March 20, 2017: our next AFPO

All independent fitness professionals are welcome!

Monday, March 20, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Chapters Pinecrest (back of the store meeting room)


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Next AFPO Meeting: One month away!

AFPO  (Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa) is a networking group for anyone who is in the fitness business, either working on your own or contracting. Our next meeting is:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Time: 6:45 to a 7 pm start. Meeting ends at 8:30

Venue: Carlingwood Public Library, 281 Woodroffe Ave. (new location)


See you there!




The biology of story: Pick up, listen, restore

This was one of my favourite sessions at the Canadian Writers’ Summit: The Biology of Story. Arlene Somerton Smith does a great job at pulling out three amazing short clips in this blog. Enjoy!

Science and Story

I spent the weekend in Toronto, Canada at the Canadian Writers’ Summit. Hundreds of writers from across the country gathered at the Harbourfront Centre to share ideas, learn from each other and evolve as writers.

Are you surprised I chose to attend a session entitled “The Biology of Story”? 

At the session, Amnon Buchbinder,associate professor of screenwriting at York University, talked about the “interactive documentary” he created to explore the idea of stories as living things.

Buchbinder’s documentary, found at, outlines three principles.

1. A story is a living thing

“A story will choose to be with you, but you have to choose to pick up the story.” —Nigaan James Sinclair

If you want to drive a writer crazy, ask them, “Where do you get your ideas?” You might hear something like “Out of the clear blue sky.” Perhaps it’s a matter of writers choosing to pick up…

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AFPO is Launched!

Our first meeting of the Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa was held Wednesday, May 25th and the network is now launched. Thanks to all who attended for getting us off on the right foot. It was a great success!

Our next gathering will be:

Monday, September 12, 2016

@ Chapters (Pinecrest Mall)  *tbc

7:00 – 8:30 pm

If you are in the fitness business and especially if you have (or wish to have) your own mobile fitness operation or home-studio, this group is for you.

It is a simple three point agenda: (1) Introductions (2) Bring your own hot-topic for discussion, and (3) Setting the next meeting.

Hot topics can be ANYTHING you, the fitness professional, would like feedback/opinion/advice or input on, such as:

Tax related topics

CEC related topics

Fitness related topics

Training special population topics

Advertising and promotion (website, social media, etc)

And so many more…

Make a note to join us in the fall. We look forward to seeing you there!

First Meeting: Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa (AFPO)

Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa (AFPO)

First Meeting: Everyone Welcome!

Wednesday May 25, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapter’s @ Pinecrest IKEA (room at back of store)

AFPO is a network for anyone operating their own large or small health & fitness business. We welcome all people offering personal training, pilates, yoga, spin, group fitness, stretching, balance work and all other areas delivered by home-visits or home-studios.

The purpose of AFPO is to help fitness professionals share knowledge as well as contribute to a strong and growing community of professionals in Ottawa.

We’re friendly and welcoming, so why not attend?