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Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Residency

The Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist (AMES) Residency is for the medical exercise or post rehab professional with at least 3 years experience working with clients with chronic medical conditions. The AMES will take your medical exercise skills and practice management ability to the next level, this allows you to communicate better with medical professionals, market to and reach more clients, produce faster and better outcomes with your clients as well as grow your practice income and profits.

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The 2020’s and 2030’s will see an explosion of opportunities and the recognition of medical exercise training is an important component of health and wellness. As a medical exercise and post rehab professional are you ready to take your practice to the next level but also train challenging clients with complicated medical conditions? The Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist (AMES) Residency is a yearlong immersion into every element of Medical Exercise Training (MET), developing your skills to the highest ability to meet the challenges of the next two decades.

You are passionate about exercise and believe in its value to enhance the health of your community? You are committed to keeping up to date with cutting edge research in the field of medical fitness? If any of these things describe you, the Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Residency is a perfect fit for you and your future. 

The AMES is for qualified graduates of METI’s Medical Exercise Program Director, Medical Exercise Specialist and/or Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist programs, this one-year deep dive into medical exercise training will help you take your expertise to a next level. 

The intricately designed AMES program seeks to touch on all advanced subjects related to medical exercise. The lesson plan throughout the year strives for students to take away a mastery of MET knowledge and real-world application.

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AMES Program Components

The AMES residency is structured to arm participants with the knowledge and abilities they need to make medical exercise application simple. This is done through step-by-step MET skills outlining advanced sequencing and then practical application to MET scenarios.  

All content is for the experienced MedXPRO looking for greater understanding. The AMES uses:

  • 26 livestreamed MET sessions with advanced practitioners
  • 90 – 120-minute live sessions with MET instructors and clients
  • 4-day intensive workshop that gives your practical hands-on application
  • Exposure to various Neurological, Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and Metabolic conditions
  • And an extensive AMES Professional Resource center


AMES Recognition

Upon completion of the AMES each graduate will receive formal recognition as an “Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist” (AMES). The credential is more than a lofty title – it separates recipients from their peers by acknowledging their demonstrated skill and understanding above normal within the area of medical exercise training. Those in possession of the AMES will go on to careers in:

  • MET Teaching
  • Facility Management
  • Private Studio Owners
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Corporate Fitness
  • