The Flexible Periodization Method Prgram Design Specialist



Get Faster Results Through Holistic, Individualized and Periodized Training Programs

Do you work with fitness clients who want to increase muscle and/or lose fat, but who also enjoy recreational sports?

Karsten's physiological and anatomical knowledge is fantastic. We should all (as fitness professionals) strive to add this kind of scientific background to even our most "basic" of clients.
Jon Gardhouse, CPTN-CPT
Woodbridge, ON

Periodization is like breathing.
It's pretty much unavoidable beyond short periods of time.

The 1st Principle (defined as a statement that is always true and true for all clients) of physical training is using exercise to stimulate structural or functional adaptations specific to the athlete’s or fitness client’s goal.  For example: 

- Improving flexibility, stability and structural strength to prevent overuse injuries.

- Reduce fat and/or build muscle to look and feel better. 

- Improving maximal strength, power, speed, or endurance to improve sport performance and set new personal records.

It is the job of personal trainers to stimulate structural and functional adaptations in their clients by providing them with a training program (written or verbally communicated) – even if this program is not pre-planned and created on the spot. 

The science is clear: If you train your clients beyond 4 weeks, then the programs must be based on principles of periodization to create sustained progress for your clients



The less time you have for program design, 
the better your program design skills need to be.


Unfortunately, many strength coaches and personal trainers have experienced that periodization is too time consuming, too complex, too rigid and does not work for their clients. 

The good news is that, in reality, periodization is not a rigid system, but rather a flexible strategy. The Flexible Periodization Method is built on this fact. 

While traditional peridization systems each represent ONE type of program, the Flexible Periodization Method can be used in parts or as a whole to fit any style of training. 

The Flexible Periodization Method is a 5-Step Process to help you build the right program for your athletes or clients. 

Think of The Flexible Periodization Method as an enzyme that, when 
added to the training process, helps transform potential to performance.

The 5 Modules of the 

FPM Program Design Specialist Recreational Athlete

How will the FPM Program Design Specialist - Recreational Athlete
distinction benefit me in my work?

  1. Increase your confidence in taking on clients with new goals that you have not worked with before by learning how to create an in-depth and comprehensive needs analysis.

  2. Motivate your clients to stick with the training program by offering programs that are a unique fit to their training background, physical status, and available time to train.

  3. Help your clients prevent overuse injuries and experience faster and more consistent results through effective periodization and program design. 

  4. The more skilled you are at program design, the better the programs you can create in less time

  5. Instill the habit to learn from every session and every program to sky-rocket your growth as a personal trainer (even if the client only signs up for three sessions)

How can I achieve the  FPM Program Design Specialist
- Recreational Athlete?

  • Complete the individual workshops and modules listed below in your preferred order (live or online).

  • Take and pass the associated multiple choice exams. You achieve the distinction specific to the 5 modules of the FPM Program Design Specialist - Recreational Athlete.

  • Receive the FPM Program Design Specialist - Movement once all modules are completed.  




There are no ongoing CEC/CEU requirements to maintain the chosen distinction.

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