Delivered 100% Virtually

DTS Exercise Coach Certification [LEVEL 1]

Master the art of movement assessments & program design with the industry's leading training system.

This virtual course includes 8-12 hours of weekly self-study, practical application, assignment submissions, and weekly 2-hour virtual class webinars.

Course Date: October 2 - November 6

Weekly Virtual Webinars are scheduled on Fridays
from 8:30AM - 10:30 AM or 11:30AM - 1:30 PM (EST)

Course Date: November 13th - December 18th

Weekly Virtual Webinars are scheduled on Fridays
from 8:30AM - 10:30 AM or 1:30PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Webinar Schedule:

  • Webinar #1: Welcome Webinar - Meet your Coach & Classmates
  • Webinar #2: Upper Body Content
  • Webinar #3: Lower Body Content
  • Webinar #4:  Program Design - Part A
  • Webinar #5:  Program Design - Part B
  • Webinar#6: Graduation
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Course Introduction

The DTS Exercise Coach Level 1 Certification is a 28-day intensive context-based learning experience. It is focused on learning by doing and our promise is at the end of the training, you will have the competence and confidence to apply what you have learned effectively.

The DTS Exercise Coach Certification (formerly known as the DTS L1 Certification) has been designed, tested, and proven to equip you with the fundamental skills required to:

  • Assess the primal pattern movements that are used on a daily basis.
  • Assess the fundamental patterns that are the foundation of all exercises in the gym.
  • Design personalized warm-up, self-care and exercise programming based on the opportunities, needs, and demands of daily living for the client.
  • Use the exercise and the training environment to improve the client’s capacity and make daily deposits in their health bank account.
  • Coach movement effectively using our proprietary 7 Step System.
  • Ask the right questions and provide a framework for determining and understanding what the intrinsic motivators are for you and your clients.


This has been the go-to course for personal trainers over the last 10 years and continues to be the gold standard for those value experiential learning. This course has been designed using adult learning principles and the way the material is taught has been given the same emphasis as the content. What that means for you is an extraordinary, practical learning experience. Our guarantee is that at the end of the course, you will reach a level of competence and confidence that will set you up for success in the personal training industry.

THE DTS EXERCISE COACH [LEVEL 1] CERTIFICATION:

To help you master the art of movement assessments and program design so that your business will become transformational and life-changing.

Learning Intensive.

This is a 28-day intensive which means it's just enough time for maximum knowledge transfer without the feeling of dragging on. This keeps the course completion rate high to ensure you get your certificate as well as the maximum return on investment.

Direct Coaching.

Every student is assigned to a DTS Instructor that provides them direct feedback on an ongoing basis. We're here to hold you accountable and coach you along the way.

Virtual Delivery.

Most online courses lack engagement, that's why the DTSL1 Exercise Coach is delivered virtually. It's a hybrid of self-study online learning and group coaching calls with Q&A.

Community Experience.

This creates the opportunity to network with like-minded trainers and coaches. We utilize small group breakout sessions to maximize community engagement opportunities.

Scientifically Proven System.

The DTS 7-Step System ® has been proven time and time again with one of the highest returns on investments in the industry. This system is considered a life-changer for both personal trainers and clients.

100% Guaranteed.

Upon completing the course, if you find yourself not satisfied with the material, content or learning system, we’ve got you covered. We will send you a full refund, no questions asked. 

COURSE CURRICULUM 

THE DTS EXERCISE COACH CERTIFICATION [LEVEL 1]:

28-DAY INTENSIVE CURRICULUM

The 4-Week DTSL1 Exercise Coach Certification has been designed, tested, and proven to equip you with the fundamental skills required to assess, design programs, coach, and communicate in a competent and confident manner. This is the go-to course for personal trainers who want to learn how to apply what they have learned practically. 

Learning by doing is our specialty. This course has been designed using adult learning principles and the material taught has been given the same emphasis as the content. What that means for you is an extraordinary, practical learning experience. Our guarantee is that at the end of the course, the level of competence and confidence you have will set you up for success in the personal training industry.

