Muscle System Specialist Course – Online

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Elevate your entire career and method in this one course! The Muscle System Specialist is the foundational course for Exercise Professional Education. Founder and personal instructor Greg Mack dives into every step of the physical trainer’s work cycle, including:

  1. Finding the right clients to train,
  2. Comparing training locations and choosing the space that fits your needs,
  3. Session and treatment planning for each unique client, and
  4. Developing a supportive, lifelong relationship managing that person’s exercise and muscle system health.

Revolutionize your entire approach to exercise science in these 108 hours of info-rich online video content, recorded in-classroom with Greg. There simply is no other course that covers everything you need to know about fitness training like this. Grow your business and become a true exercise science expert

Course Objectives & Goals

  1. The graduates of the program will understand their standard of care/scope of practice and role responsibilities and how to communicate these effectively to consumers of Muscle Health and Exercise services and their community at large.
  1. The graduates of the program will understand the dynamics of selling Muscle Health and Exercise services to individuals and conduct a professional initial consultation leading to a clear decision on whether Muscle Health and Exercise services are appropriate.
  1. The graduates of the program will understand and apply appropriate legal disclosures and informed consents prior to providing Muscle Health and Exercise demonstrations or services.
  1. The graduates of the program will provide and interpret an appropriate and comprehensive pre-Muscle Health and Exercise session screening questionnaire.
  1. The graduates of the program will be able to generate communication via, phone, email, and letter to health care professionals associated with a client, writing narratives and obtaining medical clearance when necessary.
  1. The graduates of the program will be able to effectively document their initial assessment of a client.
  1. The graduates of the program will learn to estimate the Allostatic Load of a client prior to performing an Assessment of Limb/Trunk Motion and subsequent Muscle Health and Exercise assessment techniques.
  1. The graduates of the program will learn to analyze and collate assessment data to determine the client plan.
  1. The graduates of the program will be able to present their assessment findings and defend their rationale for the client plan objectives and goals.
  1. The graduates of the program will be able to educate a client about Muscle Health and Exercise principles and procedures relevant to the individual needs of the client.
  1. The graduates of the program will be able to document their daily sessions.


Sections 1 through 12

1-01 – Program Introduction and Orientation

1-02 – Selling Muscle Health and Exercise Services

1-03 – First Contact Strategies

1-04 – Conducting the Initial Consultation

Sections 13 through 14

2-01 – Sales System Review and Documentation of Initial Consultation

2-02 – Assessment Philosophy and Methodology

2-03 – Performing the Initial (Phase 1) Intake Assessment and Collecting Client Data

Sections 15-19

3-01 – Conducting an Analysis of Intake Data

3-02 – Writing the Client Plan Objectives and Goals

3-03 – Writing Communicative Narratives

3-04 – Conducting the Client Education and Report of Findings

3-05 – Administering the First Session and Using the Daily Note

3-06 – Introduction to Intra and Inter-Session Decision Making

Sections 20 through 22

4-01 – Performing a Phase 2 Assessment

4-02 – Conducting an Analysis of Phase 2 Data

4-03 – Writing the Client Plan Objectives and Goals

4-04 – Writing Communicative Narratives

4-05 – Conducting the Client Education and Report of Findings

4-06 – Administering the First Session and Using the Daily Note

Sections 23 through 24

5-01 Making It Work and Controlling Professional Behaviors Necessary for Success

5-02 – Comprehensive Program Review

5-03 – Post Assessment Procedures

5-04 – Mobility/Stability Profile Analysis and Real-Time Decision Making

5-05 – Open Question-Answer Discourse and Exploration of Key Concepts

The practical portion of this course includes 3 hours of supervision with a qualified MSS Instructor. Your course fee includes this practical experience.

The practical portion is mandatory and must be scheduled as soon as possible following completion of the course. If you can not reasonably make arrangements to meet with an approved instructor then a series of Zoom meetings will be scheduled where you will need to find a subject to work with while the instructor observes and guides the practical experience, This is not ideal as the practical skills are technical and nuanced and really require in-person observation and coaching, but we will accommodate as much as possible.

Here is a list of the approved instructors and their locations (you will need to contact the one of your choosing to set the practical date and time):

Greg Mack – – Columbus Ohio

Charlie Rowe – – Columbus, Ohio

Lance White – – Toronto, Canada

Dominick Nusdeu – – Houston, Texas

Jason Weitzner – – Naples, Florida

Curtis Van Wyck – – Bothell, Washington

Andrew Hoppert – – Glendale, Wisconsin

Brandon O’Connor – – Austin, Texas

Tim Livingston – – Shelton, Connecticut

Hope Gaston – – San Diego, California

Course Dates, Times, & Locations

This course is performed as a cohort with the next start date on August 7, 2024, at 3:00 pm EST.

Students meet weekly with a course facilitator to review the course content progressively over a consecutive 20-week period. (Unless otherwise indicated – See Calendar for Specific Dates and Times for the next course offerings).

The dates for the next cohorts will be (all start at 3:00 pm EDT and last for 60 minutes)

August 7

August 14

August 21

August 28

September 4

September 11

September 18

September 25

October 2

October 9

October 16

October 23

October 30

November 6

November 13

November 20

November 27

December 4

December 11

December 18


About The Instructor

Greg Mack (ACE-CMES, ACE-CPT) has taught courses for several industry education companies on topics ranging from functional musculoskeletal anatomy, manual muscle testing, biomechanics, selling philosophy and methodology, physical assessment, decision-making, and science-based methodologies in muscle and motor control assessment and data interpretation. He has written articles as well as published in IDEA Personal Trainer Magazine, American Fitness Quarterly, Body Conditioning Magazine, IDEA Health and Fitness Source Magazine, and The American Journal of Medicine and Sports.

He achieved the “Master Level” designation as a personal fitness professional from IDEA ( Greg received the IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year Award for the year 2003 and was the Chairman of the IDEA Personal Trainer Committee, an influential body steering important issues related to fitness professionals.

Course Pre-Requisites & Other Important Info

The online course will be done with a cohort group and a specified start and stop date with 20 weekly review and progress meetings facilitated by a qualified instructor.

All workbook material for the course is provided via PDF files for each section.

Once you have completed the coursework you will continue to have access to the online platform for an additional year.

View the course pre-requisites and other important course information:

MSS Course Pre-Requisites 5.8.21

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