Where professional growth, meets personal growth. Unite for this incredible, immersive presentation that will leave you feeling supported and inspired. This amazing ‘power of the minds’, will get you ACTIVATEd for the weekend, and recharged for your life. Dive into your WHY, harness a growth mindset, celebrate perseverance, support your resilient journey and find success moving forward. Feel surrounded by those who support you, and share in your passion. Topics of discussion include: Keynote Kickoff & Weekend Welcome with Connie Beaulieu & special guests; A morning message with SGT KEN®; WHY AM I HERE? Why Time with Gerry Visca: Constructing the architecture and foundation for our deeper WHY; Knowing your Influence with Dr Kwadwo Kyerementeng; Adapting to Change with Compassion with Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jennifer Vriend; Mastering Mindful Meditation with Meditation Coach, Angela Kontgen and more!
Physical and cognitive preparedness lays the foundation for living a healthy and injury free life. Whether it’s training in the gym, carrying our groceries or saving lives as a first responder, we need to take ownership of our movement. This involves training from a weakness-based perspective, teaching day-to-day movement patterns, body awareness and cognitive processing. Tactical fitness is about work, not workouts, and its carryover to real life. In this hands-on seminar, the focus will be on primal movement patterns for functional strength and mobility, as well as exploring how the nervous system affects our motor control and decision-making when stressed. We will also look at active mobility techniques to assess and improve joint health and movement potential. To train tactically means learning how to be more methodical, strategic and aware in our training. Participants will learn alternative coaching techniques and how to add intention into any class/workout for the beginner client, elite athlete and clinical populations alike. (w/s)
After the foundations of training and nutrition, what really affects weight loss and strength? Take a practical look at how the stress response interplays with hormones and inflammation leading to fatigue, carb cravings and poor outcomes despite great training programs and nutrition. Get a deeper understanding as to why some of your clients may have a tougher time changing their body composition & learn how to best support them. (L)
Let's ride! With the bike as your dance partner, this style of class is all about the music and you as the “DJ” getting the party started! Learn how to work with a leading leg and find the beat, and rhythm to guide your movement with different choreography. Practice storytelling to engage more with your group cycling participants. Do you find you’re always falling back on the statements “You can do it!” “Don’t give up!” “Stronger mind stronger body”? In this session we will actively explore different motivational cues and how to use your voice to keep your participants engaged. (w/s + w/o)
We need our core muscles to stabilize us during seated and standing dynamic postures. It’s helpful and effective to include seated and standing core work in our programming. These exercises are often excellent alternatives when your clients are unable to get on the floor due to various barriers. We often stick to floor crunches, planks and bugs but there also are a number of efficient exercises that can be performed from a seated or standing position. These can effectively target the multifidus, transverse abdominus and internal obliques without neck strain, crunching or being stuck on your back. Whether your clients are physically unable to get on the floor or if you’re looking for more functional upright core variations, this session will provide numerous examples. Join us and walk away with functional, purposeful and effective core work that your clients and participants will benefit from. (w/s)
Join Marc Lebert, the founder of Lebert Fitness as he takes you through a full body metabolic blast. Walk away with inspiration to bring back to your group fitness and group training participants. This workshop will highlight some of the most effective small apparatus tools that you can use in your sessions, all while enjoying this unique immersive ACTIVATE experience! Note: If you are live-streaming this session, you can view as an observer. This session is best experienced in person. (w/s + w/o)
This presentation will go over the troubling concerns trainers/parents face when choosing if their children should participate in strength training. Addressing the common concerns such as does strength training stunt children's growth and what age is appropriate for children to lift weights? By the end of this presentation delegates will be able to feel more confident when coaching kids in strength training. (L)
Participate in a 30-minute Barre Fitness class & walk away with new ideas! This class works with isometric contractions to fatigue each muscle to the fullest with a focus on the lower body. We will be working with aerobics music and learn how to build different sets of choreography using the 32 counts in the music. Do you find you struggle with musicality? Join this session where we will practice building choreography within the 8, 16 & 32 count. (w/s + w/o)
Elite training facilities across the world are moving away from the traditional warm-up towards a more individual and specific movement preparation sequence. This creates an environment where the client is always moving towards improving their function instead of feeding dysfunction. Within this session you will be introduced to movement prep principles that will help you structure your movement prep sequence to optimize your client’s performance session after session. (w/s)
An immersive experience awaits! Taking care of our mental health along with our physical health is not just a new trend for our industry, but a very powerful shift in the mindset of both us and our clients. The continuous elevated state that stress keeps us in impacts our overall well-being from sleep, digestion, mood, muscle recovery and chronic pain. We have to take time to slow down, to let our nervous system settle and to just be. End your conference day with a blissful experience, and learn how to share the same with your members. This workshop is designed to help us cultivate our Yin energy, to bring balance back, to restore and recover. Using concepts from Yoga, this is a slow flow practice with an emphasis on both increasing mobility through longer held stretches while settling and quieting the mind with a less is more approach. Experience with Yoga is not required. BYOM (Bring your own mat) (w/o + w/s)
