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"Client retention since RTS has been unbelievable!"
“RTS has changed my fitness career and my life. After almost 25 years in the fitness and training business, RTS has finally given me the ultimate confidence that I am designing safe and effective programs that truly benefit my clients based on what they need, not on what I think they need, or on a canned program. Client retention since RTS has been unbelievable! I am rewarded with comments like: “I can’t believe I am working this hard and finally feeling energized and renewed, not the sore and beat up feeling I have had with other training experiences.” Because of my RTS experience, I have been able to hold, and in some cases even increase my prices in an economy that has seen many trainers drop their prices to “Wal-Mart” levels. RTS has also changed my life personally. My own body is in a much better place thanks to this training. I am stronger, more energized, and most of the nagging injuries and pains have disappeared. It has always been my experience that the most successful people continually invest in themselves, even when they feel they can’t. My personal experience with RTS is that it will pay itself back quickly, and provide the means to make more money in this business than you ever thought possible, while giving you more of the great feeling and reward of knowing you are truly helping individuals achieve their goals!” -Steve Luckett, Louisville, KY
"I have been in this industry for 20 years and have NEVER experienced the incredible information as I have with this course."
“In 2009, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the RTS 123 lectures. The results from this education were priceless. I was blown away by the amount of valuable information I received. I have been in this industry for 20 years and have NEVER experienced the incredible information as I have with this course. It has completely changed my career for the better. I now have the tools needed to really improve the quality of someone's life. Training clients on an individual level or group setting should offer an experience filled with education and truth. I look back at my previous certifications and continuing education only to realize how limited it was. Since taking RTS, my client base has not only increased, but I now have other colleagues repeatedly asking me for advice. I always tell them the same thing, "Please take the time to take RTS courses." It is time for fitness professionals to stop the everyday regurgitated rhetoric and start using their brains. Only then can we bring this profession into the 21st century and make it a truly respected field.” -Rebecca Wine, Louisville, KY
"RTS is the most professional education I have received in the field of health and fitness.”
“Good intentions are often not sufficient to “do no harm”. The encompassing training that I received from RTS has given me the insurance and assurance I needed in teaching proper exercise form and function to my clients. I truly believe that no matter your area of expertise in fitness, RTS can be applied. RTS is the most professional education I have received in the field of health and fitness.” -Donna O’Bryan, M.Ed,
"Others sell cookie cutter products - RTS teaches you fundamental knowledge you can make sound decisions."
“The benefit of taking the RTS far outweighs the time/cost of the training. It was a well worth investment because I gained a valuable knowledge and hands on experiences that are not available elsewhere. RTS taught me how to think - think strategic in how I train myself and coach others to improve performance effectively and efficiently. Others sell cookie cutter products - RTS teaches you fundamental knowledge you can make sound decisions. Learning how to fish, instead of receiving fish. That's the difference.” -Hozumi Kessler, CPT
"...because of the education I have received I add more value to the experience of those I train and will build my business with integrity and passion.”
“Attending and completing the RTS course was an empowering experience that provided me with building blocks from and inside view of the body to provide appropriate solutions for those I train and teach. The instruction and material in the RTS course gave me a stronger foundation and confidence in filling in the missing pieces or links that my prior education has not addressed specifically in its thorough progressive application of physics to the human body. This advanced experience has fueled my passion for making a difference in the lives of my clients through healthy appropriate progressions that increase their quality of life. I believe that because of the education I have received and will continue to pursue in RTS I add more value to the experience of those I train and will build my business with integrity and passion.” -Amy Trentacoste, CPT, Minneapolis, MN
"...my ability to think and create individualized solutions has forever changed."
"RTS has been a huge boost to my career. Not only has my client experience gone through the roof which has led to increased retention and increased revenue, but my ability to think and create individualized solutions has forever changed." -Dave Reed, RTSm MATCS, Indianapolis, IN
"RTS has helped me set myself apart from the majority of trainers who blindly follow fads and trends in the fitness industry."
