RTS3 Details


RTS3 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.

Level 3 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). The modules may be taken in any order, but are recommended as follows:

  • Science 1: Musculoskeletal Mechanics - 3.5 days (Prerequisite)
  • Science 2: Resistance Mechanics - 3.5 days
  • Spine/Trunk - 3.5 days
  • Lower Extremity - 3.5 days
  • Upper Extremity - 3.5 days

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Video recording of class is prohibited.
Audio recording is currently allowed.
Photographing clients, patients, or equipment in Focus On Fitness is strictly prohibited.

RTS2 is not a required prerequisite for RTS3...

...But in order to benefit fully from the RTS3 Program, it is important that it not be the first time one has studied anatomy, physiology, physics, etc. because RTS3 Science 1 and 2 are fast-paced and detailed. If these are not strong subjects for you, then RTS2 is recommended prior to RTS3. 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.

RTS3 explores the following, both in general and specific to each region of the body:
  • The principles of biomechanics (the study of structure, motion, and forces and their effects on living systems)
  • The principles of exercise mechanics (such as advanced closed chain research, and calculating joint forces)
  • Principles of equipment mechanics (analysis, design, and adaptation)
  • Anatomy from a 3-D structure-force-function perspective (not just names)
  • Common anatomical idiosyncrasies and variations
  • Basic orthopedic assessment for joint health and integrity
  • Neuromuscular assessment via the MAT program
  • Movement patterns including functional integration and functional isolation
  • The realities of "stretching"
  • Strategic resistance application options and their effects via the tolerances of the associated structures
  • Risk-benefit analysis
  • Resisted range of motion progression, regression, and teaching strategies
  • Principles of Strategic Variation®

Topics of discussion also include:

  • Injury prevention
  • Rehab specifics (for PT's, DC's, ATC's only)
  • Post-rehab specifics
RTS - You decide where to start

You do not have to attend the basic RTS2 in order to attend RTS3. RTS3 is more in-depth and more advanced but also has much more time and often fewer students. RTS3 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 RTS3 was easier than RTS2 (not to be confused with being simpler). RTS2 is, in fact, the best preparation for RTS3, but many students with the goal of achieving RTS3 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.