WEEK 1:

Upper Body

  • Upper Body Assessments
  • Upper Body Mobility Techniques
  • Upper Body Stability Techniques
  • Upper Body Client Clinics
  • 3 Video/Picture Submissions for the Week
  • Personalized Video Feedback for Each Submission
  • LIVE Virtual 2 Hour Coaching Session
  • LIVE Virtual 1 Hour Q&A Session
  • LIVE Virtual Weekly Office Hours for all Learners

WEEK 2:

Lower Body

  • Lower Body Assessments
  • Lower Body Mobility Techniques
  • Lower Body Stability Techniques
  • Lower Body Client Clinics
  • 3 Video/Picture Submissions for the Week
  • Personalized Video Feedback for Each Submission
  • LIVE Virtual 2 Hour Coaching Session
  • LIVE Virtual 1 Hour Q&A Session
  • LIVE Virtual Weekly Office Hours for all Learners

WEEK 3 & 4:

Program Design

  • Program Design Theory & Practical
  • How to Design a Program using our FLPS System
  • How to Design a Transitional Hypertrophy Program
  • Low Back Pain Considerations
  • Metabolic Conditioning
  • 3 x Case Study Program Analysis
  • Full Client Portfolio Package Submission 
  • Personalized Video Feedback & Mentorship
  • LIVE Virtual 2 Hour Coaching Session
  • LIVE Virtual 1 Hour Q&A Session
  • LIVE Virtual Weekly Office Hours for all Learners

Learn the skills that will set you up for success

Advanced skills are simply the basics mastered.

The DTS L1 Certification has been running for over 10 years and there have been over 1,000 graduates. The courses are SOLD OUT on a regular basis and more than 95% of the attendees are referrals from previous course attendees. Our course evaluation rating for “Did this course meet your expectations” is 5 stars out of 5 stars. 

We have one goal: for you to be successful. A common comment we get is, “I use something that I learned in the DTS L1 Certification EVERY DAY.” Two components we use to filter our material is based on the practicality of the content and whether or not you will use the fundamentals on a regular basis. 

Our course focuses on what is useful and emphasizes what is needed to be a proficient coach. We distill key concepts in a way that helps everyone understand the basics. The greatest teachers and mentors know how to better others and that is the standard we hold ourselves to for every learner that attends our courses.

EXPERT INSTRUCTION 

Course Instructors & Contributors

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 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 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 for three years straight. 

Ben Circle

Ben McDonald

Ben Mcdonald is the Director Of Education for DTS Fitness Education. Ben became a qualified fitness professional in 2004. He has an extensive and varied sporting background from board diving to various forms and disciplines of combat sports. 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, been published in many UK based magazines and worked on and presented health and fitness related shows on both radio and television.  Ben has developed multiple qualifications, presented internationally, and is considered the 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. 

Casey Zavaleta

Casey Zavaleta is a trainer, nutritional therapy practitioner and podcast host based in Toronto, ON. Indicative of her interest in movement and how it relates to the brain, she studied modern dance and neuroscience at Indiana University. Casey began her career in Toronto FC's Department of High Performance where she developed cognitive programs to optimize the performance of youth and professional athletes. As a trainer, she integrates her understanding of behavioral science with proven principles of training and nutrition to help clients learn how to make sustainable changes in their lives. She is the host and producer of the "How Do You Feel" Podcast, which encourages listeners to dial in and make decisions about their health and fitness based on how they want to feel in their lives.

Nsuani Baffoe

For over a decade Nsuani has built high performing Personal Training cohorts, coaching individuals and teams to succeed in the most demanding markets. Currently, he is the Regional Manager of Personal Training in Downtown Toronto, and Northern Ontario, for Goodlife Fitness, overseeing more than 130 Personal Trainers, influencing the lives and health of over 2000 clients.

 Nsuani is regarded as a strong coach, people leader, and team player, gaining national recognition as a  4x recipient of the National Award for Manager Excellence. Recognized for his success developing, coaching, and mentoring top Personal Training teams across the country, Nsuani has been responsible for enabling teams to consistently surpass over 3 million in annual revenue.

