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Nick Tumminello: Movement Prescription Assessment (MPA) and Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE) Certificates


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Nick Tumminello: 2 Certificates in 1 weekend

4th-5th April 2020 (temporarily postponed. New date coming soon)

4th April: Movement Prescription Assessment (MPA) Certificates

5th April: Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE)


LIFT Gyms, Edinburgh, UK

1 Certificate: £265 (£305 after 23rd March)

2 Certificate: £380 (£420 after 23rd March)

Nick Tumminello has become known as the “Trainer of Trainers” for his ability to provide simple, honest, and immediately applicable solutions to common problems fitness professionals face.

He has worked with a variety of clients, from NFL athletes and professional MMA fighters to bodybuilders and figure models to everyday fitness enthusiasts. Nick is the 2016 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year, and the editor-in-chief of the NSCA Personal Training Quarterly journal. He’s the author of three books, and the creator the NT Loop bands.

When the best coaches and organizations in the fitness industry want proven, research-backed information, Nick is their trusted resource.

“The trainer of trainers”

4th April: Movement Prescription Assessment (MPA) Certificate


One of the biggest mistakes personal trainers make is trying to fit the individual to the exercise instead of fitting the exercise to the individual.

Put simply, bodies vary, and people should not do the same exercises in the same manner.

All of us need to perform the main, Functional Movement Patterns of Pushing, Pulling, Knee Bend, Hip Hinge and Rotation; however, it’s unrealistic to expect people with different skeletal frameworks, body proportions, and injury histories to perform them in the same way.

Because of these individual variations in the ways that humans move, no given exercise can exactly match everyone’s movements. So, personal trainers must know how to choose the particular exercise variations of the main functional movement patterns that best fit how each individual client or athlete moves.

The Movement Prescription Assessment (MPA) is a simple system for determining which pushing, pulling, knee bend, hip hinge and rotational lifting movement variations best fit your clients and athletes, and which lifts they should avoid.

Exercises are general, but exercisers are individual. An individualized program isn’t just about what exercises you do and how you do them; it’s also about what exercises you don’t do based on your client’s individual structure, current ability and medical profile.

The MPA  is a tool for quickly analyzing relevant lifting movement competency and readiness in order to individualize exercise selection and optimize exercise prescription.

The MPA consists of 15 movements used to easily assess each individual in order to find a safe, pain-free and individualized starting point and training direction.

You’ll know how to

• Analyze relevant movements to determine what exercises are right (and wrong) for each person.

• Determine the best lifting movements to use as a starting point with new clients.

• Identify what lifting movement variations to de-select based on individual readiness.

• Utilize joint friendly strength training protocols to immediately get people lifting without of pain.

• Provide more biomechanically effective or anatomically accurate programs.

• Find a safer and more individualized training direction.

• Fix the majority of movement dysfunctions with a simple and smarter movement prescription system.

• Assess on the fly.

• Assess in a group training setting.

• Get a better baseline of abilities during the first session.

You can, and should, be discerning about which exercises you use with your clients, and why you don’t do others. Why? Because it’s their hard-earned money, valuable time and health on the line. Plus,  by being more discerning on the front end, you’ll increase the chances that you’ll have more success with everyone end up working with. That will ensure you have more happy clients, get more referrals, and make more money in the long run.


How Is the MPA Different than Other Assessment Procedures?

 Since the most effective programs are the ones the prioritize the main, functional lifting movements of Pushing, Pulling, Knee Bend, Hip Hinge and Rotation; the most useful assessment information comes from assessing those same movements.

While you may be assessing other types of movements by using other procedures, you’re still left guessing which variations of the main, functional lifting movements best fit each person you train. In other words, without a comprehensive system for assessing the main, functional lifting movements, you still don’t have a good baseline to inform you on where to start your clients and athletes with safe and individualized strength training path.

This is why the Movement Prescription Assessment provides you with the most useful assessment data because it looks at the most relevant movements to a comprehensive strength training program.

This way you’re able to get enough actual strength and conditioning done to create the type of training effect needed to achieve the fitness, physique, or performance goals of your clients and athletes while also helping them feel better and move better.

We don’t need more exercises. We need better exercise prescription ability. Perform the right assessments and you’ll make the right exercise choices.


