Workshops & Courses

If you are interested in having me present a course or workshop for your business or organization or having me speak at your conference, please email me at: Andrew.Heming@twu.ca.

Note: I'm planning on producing some online courses & workshops soon...


Here is a list of some of the workshops I teach: 

Train Right for Your Body Type Workshop:
We all come in different shapes and sizes, and our training programs should reflect that. In this workshop, you will explore these differences and program according to them. This workshop is designed for trainers and fitness enthusiasts who want to take their training to the next level of individualization and enhanced results. Workshop topics will include: characteristics of the basic somatotypes (endomorph, mesomorph & ectomorph), how to identify your body type & unique characteristics, program design (fat loss, muscle gain & performance-enhancement) for each body type, training for tall and shorter people, body shapes, natural body proportions, pelvic width, and muscle fiber distribution differences. Sample programs will be provided.

High-Performance Hypertrophy
This workshop is your complete guide to training for functional hypertrophy. Topics include exercise selection, reps, loads, volume, frequency, and rest intervals. This is perfect for athletes, tactical, or anyone wanting to build functional muscle.

The Training Journey from Start to Finish: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Program Design
Program design is about appropriateness. What is appropriate for an advanced trainee is totally inappropriate for a beginner and visa-versa. In this workshop, you will learn the specific needs, characteristics and programming strategies of trainees at the beginner, intermediate and advanced stages of training. Too often trainers and trainees use training methods that are not appropriate for their current level and end up slowing down or stopping progress as a result. Topics include: rate & pattern of adaptation, getting started, laying a solid foundation for more advanced training, when you are no longer a beginner, training cycles and what to do when progress stops. You will also receive sample programs and templates to further understand and apply these principles. 

Strength Training for Optimal Performance
Some clients play sports; others are outdoor recreational enthusiasts, while others have jobs with specific physical requirements. In all of these cases, these people are “athletes” and need to train for optimal performance. This workshop will teach you how to design performance-based strength training programs to meet the needs of your clients. Topics include: ways to improve performance, the safety of performance-based strength training, why relative strength is a limiter for other performance qualities, common needs among most athletes, recruitment of high-threshold motor units, strength training methods, optimal selection of training variables, exercise selection for athletes as well as yearly and monthly planning. It will explore issues & controversies with exercises & performance strategies such as: the use of traditional strength sports (i.e. bodybuilding, powerlifting and weightlifting), “sport-specific training”, core training, training on unstable surfaces and direct arm training. In addition to all this, you will receive several training templates and sample programs to assist with understanding and applying this information. Approximate workshop time: 2-3 hours (2 if just lecture, 3 if doing hands-on instruction of key lifts).

Hard Core Corrective Exercise Workshop:
If only all your clients came to you healthy, balanced, aligned and ready to jump straight into hard core training? The sad reality is this is rarely the case. Most clients, regardless of their age will come to you with varying degrees of movement dysfunctions, mobility restrictions, instability, postural misalignments and muscular imbalances. Failing to identify and address these issues impairs your clients’ abilities to train properly and reach their fitness goals. It also often results in injury. As a trainer you must be able to recognize and address these issues and this workshop will show you how! 

When I first learned about corrective exercise over a decade ago, it consisted mainly of doing physiotherapy rehab exercises. While these techniques are great for injured physiotherapy patients, they were not helpful for fitness clients and actually caused clients to lose fitness and gain fat. Over the years I have learned faster and more effective methods of corrective exercises for clients and athletes. It is time to share that with you! 

