About RTS

Since 1997 RTS, LLC has provided continuing education to Exercise Professionals.

Exercise Professionals

We define an Exercise Professional as any practitioner who employs exercise as a modality regardless of the demographic with whom he/she works. Personal trainers, group exercise instructors, physical therapists, chiropractors, performance specialists, strength coaches, skill coaches, etc. all employ exercise along a continuum of client/patient abilities, tolerances and goals. Yet there are specific areas and levels of knowledge that are not taught in any of the related degrees or certifications.

A Professional's Focus

Therefore, our focus is on improving the Exercise Professionals investigative, decision making, and exercise delivery skill of, to, and for the client. All sciences are directed toward a better understanding of an individuals idiosyncrasies and how to modify everything to each individual. Generalized assessments, exercise instructions, and protocols of progression are acceptable standards of education and practice for physical therapy and personal training. At RTS we considered anything that is not Client-Defined™ as subpar for true Exercise Professional! Everything must be modified based upon "Who, Goal, Have, Own, and Tolerate"™!

A true professional's education is not based upon gathering more support for what he/she already knows. It is not comprised of sound bites that people mistake as "science". Science is not memorized facts or misapplied research. It is a process of constant questioning and investigation! It s process requiring openness, not ego!A true professional seeks both text book and practical knowledge that is only of value as applies to each individual client or patient and his/her responses and outcome.

Exercise Mechanics

RTS focuses and excels at the progressive presentation of Exercise Mechanics, an application of engineering and physics to the understanding, implementation, and delivery of exercise. The upper levels of the RTS programs have proven time and time again to exceed the vast all major university kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise science, or sports medicine classes in terms of the applicable presentation of mechanical principles and their specific application to various individuals. The integration of orthopedics and motor learning with the physics of resistance application along with the skills of client/patient education set RTS apart.

Determine Your Own Entry Level

The RTS programs have progressed from a single 5 day course in 1997 to multiple levels of courses from a four day Level 1, to the 20 day Level 3 (formerly mastery; comprised of 5 4-day modules).

We offer educational courses and programs nationally and internationally which allow us to further our mission of changing the perception and delivery of exercise by bringing substance and objectivity to how we study, teach, and apply exercise idiosyncratically to each individual client or patient for whom we accept responsibility.

Are you committed to extremely advanced learning? In very specialized study within field of that typically requires a commitment to traveling. (50% of RTSm students are international; one even learned English just to come to RTSm!)

If logistics or your level of commitment don't allow keep you within a tighter geographical radius, there are L2 courses in many regionally and expanding annually.

Your Expectations Define Your RTS Experience

Ultimately, your experience with RTS, will be determined first and foremost by the attitude and filter with which you attend. Attendees at various levels of RTS have include NBA strength coaches, university professors, Specialty Certified DPT's, MD's, DC's, high school coaches, celebrity trainers, "master" trainers, recently certified personal trainers, Pilates instructors, yoga teachers, etc. Exercise Mechanics and delivery transcends all versions and levels of exercise. Be open and you will walk away with new skills and insights that can help evolve your decision making process... if you so choose.

The Bottom Line

If you're entirely satisfied with your level of knowledge and skills in application; if you're completely satisfied with your ability to meet the needs of every single type of client from the exceptionally tolerant athlete to the orthopedically and neurologically compromised 50 year old to the average 80 year old; if you're happy with the standards of practice in the industry, or if you're just apathetic, then RTS is not the place for you... yet.

The History of RTS

RTS was founded by Tom Purvis. It is the culmination of 40 years of experiences including those as a lifelong student and inquisitor, decades of teaching experience and professional practice, as well as both physical achievements and challenges... all of which culminated in thousands of mistakes... a virtual breeding ground for hundreds of original insights into Exercise Mechanics.

In 1989 the founder of NASM, Dr. Robert Goldman, recruited Tom to develop the Biomechanics Lectures and Hands-on portions of what was the first Personal Training certification in the US. By 1999 Tom was continuing to increase the depth and details of these presentations, while NASM was eliminating its advanced courses for the more lucrative standard courses.

You could view that decade building NASM as the incubator for the development of the information that was to become "RTS". For several years Tom had been doing professional continuing education courses for therapists and trainers under the RTS name, so at that point RTS became the sole home and delivery site for his continually advancing explorations and presentations. Twenty years later RTS continues to evolve and offer one of the most advanced specialty educational programs in the Exercise Professional world.