Bulletproof Spine by Kime Performance PT

by Dr Tony Mikla

Online Course

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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.

Available Course Credits

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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
25% fee for cancellations on courses that have been marked as “in progress” - or partially viewed. Execution of refund is contingent upon the review of RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC to determine course status. Full refunds will be issued to those who have not reviewed any portion of the course and will be processed within 3-5 business days. Refunds expected to be returned to the original payment method used unless stated otherwise by RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC. Due to the method of delivery for these courses (i.e., on-demand), registration is ongoing and therefore does not have a registration deadline associated with it.

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 and Standing 
  • Front plank , UE/LE lifts  
  • Crawl progression 
  • Baby crawl, bear crawl hold,bear crawl taps, bear crawl (forward/retro), spider crawl 

Hour 5: Strength/Stability  

  • Hinge progression 
  • Carry series 
  • Farmer 
  • Suitcase 
  • Racked , bell up 
  • OH 
  • Get-up steps 1-3 and 1-7   
  • Chops ½ kneel and standing 
  • Ab wheel kneeling and 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 and deceleration med-ball toss 


This course is valid for continuing education credit through NUHS in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: AK, CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed)

Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: CA, FL, LA, MS, OK, WI

CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: AL, AR, GA, HI, KY, MO, NM, PA, TX and WV .

*NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event.


Bulletproof Spine meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards: AL, CO, CT, IA, ME, MA, MN, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY

FL – Bulletproof Spine is approved by the FPTA for 6 hours, CE Broker Approval #:CE23-907760

IL - Bulletproof Spine (6 contact hours) meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of a National University of Health Sciences approval: IL . NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education.

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