The Female Athlete - Level 1

Do Something Different

With Antony Lo

Online Self-Paced, Online LIVE, In-Person

The Female Athlete - Level 1

“One of the best courses I have ever taken! Not just for the female athlete perspective, but also challenging my thinking, and the way I work” @ashley_burr_athletic_therapy

 

Delivery Options

LIVE in person

Our current 2024 dates are listed below – with new listings added regularly.

Let us know where you want the course to come next by joining the waiting list

2-3 March 2024 (Saturday & Sunday)

📍 Long Island, NY, USA @ Babylon CrossFit

Enroll with Pelvic Global** US PT/PTA CEU’s available

 

27-28 April, 2024 (Saturday & Sunday)

📍  Munich, GERMANY @ Sweat & Tears CrossFit

**SUPEREARLYBIRDS SAVE €70** enroll below by Mar 1, 2024
**EARLYBIRDS SAVE €40** enroll below by Mar 29, 2024 

 

Self-Paced

  • Via Pelvic Global Academy – US PT/PTA CEU’s available
  • Via Embodia
    Click Get Started for the options 

 

The Female Athlete – Level 1 is approved by CrossFit for 20 CEU’s

About The Course

“It changed how I work with people. It changed how I empower, inspire and support women. It changed how I view my own life and my own practises. It was really genuinely life and career changing … but honestly, I cannot recommend it enough” @strong_likeamutha

“This course changed the way I practice in so many ways.  If you work with women, in any capacity, this course will challenge you and change you” @nicola_physio

Have you ever felt that you could be doing better for your female clients? As a health or fitness professional, you have a lot of the pelvic health knowledge you need to help your clients, but they just don’t seem to be responding or achieving their dream goals. Sure, their symptoms have improved a bit, but they still can’t run, jump, lift heavy weights or take part in what they want to do. They might be ante-natal, post-natal or never been pregnant – they may have incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and/or diastasis. You might have been taught that these high impact, high load exercises and activities are “bad” things to do, and certainly, not everyone can go back to doing these things…

…but what if we were taught things that aren’t quite true, that the evidence doesn’t seem to support?

I have found that it took a major rethink of my whole approach to Physiotherapy to help my clients achieve their dream goals within minutes, not weeks. I started challenging what I believed and was taught, examined the evidence and listened to my clients. In short, I had to change the model I was working with because too many clients weren’t getting truly better.

Research actually tells us this is true – systematic reviews have shown that the things we thought were useful aren’t actually doing what we thought – they don’t work for the reasons we thought! We know that “modalities” – all of them for back pain – don‘t really work better than anything else, but all are better than doing nothing. Some might be better in combinations, but there’s not enough evidence for that yet.

Not only that, but the evidence on how much pressure is exerted on the pelvic floor (Intraabdominal Pressure or IAP) is not what we were traditionally led to believe. Things like crunches are less pressure on average on the pelvic floor than simply standing out of a chair!

Since 40% of women will have pelvic organ prolapse, around 50% of women who exercise suffer from incontinence, and 1 in 7 to 1 in 3 women will suffer from pelvic pain during their lifetime, don’t you think they deserve to have a fighting chance at doing the things they truly want to do?

Let me tell you about Vicki, an attendee of The Female Athlete Course, just like this one you are going to sign up for. Vicki is a fitness professional who developed pelvic organ prolapse and suffered from the symptoms quite terribly. She had been doing everything she could to try to educate herself and help herself and her clients. She was unable to even lift up 16kg (35lbs) without feeling the symptoms. She felt quite hopeless and that her exercise, an outlet for her, was unable to be done again like she used to like she needed to.

During the consultation, Vicki disclosed many things which were quite upsetting for her. Listening to her story in full was so important for her – she needed to be heard. By demonstrating to her that she could lift 16kg (35lbs) without symptoms in less than a minute gave her hope and encouragement. By showing her throughout the course that she can do things she didn’t think was possible, she was able to finish the weekend with a deadlift of 70kg (155lbs) without any symptoms at all.

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. It happens all the time and I get emails and messages from previous attendees all the time, telling me how they have been using what they learned on the course and how it has been changing lives.

You are already a good therapist or fitness professional. You already change people’s lives. I genuinely want to acknowledge that. But you want to be better. You want to help more people. You want to learn more about how to do the things I did with Vicki.

