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.

MFC members require a total of 18 Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) every 3 years.

Upcoming Workshops

We will be bringing you Webinars with both theory and practical sessions. 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.


2023 – Online Sessions


Soft Skills for Tough Times
Date: January 24th, 2023.

Soft Skills for Tough Times Online Webinar.
We are challenged more than ever to stay connected to our clients, our careers, and our purpose. The relationships we build both in-person and virtually are critical to keeping our clients engaged and focused on their health and fitness. Nathalie offers you practical strategies maximizing evidence-based soft skills helping your clients achieve their goals and providing you continued fitness career success.
BIO – 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.
Register Here!


Health Coaching Series
Dates: January 30th, February 15th, February 27th, March 7th and March 22nd. 2023.
We have all worked with clients that can’t seem to make the changes they need to. Let’s learn how to connect with and listen to them; so we can help them determine their best path forward.
Each of the sessions below can be registered for independently ( links will be sent later for this option). If you would like a certificate of completion you must take all sessions. 12 CECs available for taking all five sessions. You can sign up for ONE or Two or three sessions only, or you can sign up for all 5 sessions.
5 webinar classes = January 30th, February 15th, February 27th, March 7th and March 22nd.

  1. The science of behaviour change, and why it’s so hard (includes common misconceptions about change) Monday January 30, 2023 7pm (**link available below for this session individually if you prefer)
    This session will examine key aspects of human behavior and the process of change which will include behavior change models, the essential practice of goal setting and its role in change, and the inherent challenges with change for both clients and professionals coaching clients through change.
  2. How to incorporate health coaching into an exercise environment.
    Wednesday Feb 15, 2023 7:00pm
    This session will help professionals develop an understanding of what health coaching is and why it may be the missing component to your fitness practice. Participants will be able to examine frequently asked questions related to the profession and practice of health coaching as well as how to take a coach approach with fitness clients.
  3. Designing Effective Coaching Sessions
    Monday February 27, 2023 7:00 pm
    This session will tackle the topic of “how to structure an effective coaching session”. Participants will be introduced to the foundational purpose of a coaching session and coaching session must haves. Information about potential traps to avoid is also included.
  4. Elevating Your Coaching Practice in 7 Steps
    Tuesday March 7, 2023 7:00pm
    Sign up for this lively session in which you will learn the qualities of effective coaching and how you can elevate your practice in 7 distinct actionable and easy-to-follow steps.
  5. Rejecting the diet culture changing your narrative
    Wednesday March 22, 2023 7:00pm
    Diet culture is loud. Diet culture is pervasive. Diet culture is everywhere, and it is powerful. Unfortunately, it is a culture that is influential in all the ways we wish it wasn’t. As exercise professionals, we face a heavy and steep uphill battle. We are, essentially, climbing two sides of a single mountain. One side is where we, as the exercise professional, work to reject diet culture messages that impact us personally and professionally. The other side is finding ways to help our clients do the same. It’s hard to tell which is more difficult or if there is even the ability to compare the two. Sign up for this powerful session to find out how professionals can work collaboratively and intentionally to shift the narrative of diet culture.
    BIO = Dr. Erin Nitschke
    Exercise Science Faculty, Laramie County Community College
    NASM Virtual Coaching Specialist
    NSCA-CPT
    NFPT-CPT
    ACE Health Coach & Fitness Nutrition Specialist & Therapeutic Exercise Specialist
    Pn1 – PN Level 1 Certified
    Register Here! This is registration for all 5 sessions.

Health Coaching Series – Science of Behavior Change.
Date: January 30th, 2023.

We have all worked with clients that can’t seem to make the changes they need to. Let’s learn how to connect with and listen to them; so we can help them determine their best path forward.
2 CECs available for taking One session only.

  1. The science of behaviour change, and why it’s so hard (includes common misconceptions about change) Monday January 30, 2023 7pm. This session will examine key aspects of human behavior and the process of change which will include behavior change models, the essential practice of goal setting and its role in change, and the inherent challenges with change for both clients and professionals coaching clients through change.
    BIO = Dr. Erin Nitschke
    Exercise Science Faculty, Laramie County Community College
    NASM Virtual Coaching Specialist
    NSCA-CPT
    NFPT-CPT
    ACE Health Coach & Fitness Nutrition Specialist & Therapeutic Exercise Specialist
    Pn1 – PN Level 1 Certified
    Register Here! This is for January 30th Session ONLY.

2022 – Online Sessions


Light them Up with L.I.I.T.
December 6, 2022.

7:00 – 8:30 pm online Webinar

DESCRIPTION
Light Them Up With L.I.I.T.
Low Impact Interval Training is a perfect program to create fun fitness classes that provide just the right challenge for people of all fitness levels, shapes, and sizes. Learn oodles of class formats that combine cardio and muscle conditioning in a simple and inclusive way! With little to no equipment in studio or at home, in person or on virtual, your classes with be lit up with L.I.I.T!

Presenter Bio
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. Register HERE!
3 CEC’s


MFC – Holiday Online Party – Game Night & Mocktail Party!
December 5, 2022

7-8:15 pm

Join us online for Games night and make your own Mocktails with some guidance from professionals so that we are ready for the evening.
We will be sending out an ingredients list around the 30th of November.
Games night will start at 7:30, and run for 30-45 minutes. Costumes are encouraged!
MFC Members will receive 1.5 credits for attending/participating. Register HERE!


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


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.

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.



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