In this practical, hands-on workshop you will learn the following:
  • How do know what is and is not within your scope of practice as a trainer when it comes to corrective exercise
  • Quickly screen clients and place them into one of 3 categories:
  • Good to go
  • Need corrective exercises and a modified program
  • Need assessment from a health care professional and clearance to train
  • Review of postural & flexibility assessment
  • Introduction to movement screening
  • How to determine if movement dysfunction is a mobility or stability problem
  • What stability really is and how to work on it
  • Fast, effective methods to improve flexibility
  • How to improve movement quality
  • Program design strategies and exercise selection guidelines for muscular imbalances
  • Making lifestyle adjustments to enhance your corrective exercise strategies 
  • How to turn mainstream exercises into powerful corrective exercises
  • How, when and to whom should you to refer clients to and how to use these connections to enhance your business 
  • How to do corrective exercise with your clients and still deliver a powerful training effect to help your clients to burn fat, build lean muscle, improve performance and have great training sessions!
Bulletproof - Injury Reduction Part 1: Lower Body
While physical activity is great, it does not come without the risk of injury. This workshop examines ways to prevent common injuries in the foot, ankle, shins, knees, thigh musculature, and hips. Topics include common injuries, injury prevention exercises, technique modifications, programming strategies, and movement coaching techniques to injury-proofing the lower body. Whether you or your clients are athletes, weekend warriors, recreational enthusiasts or involved in intense, manual labor jobs, this workshop will give you to tools to prevent injury and perform optimally. 

Bulletproof - Injury Reduction Part 2: Low Back & Upper Body
While physical activity is great, it does not come without the risk of injury. This workshop examines ways to prevent common injuries in the low back, shoulder, neck, elbow, and wrists. Topics include common injuries, injury prevention exercises, technique modifications, programming strategies, and movement coaching techniques to injury-proofing the lower body. Whether you or your clients are athletes, weekend warriors, and recreational enthusiasts or involved in intense, manual labor jobs, this workshop will give you to tools to prevent injury and perform optimally. 

Performance Nutrition for Athletes
We all know that we need to fuel the machine, but what exactly does that mean? What should athletes do to eat for not just good health and body composition, but for maximal performance? This practical workshop will go through common athlete mistakes, effects of poor nutrition (there are more than you think), high milage nutritional principles, what to eat, when to eat it, sample nutrition templates, what to eat before, during and after competition, supplements and more. This workshop will athletes the ability to take their performance and recovery to a new level!

Nutrition Coaching for the Fitness Professional
You cannot out-train bad nutrition. As fitness professionals, we are not dieticians. However, our clients will not achieve their goals without nutrition intervention. In this workshop, you will learn practical, effective nutrition coaching strategies that you can implement while staying in your scope of practice as a fitness professional. Workshop topics include legal issues, the scope of practice, understanding people and nutrition, nutrition coaching steps, specific guidelines for macronutrients, supplements, pre/during/post-exercise nutrition, a 5-step nutrition stages progression, and goal-specific programming (e.g. fat loss, muscle gain, performance). In short, you will be better equipped to help your clients improve their health, body composition, and performance. 

The Truth About Jump Training
This workshop covers some of the most common mistakes coaches and athletes make when it comes to jump training. I will also share the best jump training methods and strategies that I have used with my athletes. 

Explosive Strength Training
At first glance, explosive strength exercises like snatches, cleans and jerks look scary and dangerous. Because of this, many trainers and fitness enthusiasts shy away from them and as a result, they lose out big time! With good coaching, research shows explosive strength exercises are very safe and effective. Explosive strength training is a fun, fresh, exciting way to build explosive power for sports and recreation activities, improve real-life functional performance and help you and your clients to look, feel, train and perform like an athlete!

In this hands-on practical workshop you will learn:
  • Proper jumping and landing mechanics
  • Loaded jump exercises
  • Step-by-step progressions for fast, effective ways to coach Olympic-style weightlifting exercises including the snatch, clean & jerk
  • Coaching of other explosive exercises 
  • How to turn conventional strength training exercises into high-performance power movements
  • The tools you need to coach explosive strength training exercises with competence and confidence
  • Tips and programming strategies for integrating explosive training into a full training program

TRX & Suspension Training Workshop:
This workshop combines TRX, Blast Straps and Gymnastic Rings suspension training for a truly comprehensive, hands-on workshop.

