Strength Training Course For Health Professionals – Sunday 3rd April 2016 Melbourne

Movement Prep Strength Training Course For Health Professionals - Sunday 3Rd April 2016On Sunday 3rd April 2016 Principle Four Osteopathy and Elite Sports Performance will be delivering the 1 Day Strength Training For Health Professionals Course.  This course is suitable for osteopaths, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, myotherapists and personal trainers.

This is a highly practical course that is delivered by Strength and Conditioning Coach Martyn Girvan (Strength and Conditioning Coach at Elite Sports Performance & Malaysian Track Cycling), Daniel Di Pasqua (Melbourne Storm Strength and Conditioning Coach), Osteopath Heath Williams (Principle Four Osteopathy) and Strength and Conditioning Coach Todd Carlon (Strength and Conditioning Coach – Maribyrnong Sports Academy).

The course runs from 9:00am – 5:00pm and costs $300 (including GST).  For those of you who would like to register for the course, please click here.  Numbers will be limited to 25 people as we are aiming to provide quality teaching and interaction between the attendees and presenters on the day with smaller sized practical groups.  This course will provide you with 7 hours continued professional development hours and all attendees will receive a comprehensive resource book and certificate of attendance.

Feedback from our first course which had 26 people attend had 96% (25 out of the 26 attendees) rating the course as excellent.  Some of the comments from the first course included:

  • “Very good fitting this into the course in one day, very useful”
  • “The level of knowledge from the presenters was fantastic – and a wide range of expertise which I learnt a lot from”
  • “Great course. Fantastic demonstrators that gave great feedback on practical exercises”
  • “Excellent course, very informative, would love similar”

Scap RetractionThe course is designed for allied health professionals (physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, exercise physiologists, myotherapists and personal trainers) with the course objectives being:

  • Provide understanding of basic strength and conditioning exercises.
  • Inform attendees of  terminology commonly used in strength and conditioning.
  • Demonstrate exercise progressions & regressions for the Squat, Deadlift and Upper Body.
  • Apply and understand how to implement basic strength and conditioning exercises into the rehabilitation setting.
  • Understand how strength and conditioning fits into rehabilitation to return to play pathway.

Hip ThrustThe day is action packed and involves a combination of lecturing, demonstrations, group practical and discussions.  The course outline for the day is:

  • Introduction
  • S&C Principles, Movement Screening & Lower Limb Movement Preparation
  • Box Squat & Accessory Exercise Practical Demonstration and Application
  • Deadlift & Accessory Exercises Practical Demonstration and Application
  • Upper Body Movement Prep
  • Bench Press & Accessory Exercises Demonstration and Application
  • Programming, Daily Review, Questions & Answers

Exercises demonstrated and practised by attendees on the day include:

  • Movement Prep Activation Exercises For The Lower Body such as hip bridge, birddog, plank, side plank etc.
  • Box squat
  • Deadlift Conventional Stance
  • Deadlift Sumo Stance
  • Goodmorning (barbell and band version)
  • Torsonator & Pallof Press (anti rotation)
  • Back extension (chair and swiss ball)
  • Elevated deadlift & deficit deadlift
  • Romanian deadlift
  • Step up
  • Reverse lunge & variations
  • Hip thrust
  • Band pull throughs
  • Upper body movement preparation activation techniques such as thoracic rotation/mobility drills, Y’s, T’s, W’s, dynamic blackburn, scapular push up, push up plyo’s.
  • Single arm dumbbell row
  • Seated row (horizontal pull) variations
  • Straight arm pull down (lats)
  • Barbell bodyweight horizontal pull
  • TRX row
  • Lat pull down & variations
  • Chin up & variations
  • Face pull
  • Dumbbell external rotation
  • Barbell and dumbbell floor press
  • Incline dumbbell and barbell press

Attendees will be shown how to perform the exercises as well as shown correct technique strategies as well as how to identify poor technique strategies and how to regress/progress the exercises.

Our next course is to be held on Sunday 3rd April 2016 at Elite Sports Performance in Spotswood. The course runs from 9:00am – 5:00pm and costs $300 (including GST).  For those of you who would like to register for the course, please click here.

If you have any specific questions, please email and I will touch base with you.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.

Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD and Docklands leading osteopathy clinics.  We provide a range of services that includes hands on manual therapy, exercise prescription for rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and performance, functional movement screening and ergonomic risk assessments.

If you would like to find out more about our practice, please check us out at   Appointments can be made by calling 03 9670 9290 or booking online at

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