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The Art and Science of Personal Training

Important: Please read the CPTN-CPT Getting Started Guidelines to learn about its relationship to this workshop.


The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop is designed for those interested in becoming a Personal Trainer but not sure where to start or candidates who have what it takes to be a good trainer but lack the science-based education behind the training techniques. This 32 hour beginner level course is held over 2 weekends and covers the essentials in theoretical and practical components of the CPTN Personal Trainer Certification process.

Participants are expected to have read a portion of the CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual before the first weekend of the course.

The following topics will be discussed:

Required Text:

Note: The manual is mailed out prior to start of the workshop and it is also provided with non-member registration.

Recommended Text:


  • Notebooks, pen, pencil, paper etc…

Note: Attendees do not require First Aid or CPR training to attend this workshop. Candidates pursuing the CPTN-CPT certification are required to obtain current First Aid and CPR certification before proceeding to practical testing.

Course Instructors

Paul Aspinall, BPE, MES, CPTN-CPT

Paul is a Professor at Sheridan College where he teaches Business for Fitness Professionals as well as Nutrition and Workplace Safety. He is a CPTN Certified Personal Trainer, Practical Assessor, Course Conductor and a Medical Exercise Specialist. His education background includes a degree in Physical Education with a major in Athletic Therapy and a Diploma in Fitness and Lifestyle Management from George Brown College.

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

Graham Brown is the owner of New U Personal Training Studio in Listowel, Ontario. He holds a degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology and additional training in Coaching and Sports Psychology. He spent a year overseas studying at an elite sports school where he taught North American sports and coached several athletes. Graham has earned the CPTN award of Merit, as well as, local business awards and an international fitness business award. His qualifications in fitness, and ability to teach, have given him several opportunities within the fitness industry as an educator, conducting workshops for people wanting to become a personal trainer and a presenter for conferences and seminars. For more information please visit

Lee Fielder, BKin (Honours), MA, CPTN-CPT

Lee Fielder has a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science from Brock University and is currently teaching health and fitness topics part-time at the college level. She has been CPTN-CPT certified since 2003, a Practical Assessor since 2009 and a Course Conductor since 2010. She has had the opportunity to share her experience at conferences dealing with creating proficient trainers and dealing with challenging clients. Lee has trained a wide range of clientele but enjoys working with Boomers and people with physical disabilities.

Colleen Holmes-Cumming, CPTN-CPT.M, MES

Colleen has developed and trained Ontario’s Elite Service Industries Professionals (Police and Pre-service fire) for Ontario’s number one college for the service industry sector–Conestoga College in Kitchener Ontario. Private clients and students have been placed within various Fire departments and Police stations across Canada. She inspires passion, compassion and a drive to excel. She demands nothing less than the best for each of her students and clients, and encourages the ability to alter ones mind, body and soul in a direction of a dream career fulfilled with a life time success. Collen is the Professional Relationship Chair for CPTN and along with the help of her colleagues created the CPTN Online Video’s for Personal Trainers.

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

Karsten Jensen has helped world class and Olympic athletes from 26 different sports for over 20 years. Many of his athletes have won Olympic medals, European Championships, World Championships and ATP Tournaments. Karsten is the first strength coach to create a complete system of periodization, The Flexible Periodization Method – the first complete method of periodization dedicated to holistic, individualized and periodized (HIP) training programs. Karsten shares all aspects of The Flexible Periodization Method with his fellow strength coaches and personal trainers through the Flexible Periodization Method workshop series (Level 1–4). For more information please visit

Deanna Lawson-Langford, BA, CPTN-CPT.M

Deanna Lawson-Langford is a fitness coordinator at YWCA Hamilton, with 20 years’ experience in the fitness field. As a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and instructor trainer, Deanna shares her passion for educating new and experienced fitness professionals by providing engaging, practical and effective program/exercise ideas.

Janice Pepe, CPTN-CPT

Janice Pepe is a CPTN Certified Personal Trainer, CPTN Practical Assessor, and Course Conductor with Pilates and Yoga certifications. Accomplished in corporate health and wellness, facility management, and fitness assessment, Janice specializes in cardiac rehabilitation, back care and training for physically demanding occupations, such as policing. A CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist, Janice teaches Fitness and Lifestyle Management studies at Georgian College.

Rick Mueller, BPE (Honours), MES, CPTN-CPT.M

Rick draws upon 23 years of experience, research and education in the industry to deliver advanced sustainable lifestyle changes through effective nutrition, exercise and personal coaching with positive active and proactive support. Among his many credentials he is also certified in Post-Rehabilitation, is a Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and Fitness Planning Specialist and holds a Life coaching certificate from WHC. Rick understands that respecting and strengthening the mind/body connection to enhance vitality is key. The purpose of his training style is to enhance the body’s endocrine system to deliver optimal youth hormones for ideal health, performance and lean muscle mass.