CEC Workshops

MFC Conferences

We host a minimum of 2 annual conferences per year with at least one in the spring and one in the fall. See something you like below? Even if the workshop has passed it may be able to be viewed after the session.

Upcoming Workshops

As we continue to make required changes for everyone due to restrictions. We will not be hosting an in-person Momentum 2021 Conference this year. Instead we will be bringing you Webinars with both theory and practical sessions from February to May. These sessions will be held a couple of times a month and will be available both live as well as in a recorded format. See you online! Sessions will be posted below, as they become available.


2022 – Online Sessions


May 18, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 pm online Webinar
Kettlebell Workshop/Master Class

Goals of the KSAC Kettlebell 75 Min Workshop/ Master Class

Participants of the Kettlebell Master Class will be taken through an immersive and progressive kettlebell block training experience. This class format will safely and effectively progress from intermediate to advanced.
Participants will level up their own workouts, as well as those of their clients; with key programming steps. Mastery will occur through repetition, progression / regression, cuing & programming.

Chad Benson MSc, BSc, MPE, CSCS, PFLC
Chad Benson is the President and CEO of ARC Performance Training Systems. He is the acting chair of the NSCA Hockey SIG and was contracted as the assistant conditioning coach for the Vancouver Canucks. Chad has conditioned hundreds of national and professional level athletes in hockey, figure skating, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tennis, basketball, motor cross, volleyball and rowing. He has been a sport conditioning and fitness lecturer for AOSSM, BCRPS, CATA, Can-Fit Pro, CSEP, Fit Rendez-vous, IDEA, Infofit and NSCA. Chad has co-authored Sports Performance Certification and the Great Balance Book. He is also an active writing contributor to a number of educational publications. Register Here!

3 CEC’s


Chair Yoga = April 23, 20221:00 – 3:30 pm at the Pan Am Pool Facility  (IN PERSON event)

This (4 credit) CEC workshop is designed for Yoga instructors or people who want to learn effective methods in teaching yoga to older adults and the mobility impaired. The workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to lead their own chair yoga classes. We will breakdown several seated and standing postures and explore a number of useful pranayama  techniques.

Ruth Reis has a love of fitness and teaching has spanned over 30 years. After training to be an instructor in 1982, she began teaching employee fitness classes. She followed this by completing her provincial certification in 1985, and has since continued her education with Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC).  She has pursued interests in martial arts, where she attained her 1st Dan black belt in TaeKwonDo in 1986 and her 3rd Dan in 2011.  Yoga began in 2000 followed by education and training with Maureen Rae Studios. Today, Ruth is an MFC yoga certified instructor, teaching at various venues in Winnipeg including the CNIB and her own private studio. Register Here. Limited Spots!

4 CEC’s


May 18, 2022 = Goals of the KSAC Kettlebell 75 Min Workshop/ Master Class

7:00 – 8:30 pm online Webinar

Participants of the Kettlebell Master Class will be taken through an immersive and progressive kettlebell block training experience. This class format will safely and effectively progress from intermediate to advanced using the following programming format: Warm-up: Unloaded movement prep (5 min). Warm-up & Block 1: Loaded movement prep (10 min). Block 2: Strength & Power (15 min). Block 3: Movement Endurance & Conditioning ( 15 min ). Block 4: Instructor led review workout (5 min flow). Review of programming (10 min)

The workout will include:
Work-in & accessory drills: arm bar, deadshifts, carries, passes, stepping plank, sumo squat, halos, bottom up 90/90
Core competency drills: swing & swing variations, clean, jerk, pre-reqs for the Turkish get-up.
Grip, rack positions, biomechanics, sport and hard style movements
Hard & sport programming
Corrective mobility, injury prevention & safety considerations
Error detection & corrective suggestions
Accessory movements to support core movement mastery
Powerpoint handout

Participants will level up their own workouts, as well as those of their clients; with key programming steps. Mastery will occur through repetition, progression / regression, cuing & programming.

