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The RTS Mastery level is not named for a final level of achievement. It is based upon the classic principles of mastery: the discipline for exploring and examining the details in depth, the wisdom of evolving beyond protocols by developing a thought process and, the surrender of biases and emotional attachments to be replaced by objectivity, and the unconditional love for the process of life-long learning.
RTSM encompasses 20 days divided into five modules that can be taken over any time period from five months to several years (however, there is a two year limit if you are hoping to test and become certified). After Science 1 the modules may be taken in any order, but are recommended as follows:
The following are no longer required for certification due to the infrequency of their scheduling, but they can still be quite valuable in the education of an advanced exercise professional depending upon his/her direction of interests and desired scope of practice. Please note that these courses are NOT administered by RTS.
The RTSM course is not only the most advanced level in the Resistance Training Specialist Program, but RTSM is also the most advanced program of its kind anywhere. For those who enter RTSM with the goal of ultimately sitting for the exam and earning the right to place the Resistance Training Specialist® Programs' highest distinction, "RTSM", behind your name, the objective of the Mastery level is to develop teachers in the industry or "trainers to the trainers®". Thus, this should be your mind-set and primary perspective as you enter Science 1 and proceed through the application modules...to know the information well enough to present it clearly, concisely, and at the level required of the student (teaching requires progression just like exercise).
RTSM is all about reinforcing what we think we know, and then moving forward and beyond by improving one's perspective and working knowledge, not just memorizing more little facts in an attempt at sounding "supremely knowledgeable".
RTS Practical is not a required prerequisite for RTSM. But in order to benefit fully from the Mastery level program, it is important that RTSM not be the first time one has studied anatomy, physiology, physics, etc. because RTSM Science 1 and 2 are fast-paced and detailed. If these are not strong subjects for you, then RTS123 is recommended prior to Mastery. It is also important that the student be well-versed in the broad spectrum of "traditional" strength, aerobic, and other exercise concepts, as well as current industry trends in order to have a baseline perspective of the industry and a starting point for advanced communication.
RTSM explores the following, both in general and specific to each region of the body:
Topics of discussion also include:
RTS - It's all about options!
You do not have to attend the basic RTS Practical in order to attend RTSM. The Mastery level is more in depth and more advanced, but also has much more time and often fewer students. RTSM is designed to be as much discussion and exploration as presentation and even more individual hands-on time. Due to these factors many students say that the Mastery level was easier than RTS Practical (not to be confused with being simpler). RTS Practical is, in fact, the best preparation for RTSM, but many students with the goal of Mastery level actually decide to just start there, and if they put in the work, do very well.
Schedules for specific dates can be subject to change. Confirm daily schedules for specific course dates before making flight arrangements