Craig Liebenson – Online CE Pro – FPM Precision Programming


Craig Liebenson Online CE Pro FPM Precision Programming

Craig Liebenson Online CE Pro FPM Precision Programming, Bridge the gap between theory and execution. Learn to blend strength and condition programs with rehabilitation principles…

Craig Liebenson – Online CE Pro – FPM Precision Programming

Craig Liebenson - Online CE Pro - FPM Precision Programming

Course Objectives

Bridge the gap between theory and execution. Learn to blend strength and condition programs with rehabilitation principles. Replace a rigid protocol and dogmatic approach with a step-by-step framework that delivers a unique program for each client or patient.


  • How to create a positive experience with movement to empower your client or patient.
  • How to screen fundamental movement literacies with a body weight Movement Prep.
  • How to Identify over-protective client behaviors (excessive guarding, breath holding, rigid movements, etc.) & how to use graded exposures to dispel fear avoidance beliefs.
  • How to develop your Coach’s Eye (eg. Talk Test, biomechanics, eccentric control, loss of concentric power).
  • How to create a Functional Dashboard for navigating goal attainment – determine what matters, measure what matters, then change what matters.
  • How to deploy Rep Maxes (RMs), Reps in Reserve (RIR), and RPE in your programming.
  • The difference between internal versus external cuing.
  • How to vary the environment or task to drive gains more efficiently.
  • How to find the “Hardest thing you do well” nested to the person’s floor – the gap analysis.
  • How to make training fun.
  • How to hide “the skill in the drill” with Gamification

What you will take away:

  • Develop a Mastery mindset to translate & implement new knowledge.
  • Create a community of change-makers committed to promoting sustainable athleticism & healthy longevity
  • Learn how to tie different systems & methods together efficiently
  • Learn to connect the dots from the client’s story to an actionable program to maximize buy-in
  • Observe real-life problem-solving & reasoning
  • Why delaying strength training in rehab creates a slippery slope
  • How to turn every exercise into an assessment
  • How to find the sweet spot between “too little too late” & “too much too soon” to maximize results
  • Differentiate Landmarks vs. Timelines – There is a difference


Hour Modules

HOUR 1 – The Inactivity Crisis & Evidence-Discordant Musculoskeletal Health Care

  • How inactivity is driving disability, 
  • Why providing a positive experience with movement is the key to changing behavior.
  • How to use the squat and lunge as health span assessment biomarkers
  • Why traditional pathology narratives grounded in an overly biomedical-biomechanical approach (i.e., “wear & tear”) tend to make people over-protective?
  • How the status quo in healthcare professions tend to manage people away from load, resulting in under-preparation.

HOUR 2 – Muscle Atrophy and Aging

  • The relationship between muscle atrophy, loss of muscle strength, falls, fractures, and frailty. 
  • You will learn to focus on the activity intolerances related to symptoms rather than pain.
  • Discover how the silver lining (“gift of injury”) of MSK (Musculoskeletal) pain can shed light on the fact that we are older sooner (increased diabetes, obesity, etc.) 
  • We discuss how movement is medicine and why personal trainers should be included in the healthcare system.
  • Learn how to shift the focus from people’s expectations about learning the cause of their pain to the upstream factors they can change.
  • Learn how the “tyranny of the visit” can lead to over-protection rather than empowering self-management.
  • Discover the role of graded exposures to feared stimuli in recovery.
  • We will discuss the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) P.A.G.s (Physical Activity Guidelines) and the role of gamification for “guiding by the side” in constraints-based motor learning.
  • Find out when technical proficiency matters and how to detect the signs of over-protective beliefs/behaviors.
  • Learn how the assessment aims to identify baselines where improvement can occur in the shortest time possible.

HOUR 3 – Creating a Functional Dashboard

  • Why a 5-Part Fundamental Movement Literacy Screen is an ideal movement prep (afferent/foot; thermogenic; mobility; pillar; E.S.R. – Energy Storage & Release)
  • We describe why a Gap Analysis is a key to person-centered programming and adaptation requires graded exposures. 
  • We review the principle “It’s not the load that breaks you down, but the load you’re not prepared for.” 
  • We consider the “Talk Test,” how to use the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale and Reps in Reserve (R.I.R.).
  • We describe a way to rate pain with the Traffic Light – green, yellow, red (uncomfortable, uncertain, unacceptable, or intolerable)
  • We discuss Movement Agnosticism and the principle, “First move well, then move often.” 
  • We present the concept, Guide by the Side, as an antidote to creating conscious movers in pursuing “corrective” movement patterns and why load is essential in restoring mobility.
  • We create a Functional Dashboard of baseline floor issues to create a precision program.

HOUR 4 – The Movement Prep

  • A step-by-step 5-part movement prep skills. We explain why we coach the setup more than the exercise and discuss why landing drills precede plyometrics.
  • We explain the key to determining the box height for depth jumps and how to categorize any test or exercise as painful, dysfunctional, or acceptable.
  • We explain why the Movement Prep is the prerequisite and should “bleed into” lifting or playing a sport. 
  • Finally, we discuss why general locomotor skills are a prerequisite for more specific sport-specific skills.