Chad Benson MSc, BSc, MPE, CSCS, PFLC. Chad Benson is the President and CEO of ARC Performance Training Systems. He is the acting chair of the NSCA Hockey SIG and was contracted as the assistant conditioning coach for the Vancouver Canucks. Chad has conditioned hundreds of national and professional level athletes in hockey, figure skating, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tennis, basketball, motor cross, volleyball and rowing. He has been a sport conditioning and fitness lecturer for AOSSM, BCRPS, CATA, Can-Fit Pro, CSEP, Fit Rendez-vous, IDEA, Infofit and NSCA. Chad has co-authored Sports Performance Certification and the Great Balance Book. He is also an active writing contributor to a number of educational publications.
Register Here!
3 CEC’s


April 19, 2022Webinar-Rules of Workout Design Insta-Influencers Forget

7:00 – 8:30 pm online Webinar 

Qualified professionals in the health and exercise industry, like ourselves, find the messages being shared on mainstream media by “gurus”, “fitness phenetics” and “insta-influencers” both challenging and exhausting. It can be easy to feel discouraged or wonder if you are making progress as a legitimate fitness professional. Join Dr. Erin Nitschke in this important conversation and discover why your work is valid and why the insta-influencer is the real imposter.

Dr. Erin Nitschke, NFPT-CPT, NSCA-CPT, ACE Health Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Therapeutic Exercise Specialist, and Pn1 is a health and human performance college professor, fitness writer, mother, and passionate fitness professional. She has been in the health and exercise industry since 2003. Erin believes in the power of a holistic approach to healthy living. She loves encouraging her clients and students to develop body harmony by teaching focused skill development and lifestyle balance. Erin serves as a subject matter expert and content creator for ACE. Erin is also an editorial author for IDEA and NFPT where she writes on topics related to personal training, health coaching, behavior change, and career success. Erin lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her family. Email her at erinmd03@gmail.com. Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.

3 CEC’s


Webinar-Unblocking The Upper Body
February 22, 2022
7:00-8:30 pm

Please note that this session uses a specialized block. Block Therapy is a self-care version of Fluid Isometrics. The individual lies on a therapeutic tool called the Block Buddy for a minimum of three minutes in various positions throughout the body. Bamboo is used as the therapeutic tool because, unlike artificial materials like foam or plastic, it shares similar density to bone. With gravity and body weight, the Block Buddy is able to sink deeply into the tissue all the way to the root of your issues. The pressure brings increased blood and oxygen into the area warming the connective tissue and “melting” the powerful seal between the layers of unhealthy restrictions. The student is taught to use diaphragmatic breathing to increase oxygen absorption up to 6 times the amount, compared to breathing through the muscles of the upper chest. The combination of increased oxygen, the freeing of adhesions, proper posture and alignment form the basis of the Block Therapy/Fluid Isometrics system.

BLOCK THERAPY to improve posture in the upper body

The technological age has been a great disservice to our posture. Forward head carriage, rounded shoulders or kyphosis can respectively impact the neck, the arms, even the diaphragm. The web of fascia that is weaved throughout our musculature can have a bind of up to 2000 lbs / sq inch. cementing these routinely practiced postures. Daily stretching is not enough to break the cycle or create change for some. The fascia release practice, Block Therapy, can free the tight soft tissue. Strengthening the weak muscles can secure those changes, diaphragmatic breathing can add core strengthening for overall improved posture.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
A brief explanation, characteristics of muscle and fascia on our skeletal system.
Participants will explore a few scapula mobilizing and strengthening exercises, or tests, to compare before and after the fascia release portion. I use these movements as typical scapula strengthening exercises.

Participants will learn how the diaphragm; is affected by poor posture, contributes to deep inner core strengthening and overall health.

About the Presenter!
Cassidy Papaiouannou is a veteran fitness leader with MFC, closing in on her 30th anniversary. In all those years, she has explored all the toys and trainings, like; step, spinning, aqua, TRX, weights, yoga, personal training, pilates and most recently, Block Therapy. Self described as a lifelong learner, she did her best to turn Covid closures into lemonade. Stepping way out of her technology comfort zone to start zooming Block Therapy, build a website (please, no judgement) and start using social media. (like really, no judgement #LOL). Cassidy has developed a reputation amongst her participants to be extremely effective in her ability to cue and teach. Zooming has required even sharper skills, join us to gain clarity not only on aspects of core training, but possibly some language and strategies that will make you more effective.

