how to get focused, leave the past behind and dive into competition mode with no hesitation.

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

Breakout Sessions – Includes Lunch

CECs: CPTN-7, IYCA-4, NSCA-0.7, OFC-7

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

FR1A: Trade Secrets of Top Performing Training Businesses (L)

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

Personal Training is a relatively young industry. Thirty years ago in Toronto, there were a handful of instructors catering to the privileged few. Currently, private training is attainable for all levels of clientele and professionals alike. How do you differentiate yourself? Moreover, how do you take your career and client base to the next level? Trade Secrets will share the learning, trials, outright failures, staffing strategies, and financial planning choices that contributed to making a top performing business a sound, predictable, dependable company worth more than a million dollars. You will learn about: 1) Creating client loyalty as routine, not an anomaly. 2) Promotion of the expert. 3) How to establish your fees and how to change them. 4) Studio space - the demise of great practitioners and how to win this battle; 5) Asking for and getting quality referrals. 6) Your Target Market. 7) Quality education beyond academic institutions. 8) All the extras that make a business thrive.

FR1B: Functional Neurology and Midbrain Optimization (WS)

Kevin Duguay, CPTN-CPRCS

As personal trainers, our journey into optimizing our health and wellness is paramount for us as health care 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 is for the daily tasks that we perform every day. The participants of this seminar will experience firsthand via stability testing, strength testing and flexibility testing, the immediate changes in human performance when the midbrain is placed in homeostasis in conjunction with the use of Voxx HPT.

9:15 AM to 10:45 AM

FR2A: Get Active Questionnaire and Your Liability (L)

Paul Aspinall, BPE, MES, CPTN-CPT

Liability waivers, do they work? Do they help manage risk from accidents involving other people’s activities? Are they worth having? Generally speaking, a thorough liability wavier is worth having as one of several steps to manage and reduce risk. Since your clients are involved in physical activity, a prior review of ability and a properly signed waiver before starting any exercise is paramount. Join me to navigate through the waiver and how it can protect your business.

FR2B: Too Fit to Fracture: Osteoporosis Guidelines (L)

Judith, PhD

Too Fit to Fracture is a series of exercise recommendations for people with osteoporosis or spine fractures. It was developed by expert consensus using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) method, which is endorsed by the World Health Organization and the Cochrane Collaboration, to determine the quality of evidence for each recommendation in the existing scientific literature. The Too Fit to Fracture expert panel included researchers and clinicians from Australia, Canada, Finland, and the USA, as well as partners from Osteoporosis Canada.

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

FR3A: Fitness Business 101: To Be or Not to Be (L)

Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPT

Business experts say you will never get rich working for someone else. It is a statement illustrated by reports about the millions made by fitness clubs from personal training, although they have a high turnover rate of trainers. Not everyone is suited to lead and run their own business and from what we have witnessed, many trainers with the dream, have missed the step of performing a thorough self-assessment to determine their suitability to operate a business. Join us in an open forum for an honest and frank discussion on the cold hard facts about what it takes to run your own business; your leadership and organizational style, branding, recruiting, retention and more.

FR3B: Lessons from Sports: Goal Setting for Everyone (L)

Ed McNeely, MSc, CSCS

High-performance athletes are goal oriented individuals; they like having targets and challenges that fuel their competitive desires. From Key Performance Indicators to Gold Medal profiles, high-performance sports is all about continually setting and refining goals. This presentation will outline the goal-setting process, from determining and understanding underlying motivations, fears and desires to using goals as a motivational tool for immediate, daily, short-term, long-term, and career progress. We will examine how the goal-setting process for elite athletes can be applied to other people.

FR3C: Yoga Nidra: The Art of Relaxation And Beyond (WS)

Irina Kazakevic, MEd, AYS, E-RYT 200, CRYT, YACEP, RCYS

On the most basic level Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a method of complete relaxation and maximizing health and well-being. It promotes deep rest not found in an average meditation practice. Yoga Nidra is a practice that everyone, from children to seniors, can do. In this workshop, you will go through the stages of the body scan, breath awareness and setting an intention. You will experience multiple benefits of this powerful practice, including calming the nervous system, reducing stress and releasing deep-seated emotions. You will learn how to introduce Yoga Nidra to your clients to help them cope with everyday stressors and bring peace and freedom into their lives.

