Schedule At-a-Glance

Wednesday, September 9 to Sunday, September 13

All day, every day

Virtual Marketplace Days

Fri, September 11

9:30 - 11:30 am

Product Demos

Sat, September 12 8:30 – 9:30 am

Keynote: New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work

9:45 – 10:15 am

Training Techniques for High-performance Older Athletes

10:30 – 11:00 am

Training for Successful Aging

11:15 – 12:00 pm Future of Fitness, Session 1
1:00 – 1:30 pm

Be the Boss You Always Wish You Had (Leadership Skills)

1:45 – 2:15 pm

Sell Yourself! How to NOT be a pushy sales person and still get fitness clients

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Bikes, Base, and Beat!

Sun, September 13 8:30 – 9:30 am

The Demands of an Intergenerational Workplace

9:45 – 10:15 am

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults; Pilates infused – Teaching Skills

10:30 – 11:00 am

Training the Reluctant Youth

11:15 – 12:00 pm Future of Fitness, Session 2
1:00 – 1:30 pm

Treating the Trainer

1:45 – 2:15 pm

The Instructor Makes the Class

2:30 – 3:00 pm

The Equipment Optional Workout: Harness Your Body - 2020 Edition


Detailed Program

Wednesday, September 9 to Sunday, September 13

All Day

All Day | Virtual Marketplace Days

Visit the Virtual Marketplace Exhibitor Booths to learn about the exclusive sales for BCFit delegates, and to play the Virtual Marketplace Game for a chance to win prizes!

Delegates can also check out their Virtual Delegate Bag for sales info, coupons and other goodies!

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Friday, September 11

9:30 - 10:00 am

First showing

10:30 - 11:00 am

Second showing

Product Demos

Join the Virtual Marketplace for Virtual Product Demos. Learn about the latest products and services from the fitness industry’s hottest companies in these fast-paced 10 minute demos! Weight Lifting 1284616 1920 Small

Saturday, September 12

8:30 - 9:30 am

KEYNOTE: New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work

What is happening to our world of work? Is it a challenge or a chore? “Same old - same old” is now new, different and even exciting. However, some of our old approaches, strategies and ways of doing things must be updated and reframed.  We can no longer think in terms of “if it works, why change it”. We have to think in terms of “if it works, we can build on it to grow and improve”. Join Brenda to take a light an informative look at new habits for a changing world of work.


Brenda Robinson

Presented by Brenda Robinson

Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She is the founder and president of The Robcan Group. Her Bachelor of Arts was earned at Brandon University and her Masters of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years about communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Her workshops and presentations are in high demand. She has authored four books and created an Audio CD set to help people to develop these skills. Brenda believes that we are on a life-long learning journey. It should be enriching, exciting, interesting and above all, it should be fun!

9:30 - 9:45 am

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9:45 - 10:15 am

Training Techniques for High-performance Older Athletes

More and more older adults (i.e. 50+) are breaking records once thought impossible for their age. But how is this possible? Having a strong understanding of the latest exercise science research and innovative training tactics will help the fitness professional create stronger, faster and more powerful senior athletes. This informative lecture will present the latest science and training strategies helping instructors progress older clients from average to excellent.


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Presented by André Potvin

André is an internationally accredited author, fitness educator and clinical exercise specialist with 36 years of leadership and clinical experience. President of INFOFIT Educators School for Fitness Professionals, André is frequently invited to lecture at international public an professional conferences.

10:15 – 10:30 am 

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10:30 - 11:00 am

Training for Successful Aging

"You know you are not young anymore." How many of you get a little perturbed hearing this? Granted, biology does change as we age but to what extent? As trainers, we have a large role in helping our clients age successfully so that they can pursue the things they love to do. Join Brian as he takes an integrated viewpoint on training for successful aging.


Brian Justin

Presented by Brian Justin

Brian is a full-time tenured Kinesiology Instructor at the University of Fraser Valley, BC. He earned his Masters and Bachelor degrees from University of British Columbia. Brian’s concentrations are exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, injury management, and exercise testing and prescription. Brian is passionate about the benefits of physical activity for health, performance, and injury prevention.

11:00 – 11:15 am

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11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Future of Fitness

Hear directly from our conference partners on future trends for their company and how these impact you in your role as a Fitness Leader. Our sponsors support the BCFit® conference year after year because they have valuable resources to contribute to the fitness industry. Join in to hear the top things you NEED to know about the companies that support you, and how you can stay current with industry trends.