3 CEC’s Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Webinar-ABSolutely clear on Core Training
January 25, 2022
7:00-8:30 pm
ABSolutely clear on core training.

Everybody loves to feel the burn, but abdominal training is not the same as core training. The inner core consists of pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, diaphragm and multifidus, of which, first 3/4 are not capable of creating any movement. It is purely by the breath or conscious activation that we can activate and condition this team of muscles. Teaching a bicep curl is fairly easy, they can see it, replicate it, voila! But activating muscles that produce no movement is far more abstract and technical. To teach this one thing, you’ll need multiple strategies to ‘speak everyone’s language’.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
A quick recap of the attachment sites of the muscles will demonstrate the capability / limitations of the inner core muscles.
Participants will sample and experience the sensation when the inner core is correctly activated in seated, standing, 4 point, side lying, prone, supine.
The concept of giving participants multiple opportunities to experience a single sensation reinforces the need for multiple strategies, or cues to successfully teach participants. One way, will not work for all.

About the Presenter!
Cassidy Papaiouannou is a veteran fitness leader with MFC, closing in on her 30th anniversary. In all those years, she has explored all the toys and trainings, like; step, spinning, aqua, TRX, weights, yoga, personal training, pilates and most recently, Block Therapy. Self described as a lifelong learner, she did her best to turn Covid closures into lemonade. Stepping way out of her technology comfort zone to start zooming Block Therapy, build a website (please, no judgement) and start using social media. (like really, no judgement #LOL). Cassidy has developed a reputation amongst her participants to be extremely effective in her ability to cue and teach. Zooming has required even sharper skills, join us to gain clarity not only on aspects of core training, but possibly some language and strategies that will make you more effective.
3 CEC’s Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


January 18, 2022

7-8 pm online Webinar

Bringing the program to life (Richard Sylvester, CSCS, PhD Candidate)

The session-to-session physical content of a good youth program is just words and numbers on a paper. A program must be brought to life by good environments involving intentional strategies that consider elements such as psycho-social factors, training age, growth and maturation, injury and medical history, goals, and athlete goal and preferences. Bringing the program to life also needs good people with relevant experience, education, desire, intentions and good energy. Good people building good environments can help ensure that athletes can achieve fun, safety and success with programs that are developmentally appropriate, participant centred, progressive, challenging and well-structured. Note: This is the topic of a blog I write that comes out Tuesday Aug 3, 2021

Presenter Bio

Richard Sylvester is a strength and conditioning coach from Winnipeg, Manitoba specializing in youth athletes. Richard has spent his entire 15-year career working with youth athletes age 5-18. This experience also includes 5 years experience working athletes at the University of Manitoba and the Grande Prairie Regional College. Furthermore, Richard recently spent 4 years living in New Zealand. During this time in New Zealand, Richard worked as a youth physical literacy coach, as well as a speed and power coach for an International Rugby Academy and a Netball Academy.
Additionally, Richard is currently pursuing his PhD at The Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), with a Thesis titled Sprint characteristics in youth female athletes across maturation. His mission is take his life experience as an athlete and his career experience in strength and conditioning, in order teach youth athletes how to move and be prepared for long term sport and physical activity.

1 CEC = Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Momentum 2021 – Online Sessions

Tuesday Sept 14, 2021
7:00 -8:30 online
Webinar – Social Media for Sales & Marketing
DESCRIPTION
Once you add a follower on Instagram…how do they become a
paying client? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to turn your following into
paying clients using your content. We’ll discuss leveraging the DMs on social media, curating your
messaging, and crafting the right content that will resonate with those who
need you most.

