Bulletproof Spine by Kime Performance PT

by Dr Tony Mikla

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This course in the Bulletproof Series instructs professionals on developing a program that optimizes complete spine health and performance. The course covers progression along the rehabilitation and performance continuum for the spine. A significant focus will be placed on both the quality and the purpose of movement pattern assessment, implementing exercise progressions, and delivering appropriate program for stability, strength, speed, and endurance. Focused progression and regression will be the emphasis of this course, so you as an instructor, can cleanly deliver the best program for your client at exactly the right time.

The foundation of this course is built on movement science shared from industry leaders such as FMS, EXOS, Strong First, and the NSCA. The course takes content from all of these educational groups and brings it together to be easily implemented in a gym or clinical setting for both the general population or elite athletes.

Note: Tools are not provided with this course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Develop respect for the biomechanics, joint contributions and myofascial layerings that influence spine performance and health
  • Understand the role of regional interdependence as it pertains to the spine
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform assessment for necessary movement quality prior to implementing high level spine fitness
  • Implement appropriate exercise progression along the rehabilitation and performance continuum
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the developmental drills for trunk integrity from the ground up
  • Demonstrate proficiency with progressions toward basic movement patterns of the hip hinge and load/support/carry
  • Recognize situations where the use of a kettlebell will facilitate improved motor control and strength for the spine
  • Demonstrate appropriate exercise implementation following Case Study learning model

Course Content

Kime Performance PT Bulletproof Spine

Tony Mikla, DPT


Tony is a leading sports physical therapist, performance coach, and researcher. He speaks and teaches nationally on sports physical therapy and regularly publishes research in international journals. Tony previously served as the Physical Therapy Manager at the world-renowned EXOS in Phoenix, AZ, working with some of the best athletes in the world. He was the Medical Director for the Sacramento Sports Commission and adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Sacramento State University and Northern AZ University. In 2015, Tony was named a finalist for the NSCA Sports Medicine Specialist of the year and was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award from the Sacramento Business Journal in 2017.

Hour 1: Joint by Joint/Functional Line/Biomechanics 

  • Joint by Joint (lumbar spine is affected by hips and thoracic spine) 
  • Anatomy Trains 
  • Posterior oblique 
  • Anterior oblique 
  • Lateral 
  • Breathing 
  • Diaphragm/pelvic floor cylinder  
  • Unlocking thoracic spine 

Hour 2: Assessments 

  • Triggers/provocations 
  • Active Mobility 
  • Toe Touch 
  • Back Bend 
  • Rotation 
  • Hip Mobility 
  • Functional Patterns 
  • Hinge 
  • Squat  
  • Breathing 
  • Diaphragm 
  • Rib mobility (buckethandle/pumphandle) 

Hour 3: Mobility Interventions 

  • Thoracic Spine 
  • Sidelying Rotations 
  • Quadruped Rotations 
  • Foam roll/peanut extension 
  • Self Soft Tissue  
  • Myofascial Release (ball/foam roll) 
  • Glutes 
  • Quads/TFL 
  • Hamstrings 
  • Lumbar fascia 
  • Stretch 
  • Quad 
  • Wall (HS) 
  • Rotational (thoracic/lumbar) 
  • Lateral Line  

Hour 4: Stability/Motor Control 

  • Rolling Patterns 
  • Cat/Camel 
  • McGill Big 3 
  • Segmental Curl-up 
  • Bird-dog 
  • Side Bridge 
  • Push-outs ½ kneeling à Standing 
  • Front plank à UE/LE lifts  
  • Crawl progression 
  • Baby crawlà bear crawl holdàbear crawl tapsà bear crawl (forward/retro), spider crawl 

Hour 5: Strength/Stability  

  • Hinge progression 
  • Carry series 
  • Farmer 
  • Suitcase 
  • Racked à bell up 
  • OH 
  • Get-up steps 1-3 à 1-7   
  • Chops ½ kneel à standing 
  • Ab wheel kneeling à standing 
  • Toes to bar  

Hour 6: Speed/Power 

  • Rotational wall ball throws facing forward and lateral 
  • Ball slams  
  • Rotational ball slams 
  • Rotational partner med-ball toss à deceleration med-ball toss 

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