Certified Movement Specialist – CMS
Mastering Bodyweight training is fundamental to physical development and has an important place in every trainer’s arsenal. Bodyweight conditioning provides the foundation for almost every other type of physical activity.
Certified Movement Specialist – CMS is the IKFF foundational course for bodyweight training with the use of minimal or no equipment beyond your own bodyweight.
CMS arms the fitness professional with a deeper philosophy of movement art and how to seamlessly integrate the Body, Breath and Mind into your personal and professional fitness training.
In the broad landscape of movement, movement arts and movement training one can only scrape the surface of physical transformation in a day, a week or even a year. While a “fat-loss” program can bring short-term results, there is different criteria for the aim of improved movement skill.
CMS introduces principles of movement that are timeless and will continue to inform your quality of movement practice throughout your lifetime journey.
A guiding principle of CMS is that the Mind Directs and the body obeys
CMS teaches intentional movement practice via the harmonization of the 3 Universals
What you will learn at CMS certification
CMS curriculum offers a purpose beyond to “get in shape” or “workout”. For a fitness professional, it takes no special training to make a client tired. It does take understanding of the Mind-Body-Breath to create truly integrative physical training programs, that considers the health and well-being of your clients as much as their physical fitness. CMS exists to fulfill this purpose for fitness professionals by providing the conceptual framework, along with high-value physical training techniques for developing truly holistic mind-body fitness programs for the fitness communities.
Elements of CMS
-Deep breathing as the foundation of performance and all practice
-Integration of mind, movement and breathing
-All movement is intentional
-Balance training and progressions to alert and prime the body for athletic activity
-Center of Mass over Base of Support
-Head over Foot as fundamental cue for athletic balance
-Mobility and joint-specific warmups for pain-free exercise
-How to develop a strong, flexible Lower-body for rock-solid foundation
-Animal play integrating balance, power and fluidity
-Dynamic movements for power generation
-Partner drills to develop awareness and timing
-What is Flexibility and why it is key to restoration and life-long vitality
-Tumbling to increase spatial awareness and body control
-Impact training to teach bracing and protection against oncoming forces
-The IKFF Standard for Excellence
What makes CMS so unique among Bodyweight courses?
A unique feature of the CMS is that for every movement, the application of the movement is taught alongside the movement. Movements have a story, a history. While each individual over time has the objective of “owning” the movements, the history of the movement through the eyes of those who came before us provides a deeper relationship with the study.
At their essence, all physical training has at its core the most basic survival needs; Fight and Flight. Although our modern existence is so drastically different than that of our tribal predecessors, the skillful development of these base physical survival attributes is more relevant than ever. How do you want to stand physically in the pace of our fast-evolving planet? Skillfully and Powerfully
CMS explores our most crucial survival instincts from a movement and conditioning point of view through the study of core movement skills that provide versatile carry-over to everyday functions.
Fitness education has evolved dramatically over the last 2 decades yet there are still many aspects of mind-body fitness that are not yet widely understand. It is into this void that CMS steps, to arm the fitness professional with the deep knowledge necessary to internalize his and her training practice.
Various elements of human locomotion are addressed in this course:
Squatting, Standing, Balancing, Rolling, Skipping, Shuffling. Switching, Crossing, Lunging, Weaving. Stepping, Placing, Replacing, Subtracting, Sweeping, Jumping, Kicking, Accelerating, Decelerating. Sliding, Gliding
The IKFF Standard for Excellence
Attending an IKFF certification course is not enough to earn certification. The student must also demonstrate technical competence to earn a prestigious IKFF certification. CMS students must past the technical assessment with consistent form to receive CMS certification
Pushups: Men 35 Women 10
Horse Stance: Men 1 min Women 1 min (thighs parallel)
Pull-ups: Men 12 strict Women 1 strict
Abs: Seated Knees to Chest: Men 30 Women 30
Trunk Hyperextension (partner hold): Men 20 Women 20
Jumping Burpees: Men 30 Women 15
Pistols: Men 1 strict rep per leg Women 1 strict rep per leg
Jump over Stick at Knee Level: Men 30 jumps in 1 minute Women 20 reps in 1 minute
*Participants are graded on control; uncontrolled repetitions will be registered as “no count”
The successful completion of the CMS involves completion of the Assessment with strict execution of form. If the CMS-candidate is not able to successfully complete the assessment or to demonstrate competence in one of more of the techniques, the student will receive a Certificate of Participation and will need to subsequently demonstrate correction of the techniques by providing video of the completed Assessment with corrected techniques.
All IKFF–certified CKT and CMS trainers will maintain a commitment to continuous growth and development. The IKFF Assessments are how the CKT and CMS shows technical skill and is the criteria for professional standard. All CKT and CMS will stay current with technical practice, by re-certifying every 2 years
If you want to get certified, check upcoming courses in our Events Calendar.