FMA Strength Coach Certification

For trainers looking to up their game and bridge the gap between
rehabilitation and strength & conditioning!


FMA is unapologetically changing
the course of personal training


Why?
Because somewhere along the line the entire PT industry went horribly wrong
I mean it.
The average PT today is undertrained, underpaid and overworked


BUT IT GETS WORSE.  

The PT industry as a profession is held in very low regard. I am serious. For the past 20+ years i have traveled the world lecturing and met some of the greatest minds in rehabilitation and strength & conditioning. During this time i have asked 100+ experts for their take on the PT industry. The consensus will shock you.

“The PT industry is poorly regulated with such a low barrier to entry the PT profession cannot be taken seriously”

I bet no one told you this when you signed up to become a PT, right? But heres the deal. It doesn't have to be this way. You don't need to be a PT that is undertrained, underpaid and overworked. You don't need to be a PT that is not taken seriously. Like I mentioned at the start. FMA is unapologetically changing the course of personal training and you’re invited to join us! It works like this. FMA is creating a whole new level of trainer. A trainer with the unique skill set to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and S&C. A trainer that can step out of the saturated PT industry and fill a unique position in the market. A GO-TO trainer that clients want, need and SEEK OUT!

Sounds cool right? But heres the thing. This is not a cookie cutter approach. To become this new level of trainer requires hard work and a
‘lets get sh#t done’ attitude. To become this new level of trainer means going ALL IN and not taking a backward step until you have mastered the tools of your craft. So now for the important question. Will you join us or stay where you are?


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

It is a compendium of tried and proven methods skillfully crafted from:


  • 20+ years of research and development
  • 100+ experts in rehabilitation and S&C consulted
  • The Mechanics of Weightlifting

    This online course (3.5 hours) is the prerequisite to FMA Level 1.
    Enjoy module 1 for FREE before upgrading your account and purchasing the full prerequisite pack

    FREE Access (3-days)

    FMA 1 Prerequisite Pack

FOUNDATION
PRINCIPLES

In musculoskeletal rehabilitation
and strength & conditioning
that have immediate application
to personal training

FMA 1 Strength Coach. FMA 2 Strength Coach. FMA 3 Strength Coach.
Foundation Training Methodology. Intermediate Training Methodology. Advanced Training Methodology.
Troubleshooting
Individual Differences.
Troubleshooting
Lift-Related Injuries.
Troubleshooting
Sports-Related Injuries.

This 2-day intensive will take you deep into the art and science of lifting to teach you:

  • How to qualify a client/athlete for lift selection
  • How to perform a lift-specific assessment and manage the benefit to risk of training
  • How to manage the stress-recovery-adaptation cycle for novice lifters
  • How to troubleshoot nutrition and get the basics right
  • How to navigate the minefield of program design and troubleshoot individual differences

  • BONUS CONTENT...

    Hack #1 (Physiotherapy 80-20)
  • Heavy Band Mobilizations (HBM™) for joint restrictions
  • Compression Band Mobilizations (CBM™) for soft tissue restrictions

Hattie Boydle

WBFF Pro Fitness Model World Champion
& Performance Coach

“I love FMA. It is one of the few courses I recommend to other trainers looking to up-skill. These courses really deliver on their promise and I challenge you to find a more complete certification!”


Bret Contreras

PhD in Sport Science, International Lecturer & T-Nation Author

“Mark is a great teacher and a great presenter I totally endorse FMA and happy to give it a shout out!”

INTERMEDIATE
PRINCIPLES

In musculoskeletal rehabilitation
and strength & conditioning
that have immediate application
to personal training

FMA 1 Strength Coach. FMA 2 Strength Coach. FMA 3 Strength Coach.
Foundation Training Methodology. Intermediate Training Methodology. Advanced Training Methodology.
Troubleshooting
Individual Differences.
Troubleshooting
Lift-Related Injuries.
Troubleshooting
Sports-Related Injuries.

This 3-day intensive is where brains and brawn collide to teach trainers how to:

  • Troubleshoot lift-specific weaknesses that plateau results and lead to injury
  • Troubleshoot lift-related injuries and manage the benefit to risk of training
    1. Shoulder injury with best practice guidelines for intervention
    2. Back injury (+ disc pathology) with best practice guidelines for intervention
    3. Knee injury with best practice guidelines for intervention
  • Manage the stress-recovery-adaptation cycle for intermediate lifters
  • Navigate the minefield of program design and troubleshoot the rehabilitation and strength & conditioning phases of intermediate training.

  • BONUS CONTENT...

    Hack #2 (Physiotherapy 80-20)
  • Advancing HBM™ to manual therapy techniques for joint restrictions
  • Advancing CBM™ to manual therapy techniques for soft tissue restrictions

Amanda Brown

“The Queen of Lean” Powerlifter, Personal Trainer & Gym owner

“I'm a huge fan of FMA! The courses rock, the team rocks and becoming FMA certified will be one of the best investments you can make in your professional development”


Paul Chek

Founder of the Chek Institute

“Mark is one of my original presenters from NZ. Mark is very talented & he has made a unique niche for himself by integrating sound orthopedic principles into high performance strength training & preparing effectively for common strength lifts”.