Training with these simple straps offers incredible benefits including:
  • Fast simple progressions for everyone from beginner to advanced
  • Portable out-door training
  • Functional body-weight training
  • Joint-sparing freedom of movement
  • High-tension exercises for super strength & stability
  • And more! 
In this hands-on practical workshop you will learn:
  • Brief history of TRX & suspension training
  • Pros, cons, and uses of different suspension training tools
  • How to do and coach some of the best TRX & suspension training exercises:
  • Great exercises for all the main movement patterns of the body
  • Accessory exercises for abs, arms, chest and back, and shoulders
  • How to effectively modify exercises for different strength levels
  • Exercise modifications to enhance the metabolic effect and strip fat off the body
  • How to hammer the muscles while sparing the joints
  • Progressions for advanced ring exercises
  • Tips of integrating TRX & suspension training into a complete training program
The Coaching Eye: 
Even seen a trainer just standing there while his/her client is performing an exercise with poor form? It happens all the time. While it is fun and at times helpful to learn new exercises, an even more important thing is to learn even more about coaching the exercises you already know. The best athletes in the world are usually not doing different exercises than everyone else, but simply doing the best exercises better and with more load. To be successful as a trainer you have to develop “the coaching eye”. You have to be able to anticipate problems, see what others miss, continually assess movement, find and correct those technique flaws to minimize injury risk while maximizing performance. This hands-on workshop will sky-rocket your coaching confidence and competence of the best exercises in the world to improve function, performance, injury prevention, muscle building, and fat loss. 

Kettlebell Training:
At first glance, Kettlebells have been described as, “a cannonball with a handle.” However this simple, yet beautifully-effective old-school training tool has made a huge comeback over the last decade. What was once a little-known training secret in dark basement training dungeons is has now gone mainstream.  Military, special forces, police, and firefighters are using Kettlebells to prepare for the rigorous demands of their professions. Athletes are using Kettlebells for high performance.  But it doesn’t stop there. Regular, everyday people are also getting into Kettlebell training to improve function, build strength, get into shape and build hard, toned bodies.

Partner Training
Many trainers work with people in groups. However, they often simply have the people training side-by-side. This works great when you have a large, fully-equipped training facility. However, what if you lack the necessary equipment? The traditional answer is bodyweight training. This works great for individuals who are very strong and skilled (e.g. can do pistols, handstand push-ups, etc.). However, most clients and athletes are not at that level. Another option is to use the people in your group in place of traditional equipment. No equipment, no problem if you have a group, you can have a great training session and this workshop will show you how.

How to look and feel like an athlete: Athletic-Based Training for the Everyday Person
When you get down to what most fitness participants want, you find that they want to lose fat, have a hard, toned body, feel good and perform well. In short, they want to look and feel like an athlete and thus should train that way. However, moving your everyday non-athlete client to athletic-based in a safe, effective way can be a challenge. This workshop will explore the use of athletic-based training strategies and how to progress or regress them to an appropriate level for your clients. Topics covered include: movement prep, athletic movement training, balance, speed & agility, plyometrics, strength training, symmetry training, loaded carries and conditioning. 

Abdominal Training in the Aftermath of the Core Craze
For over a decade now, core training has been the rage. Despite the popularity of core training, many people use exercises and training protocols that actually increase the risk for low back problems and do not enhance aesthetics or improve performance. This workshop examines the available research and gives practical recommendations for abdominal training program design, exercise selection and abdominal exercise coaching. Topics include risk factors for low back pain, abdominal functional strength assessment, improving low back health, enhancing abdominal aesthetics, increasing performance, and abdominal exercise analysis. 

30 Practical Tips for Monday Part 1
Ever been to a workshop that is all theoretical and no practical? Why not take one that is all practical tips that you can use immediately? This workshop offers useful tips for training, exercise technique, program design, nutrition, recovery, business and professional development. Leave for work Monday morning excited for the new things you use with your clients! 

30 Practical Tips for Monday Part 2
This workshop continues the theme from part one and offers more training, exercise technique, program design, nutrition, recovery, and professional development tips that you can use at work on Monday. 



6 comments:

  1. Hey Andrew,
    Will you be holding an Olympic-Style Weightlifting session again any time soon?

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    1. The plan is early spring 2015. Sorry for the delay in getting the 2015 schedule out.

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    2. Any word yet on the Olympic Weightlifting session?

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    3. Hope to have more workshops scheduled soon - thanks for the inquiry faceinpalm

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  2. Do you still still teach somewhere Andrew?

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    1. Thanks for your inquiry Yulia. I'm not teaching workshops on a regular basis, but will likely return to this in the future (sorry, I don't know when). I will definitely announce it on my blog and social media. All the best!

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