The industry seminars in association with REPs UAE.

The seminars will provide practical workshops and theoretical sessions for personal trainers, physios and other health and exercise professionals, with continued professional development points given to attendees.

If you are within the fitness industry and are looking for theoretical and practical knowledge to advance your fitness skills or enhance your career, the industry seminars is the perfect platform for you.

All personal trainers will be able to collect CPD points for free.


2019 Agenda for Industry Seminars – Theory Sessions

Thursday, 5 December 2019
Time Topic
10.00 – 11.00 Aligning Diet and Exercise to Maximize Results! Presented by Mike Fantigrassi, NASM, USA

Eating the wrong diet can have negative effects on training and can make it very difficult to reach training goals. Learn the pro’s and con’s of popular diets like Keto, Paleo, low carb, low calorie and fasting related to exercise. Discover how to perform the right type of exercise intensity, duration, and frequency based on the type of diet you are following.

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11.00 – 12.00 The Hypopressive Method  * First time in Dubai* Presented by Nestor Serra, World Director for Hypopressive RSF, Spain

Introductory session to Marcel’s Caufriez Hypopressive Method,which are postural exercises that improve the management of abdominal and pelvic internal pressure. Unlike other abdominal training methods, the Hypopressive method improves the abdominal and pelvic stability by lowering the intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) instead of increasing it. In this way it reduces the waist circumference drastically (8% on average), at the same time provides a perfect short and long term treatment of problems stemming from different types of hernias (spine discs, abdominal, inguinal or pelvic floor, among others) and Urinary Incontinence (UI) treatment.
Points to cover:

  • Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology relevant to abdominal and perineal stability
  • Physio-pathology related to physical activity and sport
  • Principles of training the hypopressive method
  • Intra-abdominal pressure (IAP)
  • RSF- Functional Systemic Reprogramming
  • Differences between other abdominal work methods: Abdominal Hollowing, Abdominal Bracing, Abdominal Vacuum

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12.00 – 13.00 Movement for Life. Presented by Nathan Brown, Co-founder of Aikaro Fitness Solutions, UAE

We begin to develop these movement patterns shortly after we’re born & we continue to depend on them for the duration of our lives. These stem from just seven basic building blocks our body uses to manage these movements called ‘primal movement patterns’. This is our brains way of managing the millions of different movements we practice throughout each day. As time ticks by mistakenly we neglect the importance of understanding the basic fundamentals of primal movement & view these troubles as an inevitable by-product of getting older. When in actuality combined with sitting for too long, bad choices of nutrition, & of course not moving your body ALL contribute to decreasing your chances of longevity in life. Movement for life is a seminar that captures one of the most compelling research topics, trialled, tested & proven.

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13.00 – 14.00 Your Brain and Body: an introduction to brain-based fitness. Presented by Heba Abdel Gawad, Co-founder Body Hack – Brain based fitness, Fitness Education Provider, UAE

In this one hour interactive talk we will delve in to the world of applied neuroscience where we will go through:

  • Training the body from the neck up
  • The neurology of movement
  • Using your eyes to lift heavier
  • How to apply functional neurology principles in your training to take your results to the next level

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14.00 – 15.00 “The Biomechanics Of Gains!” Presented by Ross Gilmour, Co-founder Better Body Collective Body Composition Specialists

In this presentation, we look to introduce the core concepts and principles of biomechanics with specific application to Hypertrophy focused training. Without a baseline understanding of this area, selecting exercises and designing training programs to maximize the desired training response will likely be ineffective or non-specific to the individual we are working with. If there is one thing to take away from this presentation, it will be to take the concepts discussed and apply them with logic and critical thinking to everyday practice, both in your own training or with clients if you are a trainer.
Presentation Key Discussion Points:

  • Introduction
  • Hypertrophy Vs Strength Biomechanics
  • How the Mechanisms Of Hypertrophy Influence Exercise Selection & Programming
  • “Muscle Mechanics” Core Concepts
    • The Pay-Off From Knowing Your Anatomy
    • The Context Of Integration vs Isolation
    • Methods For Maximizing Force Production
  • Practical Examples
    • Training The Quads
    • Training The Lats
  • Better Body Education – Muscle Mechanics Mini-Workshop Series

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15.00 – 16.00 Biotensegrity vs Biomechanics! Bringing 21st Century Anatomy & Physiology to the Middle East. Presented by Paul Thornley, REAL Pilates Dubai, UAE 

Let’s explore why we need to understand this new model of movement & how we integrate it into our training sessions to magnify our performance levels.

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16.00 – 17.00 Designing Pre and Post Natal exercise programmes. Presented by Nikki Oliver, SMART Fitness Academy Dubai, UAE

Learn how to design strength based programmes for pre and postnatal women, adapting and scaling movements appropriate for their stage of pregnancy without compromising form and intensity

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2019 Agenda for Industry Seminars – Practical Sessions

Thursday, 5 December 2019
Time Topic
10.00 – 11.00 Functionality’ is key to Movement for Life Presented by Nathan Brown & Fiona Brown – Aikaro Fitness Solutions .Dubai UAE

In this 1 hour action packed session, we over view 3 main components that support ‘Functionality’ which covers understanding 3D planes of movement. The implementation of using ‘seven primal movement patterns’ in an exercise format is component 2, in this section we also overview muscle integration by the use of compound movements, and the important role that fascia slings play in functional movement. Our final component is the ‘workout program’ where you see functionality, the seven primal movement patterns combine, in this section we also give you (individual) target heart rate percentages to aim for. This way, we know your serious about results, not to be missed!

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11.00 – 12.00 Building your dream booty Presented by Roberta Darrigo, Brazil

Learn from the best in glute training and find out the difference between hypertrophy training and strength training. –Roberta will share with you the most efficient exercises and the biggest mistakes when setting client goals.
Topics covered:
Biomechanics of the hip:
Anatomy /Insertions of the muscles
Analyzing the direction of fibers and beams according to the function
Goniometry – range of motion
Torque concept
Preparing the body:
The importance of minimum flexibility/ mobility and how this affects the muscles:
Reciprocal inhibition, active and passive insufficiency.

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12.30 – 13.30 The Hypopressive Method Practical ** First time in Dubai** Presented by Nestor Serra – World Director for Hypopressive RSF, *Marcel Caufriez’s Hypopressive Method for fitness and sport. SPAIN

An introduction of the Hypopressive Movement patterns and postures.

  • Mechanics of the abdominal girdle and the perineum to the effort. Functional assessment tests
  • Principles of the Hypopressive method, demonstration and training
  • Basic learning positions of training patterns
    • Alba
    • Aurora
    • Pin

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13.30 – 14.30 Tactical Conditioning Presented by Vinicius Soares, Movement Master Trainer, Brazil

Aims to develop all physical capacities such as mobility, strength and endurance in an integrated way. It also involves mind control techniques through breathing and mentalisation, witch helps in increasing focus and accuracy.
Workshop begins with joint mobility, followed by a high intensity protocol, moving into flexibility and stability exercises to accelerate the post-workout recovery.

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14.30 – 15.30 Pilates Core. Presented by Ketija Line, REAL PILATES, UAE

This is ideal for those who are new to Pilates- A group class which will help develop core strength and stability with simple, precise movements to tone muscles, develop flexibility, heighten body awareness, and improve posture.

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