Sales close August 15th

Calling all exercise professionals, join us, in person, for a jam packed day of face to face education, where the emphasis is on the unZoomable content that we’ve all been missing out on, plus you’ll have the chance to meet up with others in the industry and make announcements about opportunities you have going at your workplace.  It all happens on August 19th at the Cockburn ARC from 9 am to 3.30 pm.


Presenter referrals: Take 10% off for telling us which presenter told you about the conference. View the payment page for presenter codes. Plus, go in the draw to win $100 cash to spend with any presenter!

Students: Take 10% off  (‘Students’ are those currently enrolled in a Cert 3 or 4 Fitness courses, fitness related Diploma or University courses in Western Australia. Please email proof to before choosing your sessions).

Survey Completers: 10% off. Cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.  Check your email for your discount code.

How to pay

a)  Pay directly into:

  • FICs Education
  • BSB: 086-164
  • Acc: 29-696-9821

Be sure to include your email address with direct deposits and allow 2 business days for a receipt.  We will also contact you for your presenter code if you wish to provide one at a later date.

b) Pay using your credit card/Pay Pal here

c) Email me and I’ll send you an invoice with a payment link in it.

d) Eventbrite – Not all discounts/codes are available via this portal and extra Eventbrite charges may apply.

Be in to WIN $100 of presenter goodies!

If you found out about the FICs conference via one of our presenters and use their code at sign up, this will put you in the draw to win $100 to spend with your choice of our presenters, on their products or services.

Alternatively tell us the name of a presenter who’s sessions you enjoyed in your feedback form, and we will also put you in the draw to win the $100.

Terms and conditions

By purchasing a ticket this is what you are agreeing to …

  • If we need to cancel the whole event due to COVID or any situations beyond our control, we will reschedule the event to Friday November 11th.  Should that event also be cancelled we will give you the choice of a full refund or credit towards the May 2023 conference.
  • If you need to cancel for COVID related reasons, say because you have to go into isolation or you have COVID, or you get locked out of W.A. due to our border going up while you’re away on holiday for instance, you are eligible for a full refund or a full credit towards our two day May 2023 conference.  Your choice.
  • If you need to cancel for any other reasons before July 13th you will get a full refund. After July 13th you’ll receive a 50% refund.
  • We may need to change individual sessions for reasons beyond our control, like a presenter falling ill.  As far as possible we will seek to ensure there is minimal disruption to the day’s agenda, we will give you as much notice as we can and have alternatives on offer, but please know it’s a possibility and that those changes may happen on the day, or in the weeks leading up to the event and it is not something we would generally provide a refund for.
  • By purchasing a ticket you are agreeing not to film any of the presentations on the day and to not take any photos other than of a) just the presenter, b) other attendees they have consented to you taking their photo and/or they cannot be identified, and c) no gym members, staff or members of the public, inside of the ARC venue.
  • We (myself and FICs staff and volunteers) will be taking photos and doing a small amount of filming for promotional purposes of FICs conferences and workshops, which will be used on websites, social media and brochures.  There is a good chance many of you will end up in our pictures and videos and that you be identifiable in those pictures and videos.

Please pick and choose what activities you do on the day based on your personal health and fitness.  As professionals in the health and fitness industry we consider you will have a good understanding of what is safe and best for you and ask you to  respect the decisions of others.

If you encounter any unsafe practices or potentially dangerous situations on the day we ask you to immediately advise your presenter and our staff, and other attendees and venue staff as need be.  This may include, but is not be limited to; physical safety as well as mental and emotional for example via bullying, harassment, discrimination based on age, sex, race, ancestry, ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, religion, political belief, family status, marital status, or disability.

Meet and greet everyone.  Please say hi/kaya to people you don’t know (yet), smile, bump elbows, thank presenters and volunteers personally, include others in your lunchtime conversations, encourage people to contribute ideas, listen with your heart.

To help everyone connect and remember each other, please wear your name badge the whole day (bring your own, or use our stickers) and wear your business shirt / hoodie/ cap or similar if you have one.

Feedback opportunities will be available during and after the event, inclusive of anonymous opportunities.  I implore you to use these before publicly sharing any comments, ideas or photos which could negatively impact those involved with this conference, inclusive of our staff, volunteers, the host venue, other attendees and presenters.  Anonymous feedback on any conference related issues can also be shared here, 24/7.

