Great Lakes Regional Conference

Learn, participate and network with colleagues while earning CEUs. Hosted by the state/provincial directors and regional coordinators, this local event brings cutting-edge research and application to your backyard.

May 09, 2020 | 0.9 CEUs Category A



The NSCA wants to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority. We have determined it best to hold the event online via Zoom. We will notify you by e-mail with more details. Please visit the link below for Zoom Instructions.

Registration will close May 8, 12pm Mountain Time. 


Zoom - Instructions HERE                                  

Hosted by:
Renée Hoppe, MS, CSCS,*D


Event Itinerary - Saturday, May 9 - Eastern Time Zone
7:15 AM - 7:45 AM
Online Check-in
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Opening Remarks and NSCA Updates
by Renée Hoppe, MS, CSCS,*D and Alanna Coulson, MHK, CSCS
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Non-Traditional Resistance Training Techniques to Overcome Physical Limitations
by Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA

In this session Robert will introduce the five movement components that every workout should incorporate and some non-traditional resistance training lifts that allow clients with physical limitations the ability to perform without pain. Osteoporosis and Arthritis are two of the greatest concerns for those who do no participate in resistance training. In most cases, this is due to an injury or physical limitation that is exacerbated by the more traditional lifting exercises. With slight modifications ("rigging" if you will) these lifts can produce great results in a pain free fashion.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Special Considerations When Training Athletes with Chronic Disease
by Chris Powell, MS, CSCS,*D

This lecture style presentation will detail factors to consider when training athletes with cancer and other chronic diseases. There are many considerations that must be taken into effect when training athletes battling chronic disease. This lecture will educate coaches on how to handle these situations, how to seek help and help their athletes promote a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

10:10 AM - 11:25 AM
Retaining the Back-Pained Client
by Stu McGill, PhD

Success with the back pained client usually requires two stages: 1) Wind down the pain sensitivity, and 2) Build a foundation for pain-free activity. Confusing these 2 stages results in failure – either the client goes somewhere else or they remain inhibited with pain and intolerant to load.
Given that all health systems depend on movement for optimum resilience and performance, those who use movement have the largest potential of all professionals in the health spectrum to impact healthful lives – namely trainers and coaches. The responsibility to get it right is large.

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM
Motivational Interviewing – How to Develop Effective Counseling Skills to Effect Positive Behavior Change
by Lorne Opler, MEd, CSCS

How do we inspire our clients, especially those new to the gym who may lack confidence in their physical abilities, to overcome their ambivalences about their capabilities to success? By employing "motivational interviewing" or M.I. M.I. is a "client centered" counseling/communication technique in which trainers use specific cues, reinforcements and affirmations to help a client work through ambivalence and effect positive behavioral change. This workshop will teach participants how to incorporate M.I. into their practice. The three learning objectives are:
*Understanding the concepts behind M.I.: What is it? Why is it so effective?
*Understanding the five principles of M.I.
*Practicing M.I. skills/techniques among workshop participants

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM
Lunch Break
12:55 PM - 2:10 PM
Beginning & Advanced Nutrition, Hydration, Testing and Supplement Strategies for Recovery and Repair
by Dawn Weatherwax, CSSD, LD, RD, CSCS

Most personal trainers and strength coaches don't realize the importance or advances in nutrition, hydration, supplementation and testing on recovery and repair. This session will discuss the prevalence of under eating amongst athletes/clients and how body composition effects on healing and restoration throughout the body. Participants will learn the evidence that stresses the importance of hydration and electrolytes on muscle fatigue, growth and recuperation; along with, the levels that are optimal. In addition, the literature supporting the importance on Vit D, B12 and Ferritin on energy levels and there optimal ranges will be discussed. The participants will also learn optimal brain, gut, bone and muscle health strategies and testing relevant for each area. In conclusion the goal is that the certified personal trainer and strength coach knows how to recognize and refer for additional nutritional help and assist their client base to maximize all angles of recovery and repair. The teaching strategies will be lecture based with a solid foundation that is rooted in the most up to date research.

2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Case Studies in Return to Sport Model and Programming
by Steve Lidstone, CSCS

An in depth look at the Brock Sports Medicine Return to Sport Model along with the assessment/treatment, screening, monitoring and programming for a variety of injuries including ankle/foot fractures, ACL and Shoulder Injuries.

3:35 PM - 4:50 PM
Exercise and Nutrition for Mental Health
by Igor Klibanov

Learning Objectives:

- Learn the exercise prescription for anxiety vs. for depression, and what to do if your client has both
- Two common conditions frequently misdiagnosed as anxiety/depression
- The inflammation connection
- How digestive health affects mental health


Thru April 28 After April 28 
NSCA Member Rate $95 $140
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $115 $160


All refund requests must be submitted in WRITING and should include the reason for cancellation. NO refunds will be accepted via phone. A 50% refund will be granted on or before 4-28-20. NO REFUNDS will be given after 4-28-20.

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