Presented by our BCFit partners

12:00 – 1:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Be the Boss You Always Wish You Had

A leader wears many hats in the workplace: motivator, counselor, co-worker, go-between, peacekeeper, manager, and many more. This enjoyable session will help you identify your leadership skills, strengths and weaknesses, and improve your leadership role. You will gain trust and confidence from your employees, and learn to address productive and non-productive employees. If you are in a leadership role or plan on becoming a leader, this session will help.


Christina Truscott

Presented by Christina Truscott

Christina has been involved in the fitness industry for close to 40 years. She has worked as a fitness leader, Recreation Program Director and Trainer of Fitness Leaders and is now the owner of Body Blueprint Fitness Education. She has taught thousands of students across five continents, and trained fitness professionals to become Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors, Older Adults Instructor, Aqua Fitness Instructors and weight room attendants. She is the author of over 60 workshops and 5 course manuals used for continuing education, certifications and to teach fitness courses. Christina was awarded the Woman of Distinction for Health and Fitness and received a Health and Fitness Award.

1:30 – 1:45 pm 

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1:45 - 2:15 pm

Sell Yourself! How to NOT be a pushy salesperson and still get fitness clients

Does the idea of selling your fitness service conjure images of a "used car salesperson"? Are you terrified of coming across as that "push" salesperson who will stop at nothing to sell you on their product or service? Do you wish there was another, more "human" way to sell? If you're a fitness leader looking to get answers to these questions in a highly practical, hands-on and interactive environment, then this session is for you!


Irina Almasan

Presented by Irina Almasan

Irina is a personal trainer and marketer with a goal to help fitness leaders understand marketing. She owns Simplifit Marketing, an agency for gyms, studios and trainers, and continues to see clients as a personal trainer. Irina believes that building a personal connection is the best way to attract, convert, and keep clients.

2:15 – 2:30 pm 

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2:30  - 3:00 pm

Bikes, Base, and Beat!

Whether you are new to indoor cycling or looking to refresh your ride. This session will cover the basics and how to infuse the beat of the music to inspire your ride. Motivation takes the lead as you lift, move, and groove to the beat of the drum and the beating of your heart for this energizing experience.


Traci Addison

Presented by Traci Addison

Traci is passionate about inspiring and motivating people to live an Active Life. Her passion for fitness was born over 25 years ago when she had the opportunity to participate in classes with an amazingly motivating instructor. She has taught all levels, ages and styles of fitness. She is BCRPA Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL) for Group Fitness; certified in TRX, Rip Trainer, BARRE, and Indoor Cycling. Traci’s indoor cycling passion has served well as she qualified for Team Canada’s 2008 Age Group World Championship Team.


Sunday, September 13

8:30 - 9:30 am

The Demands of an Intergenerational Workplace

Differences are only difficulties when we don't recognize and understand the differences. In the world of recreation, fitness and wellness we are working with an increasing diversity. One of the diverse areas we are seeing is the diversity created by different generations. One size does not fit all. Indeed, we have an opportunity in the midst of this diversity to increase and enhance our responsiveness for positive outcomes. In this session, Brenda Robinson will help you explore different generations from a strength's perspective. She will help you overcome your perceptions and assumptions to increase your capacity for best practice.


Brenda Robinson

Presented by Brenda Robinson

Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She is the founder and president of The Robcan Group. Her Bachelor of Arts was earned at Brandon University and her Masters of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years about communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Her workshops and presentations are in high demand. She has authored four books and created an Audio CD set to help people to develop these skills. Brenda believes that we are on a life-long learning journey. It should be enriching, exciting, interesting and above all, it should be fun!

9:30 – 9:45 am

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9:45 - 10:15 am

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults; Pilates infused – Teaching Skills

Learn skills when interacting with older adults to help them know "success", understanding the benefits for them to "keep moving" and fit. Teaching skills to instructors, to understand the differences between "doing" and "teaching". As instructors, we are "Life Coaches", Teachers' of the benefits of movement and how it affects our health. Learn skills to make the class a social and fun event with their interaction, so they will want to participate in fitness and socialize with others.


Dorothea Arnett

Presented by Dorothea Arnett

Dorothea is a BCRPA Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL) and has been a certified fitness instructor since 1995. As a veteran in this fascinating industry, her passion includes working with 55+, Forever Fit (SN 60+), Yoga, adaptive skills and techniques, as well as ‘quality vs quantity’. Her workshops for fitness professionals are focused on adaptation techniques for teaching older adults. Her hobbies include hosting yoga retreats and enrichment weekends for both BCRPA instructors and like-minded yogis.

