“As to methods: there may be a million and then some, but principles are few.
The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.
The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble” – RALPH WALDO EMERSON
In 2021, Eric Dagati joined forces with Mike Perry to create an educational system called the “Principles of Program Design (PPD)”. The objective of the project was to create a systematic approach to creating effective training programs for strength coaches, trainers, group fitness instructors, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Utilizing a series of “checklists” developed over their near 50 combined years of training experience, Mike and Eric show how to take your unique training methods and have a process for creating reliable, scalable and successful for programming.
In the PPD course we cover not only the scientific principles that should guide your programming, but also the “art” of how to customize and adapt your programs to create the most efficient, effective and reliable results.
The PPD Curriculum includes:
–Finding Your Why and the Safety of Our Silos – Often trainers and clinicians latch themselves on to a particular system or “guru” early in their career and then proceed to follow a dogmatic path that causes them to miss out on some great information that could complement their current thought process
–Client Start Up and Communication – The reps, sets, tempo and exercises you choose will NOT matter if you can’t get your clients to trust you and buy in. We also discuss the “Key Questions”, as skipping some of these may be the difference in your program’s success or failure
–Data Collection & Interpretation – What tests, assessments and evaluations do you perform, why do you choose them and how do you adjust these choices based on the client and their goals? Then once you gather this information, how does it actually impact and guide your program?
–Movement and Making Intelligent Exercise Decisions – How do you choose one exercise over another and why? Learn what factors impact movement and various ways we can assess movement
–The Program and Workout Builder – Now that we have established a systematic approach to information gathering and client interaction, we need to cover what the key building blocks are to build a program via a reliable and repeatable checklist method. We also discuss the difference between a “workout” and a program and how you can write multiple programs for the same person and all could be correct!
-Recovery and Readiness – Once you have created this ideal program, we now need to know how we will adjust the variables based on their current readiness, including a short daily screen you can use to gauge their level of recovery and current state.
The course currently is a full day 8-hour live course, but we are also building an online version, as well as mini-courses that will support it, as well as a mastermind coaching and consulting intensive
For more info on PPD, click here.