RTS3 Details


Taught exclusively by Tom Purvis, RTS3 is in transition from live lecture modules to online lecture videos for Science 1, Science 2, and the specific musculoskeletal mechanics portion of each practical module. In essence, any time that has historically been spent sitting in the RTS classroom and not in the gym, will soon be online. This will not only eliminate the time constraints created by a 3.5 day course (allowing for longer/more detailed content coverage and endless opportunity for the student's review of information), but also will allow for ala carte purchasing of chapters/topics to help spread out the student's expenses, not to mention eliminating travel expenses for two of the five modules! The goal is to have these online by the end of April.

All practical modules will remain live and will have more hands-on and equipment analysis time due to the pertinent musculoskeletal mechanics lecture portion being online.

RTS3 is extremely detailed and is only for "thinkers", not "followers". That being said, an advanced level of questions and discussion is expected. The scope includes rehab, performance, bodybuilding, etc. as dictated by the interests and involvement of the attendees.

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.

As of June 2019 RTS3 will encompasses over 60 hours of exercise mechanics lectures online as well as the 3x4 days of hands-on practical modules. 

Please note that while these can be taken over any time period from a few months to several years, there is a two-year limit if you are hoping to take the oral/practical exam and become certified. The online lectures are highly recommended required prior to attending. It is up to you, but without them you will likely be lost, due to the mechanical principles and voacabulary that will be utilized in the following modules:

  • 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.