3-Day Sessions

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Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1F: The use of velocity measures to improve gym coaching
Dr Dan Baker

Join Dr Baker to learn how to measure velocity during resistance training, the main measures of velocity, the relationship of these measures to strength or power-oriented exercises, and normative velocity data for some key barbell exercises. Discover how, by using this velocity data, you can estimate daily strength levels and progress, monitor readiness/fatigue, improve the provision of coaching cues and boost athlete confidence in lifting heavier weights. L

Time: 8:15 – 9:30am

A1P: The mechanics of lifting for strength & hypertrophy
Michael Cunico & Mike Battaglia

When it comes to strength and hypertrophy training, information overload can confuse trainers, leave clients scratching their heads, and ultimately frustrate us all. Once the false promises and misleading information dissipate, which principles remain – and how can we best utilise them to progress our clients’ training? Join Mick and Mike as they explore the research and evidence, and reveal how to translate it into real world training that will get real results for your clients. WS

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2D: Long-term Athlete Development Plan for strength and power training
Dr Dan Baker

Join Dr. Baker as he explains the Long-term Athlete Development Plan and pathway for developing athletes all the way through to elite or pro-level. Learn the six stages for both strength and power development, and discover why it’s critical that training content is appropriately programmed according to the athlete’s age and stage of development. Take home the building blocks for a more long term, fruitful approach to strength and conditioning coaching. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3D: Totem: Forgotten principles of strength
Matt Truscott

Are we training our clients in a way that truly speaks to their biomechanical design, or are we just beating their bodies into submission and increasing their risk of injury? Have we forgotten how to coach the ‘simple’ technique? Join Matt as he identifies some basic principles of strength, explores why technique and intelligent training are too often being replaced with a ‘go big or go home’ mentality, and shows you how to apply the true principles of strength to your clients’ training. L


Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4D: Maximum Aerobic Speed training
Dr Dan Baker

Discover how to use Maximum Aerobic Speed (MAS) to drive the aerobic training process. Presenting MAS scores for athletes from a broad spectrum of sports, age groups, genders and levels of competition, Dr Baker explores MAS in relation to running, rowing, cycling and other forms of cross-training. Learn simple tests to measure MAS, how to prescribe training according to these measures, and how versatile this training can be. L

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1E: Training for maximum strength versus hypertrophy
Bret Contreras

It is commonly assumed that strength and hypertrophy are highly correlated with one another, but according to the literature, this is actually not the case. There are numerous anatomical, anthropometric, architectural, physiological, neurological, and psychological factors that contribute to the large discrepancy between strength and hypertrophy. Join Bret in this lecture which will review the various factors and explore the research and anecdotes pertaining to maximising strength versus muscle mass.


Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2F: To squat or not to squat?
Chris Dounis

How necessary is the barbell back squat – and how appropriate is it for your clients? Are the alternatives as effective in helping clients towards their goals? Addressing questions once considered blasphemous, Chris analyses the mechanics of the barbell back squat and attempts to provide a balanced answer to the questions and logic surrounding the prescription of lower body unilateral or bilateral exercise. L 

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3I: Velocity-based resistance training
Mark McKean

Velocity measure is the next big thing in resistance training. Using a combination of theory and practical examples, learn how to use the velocity measures from resistance exercises to guide program outcomes, monitor fatigue and determine 1RM scores. Cheap and easy-to-use, the practical applications of this new technology can greatly benefit PT's by helping to improve client outcomes. IL

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5C: A step-by-step guide to designing highly effective programs
Bret Contreras

Designing effective training programs may be the most important aspect of personal training. Join Bret as he looks at how to customise program designs according to client's primary goals, explores each primary training variable from both scientific and practical standpoints, and reviews simple and effective periodisation strategies. Leave with the confidence to design comprehensive and efficient programs for all clients, regardless of age, gender, experience and goals. L P

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3D: Fast and furious: Strength and conditioning for sprinters
Cato Rutherford

Over the years, Cato has developed guiding philosophies and specific techniques that have helped him produce impressive results with his athletes. Join him for this fascinating session as he shares these techniques, including the role of strength training in sprinting, testing, program design, application and recovery. L