Level 3 foam rolling instructor course
Master an extensive range of foam rolling techniques to enhance your personal training and fitness coaching services.
Master the art and science of self-myofascial release with this leading foam rolling instructor course.
eLearning with extensive videos
Study at your own pace
Enhance your personal training services with this leading online and on-demand foam rolling instructor course. Discover how to apply the principles of self-myofascial release to improve your client's musculoskeletal health and function.
Our level 3 foam rolling instructor course has been expertly designed by industry specialists to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the structural anatomy of muscles and their fascia. This programme, which has been developed and delivered by leading industry experts, will teach you how to identify adhesions and trigger points, and how to release these to reduce pain or improve musculoskeletal function.
Myofascial release (MFR) is a low-risk therapeutic technique that improves the compliance, pliability and function of the skeletal muscles and their associated fascia. Amongst other benefits, MFR can help to reduce local symptoms of pain, improve range of motion, and prepare and promote recovery. Providing appropriate foam rolling, or instructions for self-myofascial release, can elevate your offering as a PT.
This foam rolling instructor course has been developed by experts in the fitness industry with decades of experience providing therapeutic programmes. Myofascial release has risen to prominence in recent years, but so has poor application of foam rolling practices.
The course combines a review of the scientific research surrounding foam rolling and self-myofascial release with an extensive range of applied practical training videos, giving you the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach foam rolling activities safely and effectively.
You can complete this course entirely online and learn at your own pace. The programme largely consists of eLearning that will guide you through a range of anatomical and kinesiological subjects relating to muscles and their fascia. The course also includes a wide-range of practical videos teaching you how to specifically target key areas of the body to improve tissue health, compliance and function. Throughout the course, there will also be a range of informal knowledge checks to ensure that you are mastering the content and making good progress.
This is a continued professional development (CPD) programme, therefore, there are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, to teach foam rolling activities to others, you will need a formal fitness instructor or personal training qualification.
This programme is endorsed by YMCA Awards as a CPD activity and is the ideal add-on to existing fitness instructor or personal training qualification. The YMCA Awards endorsement guarantees that students that complete this course will have their achievements recognised around the world.
This foam rolling instructor course has been endorsed by YMCA Awards rather than CIMSPA. However, CIMSPA members will still be able to claim 5 CPD points for completing this programme.
Providing best-in-class training services to your clients is much more than counting reps and repeating motivational platitudes. It’s about planning and delivering quality training that improves your client’s health, fitness and function, so that they can live longer and with more vitality. Foam rolling can play a crucial role in maintaining musculoskeletal health, especially in those who are very active, and or who experience regular muscle-related pain. Throughout this programme, you’ll study a wide-range of subjects that will broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding about the science and application of foam rolling techniques. Specifically:
Structure and function of connective tissue
The role of fascia and myofascia
Classifications of fascia
Myofascial slings, including functional roles
Introduction to releasing fascia
Adhesions and trigger points
Safe populations for foam rolling
Situations when foam rolling should be deferred
Absolute contraindications to foam rolling
Foam rolling considerations for different populations
Functional and dysfunctional kinetic chain
Neuromuscular factors affecting myofascial release
Stretching and releasing mechanisms
Releasing and restoring fascia
Introduction to self-myofascial release (SMFR)
Other rolling and releasing approaches
Benefits of rolling/SMFR
Pain, proprioception and pressure
Principles and modalities of SMFR
Muscle energy techniques and PNF stretching
Extensive range of practical SMFR videos
Coaching and cueing techniques
Adapting SMFR activities for different clients
Nothing says I'm serious about becoming the best PT or coach that I can be than continually expanding your knowledge, skills and qualifications. On completion of this foam rolling course, you'll be given exclusive access to our flagship CV Connect platform where you'll be able to join the tens of thousands of HFE graduates that have gone on to work with some of the worlds leading fitness brands.
