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Personal Training Skills and Techniques Certificate Program

by Rodney Corn, MA , Michol Dalcourt and Tony Ambler-Wright, MS

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Type: Online Curriculum

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This certificate program offers a good mix of physiology and movement, corrective exercise, posture and biomechanics, program design, and training skills and techniques. Valuable for personal trainers looking to sharpen or layer skills onto their existing base, as well as for program directors who are trying to grow and train their staffs.

  • Covers the basics of physiology and movement, corrective exercise, posture and biomechanics, program design, and training skills and techniques.
  • Presented by IDEA’s elite presenters, this certificate program will progress you through 10+ hours of education with the flexibility to take the courses and view the content at your own pace.
  • Includes one IDEA Resource Series e-book (with six accompanying online article courses), two online video courses and one bonus streaming video.
  • Successful completion of the program is rewarded with an IDEA Certificate of Completion.
  • Up to 10 hours of CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NCCPT, NESTA, NETA, NFPT, NSCA and WITS.

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Learning Objective

  1. Compare and contrast the different muscle fiber types.
  2. Discuss the research on how muscle fibers adapt to and change with training.
  3. Apply training concepts as they relate to muscle fiber types.
  4. Understand how gravity and ground reaction forces affect the functioning of muscles.
  5. Be able to discuss the “real-life” function of major muscle groups in the body.
  6. Program functionally based exercises to help clients increase strength and improve function.
  7. Identify the main components of fascial tissues.
  8. Contrast the sensory nerve endings in muscle with those in fascia, and identify the four sensory ending types in fascial tissue.
  9. Identify the four fascial elements that the traditional “muscle isolation” method ignores.
  10. Contrast the value of vector variation vs. a repetitive, machine-like program for fascial training.
  11. Identify the three elements that contribute to training fascial elasticity.
  12. Explain and teach an eccentric exercise.
  13. Describe the mechanisms of a concentric and eccentric contraction at the level of the sarcomere.
  14. Discuss the known theories regarding delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and how they are associated with eccentric exercise.
  15. Name several unique training-effect characteristics of eccentric training.
  16. Explicate the repeated-bout effect (RBE) training method and its proposed mechanisms.
  17. Teach the recommended format for assessing a client in chronic pain.
  18. Organize a corrective-exercise program.
  19. Progress and regress corrective exercises to meet clients’ abilities and/or program goals.
  20. Perform 10 of the most effective corrective exercises for alleviating chronic pain.
  21. Know why and when to use corrective exercises to design successful programs.
  22. Demonstrate and explain good-posture body mechanics.
  23. Discuss faulty-posture positions.
  24. Identify some of the health consequences of faulty posture.
  25. Outline the guidelines for developing a healthy-posture exercise program.
  26. Describe and explain how the core muscles work to stabilize the spine.
  27. List and describe the eight essential components for effective exercise program design.
  28. Explain the power of subjective client assessment and how skipping this step can cost clients their results.
  29. Explain the importance of movement assessments and why using them is critical to client success.
  30. Define periodization and explain its role in helping clients achieve the results they want and need from their resistance training program.
  31. Implement cutting-edge warm-up techniques to better prepare clients for their training sessions.
  32. Explain the impact of Energy System Development (ESD) on client results through its effect on cardiorespiratory fitness and hormone response.
  33. Describe functional biomechanics.
  34. Describe functional anatomy.
  35. Explain how functional biomechanics and functional anatomy influence movement.
  36. List and discuss the forces acting on the body.
  37. Describe rhythm and timing of movement.
  38. List and perform 3-dimensional exercises.


Functional Training: Muscles and Movement in 3-D - CEC CourseCourse
E-Book - Personal Training Skills & Techniques Course
The Eight Essentials of Program Design CourseCourse
May 2010 IDEA Fitness Journal Test 3: A Primer on MusclesCourse
September 2010 IDEA Fitness Journal Test 3: Understanding Muscles and Movement CourseCourse
April 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Fascial Fitness Course
October 2010 IDEA Fitness Journal Test 3: Eccentric TrainingCourse
May 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 3: Corrective ExerciseCourse
April 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 3: Posture and Health Course
Bonus Video: Fascia: The Rising Star in Human MovementCourse

About the Author

Rodney Corn, MA

Rodney Corn, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Rodney Corn, is a co-founder of PTA Global, an educational company for fitness professionals. He holds a Master's degree in Biomechanics and is an adjunct faculty member at the California University of Pennsylvania and the University of San Francisco.

Michol Dalcourt

Michol Dalcourt IDEA Author/Presenter

Michol Dalcourt is an educator, author, trainer, inventor, and an industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. Michol is Director of the Institute of Motion, Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco in Sports Science, and co-founder of PTA Global certification. He is the inventor of ViPR, a fitness tool being rolled out in top clubs and with professional athletic teams. Michol’s innovative techniques have been adopted by many of the top international fitness certification bodies

Tony Ambler-Wright, MS

Tony Ambler-Wright, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Tony Ambler-Wright has been a Master Instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) since 2005. He received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Sciences and Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness – both from California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U). He is credentialed as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through NASM; Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); and Metabolic Technician through New Leaf Training Systems. Tony is fortunate to be able to share his passion and knowledge about health, fitness, and athletic performance with an array of aspiring and current fitness professionals as an educator for NASM and adjunct faculty in exercise science programs at both the university and community college level. He also has the opportunity to practice what he teaches. Training for over a decade and prepared with a variety of knowledge, Tony specializes in functional anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to corrective exercise and integrated fitness and sports performance programming; and works daily with clients ranging from post-rehabilitation and weight loss, to the professional athlete in Scottsdale, AZ.

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