That’s what this course does.

Both the in-person and online courses have evolved to be active and experiential learning. This course seeks to break the mould of talking AT you and trying to embody the principle of “Experience Before Knowledge” because it provides more background and understanding of the concepts I use through experiencing it and then discussing the thinking and knowledge that support it.

What this course is not is more “tools in the toolbox”. No! This course is about radically challenging your beliefs, simplifying the model we use and then applying it to our clients. You might not actually change the things you do, but I hope you change the reasons why you do them!

I have a mission to assist in improving access to quality information and care for all women – to be able to truly empower them to do the most they can, to achieve their dreams, to live life the way they want to, without fear or hesitation. To do that, I need help – I need health and fitness professionals to join with me to make this a reality.

Will you join me on this mission to change the world? I would love to have you on the team!

Who Is This Course For?

All health and fitness professions, although members of the public have taken this course and benefited from it.

In The Female Athlete – Level 1 Course, You Will Learn:

  • To provide a chance for health and fitness professionals to think about their thinking, models, biases, and beliefs and then to challenge them!
  • To provide a framework from which you can approach the acquisition of knowledge, assessment, and management of Female Athletes.
  • To provide a basic understanding of high-intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including Bootcamp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants.
  • To provide participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess and treat high-intensity training athletes more specifically.
  • To understand ante-natal and postnatal exercise considerations and apply them to high-intensity exercise.
  • To provide an overview of common high intensity, exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries of the lumbopelvic-hip complex and options on how to manage them using exercise.
  • To provide an understanding of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in exercise and appropriate modifications for impact and relatively heavy lifting exercises.
  • To provide a way of utilizing “core stability” principles with a test-retest model using performance as a measure of effectiveness.
  • To provide an overview of the common body weight and loaded movements involving the lumbopelvic-hip complex, sound technique guidelines, and appropriate modifications.
  • To provide a realistic and practical balance between the biological and the psychosocial aspects in managing the high-intensity training athlete, their Coaches and their expectations.
  • To provide an understanding of the concepts of #tensiontotask, #spreadtheload, #variabilityiskey, and #BulletproofPFRoutine.

What will students learn by taking this course?

Taking this course will challenge your beliefs about how and why things work in the world of health and fitness. You will learn to evaluate how cognitive biases affect what you think and believe and how that affects your decisions and management of your clients. Ultimately, you will learn a practical and simple way to implement a biopsychosocial approach to the assessment and management of your clients.

How will students apply what they’ve learned into their practice?

Starting with listening to the client with a different mindset and purpose, they will learn how to identify and challenge unhelpful beliefs through experiential learning and careful use of their words. They will also be able to apply the key concepts and principles to practical exercises, in particular high impact and loading situations. They will be able to help their clients with pain, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis whether they are antenatal, post-natal or have never been pregnant.

Why will students want to take this course?

Those interested in this course will know that there has to be more out there – they are already helping people but there are just *those clients* who they can’t help fully…this course hopes to provide the necessary challenge to their model of healthcare and seek to provide a simpler framework that truly empowers their clients.

What Dr Tracy Sher Says about TFA-L1

What Participants are saying

“Hands down one of the BEST, most impactful courses I’ve ever been part of.  If you can get to one of these locations I 100% recommend!” @coach_katejohnson

“If you are a coach or physical therapist working with athletes, this was the most practically helpful and mind-blowing course I’ve ever taken.  Antony is a physio wizard and an expert at simplifying and making the dots connect!” @ffmotherhood

“One of the best courses I have ever taken! Not just for the female athlete perspective, but also challenging my thinking, and the way I work” @ashley_burr_athletic_therapy

“This is a must experience course if you’re working with ladies and guide them on exercise” @myrandareimerphysio

“I HIGHLY recommend taking The Female Athlete Course @physiodetective.  This course has completely changed how I coach and work with female athlees for the better.  If you are on the fence, go for it!!! @taranis.mom.strong

“The Female Athlete with @physiodetective is one of my favorite courses I have taken.  If you live near one of these places, it is definitely worth attending” @jstrakerfitness

 

“The Female Athlete Course came at a great time for me. I was ruminating on all the ways that standard physio practice and the evidence were not lining up, and the course helped me to put together a more cohesive way to practice.  One that is supported by the evidence, encompasses principles of women’s health, strength and conditioning, and pain Science, and at its core is driven by the goal of helping women to do all that they want.  Ruth, Director of Exhale Physiotherapy and works in Byron Bay, Australia.