ADVANCED
PRINCIPLES

In musculoskeletal rehabilitation
and strength & conditioning
that have immediate application
to personal training

FMA 1 Strength Coach. FMA 2 Strength Coach. FMA 3 Strength Coach.
Foundation Training Methodology. Intermediate Training Methodology. Advanced Training Methodology.
Troubleshooting
Individual Differences.
Troubleshooting
Lift-Related Injuries.
Troubleshooting
Sports-Related Injuries.

This 3-day intensive is where old school and new school collide to teach trainers how to:

  • Identify the role of strength in sport and manage the benefit to risk of training
    1. Lift selection based on target sports skill (A > B > C)
    2. Training based on target sports skill (time + non time dependent situations)
  • Apply contrast and reactive training methods to develop special strengths
    1. How to accommodate the strength curve
    2. How to overcome the limitations of the force-velocity curve
  • Manage the stress-recovery-adaptation cycle for advanced lifters
    1. Practical guidelines to prevent accommodation to training stress
    2. Practical guidelines on autoregulating training and fatigue management
  • Navigate the minefield of program design and troubleshoot the rehabilitation and strength & conditioning phases of advanced training.

  • BONUS CONTENT...

    Hack #3 (Physiotherapy 80-20)
  • Troubleshoot sports-related injuries with best practice guidelines for training

Julia Ladewski

Powerlifter, Lecturer & T-Nation Author

“With the big lifts comes big responsibility. FMA teaches trainers how to step up and meet this responsibility”


Sebastian Oreb

Australian Powerlifter and Strength Coach

“This course is the REAL THING. Every personal trainer and crossfit trainer serious about getting people strong needs to do FMA!”

Absolutely! The FMA certification is all about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and S&C.

Practitioners currently working in the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation -the added tools you will gain from this certification will be invaluable to your work. For example… When dealing with client/athlete injury (non traumatic in nature) we need to troubleshoot three important areas:

  1. Symptoms
  2. Source of symptoms
  3. Cause and contributing factors

Practitioners working in the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation are very competent troubleshooting areas (1) and (2), but unfortunately many fall short in area (3). In order to troubleshoot (3) you need to understand the mechanics of each lift and/or sporting movement and identify the positional and technique faults that are often the missed etiology of injury.

This certification will take you deep into (3) and give you the tools needed to truly position yourself as a practitioner that can bridge the gap between rehab and S&C.

In some countries manual therapy techniques are beyond a PT’s scope of practice

It is the responsibility of each trainer to find out what they must do (in their country) to be licensed to use these manual therapy techniques on the client/athletes they train



We strongly recommend you get this sorted asap as what we teach in the manual therapy section of FMA 2-3 is the ‘secret sauce’ that will really separate you from all the other trainers!


After each course you will receive a certificate of completion.

On completion of the whole program (FMA 1-3) you will be tested and all successful students will become certified as an FMA Strength Coach.

Once certified you will receive a certification badge.

The badge is designed so your accomplishment can be displayed on your website, email signature and anywhere else online that you choose.

Students that have completed FMA 1-3 with certification are eligible to join the FMA teaching faculty.

More information on the selection process will be give to students during FMA 1.

On completion of each level students can register and join the coaches community.

This is a closed group that is dedicated to the ongoing support and development of FMA students.

The coaches community is ideal for students that are serious about becoming certified and prepared to put in the extra work to get their knowledge and skill set on point.

The coaches community will provide a strong social network and facilitate learning through case study reviews, Q/A and live webinars

The coaches community will also provide students with a more direct link to Mark Buckley and other members of the FMA teaching faculty

More information on the coaches community will be given to students during FMA 1

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For more information please contact:

info@fmastrengthcoach.com

FMA New Zealand

FMA Dominican Republic

FMA Dubai

Mark Buckley is best known for achieving what many experts in the fitness industry thought was impossible...


The amalgamation between the specialized fields of orthopedic rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and personal training. As the head of musculoskeletal rehabilitation at the Lower Hutt Hospital in New Zealand, Senior Faculty member of the C.H.E.K Institute, a consultant to professional athletes and sports teams around the world (including the All Blacks) and as the owner of a commercial gym in New Zealand, Mark acquired the unique skill set that allowed him to develop the FMA Strength Institute.

The FMA Strength Institute has become one of the most sought after certifications in Australia and is known for producing trainers of the highest caliber worldwide.

Due to the success of the FMA Strength Institute Mark has been invited to lecture in New Zealand, USA, Canada, Kuwait, Japan, China, Dubai, UK, Sweden and Mexico.

Mark is a key presenter at several fitness conferences around the world and is an education provider for large gym franchises such as Les Mills, in New Zealand, Fitness First and Fit and Fast in Australia