2022 FICs Presenters

Held at the ARC in Cockburn on the 19th of August, 2023

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!

Attendee feedback

Excellent session.  Dan knows his stuff.

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


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.

Attendee feedback

John is a true professional, got everyone involved smiling, having fun, interacting and exercising almost without knowing they were! This is a great skill to use particularly when working with kids and teens. I would love more of John next year!

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

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.

Attendee feedback

“Great session with lots of useful advice. Has made me look at marketing my business differently. You can see why he has a successful business. Confident speaker”

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

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.

Attendee feedback

Ben obviously has a deep passion and level of experience with running. His information was relevant, straightforward, and concise. His tips on running were applicable and accessible for everyone.

“Great combo of knowledge shared and practical drills. Loved the emphasis on ‘the feeling’ rather than the ‘perfect technique’.”

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
Ben 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


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.

Attendee feedback

“Very bubbly and fun, great session. I have previously completed the advanced thump course, it was great to have a refresher and come away with some new ideas”

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

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.

Attendee feedback

Jason did a good job, was very engaging and charismatic funny guy.

Explained info about the shoulders I wasn’t aware of. Well equipped with sticks, rollers and balls

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


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

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.

Attendee feedback

Tim is a fantastic presenter. Knowledgeable, well-spoken, and inclusive, his presentation exceeded my expectations. His information was relevant, contextualised and interpreted for the audience, and delivered clearly and concisely. I would attend another of his sessions in a heartbeat.

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

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.

Attendee feedback

A very interesting experience into an unexpected introduction to Body Sculpting posing techniques! Fun! mixed with WOW factor! as to what is involved in the competitive world of Body Sculpting. I felt this was a great area of our fitness world to bring to the Conference. Fascinating! and an eye opener! And Dr Baxter!!! what fun! GREAT to meet you!

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),

Dr Susan Baxter

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.


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

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.

Attendee feedback

AWESOME!!!!, What a character! love to spend more time listening to Sean, session too short!!!( I mean that in a nice way!) SO interesting, so much to ask and LOVED the question/discussion time that he managed to squeeze in. BRILLIANT!

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 Connolly


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

Attendee feedback

Brooke is a great public speaker with a wealth of knowledge on pre natal clients. Would love to see Brooke present again in 2023.

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

Kettlebell Swings

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

Attendee feedback

Thought I knew how to swing a KB but now I know how to swing a KB.

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
Deb Briggs

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: Theptpractioner.com.au

Post Partum

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

Attendee feedback

Learnt lots of valuable information for my newly pregnant clients and also my other motherhood clients. Have already referred a client to see a women’s health Physio.

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

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