See other filmed testimonials by clicking here.

Why did I create this course?

This course evolved from the course I developed for the public called the “Bulletproof” Your Body – Core and Pelvic Floor course. I was getting requests from health and fitness professionals who attended the course to do one specifically for them. So here it is!

I first presented this course in Orlando, Florida to 24 eager yet fearful participants in August 2016…I can still remember they’re shocked faces at something I taught them. But I also remember the looks of amazement when they were able to do things they didn’t think they could – and so many, on every course, tell me “I get why my patients want to lift heavy now…it feels SOOOO GOOD!”

The in-person course is definitely an experience I want you to have and encourage you to find one to attend…but having the course online will reach more people and help me achieve the goal of changing the world – already, since 2016, the world of women’s health has shifted so much and I hope I have contributed even just a tiny amount to that change.

I really do commend the course to you and I still stay in touch with those who participated. This course was filmed in my hometown in Sydney and had a great vibe.

Thank you for considering this course and I know that signing up for it will be challenging, difficult, confusing but ultimately one of the most rewarding things you will do.

How long will I have access to this course?

For the “live and online” courses from My PT Education, participants will have access to the recordings for at least one month following the end of the course. The course materials, handouts etc are yours to keep.

For the self-paced courses or live-online courses hosted by other companies, access will depend on the education company, please check the conditions of Pelvic Guru Academy and Embodia Academy.

Syllabus

(Approximate times, actual timetable subject to change without notice.  Q&A time is included in each section)

Day 1
7:00am start – Intro, welcome and practicals and discussions etc
8:30-9:30am – Demo consult
9:30-9:45am – Break
9:45am -12:00pm – Principles taught and using lunges and other activities to illustrate it.
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-3:15pm – More principles and practicals
3:15-3:30 pm – Break
3:30-5:30pm – Squats and impact exercise practicals
6:00pm – Optional dinner

Day 2
7:00am – Workout start
7:30-8:30am – Recap review and finish off impact exercises
8:30-9:30am – Diastasis
9:30-9:45am – Break
9:45-12:00pm – Diastasis/Core/Abdominal exercises
12:00-1:00pm – lunch
1:00-3:00pm – Continuation of morning session and Deadlifting
3:00-3:15pm – Break
3:15pm – 5:30pm – Other exercises, antenatal/postnatal discussion, reflection, final comments

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely
So many male coaches, physios etc have female clients and they need to understand all of the possible things that could be going on for their client in order to achieve the best outcomes for them.
Men are especially encouraged to come along!  PS: Most of the principles can be applied to all of your clients anyway! 

The live in-person and self-paced versions through Pelvic Global Academy generally have CEU’s for US PT/PTA’s – please confirm that on their appropriate links before purchasing if this is something you require.

Yes! My PT Education is an approved education provider for CrossFit for The Female Athlete – Level 1 Course.  The in-person and self-paced course have CrossFit approval for 20 CEU’s.

Both courses cover key messages and learning principles such as do something different, test retest, variability is key, farmhouse analogy and the pyramid of performance. Both courses also cover impact loading through jumping, heavy lifting through deadlifting, movement exploration through lunges and squats. Both courses cover an external pelvic floor assessment.

The Female Athlete Level 1 also dives into diastasis rectus abdominus and core exercises, application to running sports through running form changes and pivoting drills, further exploration of scaling/approaches for CrossFit/HIIT workouts, and more in-depth discussion around the topics included in The Female Athlete – LITE course. 

If you are doing the in-person course and have 2 days free – do the Level 1 (2 day course).  If you are short on time, then The Female Athlete – LITE (1 day) will get you the key messages.

You are welcome to breastfeed or pump during the sessions – we are happy to accommodate you in any way you need.  Could you please let us know in advance if you may require any special arrangements – please email [email protected]

Absolutely!  All of the practical elements can be scaled where necessary – in fact that is something that is taught within the course itself!

Everything is optional, so you won’t be pressured to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.

