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DNS – Weightlifting (Exercise Course “Part I”) – Calgary 2018

October 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - October 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm PDT


Course Description

The DNS Weightlifting Course targets strength coaches, personal trainers and clinical professionals working with athletes and/or utilizing weight training in their treatments. Attendees of these courses should expect an improved understanding of DNS and its application to weightlifting.

DNS Weightlifting is a DNS Exercise Course "Part 1" with an emphasis on weight lifting. Attendees will learn the basics of DNS and get an introduction as to how DNS principles may be applied to strength & conditioning — namely the squat, deadlift and bench press.


Note: There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, this is not an introductory course for these movements.  Attendees should have experience with these movements prior to attending.

No prior DNS courses are required. As mentioned above, DNS Weightlifting is a DNS Exercise Course "Part 1" with an emphasis on weightlifting. Coaches, trainers and physicians without any prior DNS experience can attend this course, which will count as an Exercise Course "Part 1" for the advancement through the DNS Exercise series.

General Course Objectives

  • Provide an enhanced understanding of the biomechanics of the squat, deadlift and bench press.
  • Compare the different variations of the squat (high bar, low bar and front squat) for more precise implementation into training.
  • Improve participants' understanding of the kinematics of stabilization for weight lifting.
  • Provide proper cuing to enable coaches and athletes to perform the technique in a way that is consistent with DNS principles.

A word on DNS and Dr Ulm from one of your colleagues...

DNS Weightlifting is one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. This was my first DNS course however I have been exposed to it through colleagues work as well as my own rehab after a back injury. I believe there is not ‘one way’ to treat someone, one concept, theory, or system. Having a lot of education both through school and continuing education around biomechanics and a joint-by-joint approach, I often found something missing, sometimes no matter how much you worked that joint, it wouldn’t improve. I’ve been able to identify that it was a motor control issue, breathing dysfunction, stabilization issue, or combo, but hadn’t had a clear way to addressing it. Now through the assessment and corrective strategies and cueing I learned from DNS weightlifting, I will be able get better outcomes with the patients that I work with. As a weightlifter myself, and a therapist who works with mostly athletes, the practical application we received in this course was extremely useful. I appreciated the mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on application and am grateful to have ways to effectively treat patients without as much demand on my body.
Dr. Ulm is a fantastic instructor who brings his passion and incredible knowledge to his lectures and demos through his dynamic teaching style. His humour and experience shines through in a way that keeps the audience engaged and entertained while explaining complex concepts in a way that’s easy to understand and apply. I look forward to learning from Dr. Ulm any opportunity I get in the future.
Somatic Senses continues to impress me with their ability to find high quality instructors and content, while being incredible sources of knowledge themselves. Michael and Benjamin’s hands on approach to hosting courses keeps things fun and engaging throughout the entire weekend. Their courses have always exceeded expectations and I will always seek them out first when I look to develop my skills as a therapist and coach. Take all my money!!! And give me snacks. The best snacks.
—Sarah Black CAT(C), CSCS, CEP

About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ‘motor control’ is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the “Prague School” emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.

The “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.

Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).

About the Instructor

Richard Ulm is a former national caliber track and field athlete and university strength coach.  He has competed at several USA National Track & Field Championships, including the 2004 Olympic trials, and has trained the full range of athletes from average personal training clients to Olympians.  He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences and now practices in his multi-physician clinic in Dublin, OH.

In his practice (the Columbus Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center) he integrates his background in athletics with the DNS principles to provide the full spectrum of care from initial treatment to performance/technique work.  In addition to the DNS developmental exercises and evaluations, Dr. Ulm utilizes a lot of manual therapy with his patients.  He is fortunate to be able to treat an incredibly wide variety of patients from failed surgeries to professional athletes.  DNS has profoundly influenced the way he assesses, treats, and trains athletes.

In addition to teaching for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Dr. Ulm speaks around the country on strength training, Olympic weightlifting technique, manual therapy and rehabilitation.


Course Outline


09:00 - 09:30 Lecture: “Introduction to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (Principles)”

09:30 - 10:30 Lecture: “Sagittal Stabilization”

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:30 Workshop: DNS tests - supine diaphragm test & supine IAP test with corrections: 3 month spine exercise variations.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 Lecture: “Compensatory Stabilizing Strategy & its Manifestation in the Weight Lifting Population.”

14:15 - 15:45 Lecture: Biomechanics of the bench press (competitive vs. traditional style)

15:45 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 17:00 Workshop: Bench press and variations thereof



09:00 - 09:30 Lecture: “Foot Loading and Postural Function”

09:30 - 09:45 Break

09:45 - 12:30 Workshop: DNS Tests - neck flexion, trunk flexion and prone extension with corrections for each.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Workshop: DNS Tests - Seated IAP Test, Seated Hip Flexion Test.

15:00 - 15:15 Break

15:15 - 15:45 Lecture: “Biomechanics of the deadlift”

16:45 - 17:00 Workshop: Deadlift and variations thereof



09:00 - 09:30 Lecture: “Threshold Training - Applying DNS to Weightlifting”

09:30 - 10:30 Workshop: the Squat (assessment & exercise)

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Lecture: “Biomechanics of the Squat”

12:15 - 12:30 Break

 12:30 - 17:00 Workshop: the squat and variations thereof

*Note: This is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Additional Information

There are no prerequisites to attend this course beyond knowing the basics of weightlifting.
Registration price includes Prague School fee, a value of 80 Euros.
Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own).
Electronic Hand-outs provided.
A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.


October 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am
October 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Crash Conditioning
5855 9 St SE
Calgary, Alberta T2H 1Z9 Canada
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Dr Richard Ulm, DC


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