The Circular Strength Training® (CST) System

CST is the “flagship” professional certification course at RMAX International, a 18+ hour training examination conducted throughout the 2-day Instructor Certification Seminar. CST was pioneered by Scott Sonnon, and continues to build on his insights to evolve an ever more refined, coherent, cohesive and comprehensive approach to becoming a movement specialist. CST has rapidly emerged as a leader among the premier training modalities in the health / fitness and strength / conditioning arenas.

CST is a new “map” for exercising the body that is Health-First, Holistic, Functional and Fun.

The Circular Strength Training Tri-Ring Integration allows you to balance work and recovery so that you maximize the effectiveness of your exercise, while accelerating recovery so that you prevent injuries, pain and soreness. Uncover how specifically programming your warm-up, work-out and cool-down determines the percentage of successful results you achieve, and the painful injuries you sustain.

Through life, injury, and attitude, you develop compensations which impede your performance. But also through each and every movement you train. Every exercise is subject to “specific adaptation” - and unless specifically compensated creates first - diminishing returns, then plateau, then regress, followed by pain, injury, illness and eventually death: a process that can happen at an imperceptible crawl, or swiftly and acutely.

Scott Sonnon called upon the work of Dr. Stephen Levin’s biotensegrity, Dr. Nikolai Berstein’s biomechanics, and Drs. Vladimir Frolov’s and Konstantine Buteyko’s respiratory science, when he developed Circular Strength Training to seamlessly integrate joint mobility, multi-planar progressive resistance and compensatory movement. What began as a means for Scott to overcome the genetical obstacles he faced during childhood physical and learning disabilities, has grown exponentially over the past 20 years to become a well-supported system to inform the next generation of exercise physiologists and strength conditioning specialists. The system is supported with books, technique DVDs, computer resources and a dynamic website.

A revolution in “health-first fitness”, Circular Strength Training is rapidly becoming accepted as a highly useful alternative view of movement exercise. The books and DVDs have won awards, inductions to the hall of fame, and are widely used by universities and colleges, group fitness instructors and personal trainers, strength coaches and professional athletes, martial arts, yoga and Pilates schools, celebrities, actors and performers, doctors, therapists and chiropractors, federal agents, special forces and secret service. Over 18,000 students have joined us and our numbers continue to grow.

Training in movement mastery is necessary for today’s trainer, but it’s hardly their favorite subject. Our courses bring motor development to life with lavishly demonstrated “errorless” steps, full of practical applications and skill-building exercises. Our regular feedback is, “I never knew that I could move so well in such a short time, and not only feel no pain, but have fun while doing it!” We hear it weekly from students all over the world.

Circular Strength Training classes teach six main points:

1. The “map” of the 6 Degrees of Freedom: the joint motions, the function and the significance of each movement.
2. Tri-Ring Integration™ (program design): to specifically interweave warm-up, work-out and cool-down from a mechanical, energetic and coordinative perspective through mobility, resistance and compensation.
3. The Breath Mastery Scale™ of the 5 levels of respiratory efficiency: using breath as the objective verification of progress and warning flag of regress.
4. Poise Analysis™ (visual assessment): to determine the 4 compensation impediments to performance act as the starting point for program design, through a trademarked movement screen and corrective exercise technique.
5. The Component Learning Technique™: to dissect the 7 key biomechanics of a skill, tweak the deficits and overcompensations, and seamlessly reassemble the skill in order to maximize motor mastery through incremental steps.
6. Training Hierarchy Pyramid™ (periodization model): to coalesce seasonal and annual progress into one contiguous approach to “peak” optimal performance, not merely in sport and vocations, but in life.

CST uses a total “vocabulary” of joint mobility drills to ship nutrition, lubrication and shock absorption to the active joints for optimal efficiency, rapid recovery, and pain and injury prevention. Unlike pathologically-based mobilization methods which are based upon a “trauma lens” of movement, CST is based upon developmental neurophysiology for the organization of joint mobility drill sequencing called Intu-Flow® (”intuitive flow”).
CST uses the “toolbox” of body-weight movements (from yoga to martial arts) in order to “clean the slate” of the over-specializations (compensations) which result from life, injury, attitude and each and every successful exercise/skill performed in a prior cycle. Named Prasara Flow Yoga, this Compensatory Movement™ Technique unloads the functional opposite of any repeated movement in order to preserve benefits and prevent drawbacks.
CST involves more than mere compression to stimulate adaptation in progressive resistance. Clubbell® swinging - the oldest fitness tool and the first martial art in ancient Russia, Persia and India - combines traction to strengthen not just muscle but also connective tissue protecting the joints while building strength. In addition, since the Clubbell is swung, torque allows force production to increase exponentially rather than arithmetically; instead of adding plates (conventional resistance training), the displaced center of mass swung twice as fast produces four times the force.

For more information about the Circular Strength Training Instructor Certification Course please visit the Instructor Certification page.

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