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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Ways to Teach and Train

Last weekend, I was a delegate at the Canadian Fitness Professionals conference in Vancouver - what an amazing experience! The conference was a mix of lectures and practical workshops and by the end I was both mentally and physically exhausted! I did however, learn a lot and leave with many great ideas. Here are my conference highlights...

1) Peter Twist - A sport conditioning guru who started Twist Conditioning in Vancouver. I have completed all of the Twist advanced sport conditioning certifications and it was awesome to see the founder live in action. He was smart, passionate and very humorous as a presenter. Throughout the weekend, I did a few of his sessions and they were all excellent.
Twist Conditioning Session

2) Mini-bands - What a great little tool to add resistance to basic movements! They are similar to tubing in that they add elastic resistance in the shape of small bands (hence the name, mini-bands!). I bought a set and will be incorporating them into my group fitness classes and using them with my personal training clients - beware...some of the exercises are quite nasty!

3) Equalizer Bars - These were a metal apparatus we used in our session on advanced body weight training for athletes. There were a ton of exercises you could do and they were an easy way to add 'pulling' exercises into a body weight routine. Tough stuff.

Sweating with the Equalizer Bars
4) Familiar faces - Given that the conference was in Vancouver, I didn't expect to know anyone in attendance. I was pleasantly surprised when I bumped into several people from my years at UBC who are still working in the fitness industry. I also made new friends which is always fun!

5) Become a presenter - This was an information session for people who are interested in presenting at future conferences.  Fingers crossed that my application will be accepted and that I too can become a presenter for the Canadian Fitness Professionals and influence other experts in the health and fitness industry.

All in all, it was a fantastic learning experience! I am now looking ahead to next week's Global Speakers Summit, also in Vancouver. Stay tuned for my next blog post containing the highlights of that convention…