“Do Something Different” is my motto, so I hope you will find this course is unique, challenging, educational and inspiring!

Check out the testimonials and you will see many past participants who find this to be true.

No. To clarify, in this course, ANYONE who enjoys ANY exercise / sport / activity of ANY kind or at ANY level is considered an athlete!

There are strategies explored and principles taught in this course that can be applied to ANYONE and EVERYONE (including men!).

Payment plans are not available on all courses.  If available it will be clearly marked.

The price you pay will depend on when the first instalment is made. 

If that falls in an advertised super/earlybird period, you can lock in that price using a discount coupon for a small nominal fee of $5 per the number of instalments you require. Eg if you request 3 instalments, the price will be the current advertised price plus $15.

No interest is charged on payment plans.

Apart from the first amount, all other instalments must be of the same amount and frequency apart (can be days/weeks/monthly as applicable to you).

Full payment must be made at least 8 days before the course starting date.

We understand that circumstances vary, so please email [email protected] to tailor a payment plan that works for you.

No!  Whilst there is reference to pregnancy and postnatal women, the concepts covered in this course are universally beneficial.

Having awareness of pelvic health issues is important for all health and fitness professionals as they can affect a large proportion of the population.

This course will give you confidence to help your clients and to know when to refer on to a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.

Absolutely! Understanding the principles and strategies taught in this course will make your clients think you have years of experience! They don’t teach this content at uni/college (they should!)

Please email [email protected] or send a DM on Instagram to @mypteducation

As the course is very experiential, you will be moving a lot!

So wear comfortable clothing that you can exercise in.

We suggest many layers, especially in colder climates, as often the gyms we are hosted in are not air conditioned.

Add your name to the waiting list so we know where you are!  And get your health & fitpro friends to do the same.

We are always looking for hosts keen to have the course in their location.  Contact us here if you have a gym suitable to host the course.

Although there is some overlap, The Female Athlete also dives into diastasis rectus abdominus and core exercises, application to running sports, further exploration of scaling/approaches for CrossFit/HIIT workouts, and more in-depth discussion around the topics included than what is included in the ‘LITE’ version.

Your Instructor

Antony Lo

Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Master in Manual Therapy (UWA) B.App.Sc (Physio)(USyd)
Antony is an experienced physiotherapist from Australia that works at the junction of Musculoskeletal, Sports and Pelvic Health treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement. He has been practicing since 1997 and successfully built 2 private practices in Sydney before founding My PT Education in 2008. Antony completed his post-graduate Master in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He is a passionate educator whilst still being an active therapist. Antony co-hosts the Women's Health Podcast and is founder of #TheDiastasisProject. He has experience participating and coaching a range of sports and has been a consultant for a number of different types of elite sports athletes of all ages. Antony's passion is working in a way that combines his experience in coaching, education and being a Physiotherapist, combining the knowledge from the fields of Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning, and Women's Health Research to provide a practical, realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare with the best of historical assessment and management approaches. He goes by @physiodetective and his catchphrase is "DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT". Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world - Sydney, Australia! Find out more about Antony by clicking "Explore - Our Teaching Staff"

Get started with one of the options below

In-Person

Long Island (Babylon) New York, USAMarch 2-3, 2024 – Hosted by Pelvic Guru Academy. CEU’s for American PT’s/PTA’s may be available. Certified for 20 CE’s by CrossFit.
Click “Enrol” to transfer to the Pelvic Guru webpage

USD $579-$679

In-Person

Munich, GERMANY 27th and 28th April, 2024 (€539)
Hosted by Sweat & Tears CrossFit: 7am-5:30pm

Use coupon “SUPEREARLYBIRD” to save €70 if you enrol by 1/3/24 (pay €469)
Use coupon “EARLYBIRD” to save €40 if you enrol by 29/3/24 (pay €499)

Or 2 x Payments of €269.50 click here available until 19/3/24

€469-539

Online Self-Paced

Watch this course online anytime, anywhere and at your own pace – Hosted by Pelvic Guru Academy. CEU’s for American PT’s may be available.

USD$579

Online Self-Paced

Watch this course online anytime, anywhere and at your own pace – Hosted by Embodia Academy
*19 CPD units for members of SASP may be available (refer FAQ’s on Embodia page)

CAD$599.99

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