Chris Fudge

Chris has over 15 years of high level practical experience in the field of personal training and strength and conditioning, Chris is known for his obsessive style of tracking all variables in training and performance such as macros, sleep patterns, frequency, tempo, reps, sets, percents and tonnage. Because of this Chris is defined as a results based trainer. His education has led him to work with clients of various backgrounds from National record holding Powerlifters, award winning fitness models, university and professional athletes of varying sports to everyday weight loss and pain management clients. Chris has been awarded multiple top Personal Trainer awards across multiple organizations, won provincial and national powerlifting championships and has represented Canada at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships. Chris believes empathy and having a diverse skill set is what distinguishes great client results from poor results.

Kristina Hassell

Kristina has accumulated 10 years of professional experience as a personal trainer, manager, and studio owner with numerous certifications, including a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport psychology. She has trained over 200 personal clients, 2000 small group classes, and hired and developed 40 Personal Trainers for 2 of the top fitness clubs in Toronto, Canada. She also helped open and was Head Trainer for a downtown Toronto boutique fitness club specializing in small group athletic training. Most recently, Kristina resides in Barbados and runs her own fitness studio there. Her client training philosophy centers around how fitness can make life better, learning new movements patterns and skills, and getting stronger, versus a narrowed focus on aesthetics. She herself currently enjoys outdoor adventure racing and kettlebell training.

Hamza Khan

My love for the Personal Training Business started over over 15 years ago. After working at gyms for several years, the past decade has been the most rewarding working at one of the top health clinics (Medcan) in Canada as a Fitness Team Leader, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Functional RangeMobility Specialist & Fitness Health Coach.

During my tenure at Medcan, I have continually set record numbers with personal and team performances. I was able to set and service the most personal training sessions for seven straight years (2013-2019), facilitated the launch of an entirely new Fitness Product (Fascial Stretch Therapy), and become a FitnessTeam Leader managing a group of trainers (part of a 40 person team and an 8 million dollar FitnessBusiness).

Cassandra Chin

Cassandra has been in the fitness industry for over five years. As a young child, she was involved in multiple sports from gymnastics to swimming, and spent years training martial arts. The discipline has followed her in her own training as a triathlete, powerlifter and Olympic weightlifter. As a personal trainer and fascial stretch therapist, she believes everybody should be able to move well and feel strong in their daily activities. Her passions lie in helping people find their inner strength both mentally and physically and become a healthier version of themselves. She believes everyone can do what they set their minds on and strives to help them reach their goals, whether it is to compete in a powerlifting meet, finishing a race or being strong enough to pick up their grandkids.

Matt Thatcher

Matt has been in the fitness and health industry for over 12 years, which he began in order to put himself through University while pursuing a degree in Psychology at Western Ontario. Matt has extensive experience in many different sports including: A black belt in karate, amateur Mixed Martial Arts and Jiu Jitsu, provincial level football, rugby and soccer among others. He is currently working as a personal trainer out of Movati in Guelph, where he is also the Education Specialist responsible for the onboarding of new Trainers and continual teaching of the training staff.  He has worked with clients ranging from former Olympic Medalists, national level athletes in many different sports ranging from wrestling to sailing , and perhaps most importantly, everyday clients looking to lose weight, manage pain and live their lives to the fullest.  Matt believes in looking at all aspects of health including movement, nutrition, sleep, stress management and community. Matt believes health and should ultimately be as inclusive and inviting to everyone, bringing enrichment and opportunity to one's life.

THE DTS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

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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PRICING OPTIONS

Don’t wait for your next chance. If you’re in a position where you need to pivot or level up, you can join the DTS Exercise Coach Certification now. (Limited number of spots available)

We didn’t plan on launching the DTS Exercise Coach Level 1 Certification until 2021. However, due to current world affairs, we decided an early launch would be best for anyone who’s ready to level up their coaching skills.

When you register today, you’ll pay only $150 CAD per month for 5 months with a deposit of $297 or a one-time payment of $997 CAD - a $50 savings.

To give you a sense of what you get in the DTS Exercise Coach Certification for the price, here’s a quick comparison:

College or University  

COST: + $40,000

DURATION: 15-Week Semesters Per Course

ADDED COSTS: Textbooks, Supplies, Travel, Accommodations, Etc.

