I chose DTS Fitness Education because of the reputation they have built among top performing trainers at clubs I have worked at. They deliver great value and their instructors show care for every student. Having taken 7 courses through DTS I now have a variety of tools in my arsenal as a trainer to troubleshoot any client training-related problem. As managers, we always look more warmly on candidates with a DTS background because we know their quality of education is top notch! - Hamza

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Course Introduction

DTS Hypertrophy Fundamentals teaches the physiological principles of muscle growth so you can design training programs optimized for Hypertrophy. Training for Hypertrophy is not a “one-size fits all.” This dynamic and scientifically-based course explains how muscle grows and the different ways to achieve it. DTS Hypertrophy Fundamentals takes you through multiple training styles and helps you implement them. This course gives you the practical skills and maps out the exact action steps from periodization to nutritional advice.

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DTS Fitness Education has been pivotal in helping our new Personal Trainers feel confident in assessing and training potential and current clients. This is why we chose DTS to provide 2 days of onboarding for all new Personal Trainers at Movati Athletic. Their instructors are clear and effective in their communication and delivery. The students have an opportunity to learn, practice with peers, and tests their knowledge to ensure the material can be applied effectively directly after the course. I recommend DTS Fitness Education to all Personal Trainers looking to develop their foundation of training. - Kelly

Having taken DTS Level 1 over 7 years ago, it remains my top certification. The course really cemented many key principles that I still work with to this day. The team at DTS Fitness Education are able to speak and work with trainers in a way that very few can. If you are seeking a high quality education provider, DTS Fitness Education will not disappoint. I highly recommend them to all health and fitness professionals. 

- Matt

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Module 1 Hypertrophy Expectations

  • Genetics 
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Current Physical Condition and Expected Muscule Growth 

Module 2 Muscle Cell Function 

  • Cell Review
  • Muscle Fibre Types
  • Muscle Fibre Ratios
  • Principles of Motor Units
  • Fascia's Affect on Hypertrophy
  • Muscle Cell Summary 


Module 3 Science of Hypertrophy 

  • ​Intro to Hypertrophy 
  • Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy
  • Myofibrillar Hypertrophy
  • Hyperplasia
  • The Science of Hypertrophy Summary 

Module 4 Mechanical Tension

  • Mechanisms of Hypertrophy 1
  • Motor Units 
  • Load
  • Velocity
  • Mind Muscle Connection 
  • Muscle Actions
  • Length-Tension Relationship
  • Mechanical Tension Summary

Module 5 Metabolic Stress

  • Mechanisms of Hypertrophy 2
  • Metabolites
  • Muscle Fibre Recruitment
  • Hormones & Myokines
  • Cell Swelling
  • Blood Flow Restriction
  • Metabolic Stress Summary

Module 6 Muscle Damage

  • Mechanisms of Hypertrophy 3
  • Contraction Type
  • Intensity & Volume
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle Damage Summary

Module 7 Training Variables 

  • Intensity 
  • Volume
  • Tempo
  • Time Under Tension
  • Rest Intervals

Module 8 Exercise Selection 

  • Exercise Selection Intro
  • Range of Motion
  • ROM Shoulder Example
  • Strength Curves
  • Exercise Order

Module 9 Periodization 

  • ​Periodization 101
  • Micro-Cycles
  • Meso Cycles
  • Macro Cycles
  • Training Method Selection

Module 10 Training Methods 

  • ​High Frequency Training Method
  • Cluster Training Method
  • Giant Sets Method
  • DTS Fully Loaded Method
  • ISO-Hold Method
  • Drop-Set Method
  • Post-Fatigue Method
  • Wave-Loading Method 

Module 11 Protein Synthesis

  • Protein Synthesis 101
  • mTOR
  • mTOR - Factor 1 - Resistance Training
  • mTOR - Factor 2 - Growth Factors
  • mTOR - Factor 3 - Protein
  • mTOR - Factor 4 - Insulin
  • Protein Synthesis Summary

Module 12 Nutrition for Hypertrophy

  • Nutrition for Hypertrophy
  • Meal Frequency
  • Nutrient Timing
  • Muscle Math Part 1
  • Muscle Math Part 2

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So you’re a certified personal trainer, but you know you need to keep learning? We understand. Once we were certified, we kept working with clients who challenged us and our skills. And we’re grateful for them, because it helped us go deeper and learn more about the human body. It’s critical to keep learning and continue getting better in this competitive field. 

