Somatic Senses – Barbell Strength Certification

“This is a course that’s meant to help each and every trainer gain an understanding and respect for the barbell so that they can choose to use it appropriately.”

Absolute strength is one of the cornerstones of all other health and fitness endeavours. Muscular mass and strength are two of the biggest predictors of health-span in an ageing population. Functional (useable) strength is the foundation of every high-level athletic undertaking. Regardless of who you’re training — whether pre-teens, athletes, stay-at-home moms, business folks, or the elderly — strength is one of the most important fitness variables to understand at a deep level. And there is no better tool to use, nor a more common type of free weight, than the barbell.

Location: BCPTI

Certification Dates: March 5th & 6th from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Course Fee: $499 + GST (option to reserve your spot for $100)

Registration Limit: 25 (to ensure social distancing).

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What You Will Actually Learn

In this course, we will explore the most common barbell movements and the ones that lead to the greatest gains in strength: Deadlift, Squat, Bench Press, Military Press. For each and every lift, we will cover anatomical variations, functional considerations, movement standards, client screening/prerequisites, performance standards, and accessory exercises. We will also cover a huge variety of accessory movements, equipment alternatives, performance alternatives, common myths, and injury prevention. Here is the movement syllabus in more detail:


  • Conventional
  • Sumo/Semi-Sumo
  • Assistance Exercises
  • Assessments for Deadlift Stance, Type, and Depth

Programming Considerations

  • Rep Ranges
  • Frequency
  • Volume
  • Safety
  • Population-specific
  • Outcome-specific
  • Maintenance


  • Absolute Strength
  • Strength Endurance


  • Back Squat
  • Front Squat
  • Zercher Squats
  • SSB Squats
  • Overhead Squats
  • Assistance Exercises
  • Assessments for Squat Stance, Type, and Depth

Alternative Methods & Injury Prevention

  • Spinal Stability
  • Nordics
  • Reverse Nordics
  • Copenhagens
  • Spinal Endurance
  • Cardiovascular Considerations


  • Exercises and Considerations
  • Functional Consdierations

Bench Press

  • Grip Width
  • Pressing Depth
  • Assistance Exercises
  • Assessments for Bench Press Width and Depth

Military Press & Variants

  • Strict Press
  • Push Press
  • Jerk
  • Assessments for Military Press Width and Depth

Equipment and Impact on Lifting/Outcomes

  • Belts
  • Wraps
  • Shoe Types

About Dr. Benjamin J Stevens

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Dr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus. He started a personal training career over 20 years ago at a local YMCA. He has been in clinical practice in Kelowna, BC, Canada since 2011. Having worked extensively with multiple major sports organizations and their athletes, as well as every day clients in pain, Dr. Stevens understands the common grounds between all people. Dr. Stevens has accumulated an average of 100-200 continuing education hours per year for almost 10 years, thanks in part to his ownership in Somatic Senses, but also form years of instructing and taking courses throughout the health and fitness field. Learning from Dr. Stevens means you can pull on experience with a broad range of educational systems, principles, and techniques.

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All BCPTI courses are non-transferable and non-refundable. **