FORMAT: Academic Lectures, Textbook Applications & Memory Based Exams

APPLICATION: Theory-Based (Not Always Practical)

Exercise Coach Certification  

COST: $997 CAD

DURATION: 4-Week Intensive

ADDED COSTS: All Your Materials Shipped Right To Your Door At No Additional Cost.

FORMAT: Online Self-Study Blended With Community Coaching Calls & Direct Virtual Feedback

APPLICATION: A step-by-step system designed to help you with the real-world process of working with clients

OCTOBER 2ND - NOVEMBER 6TH

Single Payment

Experience even greater savings when you register today for the DTSL1 Exercise Coach Certification using the single payment option.

Savings: $50 CAD

*All pricing is in Canadian Dollars & is backed by our Guarantee

OCTOBER 2ND - NOVEMBER 6TH

Monthly Payment

Budget-friendly monthly payment to help you register today for the DTSL1 Exercise Coach Certification and not miss out.

Payments: $297 Deposit + 5 monthly payments of $150 CAD

*All pricing is in Canadian Dollars & is backed by our Guarantee (applicable taxes apply)

NOVEMBER 13TH - DECEMBER 18TH

Single Payment

Experience even greater savings when you register today for the DTSL1 Exercise Coach Certification using the single payment option.

Savings: $50 CAD

*All pricing is in Canadian Dollars & is backed by our Guarantee

NOVEMBER 13TH - DECEMBER 18TH

Monthly Payment

Budget-friendly monthly payment to help you register today for the DTSL1 Exercise Coach Certification and not miss out.

Payments: $297 Deposit + 5 monthly payments of $150 CAD

*All pricing is in Canadian Dollars & is backed by our Guarantee (applicable taxes apply)

BECOME A CERTIFIED EXERCISE COACH

What Can You Expect?

STEP 1: Registration  

What You Get: DTS Student Pack

Upon registration, a physical package will be mailed out to you that includes everything that you'll need to get started. You will receive a DTS Level 1 Manual, Green Mobility Band, Lacrosse Ball, Lacrosse Ball Sleeve, and DTS Fitness Education shirt (items may vary from images).

*Packages are normally sent out within 3-5 days of registration *

STEP 2: 28-Day Intensive

What You Get: Lifetime Access

This is a 28-day intensive that is packed with lessons, concepts and tools that DTS Fitness Education is consistently updating and improving upon. The good news? You get lifetime access to the course including all of the updated lessons and documents.

STEP 3: Graduation

What You Get: Exercise Coach Certificate

Upon completion of this course, you will have submitted several knowledge transfer submissions and a final case study, all of which receive direct feedback from your DTS Instructor. That is what holds the DTS Level 1 Exercise Coach Certification above every other online certification. Adding DTS Exercise Coach to your resume sets you apart from every other personal trainer or coach in the industry.

Don't Miss Out!

The Exercise Coach Certification [LEVEL 1] is open!

A proven system for your business, the competency to utilize it, and the ability to be one of the best in the fitness industry. Secure your spot now!


OCTOBER 2ND REGISTRATIONS

REGISTER NOW 
ONE TIME PAYMENT

NOVEMBER 13TH REGISTRATIONS

The world has recently changed overnight, and many folks are uncertain about their future.

However, some people are currently finding themselves in a position where they can take advantage of this time to upgrade themselves, their coaching skills, and their business.

They are turning the current adversity into an opportunity.

While we didn’t plan on launching the DTS Exercise Coach Level 1 Certification until 2021, we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to support the fitness industry. That's why we've decided on an early launch. For those ready and able to invest in themselves and their business.

Registrations for this certification are capped at 100 learners and are filled on a first-come basis. This means that this virtual course has the potential to sell out fast. Registration officially opens today.

When you register today, you will receive a confirmation email and an invitation to the Welcome Webinar. This is your opportunity to meet the course instructors, review the schedule, and plan for success. The first official virtual class kicks off on Friday, October 2nd, 2020.