Thinking of becoming a Certified Trainer?
Certification courses are scheduled over 3 days, throughout the year at destinations in the U.S. and abroad. Our Level 1 course establishes a baseline knowledge of FT principles, exercises, and instruction protocols. Our Level 2 course requires completion of Level 1, and offers advanced instruction of FT movements and new exercises based on the needs of patient studies. Become a part of the solution to eliminate pain and improve performance for both your clients and yourself.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Doctors who want a proven modality to help their patients, or eliminate their own chronic pain.
Coaches who want to give their athletes a major stability advantage and prevent injuries.
Movement Teachers (yoga, Pilates, martial arts, acrobatics) who want to add stability and power exercises to any existing practice.
First responders who love their careers and want to maintain a pain-free, strength-filled healthy life.
Teachers who want their students to build simple skills to feel better, calm down, and rev up when needed.
Companies that care about their employees and want them to feel better (in-house training or as an employee benefit outside the company.
Military, active and inactive, who want to feel their best as they manage wounds, scars, and pain.
Our Certification Training programs will add powerful skills to your self- and patient-care arsenal regardless of what you already know. Foundation Training principles fit seamlessly into existing skillsets.
The Level 1 Instructor course establishes a strong baseline knowledge of Foundation Training principles, exercises, decompression breathing, anatomy, and physiology. After completing a Level 1 course, you will be a Student Foundation Training Instructor. On completion of the other requirements, you will be a Certified Level 1 Instructor.
- Sign our Foundation Training Instructor agreement
- Attend a 3-day training course
- Accrue 50 student teaching hours
- Complete a written assessment
- Submit a practical video assessment
The Enrollment fee is the only cost to become certified for either level. It is $2,000 for Level 1, with early bird pricing of $1,875 for those who register at least six weeks before the course begins.
Level 1 Certification courses are given at least five times a year.
(Due to current circumstances with Covid-19, all certifications have been put on hold. We are currently working on an online hybrid version to supplement the in person event.)
Level 1 certification curriculum
Small-group sessions will be with one of our expert core educators.
- Introduction and decompression workout. Meet the team and fellow students and feeling the benefits of our decompression exercises in a warm-up workout.
- Introduction to Foundation Training. Learn how Dr. Eric Goodman discovered and refined the methodology; define the physical problems that result modern lifestyles and FT can help remedy these problems.
- Hand, arm, and foot positions. Learn the extremity variations we use throughout the course.
- Anatomy of breathing. Discuss the anatomical reasoning behind FT’s Foundation decompression breathing.
- Decompression exercises. Practice standing, lunge, supine, and prone decompression exercises.
- Small group session. Practice teaching the decompression exercises.
- Hinging movements, part 1. Learn and practice the founder, forward fold, kneeling founder, and woodpecker exercises.
- Small group session. Practice teaching hinging exercises.
- Morning workout. Focus on the first day’s work.
- Advanced arm layers. Learn and practice shoulder tracing and other advanced arm layers.
- Anatomy of anchoring. Discuss the anatomy, physiology of anchoring and the importance of proper execution.
- Groundwork. Learn and practice the internal leg trace, anchored bridge, anchored back extension, and 8-point plank exercises.
- Small group session. Practice teaching the groundwork exercises.
- Hinging movements, part 2. Learn and practice the founder integrated hinges, squat, woodpecker integrated hinges, and woodpecker rotation exercises.
- Small group session. Practice teaching the hinging exercises.
- Tension/stability lecture. Proper tensioning and common instability patterns
- Morning workout. Combines all Level 1 Foundation Training exercises with each exercise being taught by a student.
- Small group session. Review exercises and answer questions about previous days.
- Exercise review. Review all the exercises in large group setting.
- Small group practice teaching. Practice teaching in small groups.
- How to correct common mistakes. Learn how to identify and correct common mistakes in each of the exercises in a fun, interactive game.
- Scope-of-practice lecture. Based on your credentials, when is it time to refer out to a licensed practitioner or specialist.
- Receive Foundation Training Certificates. Get your course completion certificate, and snap some photos with your new FT family.
- Final questions and closing thoughts – Get any remaining questions you might have answered by our team so that you leave with everything you need to get started!
Experience from the students
There are no upcoming events at this time.
All enrollees must have completed at least six months as a Certified Instructor prior to the start of the Level 2 certification program.
The Level 2 Instructor course is capped at 24 instructors and offered twice annually. It offers a detailed view of the latest nuanced movements borne out of the needs of particular patients over the years. Now, codified and reproduceable, these movements easily integrate into what you have already learned in Level 1.
You will learn 10 unique exercises focusing on the rotational planes of motion to increase range of motion. Instructors who have completed Level 2 certification describe it as a powerful tool that often guides patients and athletes well beyond their perceived potential.
The enrollment fee for Level 2 is $1,850. No early bird pricing for Level 2.
Level 2 Certification courses are given twice a year. Dates and places will be posted when they are determined.
(Due to current circumstances with Covid-19, all certifications have been put on hold.)
Level 2 certification curriculum
All enrollees must have completed at least six months as a Certified Instructor prior to the start of the Level 2 certification program. Small-group sessions will be with one of our expert core educators.
- Intro Workout. Eight new exercises along with three from Level 1.
- New work lecture. Overview of when the new moves are used, why they were developed, and how to decide when most appropriate.
- Q&A. Team answers questions and whole certification class participates.
- Case study. The importance of adductor work at every session with athletes.
- New exercises. Learn and practice the surf squat and lateral hinge.
- Already-learned exercises. Review gorilla lift and windmill.
- Small groups. Practice teaching new and already-learned exercises.
- Recovery workout. Introduce exercises for day two: spiral lunge, archer, mofo, reverse archer.
- Breathing techniques. Founder and lunge decompression with vasopressive and Buteyko breathing patterns.
- Spiral workout. Upward-spiral-lunge routine.
- Case study. Managing sciatic pain from the anchoring line using spiral lunge, archer, and woodpecker.
- New exercises. Learn and practice archer and spiral lunge
- Already-learned exercises. Review woodpecker, woodpecker rotation, and lunge decompression.
- Small groups. Practice teaching all new and previously learned lunge series work.
- Case Study. Shoulder tracing with mofos, archers and reverse archers.
- Tracing. Leg tracing, standing leg tracing, shoulder tracing, and mofos.
- Exercise review. All tracing movements.
- From the ground up workout. Ground movements that progress to standing covering al new exercises and some previously learned.
- Exercise Review. Review the surf squat and archer.
- Instructor Teaching. Instructors teach two exercises to the group while the team models.
- Exercise Review. Review mofos and tracing exercises.
- Small Groups. Practice mofos and tracing varieties.
- Cueing. Cueing the new moves.
- Planking. Eight-point plank review and traditional plank improvements.
- Breathing techniques review. Buteyko and vasopressive reviewed in decompression exercises.
- Recovery workout. Long recovery workout taught by Eric.
- Closing. The future of Foundation Training.