2021 Exercise Leadership Summit (#ELS21)
Once again, due to Covid restrictions the 2021 Summit & AGM was held online. This time it was offered in 2 parts, in April & May of 2021.
Contraindications in Exercise - Susan Hardiman & Rick Horsman
What Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can do in Fitness - Kenton Sefcik
What Trainers Need to Know to Help LGBTQ+ Clients - Sefin Stefura & Aiden Waden-Lynk, NS LGBTQ+ YOuth Project, Cape Breton
Teaching Online: Rules, Tech, & Bringing the Money In - Terri Roberts
2020 Exercise Leadership Summit (#ELS20)
Due to Covid the 2020 Summit & AGM was held online in October 2020 as a partnership with Fitness New Brunswick.
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5th Annual Fall Brunch 2019
Presenter – Heather Creamer, MedeXN Fitness Institute
Topic: Working with fitness clients who have Lymphedema.
Big "THANKS!" to My Halifax for visiting us at our 2019 Exercise Leadership Summit and creating this video! -
Door Prizes: Spartan Fitness
Presenter Gifts: Cortado Coffee Tasting Room
Venue: Mount St. Vincent University Athletics & Recreation
Congratulations to our annual award winners
Volunteer(s) of the Year: Leanna Conrod & Bill Norton
Student of the Year: Kara Bollivar
Also, congratulations to NSFA Chair Terri Roberts who received Volunteer of the Year awards from both the City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia earlier this month.
This year we offered something new, and all-day course that participant earn a certificate for taking. The course was SmartAlice Training about recognizing signs of domestic violence in our fitness clients.
Karen Spurr – SmartAlice Training
Greg Simmons – Personal Development: Coach’s Corner with Greg
Robert Brownell – From the Ground Up: Stability, Mobility, Strength
Heather Dennis – Fascial Fitness
Kathryn Francis – Chair Yoga
Meaghan Kerman – HIIT Workshop
Mikaela Henderson – Nutrition Seminar
Kaycie Lane – Barre Master Class
Michael Angelo Williams – Freestyle Step Master Class
4th Annual Fall Brunch 2018
Presenter - Heather Stevens, Mi'kmaw Dancer & Educator
Topic: How dance and physical activity fit within 1st Nations culture, and how we can incorporate 1st Nations content in our fitness programs.
Sponsors for ELS18:
Presenters' Gift Sponsor:
Susan Hill of Artisans Window https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Artisianswindow
Door Prize AND Award Recipients' Gift Sponsor:
Loblaws/Atlantic Super Store.
Key Note Presenter: Laurie di Giulio
Keynote presentation from RMT Laurie di Guilio.
The Hip Hinge. The Fountain of Youth.
hip hinge is a crucial movement pattern that permeates all aspects of
our lives from infancy into adulthood. It is a movement pattern that we
master as children but lose as adults. The loss of the ability to
properly hinge at the hips increases load on the lumbar spine,
compression of the SI joints and strain on the knees. It can increase
the chances of developing low back pain, disc trauma, knee pain and
injury. As we age, the loss of the hip hinge can increase our likelihood
of falling which can severely impact quality of life in the elderly and
even lead to sooner death due to complications from a fall. In this
way, maintain the hip hinge pattern has the ability to add years to our
life. It can be a fountain of youth. This presentation will introduce
you to ways to assess the hip hinge (or deadlift) pattern, how to
breakdown the movement into incremental stages, modifications and
alternatives, and common problems/myths associated with the
hinge/deadlift. Whether you work with elite level athletes or people in
their 80's, practicing the hip hinge will bring improved performance,
strength and prevent injuries across all populations.
Visit Laurie's website for more information on her work.
1. Greg Simmons on Trends VS Fads
2. Maria Radelich on Fitness & the Pelvic Floor
3. Wanda Martin presents STRONG by Zumba® (Master Class)
4. Emily Rogers & Allison Keller on High Intensity Interval Exercise (HIIE) on Brain Excitability and Motor Learning
5. Virginia McIntyre on Bone Health
6. Grant Hatcher on Meditation
7. Laura Lundquist on Valgus Knee
8. Judi Harvey on Abs, Abs, Abs and a Ball or Two
3rd Annual Fall Brunch 2017
Presenter - Lauri Di Guilio, RMT
Topic: Balance vs. Proprioception
Margaret Lee - Bellyfit Sage Master Class
Catherine Knockwood - Pound Master Class
Melissa Millar - More than Just the Mambo
Rick Horsman - A New Way to Look at Bootcamp
Devin LeBlanc - Change your Client's Lives Forever!
Lauri Di Guilio - 3 Keys to IAP
Heather & Karen from Alice Housing - Understanding Relationship Violence and the Role of the Fitness Professional
Jim Cyr - Wearable Fitness Technology
ISANS (Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia) - Working with Newcomers to Canada
Presenting Gift Sponsor:
Debbie Ford, TPI
Suzanne Milner, Managing Director, http://www.drugfreewellness.com
Melissa Dearman, Eastern Passage Wellness Center http://easternpassagewellness.ca/
2nd Annual Fall Brunch 2016
Presenter – Kenney Fitzpatrick, General Manager MSVU Student’s Union
Topic: Using social media's various video platforms to build an audience for your fitness business.
1st Annual Fall Brunch 2015
Presenter - Dr. Laurene Rehman, professor of Recreation Management at Dalhousie University.
Topic: Relationship Marketing - why emotional connections to your clients are so important.
Fitness Friendzy 2014
Our 1st conference in a few years, and the last one under the "Fitness Friendzy" brand, our 2014 conference was held at St. Mary's University and featured sessions on Spin, Foam Rolling, Bender Ball for Seniors, Barefoot Workouts, Nutrition, and Ballet Barre.
The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.