10:15 – 10:30 am

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10:30 - 11:00 am

Training the Reluctant Youth

How do you engage a “reluctant youth” into being more active in physical activity? How do you recognize a “reluctant youth” and what does that mean? In this session, participants will review the science on youth development, and learn about the factors that affect their engagement (or reluctance) in physical activity. We will explore youth-specific training guidelines, as well as techniques to create a more inclusive program to engage youth to get them moving with proper exercise techniques.


Presented by Darrin Jones and Janelle Eisler Carr

Darrin Jones 2019

Darrin has worked in fitness for the last 13 years, working with a wide variety of clients. Darrin holds a Bachelor of Human kinetics from UBC, is a certified Personal trainer, sport conditioning specialist, and group fitness instructor with experience from post-rehab clients to athletes and in between. He enjoys working with diverse groups, from teens to older adults, and favors functional lifestyle exercise trying to put fun into exercise. You might find him in the weight room or playing outside.

Janelle Eisler Carr 2020

Janelle has enjoyed providing evidence-based health and wellness information to a variety of people for 15 years. She holds a MSc of Physiotherapy (Pre-Reg) from Queen Margaret University, Scotland and a Bachelors in Human Kinetics from UBC. She is an avid patron of dance and fitness classes as well as the Fitness Centre to ensure that she, herself, enjoys the benefits of physical activity.

11:00 – 11:15 am

 

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11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Future of Fitness

Hear directly from our conference partners on future trends for their company and how these impact you in your role as a Fitness Leader. Our sponsors support the BCFit® conference year after year because they have valuable resources to contribute to the fitness industry. Join in to hear the top things you NEED to know about the companies that support you, and how you can stay current with industry trends.


Presented by our BCFit partners

12:00 – 1:00 pm

 

LUNCH BREAK

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Treating the Trainer

Are you overwhelmed, overworked, sore, and always stressing about the next session? Why? Let's take a look at streamlining your system to reduce the chaos and leave you more excited to do what you love - train like a boss! Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup.


Kristy Kreus

Presented by Kristy Keus

Kristy is a fitness professional and co-founder of My Fit Life Now. She has a huge heart and passion for helping everyone around her. People are inspired by and drawn to her authenticity and zest for life. Teaching classes and training clients for the past 13 years, during which owning an indoor cycling studio, was a highlight in her career. She is always learning to live her best life, and is always growing with knowledge to share with others she meets along the way.

1:30 – 1:45 pm 

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1:45 - 2:15 pm

The Instructor Makes the Class

The group dynamic can be challenging - varying abilities and fitness levels, different ages and tastes in music, limited equipment, technical difficulties, difficult participant personalities - yikes! It is up to us as instructors to "Make The Class" - we are what brings the participants back week after week, but how do we do it when conditions and dynamics are always changing? My presentation debunks this for new group fitness instructors, and prepares them with ideas, tools, and tricks that they can take to class right away so they can be the instructor that group fitness participants seek out!


Julia Clissold

Presented by Julia Clissold

Julia is a BCRPA registered Group Fitness instructor, ACE Personal Trainer, and past studio owner. Transitioning from a group fit fanatic to a group fitness leader has aided her in understanding the participant’s mindset, and how to connect with even the most reserved individuals. Her mission is to make fitness fun and accessible to all and believes that everyone should feel appropriately challenged by their class. No matter the age, stage, or ability of the participant, they deserve to leave class feeling accomplished and like a total Rockstar – Julia has figured out the secret sauce to achieve just that.

2:15 – 2:30 pm

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2:30  - 3:00 pm

The Equipment Optional Workout: Harness Your Body - 2020 Edition

You already have the best piece of fitness equipment ever created… YOUR OWN BODY! Sadly, too few people know how to properly harness it for fitness and performance. This active session is an exploration of human movement, function, and FUN! We will combine discussion on key movement concepts with fun, versatile drill and exercises. This session includes: Warm-up, balance, agility, strength, coordination, power, endurance, flexibility/mobility, and cool-down. I guarantee you will leave with new ideas, and solid learning concepts to apply to your next session, class or workout.


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Presented by Tim Borys

Tim is a former New York Yankees draft pick, and national level performance coach. He is an expert at eliciting higher performance from individuals and teams. For over 30 years he has helped people and organizations ignite their potential...in work and life. Tim is CEO of FRESH! Wellness Group and founder of www.teachmovement.com. He holds a BA (Psyc/Kin), is a Medical Exercise Specialist, CHEK HLC, CSCS, and is an international educator.