Outline and Schedule

The Missing Movement Assessments

1.1 Here are the results to 90% of your current assessments.

1.2 If the causes of dysfunction are so predictable, so is the fix!

1.3 What You Can Do vs. What You Can’t: Which is more important to assess?

1.4 The new rules of pain-free, individualized exercise prescription.

1.5 The best assessments are the ones that provide the most relevant data.

1.6 Assessing the main, functional lifting movements.

Training People with Pain and Injury: The Myths and Must Knows

2.1 This real-world aspect to training clients who have pain is crucial, but often ignored.

2.2 The Corrective Exercise Trap

2.3 Trainer Voodoo

2.3 Know how to eliminate unnecessary elements from your programs to optimize training time and effectiveness.

2.4 The AM/PM Pain Pattern: This simple question will tell you a lot about their pain and what to do about it.

2.5 How to asses on the fly in group settings with new, drop-in clients.

Get Them Moving Without Pain, Fast with Joint Friendly Strength Training Concepts

3.1 Simple, and practical movement solutions for the most common to the most challenging back, shoulder and knee joint problems.

3.2 The best lower-body exercises to build stronger legs with bad knees.

3.3 The best lower-body exercises to build stronger legs despite a bad back.

3.4 The best pushing exercises to work around shoulder issues.

Assessment Guidelines for Finding the Right Movement Prescription for Each Person

4.1 Lifting Movement Readiness Criteria: How do we know the client is ready to use a certain lifting movement regression or progression?

4.2 Awareness vs. Ability: You must know the difference to get relevant assessment data.

4.3 The Two C’s: They must demonstrate both on all exercises.

4.4 The three rules of individualized exercise prescription.

Top 7 Bodyweight Movement Assessments

5.1 Do we need to assess the overhead squat?

5.2 Can we add some load to any of these bodyweight assessments?

5.3 Squat Assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

5.4. Lunge Assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

5.5 Single Leg/ Cross-body Coordination: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

5.6 Push-Up Assessment (Even for people who can’t do push-ups): Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

5.7. Lateral Core Assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

5.8 Quadruped Spinal Awareness Assessment and Quick Correctives

Top 4 Resistance Band Exercise Assessments

6.1 The benefit of bands over cable for assessment purposes

6.2 Why these band assessments are performed standing.

6.3 Knowing what to look for in these band movement assessments gives you relevant data to inform programming beyond simply pushing and pulling movements.

6.3 Standing Pushing Assessment and Quick Correctives

6.4 Use this anti-rotation assessment and exercise that’s far better than the Pallof Press!

6.5 Standing Pulling Assessment and Quick Correctives

6.6 This band pulling assessment is really a sneaky spinal awareness assessment that gives you very valuable information on the client.

Top 4 Free-weight Exercise Assessments

7.1 Why we need to do some externally loaded assessments.

7.2 How to choose the appropriate amount of load for the assessment.

7.3 Hip Hinge assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

7.4 Pulling assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

7.5 Pushing assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

7.6 Rotational coordination: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives

Programming Your MPA Results

8.1 How to take care of most of common dysfunctions without getting caught in the corrective exercise trap.

8.2 The 123 Beginner Training Program System

8.3 What is the best way to use mobility exercises with beginners and new clients? It’s not as a warm-up!

8.4 The Best Mobility Exercises

8.5 A Real-World, 3-Phase Beginner Program!


5th April: Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE) Certificate


 The Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE) is an evaluation tool designed to identify strength asymmetries that can cause reduced performance and increased injury risk.

Designed around the main, functional movement patterns needed to have a better physical foundation to perform; The SSE consists of eight standardized strength tests for the lower-body, upper-body and core that determine and compare strength symmetry levels.

The Strength Symmetry Evaluation is easy to implement as a part of a workout, and provides immediate, real-world results that inform you and your clients on their current areas of strength imbalances that need to be improved. This helps you to optimize their programs by know the best unilateral exercises to prescribe in order to accurately address the areas they need strength in the most.

You’ll know how to

• Accurately evaluate strength symmetry levels in the upper-body, lower-body and core.

• Easily identify strength asymmetry with real-world results.

• Determine necessary unilateral exercises for each person.

• Select the best training volume for their weaker (and stronger) side.

• Improve strength symmetry within baseline cutoff standard.

