3-Day Sessions

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Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3E: Poo and you: how the gut microbiome influences health
Dr Bill Sukala

Join Dr Bill as he presents cutting-edge research on gut bacteria (microbiome) and explains the powerful influence these organisms have on your clients' physical and mental health – as well as their disease risk. We now have a deeper understanding of how the gut microbiome influences metabolic processes, which may help explain why some clients gain weight (or struggle to lose it) despite eating healthier and exercising. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3L: Bananas for boot camp
Kathy Johnsun

We need our kids to break their technology addictions and want to live healthy, active and fun lifestyles! Join Kathy to learn how to deliver an exciting boot camp that encourages kids to work as a team and build a community where they can learn and achieve together. Take home the inspiration and content to run your own kids boot camp and get ‘em jumping, rolling, crawling and laughing their way to happy health! WS

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4I: 7 steps to real results for your peri to post menopausal clients
Jenny Burrell

Despite being a growing sector, peri-to-post menopausal clients are generally poorly catered to. Join Jenny to learn why these women, who highly value their health, are actually your dream clients! They are also at the beginning of natural changes which make CV, bone health, muscle mass and metabolism important to them. Get a handle on the stats, the key issues and how you can support and serve these 3rd Age women. L

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1K: Functional balance for falls prevention
Laraine Dunn

Older adults need good balance in order to safely perform daily activities. Join Laraine as she identifies common causes of falls and explores evidence-based approaches to enhance balance training with games and sequences that build strength and flexibility, challenge proprioception, and promote efficient movement. Take home fresh ideas for active ageing workouts that make balance training empowering and fun! IL

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1O: Senior circuits – Strength and stability for life!
Ken Baldwin & Jan Hutnan

Resistance training is incredibly important as we age. Our bodies require load to reduce declines in bone density and muscle strength. The ability to balance and move well, and to absorb forces, also decreases with age. So what’s the best way to safely target strength and stability for this demographic? Using the latest research, Jan and Ken showcase a seniors circuit that can be adapted to all training levels. WS

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2E: Identifying and managing eating disorders in the fitness industry
Eleni Psillakis

Eating disorders come in all body shapes and sizes. How then do you determine if a client is suffering from any of these serious mental health issues – and if they are, how do you manage them? Drawing on her personal and professional experience, Eleni provides an insight into eating disorders and explains how to best serve clients suffering them. L

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3G: That which does not kill us
Paul Taylor

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said ‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.’ There’s more than a grain of truth to this concept, known as hormesis. Paul explores what science really says about radiation exposure, why antioxidant supplements are actually bad for us, the shocking truth about vegetables, and the huge implications for how we exercise, and investigates the implications of protein powders, nutrient timing and intermittent fasting for longevity. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4E: Pregnancy fitness – Myths, controversies and training considerations
Shira Kramer

Training clients that are pregnant, or planning to become so, can be daunting. It needn’t be. Join Shira for this interactive session in which she uncovers the training principles and considerations for clients, from preconception to pregnancy and beyond. Training myths and controversies are explored and principles applied to delivery of effective exercise programs suitable for the childbearing years. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4F: Training women through the lifespan
Liz Dene

Training and nutrition needs to be tailored according to female clients’ stage of life. Join Liz as she explores nutrition and exercise prescription from adolescence through to post-menopause, identifying micronutrient needs, reviewing hormonal changes, and examining why exercise must be tailored to each stage of the lifespan. Explore what women really need to assist them through the ageing process full of energy and vitality. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5L: Hormones, behaviours and body types
Dr Cam McDonald

Imagine if there was a fast track to understanding what your clients really need to achieve their goals. What if there is, and it’s right in front of you? Learn how the latest in genetics explains the simplest principles in understanding hormones, behaviours and even ideal programming, and find out how you can do it all with a well trained eye and ear! L P

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5M: The golden age of iron: coaching and nutrition in later life
Dr Krista Scott-Dixon

More and more nutrition and training clients are in midlife or older; more and more older adults expect to stay healthy, fit and active throughout their senior years. What does this mean for their training and nutrition plans, as well as the coaching approach you should take? Join Dr Krista to discover what you need to know about working with clients in midlife and beyond. L P

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1N: Functional pelvic floor fitness for life
Jenny Burrell

1 in 3 of your female clients may be experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction that causes them to lose confidence, especially when exercising. Join Jenny to learn; the varying types of incontinence and why your female client declines skipping and box jumps; types of pelvic organ prolapse and how to adjust exercises accordingly; and how to screen for pelvic dysfunction with empathy – and know what to do with the results. IL 

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1P: Fab and fit after fifty – so sixty is easy!
Maureen Hagan

Baby boomers may vary in their fitness levels, but their desire to age healthily and live stronger, for longer, is universal. Learn how to build a functionally fit mind and body for the golden years by using aerobic fitness, functional mobility and flexible strength. Join Maureen for this dynamic workshop featuring theory and a 45-minute workout designed to protect the mind and body against the negative effects of ageing. WS

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3I: Whole body healing for diastasis recti
Jenny Burrell

Diastasis recti may refer to the enlarged gap between the abs post-pregnancy, but recovery is a whole body issue that’s about more than muscle-building and a flatter belly. Join Jenny to learn how re-educating the breath, deep nutrition, improving alignment, creating synergy within the core and creating integrated and functional movement programs that don't build core pressure can assist in holistic, whole-woman, whole-life healing. IL

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3L: The ageing population: speaking their language
Ian O’Dwyer

Fifty and sixty-something’s make up the largest percentage of new fitness clients. More informed than ever before, we must meet them where they need to be met! Asking what they really want from a fitness professional, Ian explores what these clients need to survive and thrive in the best years of their lives. Join him to learn how to prepare for, and deliver, the training to meet these needs. IL

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3M: The ultimate anti-ageing workout
Maureen Hagan

Discover how to integrate low-impact aerobic training with functional strength movement patterns to create a total body conditioning class for those who want to maintain their health, strength and stamina, and slow the ageing process naturally. Maureen presents and integrates seven unique training methods, along with a proven teaching approach that enables you to deliver this training concept in a 30, 45 or 60-minute class format. WS