Gavin Mchale Presents: BIO
As a Kinesiology graduate, Gavin McHale followed all the rules.
He got himself a good job, gained experience and launched his own personal
training business in 2012. He quickly realized that following the traditional
business model would lead to trading more time for more money. Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.
3 CEC’s


Monday – September 20, 2021
Online 7:00pm

Become Trauma Aware – Create a Healing Practice

Become Trauma Aware: Create a Healing Practice
In understanding how our brain and nervous system process trauma we can slowly begin to unravel the
layers for our own healing. Through Yoga, we begin to re-connect to ourselves,
our breath and the present moment. While there are many paths for healing,
incorporating somatic work, through the body will help us complete this cycle.
This workshop will discuss the latest scientific research on trauma and how we
can apply these findings to our Yoga practice both as teachers and students.
This workshop is open to everyone with a desire to deepen their understanding
on how the body holds and processes trauma. Experience with Yoga is not
required.

Bio: Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT
500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and Writer based in Toronto. The winner of the 2018
Canadian Presenter of the Year for Canfitpro, Lisa has been included in OptiMYz
magazines 100 health influencers 2017-2021 and is a Global Ambassador for the
Women in Fitness Association. Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.

3 CEC’s


Executing a Successful Hybrid Training Platform
October 13, 2021
7-8:30 pm
In today’s pandemic, the face to face, bricks and mortar service based business model has been rocked at its core. In this case, failing to pivot, is preparing to fail. For many, Covid has forced a large REACTIVE business pivot in parallel with many micro pivots. It’s tempting to spend a lot of time and money reacting. In this seminar, regardless of your current bottom line, I will show you how to create a successful on-line presence through existing technology, referrals, soft training skills & affiliate relationships. We will also review the equipment & space requirements of setting up and executing a successful Virtual / Live hybrid business model. (3 CEC’s)
By Chad Benson – Educated at UVic and MUN, Chad is the Education Manager for Wrkout, & President of the Personal Trainer Academy. Before becoming an educator & TRNR mentor, Chad was a sports conditioning specialist; holding S & C positions with numerous high performance organizations. Chad is a CanFitPro PTS author, ProTrainer, keynote speaker & sponsored fitness presenter. Chad has developed numerous functional fitness, assessment, fitness franchise educational platforms.

Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Warrior Tai Chi Clase
October 20th, 2021 = 7pm.

Warrior Tai Chi is a unique combination of Tai Chi and Yoga set to powerful music and designed to quiet the mind and increase flexibility, strength, and balance.

This 40 minute practice is for all levels and no previous experience in Tai Chi or Yoga is required. Create your own reality so you can experience more of what you want, and less of what you don’t want in life. Practice daily to quiet the mind and reset your emotions.
Bio:
Samantha Long has been an instructor with the MFC for seven years and teaching fitness classes since 2011. She is passionate about empowering people with knowledge of overall wellness. she believes true wellness comes from a variety of physical movements, and how we fuel our bodies. Taking care of the mind, body and spirit through mindfulness and creating a strong mind body connection is essential to our overall health.

Samantha is certified in aquatic exercise, children and youth fitness, resistance training, sports conditioning and Yoga fitness. Her other certifications include Zumba specialties( pound, alignment essentials) Reiki master; functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and integrative nutrition health coach.
Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Triangulation Training
October 25, 2021
7-8:30 pm
Workout Triangulation means the ‘targeted’ use of multiple training concepts or methods in the same workout. This session will:
-Review, easy to track training histories and physiologic markers; that can then be used to determine today’s training focus.
-Interchangeably use Dbells & or YBells to successfully create each of these important training outcomes.
Help you build unique 3 phase workouts using only Bell
BY Chad Benson (3 CEC’s)

Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Momentum Conference – Micro Workouts Maximum Results!
Tuesday, November, 2, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm

Micro Workouts… Maximum Results!
Express workouts have grown in popularity in recent years but there is much more to express training than HIIT. Metabolic Chains, Monster Sets, Met-Con Flows and ‘Finishers’ are ‘quickie’ sessions that not only fire muscle and heart but also keep clients committed and consistent. Join Lisa’s session and experience multiple micro workouts to challenge your clients and participants and give them the results they crave!