• Identify areas where unilateral exercisers are more appropriate to prioritize.

• Better prescribe and utilize unilateral exercises based on individual evaluation performance.

• Design strength programs that specialize in your client’s needs.

Strength solves a lot of problems. Having better strength symmetry gives you a more adaptable body capable of performing at a higher level in any environment. An athlete’s ability to demonstrate strength symmetry within baseline can improve their performance and reduce injury risk.

Outline and Schedule

Strength Symmetry: Vital Concepts to Understand

1.1 The strength symmetry baseline ratio you need to be within to optimize performance and minimize injury risk.

1.2 The most recent and relevant research on strength imbalances.

1.3 Clarifying common myths and misunderstandings about strength asymmetries, and their impact on injury and performance.

1.4 Understand the role of Bilateral lifts and when they’re best utilized.

1.5 Understand the role of Unilateral lifts and when they’re best utilized.

1.6 Evaluating strength symmetry in the mandatory movements that are key to performance.

1.7 How to seamlessly integrate strength symmetry evaluations into your workouts instead of having formal testing days.

1.8 Who NOT to use the strength symmetry evaluation with.

1.9 The best time to use a strength symmetry evaluation.

SSE Guidelines and Scoring Criteria

2.1 Essential Testing Procedures: How to apply the SSE scoring criteria correctly for accurate testing results.

2.2 Testing technique vs. Training technique: The crucial differences

2.3 Proper range of motion for testing.

2.4 Proper loading and rep range for testing.

2.5 What to Test Before You Test: You must do this first before you start each strength symmetry evaluation.

2.6 The common mistakes to avoid when performing the strength symmetry evaluations.

Lower-body Strength Symmetry Evaluations

3.1 The 4 main lower-body strength asymmetry evaluations.

3.2 The 4 regressions for each evaluation to properly evaluate anyone.

3.3. The 2 best single-leg strength symmetry evaluations.

3.4 The 2 missing aspects of lower-body strength that you need to test and train for optimizing performance and reducing injury risk.

3.5 Double-duty evaluations that test mobility and strength symmetry.

3.6 How this popular glute training method is promoting a strength imbalance that increases risk of groin injury.

3.7 The glute strength symmetry test that also makes your glute training more effective as an exercise.

Core Strength Symmetry Evaluations

4.1 How strong is your core, really? These two tests will tell you if your core is strong, and which side is your weak link.

4.2 Lateral core strength symmetry evaluation

4.3 Rotational core strength symmetry evaluation

4.4 How to increase core stability in a more precise manner than ever before!

Upper-body Strength Symmetry Evaluations

5.1 The vertical/diagonal pushing strength symmetry evaluation

5.2 The vertical/diagonal pulling strength symmetry evaluation

5.3 Why you have to use this specific body position and range of motion in order to get accurate testing results.

5.4 What is the proper horizontal push to pull strength ratio?

5.5 The horizontal push-to-pull strength ration test.

SSE Programming Strategies for Optimizing Strength Symmetry

6.1 How to use the SSE results to be more precise with your exercise prescription and design more purpose-driven programs that provide both short-term gratification and long-term success.

6.2 SSE Programming principles for selecting the best exercises, and amount of sets and reps to correct strength asymmetries.

6.3 Getting Unilateral and Bilateral Lifts Right: Knowing when to prioritize which.

6.4 The best way to order exercises in a program to correct strength imbalances.

6.5 The ideal amount of sets to do in order to fix their strength asymmetries.

6.6 The best rep ranges to improve their weaknesses.

Best Exercises for Correcting Strength Asymmetries

7.1 The key lifting movement categories to choose exercises from each week in order to build an all-around stronger and more balanced body.

7.2 The must-know exercises for reliably improving and maintaining optimal levels of strength symmetry.

7.3 Top lower-body strength exercises

7.4 Top core strength exercises

7.5 Top upper-body strength exercises

Nick Tumminello: 2 Certificates in 1 weekend

4th April: Movement Prescription Assessment (MPA) Certificates

5th April: Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE) Certificates

LIFT Gyms, Edinburgh, UK

1 Certificates: £265 (£305 after 23rd March)

2 Certificates: £380 (£420 after 23rd March)



LIFT Gyms, 545-551 Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh EH11 3AR

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