Please ensure the form you land on is ours and looks like this FICs anon feedback form


Please tell us which sessions you would like to attend in order of preference via the booking form.  Check your emails from for the link, or get in touch and we’ll send it through to you again.

We are pretty confident everyone will be able to get into the sessions they want to attend, but that said, there are limited numbers to each session and places will be allocated on a first in, first serve basis.    Sessions will not be filmed or available for replay.

Session 1: 9.50 am

Two streams

1. Great training starts with great screening

Screening and assessing clients is crucial to the success of your training. But it’s an area where fitness professionals take shortcuts all the time. This effects the quality of your training, then client retention, and ultimately your income.

In this session we discuss the workflow of an ideal pre-exercise screening, from introduction, to risk stratification, to assessment. And we will show you a simple, evidence-based method of assessing your client’s movement, that will help you program effective training, that meets their needs. All within your scope of practice, which protects both you and the client!

Presenter: Dr Dan Jolley

Dr. Dan Jolley holds a BSc in exercise science and an MSc in exercise physiology AND he has completed a PhD in educational psychology at Curtin University, looking at the knowledge, and sources of information, of personal trainers.

Dan also worked as a strength and conditioning coach in a number of sports, including cricket (with the Perth Scorchers), and Australian Football (in the semi-professional WAFL competition). He also represented Australia in American Football as both a player and a coach, and was the head of the strength and conditioning program for the men’s national team for the 2011 and 2015 World Championships.

Dan is currently the course coordinator for the Certificate III and IV in Fitness program at South Metro TAFE, where he has taught since 2011.

Dan’s website: Critical Fitness

Dan Jolley headshot

2. Playfit

Whether you take classes for kids, HIIT training with athletes, group sessions for seniors, or you simply want to add some fun to your PT sessions or bootcamp, this session gives a raft of new ideas to bring laughter into your sessions.  Find out what the research says about adults playing and why it is so important for us to add it in to the mix of all our sessions.

Presenter: John Polley (JP)

Educator of the Year 2019, Exercise Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

JP has over a decade of experience teaching internationally about three-dimensional movement, Play for Fitness Professionals and runs movement and health mentorships across Australia and New Zealand. JP is both your ‘go to’ person for the science, but also a great practical facilitator, well known for making all experiences fun and intellectually accessible i.e., he makes the complex simple and provides you with practical ideas you can immediately implement into your business.

Tap into JPs details here: The Next Level

John Polley

Session 2: 11 am

Two streams

3. Grow your business

Work through tried and tested ways to bring in new face-face clients/members. This session is specific to personal trainers in W.A but group fitness instructors and club sales and management teams will also benefit from the information.

Presenter: Dan Williams

Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion and leads a team of Exercise Physiologists, Sports Scientists, Physiotherapists and Coaches.

Through Range of Motion Business Mentoring works closely with Fitness Businesses in a mentoring role, assisting in business growth and development in the fields of operations, marketing, culture, client experience and human resources.

Dan has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology.

Dan’s website: Range of Motion

4. Five tips to analyze and improve running technique

Running is one of the most common exercises our clients and members do.  Often part of a boot camp or a warm-up game, it’s also an area where people regularly set goals; to be able to run 2km, 20km, along a beach, up mountains, to win a race, to finish a race, to be part of their parent/child activity days, so they can get back into playing recreational sport or get into the armed forces.

If you’d like to more about how to help clients take up running safely, improve race times and increases their distances with less chance of injury then this session is for you.

Help clients to take up running safely, improve race times and increase distances with less chance of injury.

Presenter: Ben Green

Ben is a trusted facilitator for Athletics West, Athletics Australia and World Athletics and increasingly plays a significant role in the ongoing development of Coaches through the Front Runner Academy.

Qualifications & Experience:

Bachelor of Sports Science with First Class Honours
World Athletics Level 4 Middle and Long Distance Coach & Lecturer

Personal Coach to:
  • Oceania Champion (800m & 1500m)
  • World Junior Representative (800m)
  • Oceania U/20 Representative (5000m)
  • Multiple athletes who have progressed onto Div. 1 US College Scholarships
  • Multiple National Junior Medalists (track & XC)
  • Multiple Female & Male State Champions from 800m-10km
Rob Green
Clinical Interests:
  • Coaching elite middle and long distance runners
  • Training plans for recreational runners
  • Coach education
  • Running biomechanics
  • Footwear prescription
Ben’s website: Front Runner Sports

Session 3: 12 pm

Three streams

5. Boxing

How to utilise combinations and routines effectively in boxing for fitness sessions. The art of combining boxing and fitness principals together in a combination or drill/routine.  A session packed with ideas and takeaways for your one-to-one and group sessions.