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

12:15 PM to 12:45 PM

LUNCH: Hot Lunch Served to All Delegates

12:45 PM to 1:50 PM

KEYNOTE – Lessons Learned (L)

Sheldon Persad, MSc, CSCS, SWC©, CPTN-CPT.M

The fitness industry has changed drastically over the past 25 years. During this session, Sheldon will share how trends have evolved and shaped the industry. Additionally, he will present successful and unsuccessful marketing strategies with a focus on the CPTN and the companies he has associated with for over two decades. This session consists of one part reflection about lessons learned, one part strategies to avoid common pitfalls, plus one part helpful tips to set your business up for continued success.

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

FR4A: Internal Control Psychology for Fitness Professionals (L)

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

Choice Theory, developed by Dr. William Glasser, is an explanation of human behaviour based on internal motivation. This session is an introduction to Internal Control Psychology - Choice Theory as a practical approach to supporting client-centred behaviour change. Its integration into coaching can highlight the mental and behavioural aspects of choice that both help and hinder client success and lay the groundwork for clients to select more effective behaviours consistently. Participants can expect to engage with the following concepts: five needs that drive all client behaviour; four components of “total behaviour” and how they will inform your coaching; creating an environment conducive to quality performance; and effectively addressing discrepancies between client goals and behaviour.

FR4B: Foot to Core Sequencing and its Impact on Human Movement (L)

Kennedy Lodato, CPT

As the only contact point between the body and the ground, the human foot plays a critical role in the control of dynamic movement. Join EBFA Master Instructor Kennedy Lodato as he explores the concept of foot to core sequencing from a neuromuscular approach. From breathing patterns to pelvic floor stability, the activation of core stabilizers must be integrated with the stability of the foot. Experience activation exercises and progressions to enhance client programming from the ground up.

FR4C: Fascial Yoga (WS)

Jessica Milne, RYT-200, CPT

Yoga with the focus on fascial tension and compression system optimizes gains in posture and strength. This Fascial Yoga session explores the fascial lines of the body that connect toe to brow and organs to clavicle. With a clearer understanding of the fascial anatomy, the yoga decoaptation poses will be taught, freeing up innervation and vascular circulation. These are necessary tools for the advanced trainer looking to optimize client results.

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

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

FR5A: 3 Things You Can Do in the Next 30 Days to Increase Your Revenue (L)

Graham Brown, MSc, NCCP, CPTN-CPT.M

With over 15 years of experience working in the fitness industry, Graham has learned what doesn’t work. Luckily he also learned what does. In this interactive workshop, Graham will review three different ideas including creating a perfect client avatar to improve your marketing, a simple sales process to improve your close rates and discussing optional revenue streams you can add to improve your client experience. All of these systems you will be able to swipe and implement into your fitness business over the next 30 days that will definitely increase your business revenue. If you are struggling to get consistent leads into your business, this is a must attend.

FR5B: You Have A Muscle Imbalance That We Need To Correct. Or Do We? (L)

Ed McNeely, MSc, CSCS

It is very common for personal trainers or strength coaches to do various types of movement assessments to determine muscle imbalances or asymmetries that need to be corrected. While this may seem like a good idea, not every asymmetry is bad. In some cases, asymmetries are normal and necessary to perform a sport or job efficiently. This presentation will look at asymmetries, how they are measured and whether they should be corrected or not.

FR5C: Fascial Posture Training System (WS)

Emily Everett, RMT, RYT-200

The fascial posture training system (FPTS) is a unique combination of posture and alignment focusing on opening all joint lines of the body to increase innervation and vascular circulation improving client sports performance, agility, and injury prevention. The FPTS seminar will introduce participants to the five fascial lines and review the mechanisms of fascia and how to pin and release three common client issues.


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