DNS Strength Training 1 - Toronto 2020

This class, and the subsequent DNS Strength Training 2, is designed for trainers, strength coaches and
rehabilitation specialists (DC, PT, ATC, etc) who utilize traditional strength training movements with their clients and/or athletes. This course is excellent for someone who does performance training as well as someone who does rehabilitation. The content covered in this course is applicable with both elite athletes and highly dysfunctional populations. Anyone can take this course; it is highly applicable to trainers, certified strength coaches and medical professionals.

Course Content: What does this course involve?

DNS-ST1 will cover all the material in the standard DNS Exercise 1 course and will, therefore, count as a
DNS Exercise 1 course and entry point for more advanced DNS courses. This will serve as an entry point into the complex DNS model. As such, there is no pre-requisite for this course. We will cover the history of DNS, it’s founder Pavel Kolar, PT and the Prague School of Rehabilitation. We will also introduce fundamental DNS concepts such as functional centration, ideal stabilization stereotype, developmental kinesiology and functional capacity. Attendees will learn basic DNS tests and exercises based in developmental kinesiology up to 4.5 months during which time sagittal stabilization is formed. In addition, we will cover application of these principles to traditional non-differentiated, sagittal plane strength training movements such as hinging (barbell dead lift, kettlebell swing), pressing movements, pulling movements, and squat variations. The concepts covered in this course will be expanded upon in DNS-ST2.

Course Objectives: What should attendees expect?

  • Introduce fundamental concepts of DNS such as Functional Centration, sagittal stabilization and Functional Capacity.
  • Introduce the Neuro-physiological concepts of human development (Developmental Kinesiology)
  • Explain ideal sagittal stabilization
  • Cover pathological postural stabilization stereotypes
  • Apply fundamental DNS concepts to traditional strength training movements (non-differentiated, sagittal plane movements such as hip hinging and bilateral pressing/pulling).

Course Schedule: 21 Hours of CE

Note: Exact daily schedule may be different depending on the instructor and the facility

Day 1: 08:00 - 17:00
Day 2: 08:00 - 17:00
Day 3: 08:00 - 14:00 (Note: course may end early depending on what needs to be covered)

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Your Instructor

Dr Michael Maxwell

Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients.

Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physios, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!


Dr Richard Ul

Currently the owner of and a treating physician at the Columbus Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Richard Ulm came to the medical profession after a successful carreer as an athlete and a strength and conditioning coach. In his practice, he blends his athletic and coaching background with his medical knowledge to offer patient-specific care utilizing the most progressive and advanced therapy tools.

Dr. Ulm started his path towards Athlete-Enhancement at Ashland University, a small university in Ohio, where he had the honor of training under a 4x Olympian Jud Logan. Known for having some of the strongest athletes in track and field, Jud exposed Dr. Ulm to elite strength training. His passion for strength training and optimizing performance began at Ashland University.

After college, Dr. Ulm continued to train with the hopes of representing the United States of America in the Olympics as a hammer thrower. While training for the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic games, Dr. Ulm achieved a Masters of Science and started coaching track and field. During this time, he also began his strength & conditioning career. It was as a strength coach that he first became passionate about biomechanics, anatomy, and functional assessment as means of enhancing his ability to train athletes.​

Once his Master's of Science was complete, Dr. Ulm went back to Ashland, Ohio, to dedicate full time to train for the 2004 Olympic games. While his ultimate mission did not come to fruition, he had the honor and pleasure of training with four future Olympians and competing at the 2004 Olympic Track & Field Trials in Sacramento, CA. Training with such an elite group has given Dr. Ulm insight into the mind of elite athletes and coaches, enabling him to better treat, train and educate this specialized population.

Following his passion to be an elite strength & conditioning coach, he took a job at New Mexico State University as both a strength and a track and field coach. It was there his career path could take a drastic turn. During his time in New Mexico, Dr. Ulm started asking deeper questions which ultimately lead him into the medical profession. He wondered why some athletes chronically pulled their hamstrings or why an athlete would shift to one side in the bottom of a squat; why some athletes responded better to higher repetition loading and others to low rep/high intensity loading; or why some athletes could easily squat to bellow parallel while others could not. Unable to find the answers to many of these questions in the strength training community, he decided to go to school to become a Chiropractic Physician where he would be able to study the science (anatomy, neurology, physiology, kinesiology) behind the practices and principles that are used in the weight room every day. Dr. Ulm attended National University of Health Sciences. During his time in school, he took more than 500 hours of continuing education courses and spent over 1,200 hours in the gross anatomy lab and found answer the questions that lead him into the medical profession.

As a Chiropractic Physician he passionately seeks out the most advanced therapies and treatment approaches to maximize his ability to treat and train athletes. Perhaps the biggest influence on his approach is Pavel Kolar of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and the Prague School of Rehabilitation. In 2013 Dr. Ulm trained in the Czech Republic and become a certified therapist of DNS; and in 2015, he was selected to be an international instructor of DNS for the Prague School of Rehabilitation. Other influences are the Motion Palpation Institute, Robert Lardner, Ron Hruska of the Postural Restoration Institute, Greg Roskoff of Muscle Activation Technique and Tom Pervis of Resistance Training Specialist. In his clinic, Dr. Ulm blends these influences, to treat and to train athletes across the full functional spectrum from surgery prevention to teaching an athlete how to properly squat or Olympic lift.

Dr. Ulm is also the head team physician for Project Lift, a successful Olympic Weightlifting Team in the Columbus area. In this capacity, he works closely with head coaches Drew Dillon and Chelsea Kyle (both nationally competitive weightlifters) on training, technique and programming. Through project lift and other weightlifting groups he has been able to work with many nationally competitive weightlifters including Holley Mangold who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In addition to Olympic weightlifters, Dr. Ulm also works with powerlifters, CrossFitters and other professional athletes where is able to utilize his background as both a strength coach and a physician to it's full effect.

Athlete Enhancement is a platform from which Dr. Ulm is able to share his knowledge of and experience in the medical/rehabilitation profession to help trainers and strength coaches better understand biomechanics, anatomy, neurology and training methodology.

Dr. Ulm presents around the country on such topics of proper squatting technique, Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit and functional rehabilitation. He also teaches courses at clinics, gyms and universities

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DNS Strength Training 1 – Toronto 2020

Nov 13-15, 2020
Hours TBD
Location: Greater Toronto Area, ON

$995.00 $895.00

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