Lisa Mastracchio – FIS, PTS, HWL, PN Coach, canfitpro Fitness Professional of the Year 2019
Lisa is a fitness professional with over 25 years’ experience as a group fitness leader, personal trainer, and nutrition coach. She was recently awarded canfitpro’s Fitness Professional of the Year in 2019. Since then, she has developed her brand “Coach Lisa”. Lisa offers online group coaching programs geared to women in their forties. She also trains one-on-one clients both in-home and online. She released her first eBook “Eat To Live” and created a membership site, WOW (Women on Weights) which connects women from around the globe. Her passion to help women build muscle and gain confidence continues to grow both in person and in the online space!
www.coachlisa.ca

Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Programming People (not exercise)
November 8, 2021
7-8:30 pm
Do you have an amazing training toolbox, without the current client database, results or desired retention? Clients & potential clients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. In this session you will learn how to create a People 1st training experience; inside and outside of the training hour. Many trainers & strength coaches spend their entire professional development budget learning hard skills, relying on their personality and scientifically backed knowledge to wow client’s. Building trust, creating goal-oriented accountability and matching training programs to the client’s personality is also a science; the sciences of communication, psychology and behavioral economics. This seminar will practically engage and leave you with serviceable skills guaranteed to impact your bottom line, programming & how you engage client’s on Mon.
By Chad Benson (3 CEC’s)

Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Crushing COVID- Bands, Bands, Bands Workshop!
November 10, 2021 at 7pm

Bands Workshop
BANDS, BANDS, BANDS focuses on progressive/variable dynamic exercises. Stretch tubing is an excellent way to gain strength, endurance and flexibility. Join Christine for a session using the 12” and 41” bands that are included in the cost of the registration for this workshop. Those of you that participated in the Covid Challenge will get access to this presentation without registering for the session. Christine will also share ideas for adapting these ideas to group or personal training settings.
About the Presenter. Christine van Der Hoek

Spending 29+ years in the health and fitness industry, Christine gained extensive experience and knowledge in exercise analysis and program design. She’s designed certification courses for the MFC and The Manitoba Alzheimers Society. Personal trainer, group fitness instructor, Trainer and Evaluator of Fitness Leaders, triathlete, mountain biker, adventurer traveler….she loves being active, sharing and motivating others to lead by example in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Strong & Steady with Nathalie Lacombe!
November 17, 2021 at 7pm

Strong and Steady
The best of both worlds! Build strength, mobility, balance, and stability like never before by fusing Yoga with fitness. Using body weight and a variety of home-workout props as further resistance, we will unlock the potential of fitness movement patterns combined with Yoga asanas and flows. Your clients will no longer have to choose between their Yoga and training sessions; they’ll Namaste and NamastYay

Nathalie Lacombe

Mover, shaker, and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie passionately shares her inspirational insights. She uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting changes with her teams, clients, and audiences.

Please call 204-235-1245 to register for this event.


Crushing COVID – AUGUST 18, 2021

Habits were broken, changed and gained during the last year (some healthy, some not). GYMS are FULLY open, and we want to get members back there… We are inviting you to take part in our CRUSHING COVID – 21-day Fitness Challenge. What have you been letting slide? Cardio? Resistance Training? Flexibility Training? This challenge does not have to be completed at a gym but it can be! New habits can be easily formed in three weeks, so let’s GO!

Challenge runs, August 18 – September 8, 2021

How do I participate?
Once registered, you’ll get an email link that shares the login code for the tracking page. Just exercise at least 20 minutes every day and log your participation. We will not be tracking minutes or distance, just consecutive exercise days.

What is the cost?
The cost to participate is $36.75 included with your registration you’ll get two new pieces of equipment a White Lion Booty Band and Heavy-Duty Resistance Band, you’ll also get an online session to teach for 50+ ways to use these. Pick up equipment from MFC office. Shipping out equipment is $10.

Who can Enter?
Anyone can enter, this is open to MFC members, those needing a fitness boost and anyone who would like to participate.