Presenter: Adam Jenzarli

Owner of Thump Boxing, which was the first provider in Australia to develop a training system of multiple level boxing and kickboxing courses in Australia and New Zealand for health and fitness professionals.

Adam arrives with a wealth of experience and energy to help our businesses thrive and for all of us to excel using boxing and kickboxing as a tool to help our communities stay fit and healthy.

Adam’s website: Thump

6.  Bulletproof shoulders

Bulletproof Shoulders – Learn a simple three step process to help your clients restore optimal shoulder function, mobility and strength so they can train confidently and trust that you’ve got their health as number one priority.

Presenter:  Jason Dick

Owner of movement an strength gym, Earn The Right, Jason spent years travelling the world learning from some of the brightest minds in the fields of movement, rehab, strength and performance.

For years Jason struggled with shoulder pain and became obsessed with understanding how to fix his own shoulder after dislocating it and now teaches others how to restore function and rebuild strength with his online Bulletproof Shoulders courses and programs.

He’s helped thousands of people from all over the world to understand why they have pain and show them how to restore function and remove pain with his three step process to build strong and resilient shoulders.

Now he’s here to share with you the process that will enable you to help your clients restore correct function and train pain free.

Jason’s website: Earn the Right

Jason Dick with shoulders

7. Confidence

Help group class members to get clear, focused, have more freedom in their movement and own their power in a class by building your own confidence and resilience! Develop a growth mindset, feel more empowered and set yourself up for success.

Presenter: Tracey Gunn

Tracey is the owner of Perth Kettlebell Sports Academy as well as a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) master trainer, professional clinical hypnosis practitioner, therapist and mindset coach.
Tracey Gunn

Session 4: 1.30 pm

Four streams

8.  Hips – let’s look a little deeper

We all know how important hip stabilization is and how important it is to train those glute muscles and work with correct form. Maybe stretch and strengthen those weak and tight hip flexors. What happens when none of that seems to help?  When our client’s posture and performance of exercises plateaus below their expectations and ours? When they are still complaining of pain?

In this session discover the next step to helping clients train injury free and perform their exercises with great form. Sometimes with the hip it pays to look a little deeper. Whether you train high level athletes, seniors or beginners this session will help you to help them.

Presenter:  Tim Barnwell

Tim graduated from Curtin University as a Physiotherapist in 2001. He has worked in a variety of clinical areas including spending time working in the United Kingdom, for the NHS at a variety of Trusts. Tim has been working at Southcare Physiotherapy since 2005. He became a Principal at Southcare Physiotherapy in 2013. In 2017 Tim was a part of the team that opened LifeCare Cockburn Central at the state of the art Cockburn ARC. He is the Practice Principal at LifeCare Cockburn Central.

Tim has a keen interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions especially those related to sporting injury.  He has previously worked as the Head Physiotherapist for Palmyra Rugby Club and Cottesloe Rugby Club and qualified as an APA Sports Physiotherapist in 2012. From 2020 until 2022 Tim was the Team Physiotherapist for WA Netball team the Western Sting.

From 2012 to December 2013 Tim was the Branch President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) in Western Australia. in 2021 Tim was re-elected to the Position of Branch President of the APA in WA. He is currently a Post Graduate Supervisor on the Curtin Sports Physiotherapy program and has recently taken up a position with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia on their Registration and Notifications Committee.

Tim Barnwell: Lifecare

9. Body Sculpting/Building

Learn about the compulsory poses used in body figure/building competitions under the guidance of a local champ. Use as exercises yourself or with any clients to help develop body control and awareness while still working up a sweat.

Presenter: Dr Susan Baxter

Change of presenter: Michelle Nazaroff – our original presenter, has been called away but we’re in luck – meet Dr Susan Baxter! 

Susan has a PhD from the School of Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons), Precision Nutrition (plus if you name just about any fitness course, she’s done it. Susan was part of the official posing classes held by NABBA, and competed internationally at Worlds and Universes and has placed in all 20+ shows she has entered!

