Monday, December 28, 2020

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A CPRS completely understands the joint mechanics, connective tissue, and muscles required with movement and has a solid understanding of biomechanical analysis of prime movements, such as; squat, lunge, diagonal forward, and reverse lunge, recognizing normal vs. abnormal movement patterns. Understands how to assess, correct, and apply this knowledge with research, to design effective programs based on the principles of Periodization Training and Tudor Bompa. Understands the weak links in the body and common movement dysfunctions affecting the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and special populations.



Monday, October 19, 2020

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Friday, October 16, 2020


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

What is Coaching?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Periodization For Strength Training
By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM

Strength training is something that all individuals need to do, but as a personal trainer, do you know the science behind the training? This article will the fundamental principles of periodization training as it relates to strength training.

Foundation of Periodization Training
Why is it important to understand periodization training? Periodization training is the cornerstone of training any client, athlete or individual post therapy, assisting them in reaching their optimal health and desired goals. Understanding and then applying these core principles with program design will provide the personal trainer with the abilities to help a client reach their goals systematically. Any strength-training program should apply the five basic laws of training to ensure adaptation occurs and avoidance of injury.

The Five Basic Laws of Strength Training

Tudor Bump, PhD is a pioneer in the field of strength & conditioning, program design and periodization training. Through his research and experience, he has created the five basic laws of strength training. These laws have not only proved to be essential for athletes, but through extensive evidenced based research (randomized controlled trials (RCT) and various studies), have shown they are essential for proper development and to avoid injury. In this next section, the five basic laws are explained.

Law Number One: Develop Joint Flexibility

  • Most strength training exercises use the range of motion of major joints. Proper joint
            Flexibility prevents stress to the weight bearing joints, prevents injuries and pain.

 Law Number Two: Develop Tendon Strength

·      Muscle strength improves faster then tendon and ligament strength. Tendons and
Ligaments grow strong through anatomical adaptation. Without proper anatomical
Adaptation, vigorous strength training can injure the ligaments and tendons. Training tendons and ligaments causes them to enlarge in diameter, increasing their ability to withstand tension and shearing.

Law Number Three: Develop Core Strength

·      The arms and legs are only as strong as the trunk. Strength training programs
Should first strengthen the core muscles before focusing on the periphery: arms and legs. Weak core muscles fail in these essential roles, limiting an individual or athlete to perform optimally. According to the research, muscles of the spine are comprised of Type I slow-twitch (ST) fibers because of their supporting role to the arms and legs.

Law Number Four: Develop the Stabilizers

·         Prime movers work more efficiently with strong stabilizing muscles. Stabilizers contract, primarily isometric ally, to immobilize a limb so that another part of the body can act. A weak stabilizer inhibits the contracting capacity of the prime movers.
·         Improperly developed stabilizers may hamper the activity of major muscles. At the shoulder,
   the supraspinatus and infraspinatus assist with lifting and rotating the arm.
·      The research has shown the difference among men and women indicating that  
 women possess weaker gluteus medius and glute minimus muscles.
·      Men typically those who play sport develop tight external rotators (piriformis) and   
  glute maximus muscles. Therefore, stretching the tight postural muscles (piriformis)  
  and strengthening the weaker phasic muscles such as glute medius will provide    
  increased stability at the hip.

Law Number Five: Train movements, not Individual Muscles

·         Athletes should resist training muscles in isolation as in bodybuilding. Athletic skills

       involve the contraction of synergistic muscles that perform the movement. For example, a takeoff to catch a ball has the following kinematic chain motion: hip extension, the knee extension and finally ankle plantar flexion enabling the feet to apply a force against the ground to lift the body. Therefore, training the movement of the athlete instead of specific muscle only is essential for optimal performance by the athlete.

Periodization Training Phases
When it comes to Periodization Training there are three main phases that an individual or athlete goes through. This includes the Preparatory Phase, Competitive Phase and Transition Phase

1. Hypertrophy Phase (Preparatory Phase)
·                   Occurs during the early stages of the Preparatory Phase and is usually the longest
      Phase within an annual plan
·      The major emphasis within this period is to develop a general framework/base level of conditioning in order to increase tolerance for more intense training. This phase begins with training at low intensity and high volume. The goals are to develop and promote hypertrophy, improve neuromuscular activity, increase connective tissue strength and  increase lean muscle mass, which will be utilized later in the training cycles.

The specific objectives of training are as follows:
·      To acquire/improve general physical training
·      Improve the biomotor abilities of a given sport
·      To develop, improve or perfect technique/to teach the athlete the theory and
                   methodology of training

2. Basic Strength Phase (Preparatory Phase Continued)

·                                       This phase emphasizes to continue to develop/ increase muscular strength of the
muscles that is required for sport-specific activity. Utilization of multi-joint exercises to allow recovery time between exercises.
·                                       This period also serves to strengthen articular cartilage. This phase begins training
at an increased intensity as well as moderate volume overall.

3. First Transition Phase

·                                       Is just like it sounds, a “transition” where the individual or athlete is beginning
to change not only intensity, but also total volume and effort with each rep.

4. Power Phase (Late Preparatory Phase)

·      In essence, the goal is to develop muscular power with increased intensity and to
continue sport-specific training with increased intensity and reduced training volume. Skill technique and game strategy are of primary importance as well as exercise prescription in plyometrics, speed drills, sprinting technique, etc.

Strength Training Effectiveness
In order for strength training to be effective, the body must experience a specific load. The overload principle is one of the seven big laws of fitness and training. Simply put, the overload principle states that you have to increase the intensity, duration, type, or time of a workout progressively in order to see adaptations within the body.

