Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Live Video
Online Quiz
Recorded Video
CEC Credits: ACE 0.2 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 2.0 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

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
2.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637


A 5 star course. This was an outstanding course. very applicable. It empowers you as a professional!

Completely applicable for my clientele - athletes through active agers. The regressions and progressions given were helpful, and I plan to use this information in all of my classes. thank you!

I did not enjoy this course. There is SO MUCH JARGON that it hinders the presenter's ability to give actual actionable information. The reliance on scientifically specific words really overwhelms any of the practical information or application. Part 2 is basically just an advertisement for the ViPR Pro. I coach strongman and collegiate athletics and was hoping to learn some movements to help my athletes, but there are ZERO examples that don't include the (very expensive) ViPR Pro. After 2 hours, I have maybe 2 actionable takeaways that I can actually use with my clients. As someone who works in a sport that's literal definition is moving odd objects, I was super disappointed in this course.