“RTS changed my life by providing me with invaluable ability to analyze exercise, movement, and practical application of resistance. RTS has helped me set myself apart from the majority of trainers who blindly follow fads and trends in the fitness industry. As an MAT Specialist - RTS is also invaluable in providing an understanding of "true biomechanics" - knowledge that is often overlooked and briefly discussed, if at all, with other nationally recognized certifications. I feel that this knowledge has helped me become a better MAT Specialist with knowledge that others do not utilize to help them better train/treat their clients. I have expanded my realm of practice to beyond simply training clients to providing them with the tools in order for them "to participate in life" in whatever that endeavor may be at whatever age.” -Ed Barrientos, MATm, RTSm, Denver, CO
"I now have the ability to tailor exercises to fit the client ..."
“I have been a personal trainer for over six years. When I started training I felt that I had a pretty comprehensive understanding of human biomechanics. I felt that I understood how most, if not all, weight machines worked. I, like most trainers, assumed that a "lat pull down" machine worked lats and that a bar curl for biceps was an "isolation" exercise for the biceps. I didn't even consider other joints or muscles that were or had to be involved for such a movement to occur. I was regurgitating senseless cues like "don't let your knee go past your toes when doing a squat or a lunge. It puts unnecessary stress on the patellar ligament". I registered for my first RTS class in March of 2008 and was confronted with how little I actually knew about biomechanics, force application, and exercise for that matter. After finishing (not mastering by any means) my first series of RTS123 classes I finally felt confident in dealing with clients that had pre-existing injuries. A majority of this confidence came with the peace of mind in knowing that I was not adding any dysfunction to my clients and in fact was able to create safe, progressive exercises for them. I now have the ability to tailor exercises to fit the client and feel that I am capable of creating an infinite amount of exercises that keep my clients coming back again and again. RTS is essential if you are pursuing a career in fitness or any biomechanical related fields and are truly dedicated to understanding how the musculoskeletal system functions.” -Brad Bischoff, MATCS, CPT, Louisville, KY
"Took the course in 2012. Never trained or coached anyone the same."
“I’m excited to see the evolution of RTS! Purvis and the team are always on the forefront of the field. Took the course in 2012. Never trained or coached anyone the same. It challenged my ideas about exercise and gave me plenty more to consider. #grateful #changedmylife #forever” –Mark Guandolo, Hollywood, FL
"I feel like after 26 years in the industry that I'm just starting to scratch the surface"
“After having just finished the first two RTS Mastery Modules, I just want to thank you. The material and delivery are incredible. I've always been passionate about fitness and helping others, and this course has amped things up to a new level (and I feel like after 26 years in the industry that I'm just starting to scratch the surface). I'm planning on taking the final 3 modules in early 2016. All the best!” -Jeff Hirst
"The course is truly life changing."
“Thanks for putting together the RTSm course and continuing to refine it. I always walk away with a greater understanding of the material (usually the stuff I thought I knew). The course is truly life changing. Looking forward to further exploration of equipment/external force analysis. Thanks again!” -Ben Silver, Boston, MA
"The RTSm program is hands down the leader and only one teaching the mechanics of the tools of our trade and more importantly how to create exercise."
“Over the years, with the original NASM and now RTS, the education you have taught me has been tremendous. The RTSm program is hands down the leader and only one teaching the mechanics of the tools of our trade and more importantly how to create exercise. I greatly appreciate your time, effort, and passion, not to mention the sacrifices you have made for this program to be what it is today. I've been around to see it grow from the original NASM to RTSL, RTSP, (with CREA) to RTS 123 to RTSM and soon the creation of IPS, it is awesome! I'm looking forward to continuing with RTS and whatever you offer. Thanks again! You have made this all possible.” -Michael Silva, Boston, MA
"The knowledge and the tools ...totally separated me from the pack in my profession."
“I attended both RTS Lecture and Practical when they were held at Cal State Fullerton in 2000. I was a Personal Training Manager for Club One at that time, then became a Regional Director. The knowledge and the tools Tom gave me totally separated me from the pack in my profession. RTS is a game changer.” - Chan Gannaway, Fort Lauderdale, FL
"The RTS program is a must for anyone using exercise as a tool to help people reach and maintain their wellness goals.”
