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OPTI EDUCATIONAL COURSES Level 1: Movement Restoration


• BOSTON: NOVEMBER 5-6, 2016

Achieve Fitness 42 Merriam St, Somerville, MA 02143

This course is appropriate for all sports medicine, health/fitness, personal training and performance enhancement professionals. 

Attendees will learn the following:

  • An understanding of human movement and optimal motor development
  • The principles of motor learning, motor control and motor programming applied to movement restoration and movement optimization
  • Movement pattern restoration application using PNF and RNT principles and techniques
  • The five foundational movement patterns
  • The OPTI foundational movement competency evaluation
  • The OPTI foundational movement pattern restoration and optimization process


  • Joe Sansalone, NSCA-CPT, ACSM-CPT, NASM-PES, ACE-CPT, USAW-2, SFG-2, FMS-2, Owner/ Director of Performance Optimization Systems at Optimum Performance Training Institute
  • Corey Beavin, ACSM-CPT, NASM-CES, SFG-1, FMS, Director of Education at Optimum Performance Training Institute


This is an application and lecture course.  This course is approved for CEUs with the NSCA.

Questions contact Geraldine Butler at geraldine.opti@gmail.com

Click here to register via Paypal.


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WHEN:  11/21-11/22

TIME:  Saturday 8a-5p (registration 7:15-8a).  Sunday 9a-4p.

COST:  $199 (before 11/13).  $249 (after 11/13).

WHERE:  Crossfit ATP.  714 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

REGISTER:  info@optimum-performance-training.com



  • The Movement-Performance-Specialization hierarchy.
  • The Movement Pattern-Movement Skill-Movement Specialization continuum.
  • The difference between movement, movement patterns and movement skills.
  • The difference between ideal and optimal vs compensatory and altered movement patterns.
  • Why reconstructing and restoring movement patterns towards ideal and optimal matters.
  • How the human organism is designed, functions and creates movement.
  • How the environment influences movement and movement pattern outcomes.
  • What is the “environment” and why does it matter.
  • How to get the organism to operate and move optimally and ideally in its environment.
  • How to restore movement patterns from compensatory and altered to ideal and optimal.
  • How motor learning and motor programming occurs in the human organism.
  • The Five Foundational Movement Patterns of the human organism and their components.
  • The Foundational Movement Competency Evaluation (FMCE).
  • How to use the FMCE to establish movement restoration interventions.
  • How to use PNF and RNT to restore movement patterns.
  • How to create programming based around movement pattern restoration needs and movement competency.


  • Joe Sansalone, NSCA, ACSM, NASM, FMS, SFG, USAW, Owner Optimum Performance Training Institute
  • Corey Beavin, NASM, FMS, SFG, Director of Education Optimum Performance Training Institute


Posted: July 12, 2014 in General

Why We Train Barefoot

By Dana Varela, OPTI Performance Enhancement Specialist

Have you ever gone through a spooky house at Halloween in pitch, black darkness? Using your sense of touch to find your way through every unknown bend and surprising turn? I bet you trusted your hands to feel and find that safe path, protecting your blinded movement forward, right? The brain relies on this proprioceptive information our hands provide. Well, our feet are no different. The brain equally imparts feedback from our feet to allow our bodies to move through space safely.

Our skin is covered with over 600,000 sensory receptors that feed our brain with the information we need to know like where we are in space, if we are cold, if we are in danger, or what just plain feels good. These nerve endings provide our brain with knowledge of what our body is or should be doing consciously and unconsciously. Your feet touch the ground first. Messages are sent to the brain, then the central nervous system, then to muscle fibers in your legs, hips, trunk and all the way up your body to make efficient movements happen. So what happens when this first source of sensing environmental information is covered?   TO CONTINUE READING

Please join us on June 28th for The Female Fitness Formula workshop!

Whether you are a beginner or an avid gym-goer who isn’t getting results, this workshop is for you. Here, you will gain the knowledge and tools to become a more confident, healthy and stronger version of yourself!

Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: $147
Location: Optimum Performance Training Institute
9130-F Red Branch Rd
Columbia, Md

For more details or to sign up click here or send us an email at info@optimum-performance-training.com



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StrongFirst Bodyweight Course

Posted: March 15, 2014 in Nutrition

Please join us on April 19th as we host the StrongFirst Bodyweight Course!

StrongFirst ​Bodyweight ​Courses ​teach ​how ​to ​get ​a ​powerlifting-quality ​workout ​anywhere, ​anytime, ​using ​one’s ​bodyweight ​as ​resistance. ​More ​importantly, ​they ​distill ​the ​principles ​of ​StrongFirst ​and ​reverse-engineer ​the ​body ​language ​of ​the ​strong. ​These ​principles ​have ​a ​great ​range ​of ​applications ​towards ​lifting ​various ​implements ​and ​generating ​force ​in ​athletic ​skills.

