Level 3 Prerequisites & Tips

The Key to the RTS Level 3 Program

The information included in the Prerequisite Science Courses is the key to the entire program. Do not underestimate or skim-through these classes in hope that once completed, they will be behind you. Do not mistakenly think that the hands-on modules are all you really need and are the most important sections. The people who do well and get the most for their money realize early-on that the Science Courses are the key. The better you understand the principles of mechanics and the thought process, the easier the Application Courses and exam will be. That's exactly why we call the hands-on sections "Application" Courses. In these, we are simply creating and strategically manipulating exercises based upon that which is presented in the Science courses!

  • The primary reason that the program is divided into courses is to allow study and review between sections. It is a mistake to take each course back-to-back if you do not have several hours per week to study. Returning for a course without studying is a waste of your time and money!
  • The key to studying is to break it up into 20-30 minute bouts. Do not read a text like a novel. Finishing a chapter is no great accomplishment if you did not understand each concept presented. Explore one section or topic at a time. When you finish a sentence, do not go on to the next sentence unless you understood the one you just read.
Suggested Prerequisites (but not mandatory)
  • RTS Level 2 Practical Series
  • For personal trainers, successful completion of multiple certifications an/or CEC programs is recommended in order to develop the level of industry knowledge necessary, in addition to an entry-level personal training certification such as AAPTE.
  • Health and medical professionals will find it helpful to have, in addition to their science background, a practical working knowledge both exercise and the exercise industry (traditions as well as current trends)
Highly Recommended Learning Tools: (not provided)
  • Disarticulated half skeleton
  • Spine model (full size)

Both of these can be purchased through RTS

Recommended Texts
  • McMinns Color Atlas of Anatomy by Abrahams and Hutching (any edition)
    • Absolutely the best pictures of muscular attachments from all views!
    • Available through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or used booksellers, etc.
  • Joint Structure and Function by Norkin and Levangie (1st or 2nd edition preferred)
    • The 1st edition is preferred. It is the best from which to learn fundamental mechanics. It has a white cover; ISBN 0-8036-6576-8
    • The 2nd edition is more commonly available. It has a green cover; ISBN 0-8036-6577-6
    • These editions can be purchased online at sites like alibris.com and AbeBooks.com
    • The current 4th edition is not recommended initially. It is much more in-depth than our level of study requires and for many students simply confuses many issues. It will be useful for comparison to earlier editions and progressively detailed study occurring later in the RTS Level 3 learning process. It should be noted that it will be used for its numerous inaccuracies within later chapters.
  • Physiology of the Joints by Kapandji, Volumes 1, 2, & 3 (any editions)
    • Over the years these have fluctuated from being inexpensive to exorbitantly expensive 9due to the fct they have been taken out of print multiple times)
    • If you find them online, DO NOT SPEND MORE THAN $20 or so for each!!
    • If you happen to have any edition of Volumes 1, 2, or 3 bring it to the respective class.
    • If you are unable to acquire one or all, a copy will be provided for use during class.