CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal" Live Streaming Conference


CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal" Live Streaming Conference
Saturday August 22 2020, 08:30 h - 17:15 h
CFES Fitness Instructor + Personal Trainer Re-certification CEC Workshops


CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal"

Live Streaming Webinarjam Conference

August 22, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

CFES is reaching out to help Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers who can not attend any physical workshops or conferences by offering an exciting live streaming conference with a difference. This won't be zooom fatigue, we're hosting a Webinarjam to get your mind and body back!


Register here for the upcoming CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal" live streaming conference August 22, 2020 — a great way to fulfil your career development continued education credits (CECs) and learn from some of the best current fitness presenters today; network and share your experiences; and feel a sense of being part of the fitness community. And let others know about this great event!



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Saturday, August 22, 2020

8:30 am -
9:00 am
Opening and Workout


Keynote 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Active by nature: an opportunity to move forward with physical activity engagement in a global pandemic

Dr. Iris Lesser, PhD
Physical inactivity and its associated health risks was one of the biggest health challenges we were facing … and then COVID hit. What do we know about the impact of the global pandemic on physical activity and well-being of Canadians? How can we be innovative in moving forward to encourage physical activity among those who need it most for their mental and physical well-being? Dr. Lesser has just completed a nation-wide study on the "Impact of COVID-19 on Physical Activity Behaviour and Well-Being of Canadians". Join her to learn about results of  recent research and the opportunities we have as we look to the future, through and past COVID-19. 

"[Dr.] Lesser sees the effects of the pandemic on the activity level of the population as an opportunity to learn about barriers faced by some, and to reinforce the importance of promoting physical activity."
UFV Today

Dr. Iris Lesser is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and a Certified Exercise Physiologist. She enjoys participating in physical activity in her local natural surroundings in Chilliwack, BC with her daughter and husband. Professionally, Iris is interested in innovative strategies using social support and outdoor physical activity to increase physical activity in the clinical population.

This is a great chance for all fitness instructors and personal trainers to hear evidence-based research on the positive effects of exercise you can pass along to your water or land group fitness class participants and PT clients to show that physical activity not only helps build a strong healthy body but also lowers stress and anxiety.

9:45 am - 10:00 am
Break Out Room & Virtual Exhibit Hall


10:00 am - 11:15 am

Retaining the Back-pained Client

• Dr. Stuart McGill, PhD
Retaining the back pained client requires an assessment to understand the mechanism of their pain. Pain is almost always influenced by specific motions, postures and loads. The results of the assessment guide a movement approach to reduce the pain triggers and allow pain desensitization. Then the program changes to rebuild the essential foundation for the client to meet the demands of their lives with improved resilience and performance.


Stuart McGill is Professor Emeritus (after 32 years at the University of Waterloo, Canada) who authored over 245 scientific journal papers, 4 books, and mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey.


Investigations in the laboratory, training centre and research clinic probed back injury and pain mechanisms, rehabilitation approaches, and performance training.


As Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. and a consultant, Dr. McGill has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and hundreds of professional/international athletes and teams worldwide. He is regularly referred special patient cases from the international medical.


Backfitpro Inc. provides evidence-based information and quality products that help to prevent and rehabilitate back pain. All back pain has a cause. Professor McGill dedicated 32 years to investigating how the spine works, the mechanisms of pain, and proven ways to eliminate pain and restore pain-free activity. backfitpro.com_opt

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11:15 am - 11:30 am
Stretch, Break Out Room & Virtual Exhibit Hall


11:30 am. - 12:45 p.m.

Putting Your Personal Trainer Business Online


Alex Cartmill, B.Sc. (Exercise and Sport Science), A.S. (Associate of Science), Human Physiology, Personal Trainer
Alex is Project Manager for Jonathan Goodman's Personal Trainer Development Center (PTDC) and Head Coach of the Online Trainer Academy (OTA).
This session will further your understanding of working with clients remotely. It will help you understand what online coaching really is (and isn’t) and the inherent advantages and disadvantages it holds, how to determine if it’s right for you and your clients, and what steps you can take now to implement a digital component to your services. Aquafit, land fitness, small group and boot camp instructors can also gain valuable insights on online training.

theptdc-logo-2014 The Personal Trainer Development Center

Since 2011, the Personal Trainer Development Center has served as the premier source of free information for smart and passionate fitness professionals.

The PTDC archive contains more than 1,000 articles on the practice and business of fitness, written by hundreds of experts from all corners of the globe.

