Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Live Video
Online Quiz
Recorded Video
CEC Credits: ACE 0.2 CECs

Unlock your clients’ potential with a superior strength framework 

In the health and fitness world, “strength” is often given a narrow definition, which is typically limited to force production in the sagittal plane from a symmetrical viewpoint. While this works fine in the weight room, it often has little transfer to life, sport, and most activities outside the gym.

Led by Michol Dalcourt, internationally recognized industry leader and founder of the renowned Institute of Motion (IoM), this course explores a more inclusive definition of strength, which includes the many different ways we can generate force. Defined here as Odd Position Strength Training (OPST), this broader approach to fitness takes into account uncommon loading patterns, including how these affect the body, how to properly engage these patterns, and what outcomes and adaptations to expect from this type of exposure.

By understanding the theory and practical application of OPST, you’ll be empowered to incorporate it into your programming in a systematic and progressive way. At the end of this course, you’ll have a firm grasp of why this type of strength training is so important and how to start unlocking your clients’ unlimited potential for both strength and resilience.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish ‘good form’ from ‘bad form’ in OPST
  • Begin and progress OPST and understand why it’s vital for adaptation and performance gains 
  • Understand the biomechanical benefits of pre-stress and shape stability in strength outcomes 
  • Incorporate odd position lifts and shifts into a balanced program


The theories and thought processes that were discussed are similar how I think and they represent my specific passion in regards to healthy athletic exercise. Everything made sense and it gave me great new ideas.