General guidelines of strength training during the Strength Phase of training:
  • The training cycle typically lasts 8-12 weeks
  • Intensity: 80-90% of 1 RM
  • Volume: moderate
  • Sets/reps: 3-6 sets at 6-8 reps
  • Rest period: 2-3 minutes
  • Training frequency: 2-3x week
  • Application: develop stabilizers through exercises such as lunges, multidirectional lunges, multi-joint exercises

Strength training is something that everyone can benefit from. Understanding the
fundamental principles of periodization training can provide you the personal trainer to help your client achieve his/her goals.

Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Chris is the CEO of Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems(PTCS). A continuing education company that provides educational material in the forms of evidenced-based home study courses, ELearning courses, live seminars, DVDs, webinars, articles and teaching in-depth, the foundation science, functional assessments and practical application behind Human Movement. Chris is both a dynamic physical therapist with 19 years experience, and a personal trainer with 20 years experience, with advanced training, has created 16 home study courses, is an experienced international fitness presenter, writes for various websites and international publications, consults and teaches seminars on human movement. For more information, please visit


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Bompa, T., and Claro, F. 2009. Periodization in Rugby. Maidenhead: Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Attention personal trainers!!!
Quiz of the day: What primary muscle is required to assist with slowing down the thigh when descending stairs?
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Tip of the Day
By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Pinnacle Training. & Consulting Systems, LLC

During these tough and uncertain times, it is important to reflect. There are 5 stages to get anything under control. By practicing and implementing these five stages into your life, this could bring calmness to the storm and clarity to your daily life.

1) Collect collect everything around you and get it ready to be reviewed and organized.
2)Process take the information and look over which should take a few minutes.
3)Organize what you have gathered and this could be creating a list, putting things in folders on your computer or literally folders on your desk.
4)Review-review everything weekly to ensure that you are staying on top of the projects and obligations.
5) Do-Just do it as this should help you make choices about your next actions

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Wednesday at 12pm eastern time is Chris Gellert, PT who will be taking questions as Aska PT!
A live show where you can ask questions about clients, programming as well as other topics on your mind.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Top 3 exercises for Lumbar Spondylosis, Spinal stenosis and Spondylolisthesis

By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems

There are a multitude of exercises available at the fingertips of a fitness professional. Choosing
the most accurate and objective exercise should be the cornerstone of any fitness
programming. Working with any client who has a spinal injury, should involve a thorough
history, fitness assessment and most importantly, a sound understanding of the pathophysiology
and programming of that movement dysfunction. In this article, we will review and clarify
the differences between spinal conditions that include spondylosis, spinal stenosis and
spondylolisthesis discussing the pathophysiology, common rehabilitation and post
rehabilitation training.

Clarifying the differences
Spondylosis is the degeneration of one joint on another also known as degenerative disc
disease(DJD). Patient will typically presents with tightness in the lower lumbar and may or may
not present with radicular symptoms in their legs. Physical therapy addresses these impairments
by conducting a comprehensive examination, using manual therapy, and targeted exercises.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing within the vertebral canal
coupled  with hypertrophy of the spinal lamina and
ligamentum flavum or facets as the result of age-related
degenerative process. The patient who has spinal stenosis
usually has very tight hamstrings and lumbar extensors.
They often will complain of unilateral vs. bilateral numbness in  their legs due either having central lateral(to side) foraminal stenosis.
Physical therapy addresses these areas with myofascial
release, stretching, and joint mobilizations to address
mobility then teach flexion based exercises, which will
improve the opening of the spinal lamina.
Figure 1. Spinal stenosis

Spondylolistehsis is an anterior (forward) slippage or posterior (back) slippage of one vertebrae on another following bilateral fracture of the pars interarticularis. The slippage is graded from 1-4 (25% to 100%) from an x-ray. In degenerative spondylolisthesis, as the intervertebral disc loses height, the annulus may bulge circumferentially and the ligamentum flavum can buckle. These types of injuries are seen in wrestlers, due to the combined extension and rotation movements seen in the sport as well as in older patients due to their lifestyle. Physical therapy/training emphasis is on elimination of extension-based exercise (back extension, press ups, etc.). Biomechanically, this will force the vertebra forward causing more translation and instability. Training emphasis is on flexion-based exercises (strengthening of abdominals). Flexion based exercises will decrease shearing force and translation on the effected segment. Postural education is key, static and dynamic core strengthening should also be included. Core strengthening using medicine balls, cables and physioballs shoulder be personalized to the client.

All of the spinal conditions discussed previously are unique, requiring a thorough understanding, while designing a program that is personalized for the client. With respect to spondylosis, the three top exercises for this client are abdominal bracing with alternate leg lift, bridging with physioball and prone alternate leg lift/arm lift over physioball. All three exercises target the multifidus and transverse abdominis. Two essential muscles of the core.
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Figure 2. Abdominal bracing with alternate leg lift     Figure 3. Prone alternate arm and leg lift

With respect to both spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, the focus is on flexion exercises.
My top three for both include reverse abdominal crunch, dead bug and prone alternate leg and arm lift over physioball, stopping at neutral(as seen in figure 3).

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Figure 4. Reverse crunch                                          Figure 5. Dead bug

Lumbar Spondylosis, Spinal stenosis and Spondylolisthesis are three common spinal conditions affecting most adults today. Understanding the pathophysiology, mechanism of injury, common physical therapy treatments and a few targeted exercises, should help you, the fitness professional while designing a program for your client. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact PTCS at or