Course Outlines

Best practices from the fields of rehabilitation, pain management, athletic development, & behavioral modification.

First Principles of Movement

A 100 Hour credentialing program (including 6 face to face workshops plus Self-Directed Learning materials) where clinicians & trainers learn how to

❇️ Transition from passive to active therapies

❇️ Motivate people to become active, return to participation &/or have better adherence to self care.

❇️ Find the key dysfunctions that are holding people back from making sustainable progress

❇️ Avoid corrective exercise or rehab purgatory

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These are interactive, problem-solving workshops. You can start at any point in the program (since they are divided up  topically).

Dr Liebenson discusses the Clinical Audit Process/Assess-Correct-Reassess Video from Stanford, 2014


WHY Should One Choose to Participate in the FPM series?

  • Learn how to INTEGRATE the art, craft & science of best practices in the rehab to athletic development continuum
  • Learn EFFICIENT strategies to thin-slice implementation of the functional approach in your environment
  • Learn the four guiding PRINCIPLES of management that underpin the many methods

WHAT Can You Expect to Learn?

The  FPM “Best Practices”  series is an ideal prep for changing one’s paradigm from –

  1. Cookie cutter training programs “one size fits all” to personalized programs that bridge the gap from one’s unique current capacity shortfall to the required capacities for their demands
  2. Symptom-based to a focus on the multi-factorial sources of pain (stress, sleep, inactivity, poor diet, under-preparation, over-protection)
  3. Primarily low-value, passive therapies to a high-value, Active care approach (self-care oriented)
  4. Output-based to outcome-based – “its not about winning the exercise, its about winning the adaptation”
  5. Hardware (structural) over-diagnosis approach to software (functional) person-centered approach
  6. Silo-based to patient/athletic-centered approach
  7. Bridge the gap between rehab & athletic development
  8. Pop fitness hype to promotion of movement literacy and “slow-cooked” general physical preparation (GPP)

Learning Objective: To efficiently integrate the “best practices” from the fields of rehabilitation, pain management, athletic development, & behavioral modification for preventing disability & transitioning the chronic rehabber to resilent, sustainable activity tolerance & peak performance.

It takes passion, study & experience to learn how to be STRONG in this model. As Pavel Tsatsouline says “You are strong when you can make the hard easy”. Thus, EFFICIENCY is one of our hallmarks. The other is INTEGRATION since its better to “be a learn it all, not a know it all”. The goal of this program is to teach the mastery mindset, namely learning the nuances that come from gritty determination.

Our Philosophy: The key to a return to participation, a sustainable approach to activity, & enhancing human performance is baking positive lifestyle choices/optionality into our environment. This epitomizes an agile, upstream mindset with minimal downside risk.


“From rehab to athletic development: best practices” 

Topics covered include: 
– Develop an Agile Mindset for Sustainable Human Performance
– The 4 Principles of FPM
– Gamification
– Steps of Training/Care
– Movement Prep
– Assessment and Training of the Torso
– Functional Training of the Posterior Chain
– Resiliency: Becoming Anti-Fragile 
– Managing Load Tolerance 
– Find the “Silent Killer”: The LASS profile
– Spine Sparing Strategies
– Developmental & Archetypal (Primal) Re-sets

TRAIN: Building capacity and the trainable menu

Learning Objectives

Learn how to:

  • Perform a needs analysis
    Assess fundamental movement patterns
  • Screen to intervene
  • Program GPP – General Physical Preparation
  • Build a trainable menu
  • Progress & regress within each menu
  • Bridge the gap from current capacity to required demands
  • Incorporate load management
  • Troubleshoot rehab issues
  • Troubleshoot performance issues


  • Movement Prep Immersion
    The 4 Key Principles for Efficient, Precision Results
  • Active learning: Small group problem-solving for the 6 Fundamental Patterns
  • 3 Progression Levels – rehab (1); intermediate (2); Performance (3)
  • Workshop
    • Squats
    • Deadlifts/hinge
    • Lunge – 1 leg bias
    • Push – vertical & horizontal
    • Pull – vertical & horizontal
    • Carry/locomotion
  • Load management/under-preparation basics
  • Threat management/over-protection basics
  • Dynamic Systems Theory, motor learning & skill acquisition
  • Gamification & ecological valid constraints – based training
  • A humble approach for uncertainty: being prepared for Plan B
  • Developing an agile approach: How methods & systems lead to principles & assimilation
  • Case management

Recovery is equally important in the rehab setting as in the gym. In both the clinical & training environments recovery is a pre-requisite for enhancing a person’s resilience.

Without recovery adaptation from training stimulus can not occur. Thus “recovery is the limiting factor”. In this Lab Immersion Experience we will guide you to bridging the gap from sport science and evidenced-based approaches to you’re practice, team or gym environment.

This course completes the series – Prepare, Train, & Recover, thus ensuring you’re ability to build programs designed to sustainably progress a person’s physical development.

Principles from high performance settings have stress-tested many of the innovations that inform
– Rehab
– Development of youth motor literacies &
– Maintenance of health span as people live longer

This Lab Immersion Experience focuses on MOBILITY from the ground up by taking a Joint by Joint approach (including many techniques of Dr Karel Lewit & Pr Vladimir Janda from Prague).

Each area is taught in sequence following basic principles & a systematic process which helps you assimilate the techniques with GPP, & region specific rehab (ie tendonopathies).
Lumbar spine & pelvis
Thoracic spine & rib cage
Cervical spine

Manual Therapy & Self Mobilizations are integrated with other recovery methods such as breathing re-education, sleep, cryo, mindfullness, hydration, diet, threat management, load management, & work (aerobic) capacity (ie repeat effort endurance).

Special “key” areas requiring mobility are taught with extensive practical application
-1st MTP
– Hip
– Thoracic Spine

Building the Precision Program

2 Day Program

Objectives –
– Learn the bigger picture and how to tie different systems & methods together efficiently
– Gain confidence & agility in handling complexity by utilizing scalable principles
– Communicate more effectively by giving people what they need
– Grand Rounds
– Does GPP have to wait in Rehab?

What you will learn –
– How to use the Person-Centered Profile to create a precision program
– Signs of technical proficiency & how to use these in progressing people to adding load
– Variability & Adaptation In Dynamic Systems
– How to capture & record the key components of The Profile
– CC. AI. MS. Painless dysfunction. Self Care (chief complaint, activity intolerance, mechanical sensitivity).
– Master not only methods but the process
– Gain trust through empathy, but also capture the floor to create a relatable & actionable plan
– Why the key to efficiency is finding the floor which can be a moving target
– How to find the “hardest thing you do well” nested to the person’s floor & their demands.
– How the why behind the what is “you’re only as strong as you’re weakest link”
– Why people don’t improve with attacking things they are already good at (their ceiling)
– Why finding and addressing the weakest link resolves each person’s functional bottleneck

Bridge the Gap (BTG) Courses – 1-2 Day updates linking each course

Review the concepts & implementation of the PREPARE, TRAIN, & RECOVER programs

While the PREPARE, TRAIN, & RECOVER workshops cover the Science & Rationale or WHY of the series along with the craft, skill, methods or WHAT; the BTG programs emphasize HOW to integrate the course work in different environments.


1. The 4 Principles of Management
2. The Individualized Profile & Precision Program
3. The Scientific Method & Assess-Correct-Reassess
4. Movement Screen Practical5. Case Management Problem-Solving

  1. Interview with Dr. Liebenson Strength Chats by Kabuki Strength #85 57:18
  2. Lecture - Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Craig Liebenson 39:24
  3. Interview w/ Dr. Liebenson FTCA Podcast 1:25:34