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Earn up to 14 CECs

Become a Barefoot Training Specialist® Online!

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Learning concepts include:

  • Foot to core sequencing via short foot
  • Introduction to foot & ankle anatomy & biomechanics
  • Open chain & closed chain foot assessments
  • Foot function & fascial lines
  • Barefoot before shod programming
  • + more!

With the foot as the only contact point between the body and the ground, this complex structure plays a critical role in the way in which our body stabilizes during dynamic movement. As the foundation to all EBFA education the Barefoot Training Specialist Level 1 Certification sets the foundation for advanced concepts in barefoot activation, reflexive stabilization and movement efficiency.

Get ready to explore how to prep the body for movement by tapping into the nervous system with barefoot science, foot to core sequencing and reflexive stability via fascial lines.

BRAIN. BREATH. BAREFOOT.

$395 $276

Use code: BAREFOOT30

EBFA Barefoot Training Specialist® Level 1 Certification program.


Whether a client’s goal is corrective exercise, performance, or weight management, barefoot and foot-specific training can create faster and greater results. Integrate barefoot training into small group and group fitness applications for creativity, challenge, and injury prevention. Use corrective barefoot training for clients and patients with ACL injuries, low back pain, ankle instability, SI joint dysfunction, hip labral injuries, and several other lower extremity difficulties. Explore how barefoot science can enhance the timing of muscle activation patterns and how this directly relates to the prevention of hip, knee, and foot injuries.

  • Course Length: 14 Hours

  • CEC Credits: Earn Up to 14 CECs from ACE, AFAA, NASM and PMA®

  • ALL lessons are delivered in an innovative online e-learning platform

The decision to become a Barefoot Training Specialist® is the first step towards joining our community of in-demand health and fitness professionals from around the world who have a solid understanding of foot function and barefoot science.

Athletic Trainers

EBFA foot and barefoot education programs are designed to present the latest research as it relates to restoring foot function, corrective exercises and athletic performance. With no established guidelines on barefoot training protocol, this is the only workshop that will fully prepare athletic trainers to better integrate barefoot training and foot fitness into their athlete's programming.

Personal Trainers

EBFA foot and barefoot education programs are designed to present the most effective programming for personal trainers. Whether a client's goal is corrective exercise, performance or weight management, barefoot and foot-specific training can create faster and greater results.

Movement Specialists

With the foot as the foundation to human movement, many movement dysfunctions treated by movement specialists integrate the foot. By understanding and implementing barefoot science and from the ground up corrective exercise techniques, movement specialists will be able to confidently address all movement dysfunctions.

Group Fitness Instructors

Looking to increase the challenge or creativity in a group exercise setting? By integrating barefoot training and foot-specific exercises, group fitness instructors are able to stand out among the competition while keeping their classes fun, fresh and effective.

Physical Therapists, Podiatrists & Chiropractors

Evidence supports corrective exercise techniques using barefoot training as a powerful aid for patients with ACL injuries, low back pain, ankle instability, SI joint dysfunction, hip labral injuries, and several other lower extremity difficulties. Explore how barefoot science can enhance the timing of muscle activation patterns and how this directly relates to the prevention of hip, knee, & foot injuries

Approved By:

  ACE 1.4  AFAA 14  NASM 1.4

What's Included in the Barefoot Training Specialist® Level 1 Certification?

Learn how barefoot training can change foot structure, improve neuromuscular activation patterns and reinforce integrated movement patterns of the lower extremity.

Part 1 - Intro to Functional Movement

  • Welcome & Intro to Functional Movement
  • Intro to Foot to Core Local Stabilization
  • Intro to Short Foot & Foot Activation
  • Intro to Foot to Core Sequencing & Fascial Tensioning
  • Pelvic Floor & Breathing Practical

Part 2 - Integrated Foot Mechanics

  • Intro to Integrated Foot Mechanics
  • Functional Foot Anatomy & Fascial Line Integration
  • Foot Anatomy Identification PracticalOpen Chain Foot Assessment
  • Open Chain Foot Assessment
  • Closed Chain Foot Assessment

Part 3 - Joint Centration & LPH Stability

  • Advanced Concepts in Joint Centration & LPH Stability
  • Step 1 - Inhibition of Global Muscles
  • Step 2 - Mobilization / Re-centration of hip joint
  • Step 3 - Local Activation of Deep Stabilizers
  • Step 4 - Foot to Core Integration (Short Foot Workout)

Part 4 - Program Design

  • Intro to Brain. Breath. Barefoot. - BRAIN
  • Intro to Brain. Breath. Barefoot. - BREATH
  • Intro to Brain. Breath. Barefoot. - BAREFOOT
  • Corrective Exercise for Tibial Femoral External / Internal Rotation
  • Corrective Exercise for Anteriorly Shifted Talus
  • Corrective Exercise for Rearfoot Supination

Dr. Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy, Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE® Workout Certifications and Inventor of Naboso Barefoot Technology. With over 16 years in the fitness industry, Dr. Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot to core integration and from the ground up training.

Dr. Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine, functional medicine and regenerative medicine (www.dremilysplichal.com). Dr. Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of systemic function, diet, vitamin supplementation and corrective exercise.

Dr. Splichal is actively involved in barefoot training research and barefoot education as it relates to athletic performance, injury prevention and movement longevity. Dr. Splichal has presented her research and barefoot education both nationally and internationally, with her Barefoot Training Specialist® Program in over 35 countries worldwide and translated into 12 languages.

Due to her unique background Dr. Splichal is able to serve as a consultant and expert for some of the top fitness, footwear and orthotic companies including Aetrex Worldwide, Bunion Bootie, Crunch Fitness, Lissom Footwear, NIKE Innovations, PowerPlate USA, RAD Roller and Trigger Point Performance Therapy.

Degrees/Certifications: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Master's Human Movement (MS), NASM-CES, NASM-PES, NSCA-CPT

Who is EBFA Global?

EBFA Global (formerly known as EBFA Fitness) an education company that is dedicated to changing lives through science of neuroplasticity, emotional intelligence, proprioceptive training and fascial integration.

Through our Certifications and Continuing Education we have taught over 20,000 professionals worldwide about the power of proprioception and sensory sequencing as it relates to movement disfunction, chronic pain and movement longevity.

If you are looking for a hollistic, integrated approach to human movement and one that challenges conventional thought and medicine then your journey starts here. With workshops online and in over 30 countries and translated into 12 languages we are here to help you impact lives from the ground up!

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.