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The DTS Conditioning Coach was designed using physiological principles and practical coaching methodologies to help serious fitness professionals reach the top of their field. Whether you call it Metabolic Conditioning, Cardio or Energy Systems Training, most Personal Trainers and Coaches struggle to assemble all of the pieces together and create effective scientific conditioning programs. This course goes in depth to explain performance physiology, how to assess it and how to get your clients performing their best results. The DTS Conditioning Coach was created in consultation with several subject manner experts in order to give you the most update material and cutting edge learning experience.  



  • Anaerobic VS Aerobic 
  • ​ATP-Pc System
  • ​Glycolytic (Lactic) System
  • ​Oxidative System
  • ​Food & Energy
  • ​Force VS Sustainability  


  • Energy Utilization
  • ​Energy Allocation
  • Eustress VS Distress
  • ​Stress 101
  • Utilizing ​Blood Work
  • ​Nervous System 101


  • Power of Breath
  • ​The Role of CO2
  • ​BOLT Score
  • ​Nasal Breathing
  • ​Breath Retraining
  • ​High Altitude Training


  • Training Variables
  • ​Strength Training Methods
  • ​Interval Training
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Low Intensity Exercise
  • ​EPOC and the “After Burn”  


  • Client ​Needs Analysis
  • ​Strength Assessments
  • Muscular-Endurance Assessments
  • ​Anaerobic Power Assessments
  • Anaerobic Capacity Assessments
  • ​Aerobic Capacity Assessments


  • Client Goals
  • Strength Protocols
  • Muscular-Endurance Protocols
  • ​Anaerobic Power Protocols
  • ​Anaerobic Capacity Protocols
  • ​Aerobic Capacity Protocols


  • Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Scoring
  • ​Morning Heart Rate
  • ​Nutrition for Recovery: Fats
  • ​Nutrition for Recovery: Carbs
  • ​Nutrition for Recovery: Protein
  • ​Nutrient Cycling for Recovery
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Course Instructors

Over the years, DTS Fitness Education has grown into a collective of passionate, award-winning instructors and support staff dedicated to helping students further their fitness education. With over 15 different course offerings and thousands of highly satisfied graduates, we are reshaping fitness education in Canada and across the world.

 DTS Fitness Education was founded on a simple concept - deliver quality and highly practical education to personal trainers, strength coaches, and other industry professionals. At the core of everything we do is a belief that knowledge is only powerful when applied. In times of overabundance of information in an industry filled with “gurus”, DTS Fitness Education stands apart. We use a collaborative approach towards information and have asked many experts to come together and share their professional findings and opinions. 

Kevin Darby

  Kevin Darby is the founder and CEO of DTS Fitness Education and co-owner of Stretch to Win Canada. Kevin has been involved in structured physical conditioning programs for over 25 years. He was a multi-sport athlete and represented Canada internationally as a member of the Canadian Military Pentathlon Team. Kevin has had a long and successful career as a leader in the fitness industry and has been a head coach, personal trainer, wellness team leader for a 7500+ member police service and has developed multiple successful education programs. Kevin has worked with general population clients, amateur, Olympic and professional athletes in major sports leagues across North America. He holds a B.Ed. degree, was a member of an award winning research team lead by Dr. Stuart McGill and was the CanfitPro World Fitness Expo Canadian Fitness Presenter of the year in 2014. Kevin’s core belief is knowledge is not power, it is the ability to apply knowledge that makes it powerful.

Andrew Meyer has been active in the fitness industry for over 12 years. He put himself through University, BSc. Human Nutrition, working as a personal trainer. Andrew's experience as a varsity track athlete fed his desire to compete and branched his transition into other competitive sports such as Powerlifting and Bodybuilding. He is a training fanatic and enjoys tracking and manipulating different training variables. Andrew started a rewarding online fitness business in 2014 that focused on digital products and online coaching where he worked with an array of different clients, specializing in physique transformations. He believes that everyone can look, feel and live better in their body as long as they see themselves as an investment.

Andrew Meyer

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Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald has been in the fitness industry for 12 years. He has an extensive and varied sporting background including fencing, board diving, and various forms of Mixed Martial Arts. Ben has competed in Cricket, Aikido, Boxing, and Rugby. Ben’s career highlights include training a wide array of people from beginners up to premiership footballers, national champions in boxing, and elite level athletes. Ben has taught for the largest health and fitness training provider in Europe and has been published in multiple many UK based magazines. Ben has developed multiple qualifications, presented internationally, and is considered UK’s leading expert in PowerClub training. Awarded the 2013 recognition award for International Presenting and Work in the Health and Fitness Industry, it is evident that Ben’s passion and energy transfer directly to his students and his love for the industry is contagious. Ben’s core belief is that fitness should be inclusive not exclusive as there is no one way to do it. 