She’s been an International Optimum Nutrition athlete, studio owner in two countries, and featured in M2 Women, Iron Man Magazine, NZ Fitness, Fitness Life, Oxygen, Womens Health Magazine and REPs Magazine (Indonesia),

Regularly invited to present, she is also the author of both books and scientific articles in peer-review journals.

Most of Susan’s day-to-day clients post-PhD study are those who (prior to seeing Dr Suz) were commonly led to believe they are “broken” due to having a plethora of injuries or a chronic illness and she supports them through nutrition, stress management, behaviour modification, education and exercise rehab through strength training.

Since Susan has been in the fitness industry for a long time, she has turned her attention to giving back the knowledge she discovered by means of trial and error along the way so you don’t have to make the same mistakes. Each FICs attendee will get a free competition preparation handbook or fitness marketing audit checklist as well.

10. Improvisation

These activities increase our awareness of others, our peripheral vision, our speed of reaction, and most of all our confidence in and enjoyment of ‘failing’.   A mix of games using improvisation to highlight certain elements of fitness pedagogy (e.g. fear of failure, willingness to give it a go, willingness to make it your own).

Originally used by social workers with immigrants and to help ease anxiety they are now used widely in a variety of settings, from prisons to corporate, for people with autism, anxiety and Alzheimer. In our case they are for weaving into your group sessions to help bond class members and build a great culture, and to build your creative muscles and confidence with trying new things.

Presenter: TBC

11. The Vitruvian Trainer+

Presenter: Weibke Hensen

What does this Vitruvian machine bring to the market? Your chance to speak to local Vitruvian Head Coach, Weibke Hensen, to try it and learn about its unique algorithm, force and benefits.

  • Adaptive weight, tailored to the individual at every stage
  • Generates resistance from 0kg – 200kg
  • Smooth motion
  • Head office in Perth 🙂

“The V Form trainer blends precision engineering with the forefront of sports science” F Magazine.

Weikbe 2

Session 4: 2.30 pm

Four streams

12.Cardiovascular Fitness Testing: Understanding elite athletic fitness to better enhance the health of the general population.

Elite athletes and high performance appear to have it all right? Wrong. Can we take what international athletes are doing all around the globe to better enhance the health of our own personal training clients? Absolutely! Whether it’s weight loss, Covid recovery, modulating body composition or simply looking to be healthier, Coach Connolly will walk through how the world of elite athlete development is transferring across to the general population.

Presenter: Sean Connolly

Sean is Head Of High Performance at AAU Australia and the High Performance Manger at East Perth Football Club and was the Strength And Conditioning Coach for the Perth Redbacks as well as a lecturer on personal training courses.
Sean’s website: Coach Connolly 
Sean C

13. Pregnancy

Physiological changes and key considerations for exercise at each trimester of pregnancy.

Presenter:  Brooke Turner

Mum of three, ocean goer, sun seeker, adventure enthusiast and lover of all things health, fitness and the great outdoors!

Professionally an international health and fitness educator, speaker and writer specialising in exercise and nutrition for pregnancy and motherhood and helping women find a balanced approach to healthy, active living for long term mental and physical wellbeing.

With over 13 years experience in the health and fitness industry, Brooke is a tertiary qualified nutritionist and exercise scientist, and trainer.

Brooke’s website: Balance Fitness and Nutrition

Brooke Turner

14.  Kettlebells

Learn the art of swinging a Kettlebell under expert guidance and how best to teach it safely under the guidance of two local experts.

Presenter 1: Tracey Gunn

Tracey is the the head coach and owner of Perth Kettlebell Sports Academy and won gold at the Arnold Sports Festival.
Tracey Gunn

Presenter 2: Deb Biggs

Deb is the owner of The PT Practitioner. She is educated to Masters level and has over 20 years experience in the health industry. She transitioned from nursing into full time coaching 4 years ago and is a personal trainer, qualified nutritionist and kettlebell specialist. Certified with StrongFirst (SFG II), she has coached hundreds of people to use kettlebells safely and effectively. Deb teaches hard style kettlebell technique (which differs from Tracey’s sport background) and is passionate about making kettlebells accessible to people of all shapes, sizes, abilities and fitness levels.

Deb is keen to raise the standard of kettlebell use in the wider fitness space and enjoys educating other coaches and allied health professionals about technique and coaching skills with kettlebells.

