WHAT IS CMFA ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONS?
This 8-week, online course is designed for the rehabilitation provider looking to work with the CrossFit athlete/functional fitness athlete (Orange Theory, FitBody Boot Camp, etc.), powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, bodybuilder, or recreational gym go'er. Whether you have never worked with these populations, work with them on a regular basis, or hope to work with them in the future, this course is designed for you. Clinicians will learn the foundational movement patterns shared across these training methodologies, points of performance, faults, and coaching cues to improve these movement. In addition, common clinical patterns will be shared as well as ways to assess in the clinic when coaching isn't getting the job done in the gym. Research will be shared that supports the use of heavier lifting & high intensity exercise in the clinic to help patients already active in the gym or facilitate others towards a more fitness forward lifestyle.
All content (videos, resources, etc.) is delivered through our online learning platform with discussion facilitated through a private Facebook page. Live video conference calls take place Monday evenings at 8 PM EST to discuss each week's content and dive deeper into the material. Attendance at the Monday sessions is certainly encouraged however all sessions are recorded and made available to be viewed whenever is convenient for the learner. At no point throughout the class is it mandatory that you are available at a set time, so there should be minimal interruption to your work and life schedule. For those that cannot attend live, a Google Doc is available for Q&A to be answered at the online meetings. Students can expect to need to dedicate 2 hours per week to class between lecture & homework.
- Week 1 - Introduction to loading
- Homework: the front squat
- Week 2 - Squat science
- Homework: the back squat
- Week 3 - Deadlift science
- Homework: the deadlift
- Week 4 - Metabolic conditioning
- Homework: CrossFit METCON
- Mid-term exam
- Week 5 - Nutrition, sleep, and recovery
- Homework: The strict press & push press
- Week 6 - Long-term effects of loading
- Homework: The pull-up
- Week 7 - Load for all populations
- Homework: The overhead squat
- Week 8 - Introduction to programming
- Homework: the rEMOM
- Final exam
- Understand the current state of functional fitness as a training methodology
- Understand why and how functional movements relate to different populations
- Understand concepts of tissue capacity and load management as it relates to the fitness athlete
- Understand the foundational movements commonly found in functional fitness training
- Develop a framework for observing, analyzing, assessing, and correcting the foundational movement patterns
- Develop strategies for coaching, cueing, and correcting movement efficiency
- Understand how to program accessory movements based on perceived limitations
Our online courses require active participation to be awarded credit which may include reading, homework assignments, and quizzes. We do not allow students to “drop back” to preceding cohorts due to inability to complete work assigned except under extraordinary circumstances. ICE faculty have the final decision in allowing a “drop back” but students are only allowed one “drop back” per course. Failure to complete the course on your 2nd attempt will not yield CEU credit.