Lower Extremity Assessment and Program Design Certificate

by Leslee Bender, Lauren Shroyer, MS, ATC, Fabio Comana, MA, MS, Abbie Appel, Pete McCall, MS, Rocky Snyder and Pete Holman

Earn up to 11 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, NFPT, WITS and more!

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Lower-extremity disorders and dysfunctions can wreak havoc on a client’s performance and fitness goals. In the past decade, chronic injury rates have risen 4%, so it’s vital to correctly assess clients and teach proper form and movement patterns. Truly, it’s the first step in effectively coaching our clients.

This six-part certificate program provides you with evidence-based techniques to balance the kinetic chain for function, decrease injuries and improve your clients’ overall movement patterns.

Program Highlights:

  • Implement exercises that can authentically translate to daily activities.
  • Describe lower-body integrated biomechanics for optimum function.
  • Apply the five steps of successful program design for clients with lower-body movement dysfunction.
  • Perform and cue exercises that improve movement efficiency in clients who have lower-body movement dysfunction.
  • Develop passive and active assessment skills to identify base-level movement and strength dysfunction.
  • Devise basic programming geared toward correcting hip strength, balance and flexibility dysfunction.
  • Describe the stability–mobility relationship throughout the lower extremities.
  • Identify dysfunctional movement patterns within the lower extremities.
  • Demonstrate how to perform safe, effective exercise techniques for optimal development of the hip extensor muscles.
  • Provide effective coaching and cuing strategies to help clients emphasize ideal movement efficiency from the hips.
  • Outline 10 movements that aid in screening the quality of gait mechanics.
  • Create programs that address the missing components of a client’s gait mechanics and postural misalignments.
  • Apply a selection of exercises that can improve performance, while reevaluating exercises that hinder performance.

The Lower-Extremity Assessment and Program Design Certificate includes:

  • Six engaging and interactive video courses (a $360 value!).
  • Up to 11 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, NFPT, WITS and more.

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Course Procedure

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. View the course content.
  3. Take the test. (You must score 80% to pass. If you do not pass, you may retake the test.)
  4. Print your certificate of completion.

Course Content

Correct the Psoas Gluteus Imbalance
The Hip Bone Is Connected to the First Metatarsal: Corrective Exercise for the Kinetic Chain
Lower-Extremity Mechanics and Techniques
Glute Reboot
Gait-Based Movement Screening
From The Hip

About the Author

Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender IDEA Author/Presenter

Leslee Bender is the creator of the Bender Method of training. A graduate of the Graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science, Leslee’s functional techniques benefit athletes as well as everyday people who want to achieve optimal health and fitness while preventing injury. Leslee is best known for the 2007 Bender Ball Fitness Infomercial and has filmed over 20 DVDs. She presents to trainers internationally, focusing on the analysis of movement and offering certifications in the Barre Above method, which she co-created with Tricia Murphy Madden. She also is an educator for NASM, Real Ryder, and Club Pilates. Leslee lives in Orlando and offers personal training to Central Florida clients. She currently is the fitness adviser of Club True Barre as well as the co-creator and education director for True Bar Fitness systems. In her free time, she water-skis on Lake Hiawassee.

Lauren Shroyer, MS, ATC

Lauren Shroyer, MS, ATC IDEA Author/Presenter

Lauren Shroyer, MS, is the director of product development at ACE, where she oversees the ongoing development of ACE certification study programs and continuing education courses. Lauren has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years as a certified athletic trainer with proven success and a wide range of experience. In her practice today, Lauren specializes in the rehabilitative exercise of athletes with chronic overuse injuries, helping athletes of all ages return to the sports and activities they love.

Fabio Comana, MA, MS

Fabio Comana, MA, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Faculty Instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and faculty in Exercise Science and Nutrition at San Diego State University. Fabio was an exercise physiologist and certification manager for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) where he, during his tenure, was the original creator of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model™ and lead developer of their live personal training educational workshops. His previous experiences include collegiate head coaching; strength and conditioning coaching; and opening and managing health clubs for Club One. As a national and international presenter, he is frequently featured on television, radio, internet, and in print publications. He authored chapters in various textbooks and publications, and is presently authoring upcoming academic and consumer books.

Abbie Appel

Abbie Appel IDEA Author/Presenter

Abbie Appel is an international fitness educator with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. In addition to being a motivational speaker and consultant for Resist-A-Ball® and the Pilates Institute of America, Abbie has designed workouts and contributed material for videos, magazines and journals such as Self, Prevention and IDEA Fitness Journal. Certifications: ACE, AFAA and NASM Education provider for: ACE and AFAA

Pete McCall, MS

Pete McCall, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Fitness is all about having the energy and vitality to do what you want to do when you want to do it. Whether you want to add lean muscle mass, compete in an obstacle course race, earn that next pro contract or play with your kids (or grandkids) exercise can help you enjoy your life to the fullest and my role as a personal trainer is to help you achieve that potential. As the National Director of Fitness Education for EoS Fitness, a nationwide chain of High-Value, Low-Price health clubs, the host of the All About Fitness podcast, blogger (for a variety of fitness companies), public speaker and author my goal is to produce content that can help you learn how to use exercise to enhance your quality of life. As the Director of Education for a rapidly growing health club chain my goal is to prepare our fitness team to be able to meet your needs and promote the benefits of exercise for EVERY body. If your goal is to use exercise to enhance your life and you're in one of the markets that EoS serves, then please join us so that we can help you to improve your life through exercise.

Rocky Snyder

Rocky Snyder IDEA Author/Presenter

Rocky Snyder is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and is Certified in Applied Functional Science. He is a master trainer with 25 years of professional experience. Rocky is also a published author of three conditioning books on adventure sports. His fourth book, "Return to Center: Strength Training to Re-Align the Body, Recover from Pain, and Achieve Optimal Performance" will be available summer 2019. Rocky specializes in gait analysis, chronic and acute pain alleviation, and posture re-alignment for general populations to professional and Olympic athletes. Aside from operating his studio in Santa Cruz, California for over 20 years, he also creates and coordinates over 30 fitness classes for the local rehabilitation hospital each month.

Pete Holman

Pete Holman IDEA Author/Presenter

I am Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and US National TaeKwon-Do champion and team captain. I invented the TRX Rip Trainer and the adjunct 8 hour CEU cours. My latest invention is the Nautilus Glute Drive (the first ever plate loaded Hip Thrust machine on the market.) The combination of understanding rehabilitative medicine and sports performance training has given me a unique perspective on the physical and mental components of human movement. I have enjoyed working with professional athletes from the NFL, X-Games, MLB, UFC, and Extreme Skiing World Championships; however, I pride myself on tapping into the natural athlete in us all.

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