3-Day Sessions

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Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1E: All about protein
Dr Krista Scott-Dixon

Protein is a dietary superstar with many metabolic roles beyond muscle-building. So how much protein do your clients need, and how can you help them get it — consistently? Join Krista as she discusses the updated recommendations for protein intake based on the latest research into protein amounts and timing. L

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2F: Exploring optimal macronutrient profiles
Vicky Kuriel

Low carb, high protein, low fat, high fat? What nutritional recommendations should we listen to, and do they differ for each person? Learn how to make an educated estimate about what macronutrient profile will suit you as an individual and how to better interpret the science to support this estimation. With this fundamental knowledge, setting macronutrient levels for optimising health, weight and performance becomes possible. L

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2G: Nutrient timing, distribution and body composition
Alan Aragon

Join Alan as he discusses short term and long term research on the effect of protein timing and distribution on muscle gain and fat loss. Learn the latest on dietary protein dosing and its effect on muscle protein synthesis; the timing of protein dosing and its effect on muscle hypertrophy; and the effects of carbohydrate timing on body composition and sports performance. L

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

A3F: Is your shake ruining your shape?
Peta Carige

Join Peta for this fascinating session as she reveals how the most common sports nutrition recommendations could be preventing your clients from achieving results. Nutrition strategies and supplementations used for elite athletes are rarely appropriate for everyday PT clients. Using practical examples, discover which strategies you should apply to your clients – and which you should steer well clear of. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3G: The calorie controversy
Matt O'Neill

Do calories matter? What is an ideal calorie intake for fat loss and muscle gain? Does calorie counting achieve better results? In this science-made-simple session, Matt reveals the pros and cons of calorie-focused eating and shares practical ideas to feel confident about optimal dietary choices. L

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4F: What exactly is ‘whole real food’?
Vicky Kuriel

There’s currently a lot of buzz around the words ‘whole’, ‘clean’, ‘real’ and ‘organic’. Join Vicky as she examines exactly what these terms mean and how these principles can be applied in a realistic and practical manner. Get the nutritional lowdown on these approaches to eating, and discover whether they really do offer benefits over the convenient modern Western diet. L

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4G: Carbohydrate confusion
Kira Sutherland

Join Kira as she evaluates the science and application of differing levels of carb intake for different sports and physical activities. Clearing up the hype and confusion regarding if and when people should be eating carbs, and revealing how to create a diet with the right amount of carb for different individuals, Kira delivers a clear-eyed view of an often confusing topic. L

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1H: Qualitative and quantitative approaches to dietary programming
Alan Aragon

Join Alan as he explores quantitative approaches to dietary programming, which involves determining daily gram targets of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and total calories. Learn crucial concepts of goal setting and establishing target bodyweight, as well as qualitative dietary approaches, including intermittent fasting variants, simple during- and pre-meal interventions, eating based on hunger and satiety, and priming the food environment for successful maintenance of improved body composition. L

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1I: There’s nothing left to eat!
Dr Helena Popovic

Every food on the planet seems to have been demonised – often by unqualified individuals with no scientific data. ‘You are what you eat’ is only part of the picture. It’s no wonder there’s mass public confusion. Join Helena to discover how understanding bioindividuality and delivering simple and consistent core messages will help clients make daily choices that lead to better health. L

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2G: Barriers to weight loss – The science and psychology
Susie Burrell

Join Susie for this up-to-date scientific review of the factors supporting long term sustainable weight loss, with a focus on the psychological and behavioural variables that influence diet and eating behaviour. With a specific focus on generally fit and healthy clients who have specific weight loss goals of just 5 to 10kg, this session is highly applicable to all fitness professionals. L

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3F: LCHF for inflammation, arthritis and weight loss
Dr Doron Sher

The science is now clear that low-carb, high fat is effective for fat loss and is not only safe, but an essential dietary lifestyle for many people. Join Dr Sher as he summarises the scientific research into LCHF, focusing on the benefits to those with arthritis or inflammation, as well as those who just want to lose body fat, and reveals how to implement this dietary approach. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4G: Your genes load the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger
Peta Carige

What could be more personalised than eating and training to match your genes? Science can now test over 50 genes that can be influenced by your environment and lifestyle. Your genes set the parameters that your lifestyle should stay within, and reveal what type of training your body responds to best. Introducing the nutrigenomix concept, Peta explores how it can individualise nutrition and training to obtain 100% buy-in from your clients. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5K: Let’s chew the fat
Paul Taylor

What if everything we ‘know’ about high fat diets is wrong? Paul explores recent research into the effects of a high fat, low carb diet on weight loss and diabetes and uncovers the truth about saturated fat. Plus, in a complete paradigm shift, he critically examines evidence from ground-breaking experiments and case studies from elite athletes that have huge implications for how both endurance athletes and metabolically unhealthy individuals eat. L P

 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

C1F: The 5 mindset challenges for fat loss
Matt O’Neill

Weight management comes unstuck due to five common psychological challenges. In this session Matt explains powerful mindset strategies to positively manage unrealistic weight expectations, irrational eating beliefs, negative dieting thoughts, all-or-nothing results thinking, and exercise excuses. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 10.15 - 11.30am

C2C: Food as a healer: nutrition and injuries
Dr Krista Scott-Dixon

Injury — and its co-pilot, inflammation — are part of life. Physio and rehab aren’t the only ingredients for recovery, however. In this fascinating session Krista shows you how to use nutritional plans and supplementation to help injured clients get back to full function – while staying within your scope of practice as a coach or trainer. L P

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3F: Getting your clients to the start line: sports nutrition for endurance
Kira Sutherland

Marathons and ultras are the new black. So how does eating for endurance sport differ to eating for fitness and regular training? Join Kira to discover the best ways to fuel the body, both during training and on race day. She also presents the latest science behind the high-fat low-carb style of eating for endurance events, and looks at when and if this approach can be applied. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

C4D: Conflicts in nutrition
Dr Joanna McMillan

If you’re confused about what constitutes a healthy diet, you’re not alone. Is dairy fabulous or completely unnatural for humans? Are grains killing or aiding us? Could your green smoothie be harming you? Is the battle between fat and carbs over? Join Dr Joanna for a thought-provoking session tackling the current conflicts in nutrition discussions, and take home a template to help clients move forward with their best possible diet. L P 

 Plenary Session

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

C4E: HELP, I’m stuck! Troubleshooting tough clients
Dr Krista Scott-Dixon

What do you do when things go wrong, don’t seem to work, or your client seems stuck in a rut? Join Krista to learn how to troubleshoot nutrition and exercise plans, as well as your coaching/training approach, when you run into obstacles or find yourself working with difficult or resistant clients. L P