Subject Matter Expert Interviews

Martin Gibala, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the kinesiology department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His research on the physiological and health benefits of high-intensity interval training has attracted immense scientific attention and worldwide media coverage. Gibala has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, the results of which have been featured by outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, CNN, NBC Nightly News, and Conan. He is frequently invited to speak at international scientific meetings and has received multiple awards for teaching excellence. Unlike so many other academics, Dr. Gibala makes an effort to practise what he preaches and enjoys an active lifestyle. His go-to workouts include cycling-based interval training and body weight training.

Dr Martin Gibala

Dr. Martin Gibala

Dr. Marc Bubbs

Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, MS(c), CISSN, CSCS is a Naturopathic Doctor, Speaker, Performance Nutrition Lead for Canada Basketball and former Strength Coach. He has been working with athletes, active people and clients striving to improve their health for almost two decades, using an evidence-based approach to nutrition, movement, and lifestyle modifications. Dr. Bubbs regularly presents at health, fitness and medical conferences across Canada, USA, UK and Europe and consults with professional sports teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.  

For Dr. Greg Wells, health and performance, particularly under extreme conditions, are personal and professional obsessions. As a scientist and physiologist, he has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable. Dr. Wells has spoken to audiences all over the world at events such as TEDx and The Titan Summit, where he has shared the stage with Robin Sharma, Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak and Deepak Chopra. Dr. Wells has a PhD in Physiology, served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and is an exercise medicine researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Greg Wells

Tim Finlay

Tim is the Physical Fitness Coordinator for the Toronto Police Service (11.5 years) and the President of the Police Fitness Personnel Organization of Ontario. He conducts Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) testing for Ontario policing candidates, Annual Ontario Fitness PIN Testing, Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) for RCMP and International Police Peacekeeping and Peace Operations (IPP) personnel. Tim has worked in a similar role with the Canadian Forces and has also been a college professor. Testing is what Tim does and there are very few people who have conducted more 1.5 mile run and 20M Shuttle Beep tests than Tim has. 

Rob Pacas, has been an educator for over twenty five years. Since 1997, Rob has been a teacher and Director of the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program (B.E.A.P). The B.E.A.P program is a unique program for amateur athletes. Students receive 70 minutes a day of training. Training consists of speed, weight and pool sessions as well as Health classes devoted to nutrition, training principles and optimal strategies for growth and development.  

In his attempt to stay current with the ever-changing fitness trends and training methods, Rob has generated unique training programs that focus on all aspects of athletic development. Rob has taught Additional Qualification courses for both York University and the University of Toronto.

Rob Pacas


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So you’re a certified personal trainer, but you know you need to keep learning? We understand. Once we were certified, we kept working with clients who challenged us and our skills. And we’re grateful for them, because it helped us go deeper and learn more about the human body. It’s critical to keep learning and continue getting better in this competitive field.  

When you learn online, you tap into...

  • The convenience of learning at your own pace, any time you want, for as long as you want. As long as you have a WiFi connection, you can turn any coffee shop, hotel, or make-shift home office into a classroom. If you want to power through our materials in one day, you can! Otherwise, you can spread them out as you please.
  • The chance to really learn the material. Our online continuing education courses require you to pass quizzes in order to maximize retention. This forces you to be more involved with the course and the material so that you can get the certificate of completion.
  • A variety of learning strategies. Our online course features articles, videos, online webinars, and more. There is something for every type of learner.
  • Lifetime access to our courses. This allows you to utilize the materials as you need to, while staying connected. 


We proudly commit to not just teach, but to coach real-world trainers how to effectively implement everything that they learn. Now you tell us...was it worth it? If yes, you earn another notch on the continuing education belt. If no, and you completed the course in its entirety, we will give you a full refund.  

That’s our promise. Work with DTS for 30 days and if you’re not happy with what you learn after you complete the course, we’ll give you every penny back.  

*Please note that no refunds are offered on digital download products

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Looking to Become a Certified Conditioning Coach?

With cardiovascular disease at an all-time high, we as fitness professionals must understand how to effectively program and coach conditioning programs, whether we work with athletes at the highest level, or general population clients. When it comes to “cardio” most trainers simply add high intensity intervals to the end of the workout and call it good. Or they neglect to put structured conditioning work into their programs at all! That’s a shame because conditioning is one of the most important—and most neglected—aspects of health and fitness.

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