Throughout this interactive online course, you'll complete a series of learning checks that are embedded into the course content to ensure you are making good progress. These questions aren't mandatory but we're sure you'll find them useful to help keep your learning on track.
You'll also complete a series of short multiple-choice knowledge workbooks that are designed to ensure you have mastered the subjects before moving on to the next. These questions are mandatory and you must answer all questions correctly before you can complete the course. Finally, you'll need to complete a short practical assessment where you will record yourself teaching a small range of foam rolling and self-myofascial release techniques to camera. You'll simply record and submit this to us for marking via our online platform. This assessment will likely take about 15 minutes to complete.
If you're interested in this foam rolling course then it's only natural that you might have some questions about the techniques or the programme itself. We've featured some of our frequently asked questions below, but if you don't find the answer that you are looking for, feel free to get in touch with our Careers Team on the number at the top of the page.
This foam rolling instructor course is designed as an ‘add on’ CPD course for personal trainers and as such, it doesn’t result in direct employment opportunities. Most of the students that complete this course are already qualified fitness instructors and personal trainers looking to increase their scope of practice and deliver a wider-range of services to their clients.
Many personal trainers incorporate the foam rolling techniques they master on this course into their one-to-one training sessions. However, many of our group exercise instructors also go on to deliver stretching and rolling classes specifically targeting problem areas with self-myofascial release techniques. We also know that some of our sports massage course graduates are incorporating these techniques into their self-care advice for clients.
This course is designed for fitness instructors and personal trainers looking to learn the evidence-based principles and fundamentals of foam rolling (self-myofascial release) with the goal of delivering safe and effective foam rolling activities to clients (individual and groups). If you are a qualified exercise professional that has been using a foam roller for some time and you have a firm grasp of the underlying science, then there is no formal requirement for you to complete a separate foam rolling instructor course.
That said, most employers prefer their staff to undertake regular CPD to ensure that what they are teaching aligns with industry standards and best practice. Similarly, if you are using a foam roller with clients, they will likely also want to know that you undertaken quality training in this area. Finally, if a client were to injure themselves in a session taught by you and which uses a foam roller, you might find that your public liability or indemnity insurance won’t cover you if you cannot demonstrate you are suitably trained. For this reason, completing a course like this could literally pay for itself.
Foam rolling is a form of self-administered myofascial release, which is why it is often referred to as self-myofascial release. To the untrained eye, this approach might look and feel like the same type of myofascial release that is performed by a trained sports massage therapist or bodyworker, but it’s important to underline that the intent and effects of both of these techniques are very different.
Self-myofascial release largely targets the superficial aspects of the muscle and its connective tissues (myofascia) and can be useful in terms of preparing for exercise and recovering from strenuous activity. It may also help to target and release tender spots in the myofascia known as trigger points. However, myofascial release performed by a professional therapist can create much more transverse (cross) friction within the tissues, and the therapist can better identify where specifically the restrictions are, helping to deliver better outcomes for clients.
For regular exercisers and athletes alike, self-myofascial release can be a great tool for maintaining good myofascial compliance, helping to improve performance and reduce recovery. However, it should not be confused with professional myofascial release techniques that target the deeper bodily tissues, and/or which are used to treat clients with specific symptoms (e.g., pain or dysfunction).
Foam rolling is just one application of the technique known as ‘self-myofascial release’, or SMR. That said, the foam roller is the most widely used SMR tool that is used to deliver a host of benefits, including reducing restoring muscle balance with overactive (hypertonic) muscles, reducing the sensitivity of muscles, improving the length-tension relationship, improving range of movement, releasing trigger points (tender spots), and generally improving the function of the myofascia, both in terms of muscle tone (activation) and tissue (pliability and movement).
As above, foam rolling is just one application and it’s possible to realise similar SMR benefits with other tools, including medicine balls, tennis balls, hockey balls, or any other soft implement can can apply pressure and roll. Throughout this programme, we’ll show you how to achieve the same effects as a foam roller with other tools also.