When you learn online, you tap into...

  • The convenience of learning at your own pace, any time you want, for as long as you want. As long as you have a WiFi connection, you can turn any coffee shop, hotel, or make-shift home office into a classroom. If you want to power through our materials in one day, you can, or you can spread them out as you please. 
  • The chance to really learn the material. Our online continuing education courses require you to pass quizzes in order to maximize retention. This forces you to be more involved with the course and the material so that you can get the certificate of completion.
  • A variety of learning strategies. Our online course features articles, videos, online webinars, and more. There is something for every type of learner. 
  • ​Lifetime access to our course. This allows you to utilize the material as you need to, while staying connected. 

I have been taking DTS Fitness Education courses since 2011. The reason I continue to choose DTS is simple – it’s a hands-on approach that doesn’t fail. The amount of knowledge and confidence I experienced after walking out of a DTS certification is unparalleled. And it’s something you want and can apply during your very next client session. DTS truly delivers a world-class experience and I would highly recommend their courses to all health professionals! - Jamie

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I chose DTS Fitness Education because they consistently deliver excellent courses packed full of pertinent, up to date information that is instantly applicable to my clients. Their instructors are among the best I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. The experience is professional and fun from beginning to end. I found DTS Level 1 to be the absolute best entry level course for new trainers. It provides a clear system and process to assess and correct movement in any client. I would highly recommend DTS level 1 Certification as the standard for all new trainers.


"Knowledge on its own isn't powerful; Its the application of knowledge that makes it truly powerful."

Aside from how amazing, thorough, informative, and applicable these courses are, more than anything they are FUN. As someone with a short attention span, I appreciate the hands on approach and the enthusiasm that the DTS team and course content bring.  

I’ve taken dts level 1, hypertrophy, and striking and every time I’ve completed a course I walk away excited and overflowing with new information. These courses really make you fall in love with your profession all over again.


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About DTS Fitness Education

DTS Fitness Education is an award-winning continuing education provider. The company has been leading the fitness industry on a path towards longevity and pain-free movement for everyone. Our courses are designed to not just teach, but to coach real-world trainers how to effectively implement everything that they learn. We believe that it is the practical application of knowledge that makes knowledge so powerful.

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We proudly commit to not just teach, but to coach real-world trainers how to effectively implement everything that they learn. Now you tell us...was it worth it? If yes, you earn another notch on the continuing education belt. If no, and you completed the course in its entirety, we will give you a full refund. That’s our promise. Work with DTS for 30 days and if you’re not happy with what you learn after you complete the course, we’ll give you every penny back. *Please note that no refunds are offered on digital download products

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DTS simply has produced only quality content. Their courses not only expand knowledge but reminds us what the world of training is supposed to be like. They teach with integrity, practice what they preach, are constantly looking to better themselves, their colleagues, and especially their students. Every instructor cares about you getting the most from the course you take so when you get back to your clients you are IMMEDIATELY a better professional. I have taken FST, Olympic lifting, attended business seminars, and I'm constantly impressed by the devotion of this staff. Thank you for being a consistent source of knowledge

- Andrew

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Answer Every Question With One Course

  • How a muscle cell adapts to different forms of stimulation
  • ​What training variables to use to trigger different forms of cell adaptation
  • ​How to properly select and periodize training methods
  • What to eat to support continual growth 
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