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3-Day Sessions

Should you wish to change any of your sessions, please do so before Friday 6 April. After this date if you wish to swap your sessions, just go to the session that you would like to attend during FILEX and if there is space available after 15 minutes, the Event Crew at the door will allow you entry.

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 Plenary Session

Time: 8am - 9.15am

A1D: Training The Five Types Of Fitness Clients
Nick Tumminello

There are five kinds of clients who have five distinct training goals, which trainers need to tailor their programming to. Understanding these types of clients and their specific workout needs is helpful, because it illustrates a divergence between what most trainers like to do and what most clients actually want. To become more successful, you have to focus more on what most of your clients want, so to help sharpen your focus, in this lecture, you’ll explore the five main types of clients and how to identify them; why fitness professionals have to wear three hats to address the diverse expectations of these clients; and practical programming strategies for each type of client. P L

Time: 1pm - 2:30pm

A2F: 10 Practical Programming Strategies for Minimising Training-Related Injury
Nick Tumminello

Your role as a fitness trainer or conditioning coach is to train clients towards their individual goals and needs, in an effective but safe way that ensures they can continue training. This session provides practical ways to effectively reduce your clients’ and athletes’ risk of suffering a training-related injury. You’ll also address strategies that are commonly believed by fitness and conditioning professionals to be “well-established” methods of reducing injury risk. L

Time: 3pm - 4:15pm

A3C: Chasing Chin-Ups: Working With Females On The Ultimate Upper Body Goal
Susy Natal

Females are showing increasing interest in strength training, and one of the most coveted movements is the chin up or pull up. This is a challenging but extremely rewarding movement to master, yet it requires several stages of preparation. For example, what if your client has never trained upper body before? What if your client struggles to activate her lats? What if your client has poor grip strength? In this practical masterclass you’ll learn a method that with consistent effort and time, will ensure your female clients can execute strong and safe chin ups. PMC

Time: 4:45pm - 6:15pm

A4B: Smarter Single-Leg Training
Nick Tumminello

Most resources tell you that single-leg training is great to use in your programs, but don't give you much beyond a few basic exercises like split squats and single leg RDLs; that's the white-belt course. In this hands-on workshop, Nick will deliver a black-belt lesson in single-leg training, by providing you with a complete breakdown of the various types of single-leg exercises, and how they can be applied to complement any programming system. You'll learn how to improve the exercises you’re currently using, along with plenty of new, innovative single leg exercises. PWS

Time: 8:30am-10am

B1C: From Agile To Starting: Exercise Strategies To Develop Different Types Of Strength
Michol Dalcourt

According to the SAID principle, human physiology adapts to the specific physical demands imposed upon it. It's a well-known fact that resistance training improves strength, but what is lesser known is that there are a number of different types of strength, and training for each type actually requires a specific exercise program. This interactive workshop explains the various types of strength, including agile strength, maximal strength, relative strength, starting strength and others. It also explores the physiology of how each type is distinctly different from the other. PMC

Time: 10.30am - 12pm

B2F: Functional Spectrum Strength Training
Nick Tumminello

The concept of functional training has long been an area of great confusion, at times even heated debate. As hot-button a topic as it is, functional training is a subject worthy of intelligent discussion, so in this lecture you’ll learn about the sources of the confusion, and separate the sense from the nonsense when it comes to functional training. You’ll also discover the four types of foundational exercises in the functional-spectrum strength training system, and how you can achieve better results by taking a mixed approach to resistance training, rather than by using only one type of exercise. L

Time: 1:15pm-2:45pm

B3I: Joint-Friendly Strength Training
Nick Tumminello

This dynamic workshop shows you exactly how to build strength, increase muscle and improve physical appearance for clients and athletes with wounded knees, shell-shocked shoulders, or bad backs. You’ll discover a list of alternative exercises that you can immediately use to work around commonly sensitive spots, and still make gains in strength and performance. PWS

Super Session

Time: 8:30am-12pm

C1F: Strength & Power Development For Athletes Who Jump & Sprint
Joseph Coyne

This interactive lecture focuses on the philosophy and methods behind training elite track and field athletes in China. It details different weekly training schemes to develop jumping and sprinting abilities, and provides an assessment algorithm for choosing the best type of training for these athletes. You’ll also examine advanced track and field mobility, as well as exercises to enhance activation and improve power. WS, SS

Time: 10:30am-12pm

C2D: The Ageless Athlete: Training the Masters Athlete
Luke Del Vecchio

Did you know that a ͞Masters Athlete͟ is defined as an individual who is aged 35 years or older? The growth of participation in sport by this group has stimulated interest within the field of sports science, in an attempt to understand the underlying factors that affect performance. In this lecture you’ll learn about the ͞ageless athlete͟ and how to optimise their recovery and nutrition, as well as how strength and sprint training can be combined to optimise their performance. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 1pm-2:15pm

C3F: Advanced & Progressive Mechanics Of Lifting & Strength Training
Michael Cunico

Explore training methodologies that sit outside the norm, and determine if they have any real-world applications for the average member or client. You’ll examine whether training for power is a worthwhile goal, and if so, how it differs from a more traditional program. Are the extreme mobility demands required for elite gymnasts worth pursuing for a weekend warrior? Maximum strength training, accommodating resistance and CrossFit will all be explored – and no doubt debated – in what is sure to be an engaging, facilitated discussion. PMC