Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™– developed exclusively by Merrithew Health & Fitness™ experts. This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. This multi-layered system is designed for both novice and high-level athletes.
You’ll enhance your performance by improving precision, control, strength, power, and agility. Jumpstart your metabolism, optimize your athletic performance, and train smarter with our combination of body control and power movements that transform regular training regimens into high intensity, results-driven workouts. Our system will help retrain unbalanced muscles, initiate the core, and build strength from within that will transfer on and off the playing field!
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Thank you for your interest in CORE™ Instructor Training. By using the tabs above you will be able to learn more about the courses and workshops offered in this discipline. There is also a FAQ section and a schedule of upcoming courses.
How do I enroll?
We also offer instructor training for STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™, ZEN•GA™, and TRX® Suspension® Training.
CORE Instructor Foundation Course, Level 1
This seven-hour training program introduces important concepts of athletic conditioning and performance training. Emphasis is placed utilizing 11 Foundational Principles when training athletes. The principles cover alignment and biomechanics for the major joints involved in athletic performance as well as understanding how to train the three classifications of muscles for optimal performance. In addition, components of athletic conditioning are overviewed including resistance training methods, plyometric training, balance training, and speed & agility training. Performance training concepts such as periodization are also introduced. Finally, participants will walk away with two Interval Training workouts, one based on muscular endurance and one focusing on high-intensity training. These workouts incorporate the various concepts covered in the program and utilize a variety of equipment options.
CECs: 0.7 STOTT PILATES and other organizations
All CORE Workshops are created by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ programming team.
RECOMMENDED: Complete CORE™ Workshops to receive further programming content and choreography that is not covered in the Foundation course. Currently there are five CORE workshops, and many more to follow. See additional information on workshops offered. All workshops provide CECs from STOTT PILATES® and other organizations.
Please note: Taking workshops alone without participating in the Foundation Course will not qualify you as a CORE Instructor.
CORE Balance & Strength on the Big Blue Stability Cushion™
This engaging and challenging new workout features a large Stability Cushion™, balance disk and a pair of secured handweights. The combination of these props results in movements that are ideal for athletic training or functional fitness. The cushion provides an unstable base that helps activate the deep support muscles of the torso while the small handweights incorporate peripheral resistance to movements of the arms and upper body. The Core Foundational Principles are applied in this fitness-based workout that will provide fun and variety—and a little extra challenge. Participants are encouraged to wear training shoes for this workshop.
CORE Power & Stamina: Medicine Ball Interval Training, Volume 1
In this intense athletic program you will experience a unique full-body workout using the Medicine Ball. Because of the shape and weight of the ball, this program will challenge your strength and agility as well as your endurance and stamina. Based on a series of exercise intervals, incorporating the CORE Foundational Principles, you can increase or decrease the intensity of the workout based on the weight of the med ball you choose. Participants are encouraged to wear training shoes for this workshop.
CORE Athletic Conditioning on the Tower Trainer™
Athletic conditioning at any level can take on a variety of complexions. In this workshop learn how this new free-standing tower uses a secured bar along with various springs and straps to produce an unparalleled workout. Built on the premise of working large muscle groups both concentrically and eccentrically, this unique Tower Trainer routine is a hybrid of traditional athletic training with the foundational work of the CORE philosophy. The goal is to produce proper movement mechanics while challenging the body in different planes of motion, coupled with altered resistance and balance requirements including suspension training.
CORE Athletic Conditioning with Fitness Circle®
The Fitness Circle resistance ring lives up to its name by providing peripheral resistance to a fitness-based workout. Discover how unique sequences and interesting combinations are further augmented with the sprung-steel ring. Focusing on stabilization of the shoulders, hips and core, these moves can be added into any personal training or group fitness setting to bring increased intensity and muscle-specific training. Learn how this simple tool can help you achieve dramatic results when used in a variety of applications.
CORE™ Dynamic Resistance Training with Tubing
This creative and versatile new workout features two types of elastic resistance: Tubing with handles and tubing ankle cuffs. This workshop balances upper, lower and core resistance training with athletic-based movements that will challenge any athlete or fitness buff. This kind of peripheral resistance adds a unique component to the workout routine and adds elements of stability and balance to the exercises. The CORE Foundation Principles are applied in this high powered workout that will provide focus on form and intensity. No muscle is left untouched in this dynamic new workout.
Upon completion of the CORE Instructor Foundations courses, you will receive a Certificate of Completion designating you as a CORE Instructor. You will have learned everything you need to:
- Explain the theory behind the CORE principles.
- Effectively apply CORE principles to a workout for any level participant.
- Teach a pre-programmed CORE Circuit class in a group format.
- Practice correct execution of exercises found in traditional fitness training.
Prerequisite – This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement who hold a related certification and/or degree. Individuals who do not possess this background may still participate in the course and will be issued a letter of completion, but will not be granted an instructor qualification. A history of participation in fitness or movement is highly recommended for anyone wishing to take this course.
Equipment used in the course:
Mat; Strength Tubing – Cardio (variety of 3 strengths); Large Stability Cushions; Medicine Balls (variety of 3 weights); Strength Tubing for Ankles (variety of 3 strengths) Halo Trainer; Stability Ball™ (55cm or 65cm for Halo)
Certificate of Completion and Continuing Education Credits
By successfully completing each course participants earn 0.7 STOTT PILATES CECs and other organizations.