Additional Supports
Sometimes it is fun to try different things and for this reason we’ll be featuring live fitness classes once a week. The cost of these classes will be FREE!

Registration Deadline is August 18th. https://manitobafitnesscouncil.ca/index.php/registration/#id=143&cid=1616&wid=1101


Monday, May 31st, 2021 7:00-8:30 pm 

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Motivational Interviewing and Goal setting skills for Fitness Leaders and Personal Trainers 

Helping Clients set and each goals is hard! This session will highlight the art and practice of Motivational
Interviewing and setting SMART-ER goals with fitness clients. Included will be an overview of the basic concepts and skills related to MI and how fitness professionals can employ this conversational tool in their everyday practices
with their clients. Also discussed will be the concept of SMART-ER goal setting and a step-by-step guide to using this engaging and unique approach to helping clients set and achieve their intended health goals.  

Speaker Bio

Dr. Erin Nitschke has a bachelor’s and master’s in Kinesiology and a doctorate in adult and post-secondary education.
Erin has been an instructor of kinesiology and wellness-related courses since 2003. She’s also worked as a personal trainer and health coach for the duration of her career. Erin holds certifications from NSCA, ACE, NFPT, NASM and
Precision Nutrition. She is also a health and fitness industry writer with featured publications with IDEA, ACE, and NFPT. 

Erin believes in the power of a holistic approach to healthy living. Living an active and healthy lifestyle is not defined or limited by physical stamina, muscle size, or outward appearance. An active and healthy lifestyle is multifaceted and requires commitment and balance in all aspects of personal wellness. Being fit means finding an equilibrium between the physical, social, intellectual, environmental, occupational, and spiritual dimensions of personal well-being. I am personally and professionally dedicated to teaching students and clients how to achieve such balance through learning and focused skill development. It’s not simply about “hitting the gym”; it’s about discovering inner strength, harnessing personal potential, and exercising the courage to pursue a meaningful goal.

Erin lives in Cheyenne,
Wyoming with her husband and two children and is an exercise science professor
at Laramie County Community College. 

click here to register


February 4th, 2021 = 7:00-8:30 pm

Mindful Movement: Meditation for All Tastes with Nathalie Lacombe = 3 CECs

Thanks to a wide variety of meditation and mindfulness techniques we are sure to find one that suits our needs, availability, comfort zone, and enjoyment. We’ll explore how mindfulness already seeps into our daily lives and try different styles of meditation. Leave this workshop with a menu of methods to include in your own practice and with your clients.

Nathalie Lacombe = Mover, shaker, and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie passionately shares her inspirational insights. She uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting changes with her teams, clients, and audiences.

Click here to register to view this workshop.


February 2021

Yoga for Healthy Backs – with Nathalie Lacombe = 3 CECs

With 80% of adults experiencing back pain at some point in their lifetime, we owe it to our students to consider the health of their backs in each Yoga class we teach. Taking our knowledge and skills passed “hip openers” we’ll put into practice the stability and mobility of our core and second chakra. We’ll consider the holistic view of finding space physically, mentally, and energetically in order to release our backs into bliss.

Nathalie Lacombe = Mover, shaker, and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie passionately shares her inspirational insights. She uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting changes with her teams, clients, and audiences.

Please register here to view previously recorded session



Momentum 2021 Conference Webinar Series

This year has required changes for everyone. We will not be hosting an in-person Momentum Conference this year. Instead we will be bringing you Webinars with both theory and practical sessions from September to December. These sessions will be held a couple of times a month and will be available both live as well as in a recorded format. See you online! More will be posted as they become available!


We keep learning…

As a member of a professional organization, we feel that it is our responsibility to ensure that you have quality fitness leader trainings available.

As a Member of the MFC you get member pricing on all the workshops and training that we offer, as well as the first opportunity to register for new courses and workshops.

Do you have an idea for a training you’d like us to provide?

Send us your idea and we’ll investigate it: info@manitobafitnesscouncil.ca