Deb’s website:

15. Deep and Meaningful – PT in H20

Do you want to expand your personal training business? Minimize cancellations when clients are injured or fatigued? Are you creative and ready to gain some skills in an environment likened to outer space?

Come let’s get deep and meaningful and immerse in P.T skills adapted to the water environment. Experience a taster of how to train your clients for active recovery days, during injury, when experiencing fatigue and in planes to challenge their core stabilization.

Adapt your personal training to ALL clientele needs from professional athletes to clients simply seeking functional mobility and fitness.

Once you begin adapting your land workouts to the water environment you will understand why this environment is so deep and meaningful. See your P.T business reach new heights and grow as your clients keep meaningfully motivated for a diversity of stimulating & high-performance training!

Bring your towel and bathers for this one.   

Presenter: Tanja Luck

  • BA (Sci & Lang) Level 3 Registered Fitness (A.F.F.A) Certified Yoga practitioner (pregnancy, women’s health, rehabilitation and trauma aware) Mat Pilates,  water emergency rescue trainer/assessor for Physiotherapy, Aquabalance mind body program creator (somatic mental health initiative ) and specialised aquatic exercise consultant / author.
  • The creative Director of Aquawellbeing Australasia, Tanja Luck, has been an active educator and mentor for over 20 years. She has delivered education throughout Australia (including FILEX), Latin America and Asian health resorts. Recently she was invited to educate at the International Water Therapy Conference in Costa Rica and at the London Aquatic Rehabilitation Exercise Convention.
  • Tanja has contributed as a recognised Industry consultant on national sport and fitness educational boards, strategic management committees, been an active mentor, author, trainer, and international presenter.
  • She has served seven years on the State Management committee (Fitness W.A) supporting Practitioners and the State Industry Conference, WAFIC.
  • Tanja has served as a consultant assessor for new programs entering Australia specialising in Aquatic exercise, Yoga and Pilates and has generated over 20 aquatic educational workshops for special populations, Aquatic Centre’s, Tertiary Institutions, including UWA + Murdoch’s recreational programming departments.
  • She also served as the key Ambassador/Trainer for the European Company Okeo and Aquatixx for seven years growing programs such as water bike, water kick box, Deep water personal training, Aqua for kids, Aqua for pregnancy and Aqua Step.

Tanja now divides her time as a Wellbeing Practitioner working with a Team of Allied Health Professionals that support vulnerable women and their families with severe mental health challenges & addiction recovery. She is passionate about ensuring all individuals are empowered to create holistic healthy lives leading to bonded communities.

Tanja’s motto is that if our minds and bodies are connected through various water based & wellbeing experiences, then each and everyone’s potential is ultimately limitless.

Tanja’s website:  Aquawellbeing

Session 6: 3.30 pm

Bonus session

16. Post Partum

Keeping mums moving.  What you need to know about your postpartum clients and why.

Presenter:  Brooke Turner

Mum of three, ocean goer, sun seeker, adventure enthusiast and lover of all things health, fitness and the great outdoors!

Professionally an international health & fitness educator, speaker and writer specialising in exercise and nutrition for pregnancy and motherhood and helping women find a balanced approach to healthy, active living for long term mental and physical wellbeing.

With over 13 years experience in the health and fitness industry, Brooke is a tertiary qualified nutritionist and exercise scientist, and trainer.

Brooke’s website: Balance Fitness and Nutrition

Brooke Turner


Early Bird: $175 Save $100 if you purchase your ticket before July 1st, 2022.

Students: Take 10% off. Students’ are those currently enrolled in a Cert 3 or 4 Fitness courses, fitness related Diploma or University courses in Western Australia. You will need to email proof of this to us before choosing your sessions).

Survey Completers: 10% off . Cannot be used in conjunction with the Student discount.  Check your email for your discount code.

How to pay

a)  Pay directly into:

  • FICs Education
  • BSB: 086-164
  • Acc: 29-696-9821

Be sure to include your email address with direct deposits and allow 2 business days for a receipt.  We will also contact you for your presenter code if you wish to provide one at a later date.

b) Pay using your credit card/Pay Pal here

c) Email me and I’ll send you an invoice with a payment link in it.

d) Eventbrite – pay using the Event Brite portal.  Note, extra charges are involved with this method.

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