Course Overview

Do you come across clients who experience pain during the 4 major barbell lifts (bench press, squats, deadlifts, overhead press) and as their personal trainer, you are determined to help them but not sure how? Have you been looking online and on youtube for solutions to pain symptoms but get confused as to which approach is safe for personal trainers to follow? Do you know when to seek help from medical professionals, and under which circumstances you can safely work with your clients in a gym setting? This is a course for fitness professionals whose objectives are to dive deeper into why their clients experience pain during barbell lifts and adopt strategies that will get their clients out of pain, and stay in action as you work with them on strength development.

Course Highlights

 • The Rehab Process Overview

• Pain Symptoms in relation to movement faults and compensation

• Corrective Exercises – Programming and Cueing Methodologies

• Short Videos that are easy to understand

• Chinese Subtitles Available in Simplified Chinese

Course Objectives

• Learn the principles of load management, pain science rehab and performance programming

• Dig Deep into optimizing squat form, variation selection, and what to do when pain arises. Find out why everyone squats differently.

• Learn now to modify bench press to reduce shoulder pain and increase performance

• Deadlifts – learn how to optimize form and modify it based on anatomy, personal preference, and injury history

• Learn how to optimize overhead lifting and how personal trainers can use it to promote shoulder health.


This is a continuing education course for existing fitness professionals who has gained front line experience in personal training, knowledge of exercise science, understand client assessment and programming.

Course Facilitator

Dr Michael Mash

PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA, FMS, Cert. TTM, Founder of Barbell Rehab

Course Provider

Fitness Academy Asia (FAA)

Continuing Education Points

NASM – 0.9 CEU(s)

ACE – 0.6 CECs

Category D NSCA – 0.8 CEU(s)

Course Duration

6 Hours – Study At Your Own Pace


Online Examination – Multiple Choice – Passing Score 70%

Learning Materials

Electronic Course Manual

Online Lectures - Pre-Recorded


Upon the passing of the online exam, you will be awarded a “Continuing Education Certification of Completion” by Barbell Rehab.

Grading Criteria

Online Exam Passing Score of 70%




Exam Fee


What Do I Need to Bring?

Mobile/Desktop/Tablet – Can be used on any device

Pen and Notepad for notes


English with Simplified Chinese Subtitle Options

Information displayed above is correct during time of publishing and may subject to change without prior notice

Course Highlights


Course Curriculum

Module 1: Principles of Training and Rehab


In this module, we discuss the principles of load management, pain science, rehab and performance programming, and how to optimize mindset on returning to baseline after an injury.


Module 2: Training and Modifying the Squat


Here we dig deep into optimizing squat form, variation selection, and what to do when pain arises. Everyone squats differently. Here's where you learn why.


Module 3: Optimize the Bench Press for Health and Performance


Many people complain of shoulder pain during the bench press. Here, we talk about how to optimize and modify this lift to reduce shoulder pain and increase performance.


Module 4: Deadlift Form, Variations, and Common Issues


Many people avoid the deadlift because of back pain. In this module, you'll learn how to optimize form and modify it based on anatomy, personal preference, and injury history.


Module 5: Overhead Lifting and Shoulder Health


Many people avoid pressing overhead in fear that it will cause shoulder pain or due to current discomfort. Here we talk about how to optimize overhead lifting and how we use it to promote shoulder health.


Continuing Education Points
American Council on Exercise (ACE) – 0.6 CECs
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – 0.9 CEU(s)
National Strength and Conditioning Association – 0.8 Category D NSCA CEU(s) 


Barbell Rehab Workshop