HOUR 5 – Finding What’s Tolerable

  • How to find and recommend a 5-10 RM (Rep Max) with 1-2 RIR for progressive resistance training exercises. 
  • We consider options besides intensity and volume in our programming – tempo and time under tension parameters. 
  • We discuss Agnosticism, the view that absolute truth or ultimate certainty is unattainable, and why the tool you use in the gym doesn’t matter as long as the goal is clear.
  • We consider why we are chasing adaptation and how mild pain or discomfort is OK.
  • We discuss how to find a safe starting place and why the primary question should be, are you giving people a positive experience with movement and progressing them to the hardest thing they do well?

HOUR 6 – The Language of Strength

  • The continuum from Movement Prep to General Physical Preparation (GPP) and Specialized Physical Preparation.
  • We discuss RPE 5-8 and why the actual strength is making the hard easy.
  • We explain how to lower a client’s biological age. 
  • Why R.I.R. is the key to adaptation.
  • We discuss the language of strength and RPE.
  • We describe how to use a Traffic light analogy to re-conceptualize discomfort as something to be put in the rearview mirror. 
  • How predictive processing leads to people embodying their past negative experiences with pain into their present, thus expecting activity to be painful and hurt to equal harm.
  • We describe how an excessive focus on biomechanics can interfere with training by making people conscious movers and over-protective, so they don’t get sufficient exposure to necessary stress stimuli to cause adaptation. 

HOUR 7 – How to be More Like Alfred Instead of Batman

  • How training gamification can be used to improve consistency and exercise participation.
  • We discuss person-centered communication, the validation of lived experience, and empathetic listening.
  • We discuss the debrief, the role of social support, behavioral economics, and “soft nudges” in coaching.
  • Why we cannot predict the future and how accepting and navigating uncertainty is essential.
  • We discuss the Person-Centered profile template and share a case presentation.

HOUR 8 – The Power of Words & How Labels Can Disable

  • The Nocebo effects and how they affect our client/patient.
  • We discuss the relationship between and value of communication, collaboration, context, and connecting the dots between the team members and the clinician-coach community.
  • We discuss a communication debrief and the value of listening – affirm – validate – motivational interviewing.
  • We consider the likelihood of an over-diagnosis and how to explain that hurt doesn’t equal harm and activity isn’t dangerous.
  • We discuss the concept that words can hurt and the dangers of labels.
  • Finally, we present practical techniques such as hinge and hip lock training.

HOUR 9 – Acceleration Drills for Sprinting & Sports 

  • How to coach sprint training for acceleration 
  • How lateral pelvic stability is assessed and optimized for running. 
  • We cover why the forward lean and stumble reflex is essential Key Performance Indicators of training acceleration.
  • How running economy benefits from foundational athletic development.

HOUR 10 – Variability: A Key to Risk Mitigation

  • Skill transfer and residual adaptation.
  • We cover linear acceleration drills and the role of the fixed tibia.
  • Fatigue resistance is a critical goal of coaching.
  • Bottoms-up linear to lateral acceleration
  • Timelines vs. landmarks.
  • Derek Hansen on front side sprint mechanics
  • Injury prevention vs. promotion
  • Evidence-based but not recipe driven.
  • The why behind individualization vs. cookie-cutter formulas
  • And finally, accepting uncertainty

HOUR 11 – Profile Template and Gap Analysis with Dr. Ryan Chow

Dr. Ryan Chow presents a Lived Experience Profile Template from his clinic-gym Reload in this hour. His presentation is an excellent summary of the principles and framework we use for problem-solving. It is an example of a systematic approach that doesn’t follow a single system or method. Instead, you’ll see proof of concepts of a person-centered, principle-based approach allowing you to use any “systems” or “methods” you already know and use. What is unique about FPM is that we’re agile and, as Dr. Lewit taught, “not a slave of any methods, since the methods should serve the goals.” 

 You’ll see Ryan’s thought processes for his progressions and how he keeps it client-centered and focused on the goals of the person in front of him. Along the way, you will see how he listens to the person’s story, finds a safe starting place, gives a positive experience with movement, and finally progresses them by finding the hardest thing they do well that is linked to their capacity shortfall and activity demands. 

In this hour, we discuss and cover the following:

  • CC, O, A.I., Activity History, Goals, PMHX, Concerns, B.F., MS
  • 1 R.M. is equal to your A.I.
  • Feet: ground interface
  • Thermogenic: fitness screen
  • Active Mobility: toes, hips, T-spine
  • Pillar Prep: Glute/Abdominal/Groin/Quads activation
  • Energy storage and release
  • Self-Care Rx: Finding the safe starting point: No guarded movements, facial grimacing, lack of technical proficiency, loss of concentric velocity. 
  • Self-Care Rx: Feel target tissue to give a positive experience with movement.
  • Validate self-care Rx with test/re-test. 
  • Frequency: like Advil. 
  • Volume & Intensity can be audited with the test of mechanical sensitivity (M.S.) to determine Self-Care Rx dosage.
  • The Teach Back Test


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