Jonathan Goodman, launched this website in conjunction with his first book, Ignite the Fire, as a way to bring together the best the fitness industry has to offer. The site has grown to become a worldwide resource serving more than 5 million visitors a year.

Online Trainer Academy

Jonathan Goodman, founder of the PTDC, also created the Online Trainer Academy to give PTs the opportunity to acquire “strong business-development and marketing skills to build thriving, profitable businesses with satisfied clients, many of whom would be happy to pay a premium price for excellent results. Adding in an online training component is the path to a better career, a higher income, and a more satisfying life."

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 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch, Break Out Room & Virtual Exhibit Hall


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Re-Introducing the Active Aging Adult Population to Functional Fitness


Dr. Cody Sipe, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research at Harding University; Co-Founder, Vice President at Functional Aging Institute
One of the topics of interest to both new and more experienced fitness instructors and PTs is how to progressively advance their active aging and "at risk" participants into their exercise routines while ensuring re-entry is advanced safely to avoid injury and pain and at the same time build their confidence again.

Where do you start?  What should you avoid?  What red flags should you look for?  Should you reassess them?  In this session we will demystify the "return to activity" process for older individuals and layout a sensible plan so that your protocols are both safe and effective for clients with varying abilities and conditions.  We will also address some potential areas of concern to be mindful of and to monitor over the first few weeks. Because of Cody's experience working with active aging adults and great teaching style, this is a great workshop for everyone.


Dr. Cody Sipe, PhD, is a recognized authority on training older adults with over 20 years of industry experience as an exercise specialist, trainer, gym owner and professor. He is the co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and the Functional Aging Specialist certification. Dr. Sipe currently services as an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in a Doctoral Physical Therapy program.


Functional Aging Specialist Certification

The FAI Functional Aging Specialist is the complete certification program for the serious fitness professional who is ready to become an expert in functional aging and training of older adults. You will receive in-depth training on functional training strategies and movements; how to conduct meaningful assessments of function; how to create and develop effective exercise programs; and critical skills to be an effective professional with this client base.
Functional Aging Institute


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Work Out, Break Out Room & Virtual Exhibit Hall



2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A Whole New World ...

• Shannon Fable, BA

With the fitness world in a bit of limbo, we are all being challenged to re-imagine what the fitness industry looks like as we begin turning up the lights post-COVID. While some clubs remain closed, others are opening. And, even those that are opening are doing so in drastically different ways from coast to coast. How can we best embrace the changes we are all facing and remain positive during this uncertain time? In our time together, we will discuss the lessons learned from the big pause we’ve collectively experienced, as well as identify opportunities that are presenting themselves for us to get even more people moving!


Shannon Fable was 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, has spent more than two decades helping impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, ACE, Silver Sneakers, FIT4MOM and BOSU® as a fitness business and programming consultant.  An experienced educator, freelance writer, and certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money.  Fable served on the ACE Board of Directors for seven years and is the co-founder of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.


GroupEx PRO was founded in 2006 by fitness business and program consultant, Shannon Fable and her web-developer husband, John Fable. Their goal was to eliminate the frustration felt by group fitness managers with regard to communication, while also enhancing the sophistication of group ex departments worldwide.

Today, hundreds of group fitness department managers utilize the platform to more efficiently run their programs and engage more participants in their overall wellness journey.


In March 2019, GroupEx PRO joined the Daxko family of brands and now will be supported by an even larger team of product and technical experts to accelerate platform development. Shannon Fable continues to lead the product evolution of GroupEx PRO.


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Round Up Closing Session

Matrix Fitness Canada is the official equipment sponsor for the CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal" live streaming conference. As the world’s premier brand dedicated to serving fitness enthusiasts at home and in the club, Matrix redefines the exercise experience with dynamic performance, sleek design, advanced functionality, exclusive workout programs and the kind of durability that stands up to rigorous use by multiple users, day after day for years.

Continuing Education Credits: Eight (8) BCRPA, CALA, CFES, CPTN, NSFA, SPRA .


Date & Times: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 8:30 am - 5:15 pm

Webinarjam Live Stream Online

In consideration of COVID we're trying to keep the costs for this event down so all CFES Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers can hear these world class fitness industry professionals, network and feel a sense of community. Take advantage of the Group Rates.

Registration Fee:

Single Attendee: $125 (+ GST)

Group Rates:

Group of three (3) registering together$337.50 (+ GST) = $112.50 ea (+ GST)

Group of five (5) registering together: $531.25 (+ GST) = $106.25 ea (+ GST)

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