The ​curriculum ​was ​developed ​by ​Pavel ​Tsatsouline. ​The ​Courses ​are ​taught ​by ​select ​members ​of ​the ​StrongFirst ​instructor ​cadre.

​■State-of-the-art ​abdominal ​exercises.
​■Beginner ​to ​advanced ​progressions ​for ​the ​“bodyweight ​powerlifts”: ​the ​one-arm ​pushup, ​the ​pistol, ​and ​the ​tactical ​pull-up.
​■The ​principles ​of ​an ​effective ​bodyweight ​strength ​program ​design, ​refined ​and ​condensed ​from ​the ​Russian ​methodology.
​■Most ​importantly, ​take ​a ​big ​step ​towards ​body ​mastery ​by ​reverse-engineering ​the ​body ​language ​of ​elite ​gymnasts.

When: April 19th, 2014, 9am – 5pm
Where: Optimum Performance Training Institute, Columbia, MD
Who: Karen Smith, Master Instructor and Joe Sansalone, Team Leader
Cost: $299

For more information and to sign up, please visit StrongFirst.com”
Questions? Email info@optimum-performance-training.com

StrongFirst KB Course at OPTI

Posted: February 12, 2013 in General


StrongFirst Kettlebell Course
DATE:  Saturday, MAY 11th
TIME:  8:30a-6p
COST:  $299
Phil Scarito, Senior SFG
Joe Sansalone, Level-2 SFG
To Register: S1 KB Course Sign Up
More Info:  S1 KB Course 

Part 1 of 4:

Here I go over the fundamental alignment and positioning needed to develop optimal Kettlebell Swing technique.

Part 2 of 4:

This video covers how to turn proper positioning and alignment into the optimal movement sequencing and mechanics of the Kettlebell Swing.

Part 3 of 4:

Christine Norris and I go over a few key mistakes we see in the execution of the Kettlebell Swing and some drills and cues to correct the problems.

Part 4 of 4:

How to reduce injury potential at the start and finish of the Kettlebell Swing.



Interested in learning about kettlebell training?

Optimum Performance Training Institute will be hosting an Introduction to Kettlebell Training Workshop on Saturday, October 6th at 10:30am. This free 90 minute workshop will cover the fundamentals and basics of kettlebell training.

All fitness and experience levels are welcome.

All workshop attendees will receive a 10% discount on OPTI’s Introductory Group Kettlebell Training Program plus a 10% discount on the first month of Group Kettlebell Training Classes


  • Joe Sansalone
  • Christine Norris


  • Where:  OPTI, 9130-F Red Branch Road.  Columbia, MD 21045.
  • When:  Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Time:  10:30am-12:00pm
  • Cost:  Free
  • Register:  Contact Christine Norris at info@optimum-performance-training.com


Posted: July 6, 2012 in General





1.  Power Development,  A Mixed Method Approach:

  • Power: Different types and how to train for each
  • Strength:  The highest priority quality
  • Olympic weightlifting
  • Kettlebell Power Training (Swing, Snatch, Complexes and Chains)
  • Rotational Power and Rotational Movement Training

When:  Saturday & Sunday, July 21-22

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-5:30p, Sunday 9a-5p

Cost:  $179

CEU’s:  1.2 (12 contact hours)

Instructor: Joe Sansalone 

2.  Olympic Weightlifting for Performance Enhancement & Athletic Development:

  • Determining factors to introduce Olympic Weightlifting
  • Athletic and Performance benefits of Olympic Weightlifting
  • Clean and Power Clean progressions and regressions
  • Snatch and Power Snatch Progressions and regressions
  • Jerk Progressions and regressions

When:  Saturday, August 18

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-6:30p

Cost:   $129

Instructor: Joe Sansalone 

3.  Linear & Multi-Directional Speed Training for Athletic Development:

  • Plyometric Training
  • Agility Training
  • Acceleration Mechanics
  • Acceleration Development Drills
  • Sled Training
  • Absolute Speed Mechanics
  • Absolute Speed Development Drills
  • Lateral Movement Mechanics
  • Lateral Movement Development Drills
  • Change of Direction Mechanics
  • Change of Direction Development Drills
  • Combination Speed Training

When:  Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14

Time:  Saturday 11a-5p, Sunday 9a-3p

Cost:  $149

Instructor: Joe Sansalone


  EMAIL JOE SANSALONE AT jsansalone3@aol.com for more details or to register for any seminar.