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Preview the Course

  • Precission Programming in New Jersey

  • Precision Programming in NYC


Instructor Craig Liebenson

Dr. Liebenson is the Founder of First Principles of Movement and Director of L.A. Sports & Spine, a pain management, rehabilitation & performance enhancement center providing one on one musculoskeletal care. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth Australia and consultant for the the Anglo-European Chiropratic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

Assistant Faculty Ryan Chow

Ryan Chow received his bachelor’s degree in Movement Science at the University of Michigan and his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Mercy College. Ryan began his career as a personal trainer and enjoys bringing his strength and conditioning experience into his clinical approach. He sees Dr. Liebenson’s patients, serving as LA Sports and Spine’s NY location and Founder of Reload Physical Therapy where he practices physical rehabilitation and preparation. He serves as the Director of Communications at FPM and is happy to get you connected with your local FPM community (Don’t hesitate to reach out!). He also holds positions an curriculum director at Definitions Private Training Gyms and has an adjunct faculty position at the Focus Personal Training Institute.

Special Guest

  • Sean Whalen

    Co-inventor & CEO of B Strong (blood flow restriction training system)

About the Program

A 2-day hands-on seminar to help put FPM concepts into action.

CEUs will not be provided.


Saturday 9.18

Sunday 9.19

This program is primarily an active workshop. Prepare for a lab immersion experience!


  • Learn how to tie different systems & methods together efficiently
  • Learn to connect the dots from the client's story to an actionable program to maximize buy-in
  • Grand Rounds - observing  LIVE cases to see problem solving and reasoning.
  • Why delaying GPP in rehab creates a slippery slope
  • How to find the sweet spot between “too little too late” & “too much too soon”
  • Landmarks vs Timelines - let’s have this discussion

What You Will Learn

  1. How to deploy Rep Maxes (RMs), Reps in Reserve (RIR), and RPE in your programming
  2. How to develop your Coach's Eye (eg. Talk Test, eccentric control, loss of concentric power)
  3. Identifying overprotective client behaviors (excessive guarding, rigid movements, etc.)
  4. Internal versus external cuing - what is the debate?
  5. How to vary the environment or task to drive gains more efficiently
  6. How to find the “Hardest thing you do well” nested to the person’s floor - the gap analysis
  7. How to create a Functional Dashboard to navigating goal attainment
  8. How to use graded exposures to dispel fear avoidance beliefs in fragilista clients
  9. Barriers to recovery other than exercise programming
  10. How to hide the skill in the drill

Cancellation Policy

Please be advised, all purchases are final sale. In the event that the course needs to be postponed, you will be given as much notice as possible & can apply a credit to a future seminar.


BXD – Santa Monica
3101 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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"Thank you so much for this weekend, not only did I learn a lot, but I also left with a HUGE sense of reassurance that I am on the right career path :)

Here's to getting people feeling better!"

– Christine Torde

“What a weekend!! Learning from these two rockstars and all of the other coaches and clinicians who want to break the status quo. If you want to go far, go together!”

– John Ly

More Testimonials

Marlon Taduran

“I’ve taken many courses in the past, but this course really packaged together decades of experience and the integral approach to rehab and training! Highly recommend.”

Abby Schwartz

"The seminar I experienced in NJ went above and beyond my expectations. There were so many important topics we learned that everyone should be informed about.”

Matt Sauerhoff

"After 14 years in the industry and loving every second of it, I feel even more excited today than I did 14 years ago. Feeling great and inspired by your passion, expertise and energy. Thank you again”

Joel Gyimesi

“Thanks again Ryan for you, your team, and Craig for putting on an awesome session this weekend!

I can’t wait to get back and deploy these applications and information with my clients.”

Jenna Langhans

“Thank you so much for an amazing seminar Craig!! So grateful for everything we learned today, especially because I get to try it on my parents to help them move better.”

Miles Colaprete

“Thank you so very much for your time and expertise. Your energy and positivity has buoyed my own.”

Nicole Killmer

“Mindblowing weekend of learning from the best of the best.”