Coming up with the right engagement tools that suit your business model, your clientele and demographics is key to driving an 80% renewal rate. This session will be an interactive workshop: We will review various strategies that have been proven to work, determine which ones best suit your current situation and map out how to put these into action both right away and throughout the next quarter. (w/s)
This session is designed to shift your mindset when it comes to dance fitness. You’ll learn about how dance fitness instructors can create a deeper connection with participants and build a stronger community by focusing more on the confidence-boosting effects dance has to offer and the ripple effect this can have in people’s lives. Over the years, dance fitness classes have adopted a “push play, and go” mentality and it seems like burning as many calories as possible has become the number one priority. And while burning calories while having fun is great, it doesn’t compare to the other amazing benefits of dance. You’ll also get to experience a Brazily Dance MasterClass and learn about how Brazilian music and dance along with our exclusive formula will change the dance fitness game! (L + w/o)
Since the dawn of time, we have written about the best way to activate and strengthen the posterior chain because it is said to be weak. Is it because we're sitting most of the day? Is it simply the fault of the psoas, which is too tense? A colourful workshop that will surprise you with the speaker's position that will lead you to think with a neuro lens! (w/s)
Come kick off your morning with your fellow ACTIVATE community!
Movement is medicine! This workshop will expose participants to bodyweight movements that can be used by fitness professionals in personal or group sessions as challenging workouts and efficient assessment tools. You will learn exercises and drills that will help you better assess and address squatting, hinging, overhead press, pulling, rotation and anti-rotational movements. We will start with assessment tools and bring these lessons into a fun flow circuit. (Equipment needed- Mats if possible) (w/s)
This session is for independent / online trainers who are tired of feeling like there's something missing from their marketing or their brand. For the coach who has done everything the way they were told and felt like it didn't quite work for them , or that they were meant to create something more than what the industry has already seen... this session if for you. (L)
Experience the best of “Core Moments” brought to you by the author of the newly published fitness book, Functional Core for Women: Targeted Training for Glutes and Abs, that’s all about the best and most effective exercises for abdominal and glute activation, sculpting, strengthening, isolation, and enhancement. Leave this session with a fresh catalog of exercises and moves that will deliver optimal core benefits and tap into philosophical “core moments” of the social influence on fitness. An added gift to you! Attend this session for free access to exclusive online video exercises that accompany the upcoming book release. (w/s)
Isometric training may possibly be the oldest form of strength training in modern history. Although commonly used, it is rarely trained in a purposeful manner. This workshop will give you a brief history of isometric training, how it’s used daily in sports and daily activity, and provide you with some effective protocols that can be used in rehab applications, as well as optimum performance enhancement training. (w/s)
This session is a deep dive into why and how mentoring works, looking from both sides of the aisle. Accomplished mentor and fitness business consultant (and mentee himself - as well as a veteran Personal Trainer and Group Ex Instructor!). Steve Feinberg will discuss what a mentor truly is vs. other titles often associated with, what one should be looking for in a mentor, where to find one, how hire one, what a mentor should be providing, how a mentor/consultant can create and accelerate an elevated path to career success, AND how to make being a mentor/consultant in our industry a business opportunity for an experienced, skilled fitness professional or businessperson - like you! (L)
Active recovery techniques are becoming the industry's top trends. In this workshop, learn self- myofascial release techniques, dynamic mobility, and restorative exercises that provide simple and highly effective methods to increase range of motion, decrease tension, and restore the body. Learn easy to use exercise sequences for releasing, relieving, and restoring the most common areas of discomfort in the body. Take away a unique method of complementing directed self-myofascial release techniques with specific flexibility exercises to bring back to your clients that will assist them in moving better and enhancing performance. Equipment that you can use at home: foam roller, massage balls. (w/s)
Learn how to mitigate implicit bias in interactions with your participants and peers • Communication is more than words, learn the skills of different modes of communication to create an inclusive environment • Gain an understanding how social determinants of health and health disparities affect access to health and fitness resources • Enhance your ability to provide effective services to your clients and participants (L)
In this talk, Dr. Marc Bubbs will cover five common performance nutrition problems in athletes he sees in both recreational and elite athletes. He'll unpack the physiology between the roadblock, where people go wrong (and why), and outline evidence-based performance nutrition strategies to better support your athletes. (Bring your pen and paper - and lots of questions - for this one!) (L)
An accessible, high energy, low impact workout that blends elements of yoga, Pilates, and strength training with fun combinations. Come to session if you want inspiration, motivation and perspiration! (w/o)
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