“As a career health and fitness professional certified by The American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and Clinical Exercise Specialist I was working hard every day to help my clients achieve the goals they hired me to help them reach. I am an avid continuing education participant and have been attending IDEA continuing education courses for over 15 years. I must say that the dizzying array of educational offerings, training perspectives, science and pseudo-science programs, and all too often conflicting information about how best to work with my clients left me confused and often doubting my skills. I simply wanted to meet my client where they were, safely progress them to where they wanted to be and actually have them enjoy the experience along the way! The confusing and conflicting advice and literature available to me through the various educational venues gave me bits and pieces but there was still a huge void: my clients had orthopedic and neuromuscular issues that impaired the process of their fitness program or were actually a product of the exercise programming! In seeking to reconcile these problems I found no one that could really direct me in a way to think through the complicated issues of working with human anatomical and physiological challenges, until I ran into the Resistance Training Specialist Programs. Up until then I simply was handed protocols and general procedures from individuals and companies promising amazing results. Sometimes they worked, most of the time - not really. The RTS program solved the problem for me. Its focus on scientific principles found in physics, anatomy, and engineering disciplines provided me a foundation of solid principles from which to base my analysis, decision making and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. No more confusion and doubt. The level of service I can provide my clients and the benefit to their short and long term health status is incredible. My practice is busy and my retention is higher than ever. The RTS program is a must for anyone using exercise as a tool to help people reach and maintain their wellness goals.” -Greg Mack, CES, 2003 IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year
"It was an awesome experience and such a great group of people."
“Tom, I just wanted to thank you again for all the incredible information you laid before me through RTS. It was an awesome experience and such a great group of people. Everyone was so helpful and considerate of me and made me feel like I was meant to be there. Yes, I was a bit overwhelmed, but excited to again have the flame burning inside me. The challenge before me now is to slowly process the information and find ways to work it into my personal training business. You have a wonderful way with all your students and should be commended on your ability to make all feel welcome and important. I look forward to my return soon, but in the meantime I will continue to study and apply that knowledge to better my abilities as a RTS practitioner. I wish you the best and thank you for once again enlightening my journey.” -Leigh Hawkins, Charlotte, NC
“RTS Education has opened doors I never thought possible. I have gone from being employed as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor in corporate clubs, to owning and operating two successful businesses. The RTS thought process has changed the lives for many of my special population and general population clients and has put me into a position where over 50% of my client base consists of athletes from the NFL, MLB and NHL. The tools have made me excited to go to work every day because of the posibilities and it has taken my income level to triple digits. Every day is a learning experience with the RTS ... How exciting is that!” -Lynn Olcott, RTSm, MATCS, CPFT, Tampa, FL
"...The way that I think and approach not just training clients ...has been challenged drastically..."
"Thanks again for everything you have put into RTS and the experience created during my five weekends there. Not sure if I'll end up attempting to take the test or not, even though I'd eventually like to, it’s not as important to me as what I have walked away with, regardless of having that official credential or not. The way that I think and approach not just training clients, but also other areas of life has been challenged drastically, which has made me better and will continue to. Not sure how often you get to hear these kinds of things from your students, but the experience meant a lot to me and I wanted to share that with you. Conversing about my experience at RTSm with a fellow trainer who is similar to me:
“Basically 99.9% of things in our industry are without thought or intention behind them, without anything specific to the individual’s structure or thresholds... and more so about entertainment, the trainer's own preferences and a lack of curiosity about how things work and why they work. And that we have all been conditioned and biased to fall into that same category unless we continuously take actions and steps not to. That is my take away from 5 weekends of RTSm.”
Thanks for exposing us to the illusion that we "know" what we are doing, our propensity for auto-pilot, and the challenge to never stop thinking and wrap our heads around this thing known as "the client"." -Aaron Feldman
"...you have to have an extraordinary base of knowledge on how to control the environment and make objective decisions for subjective beings..."
“The one place where we shouldn't get "hurt" by physical movement is the gym. It’s one place where we should be able to control the physical environment, i.e., how much, how long, how often, how well… is the gym. But you have to have an extraordinary base of knowledge on how to control the environment and make objective decisions for subjective beings …RTS” -Shawn True, Chicago, IL
"I do not know how to explain it but I feel like I have a new sight or different way to recognize things. "
“I am very glad you are in my life. You helped me so many ways. I simply amazed what you create for RTS and you never stop progress. RTS helped me a lot. (I am sure without RTS I could not achieve MAT master level.) I do not know how to explain it but I feel like I have a new sight or different way to recognize things. Such as in the next morning someone felt a bit different from yesterday after having sex in the first time. New Experience, I felt good. This is never ending journey so stay with me please?” -Toshi Toyoda, Tokyo, Japan