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About this Course


This correspondence course contains a downloadable PDF manual, 21 streaming online videos and an online test.

CECs and CEUs: C.H.E.K Institute 15, ACE 2.4, BOC 30, NASM 1.9, NSCA 1.5, ISSA 16.0, ACSM 24.0, BCRPA 24, Cooper Inst 24, REPS UK 6.0, Fitness Australia 15

Scientific Core Conditioning is the most comprehensive, in-depth course available on this subject. Fully updated, with many new sections, assessment techniques and exercises, this course builds upon the framework of the hugely popular Scientific Abdominal Training. Expand your knowledge of the abdominal musculature and its biomechanical relationship to the entire kinetic chain, when applied to the prevention of back pain, maintenance of good posture and optimal sports performance.

In this course you will learn:

  • Functional anatomy
  • Support mechanisms provided by the abdominals
  • Why tongue position is crucial
  • How faulty abdominal training can create postural problems
  • How to assess core function
  • How to reestablish activation of the abdominal wall after abdominal surgery such as caesarian section, hysterectomy and hernia repair, or in the deconditioned client.
  • Understand why core coordination and strength tests are essential for your orthopedic patients and competitive athletes.
  • Exercises suitable for the post-rehabilitation patient all the way to performance enhancing techniques used by Paul for training amateur and elite athletes.

This advanced program will streamline and empower your current approach to abdominal exercise prescription. It is a must for any professional involved in orthopedic rehabilitation, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, fitness instructors and athletic trainers.

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Learning Objectives

You will learn:

  • Functional anatomy.
  • Support mechanisms provided by the abdominals.
  • How faulty abdominal training can create postural problems.
  • The two major support mechanisms a functionally trained abdomen provides to the low back.
  • The importance of tongue position during abdominal exercises.
  • The functions of the Inner and Outer Units.
  • The function of the abdominal wall and its relationship to the entire kinetic chain.
  • The effects of abdominal muscle imbalances.
  • Postural considerations for your clients.
  • The importance of testing core function.
  • How to assess cervical flexion activation.
  • How to assess transversus abdominis function.
  • How to assess lumbo-pelvic stabilization mechanism.
  • How to assess oblique muscle balance.
  • How to assess lower abdominal strength and coordination.
  • How to assess gross lumbar abdominal strength and stabilization.
  • How to assess upper abdominal strength.
  • How to assess lumbar curve.
  • How to perform deep abdominal wall exercises.
  • Proper activation of the thoraco-lumbar fascia system for total body stabilization.
  • Proper exercise technique to rehabilitate, recondition and re-establish normal function of the abdominal wall.
  • How to assess lower abdominal strength and coordination.
  • How to use a blood pressure cuff as a feedback mechanism with lower abdominal exercises.
  • A variety of exercises to train lower abdominal, oblique and upper abdominal musculature.
  • Who is considered an athlete.
  • If your client is qualified to perform high performance core conditioning exercises.
  • The effect the speed of an exercise has on the bodies tissues and joints.
  • The different planes of motion of the body.
  • What righting and tilting relflexes are and their applications to power training.
  • The order exercises should be placed in for safe and effective results.
  • A variety of power phase exercises for the core.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the grade required to pass?
The passing grade for all correspondence courses is 80%. A Certificate of Completion with CECs and CEUs will be available for you to print out once you have successfully passed the test.

How long will it take to complete?
C.H.E.K Institute recommendation – 20 hours
This is dependent on the person taking the course and the reasons they are taking it. Some people only needing Continuing Education Credits will watch the videos once through and successfully pass the test. Other people who are more interested in learning the information or are interested in taking it as a prerequisite for the CHEK Exercise Coach Program will sometimes watch the DVDs 2-3 times through. Given that there are over 7 hours of video in this course, it will take at least this long to complete. All this being said, we recommend that people spend 20 hours studying the course materials before taking the test.

Does this course overlap with Scientific Back Training?
No. Though there is a small amount of information overlap with regard to anatomy since back and abdominal musculature are considered part of the “core”, the vast majority of the information in these courses varies greatly. For example, Scientific Back Training focuses on quantitative assessments (i.e. joint range of motion) while Scientific Core Conditioning contains qualitative assessments (i.e. TVA function). Also, Scientific Back Training contains exercises focusing primarily on the back musculature while Scientific Core Conditioning has exercises ranging from abdominal isolation exercises to dynamic core integration exercises.

There are a lot of questions on the test. Is it hard?
Thousands of people, some with extremely limited knowledge in anatomy or exercise, have passed the first and second editions of this course successfully. Occasionally there are a few individuals who do not pass the test the first time, but once it has been graded and sent back to them, they receive a list of questions they marked incorrectly and have an opportunity to correct their errors for successful completion of the course. The benefit of having a DVD correspondence course is that the viewer can review the video as many times as is necessary until they gain an understanding of the material. Successful completion of this course has not so much to do with an individual’s current level of knowledge as it does with the amount of time one spends watching the videos and reading the manual.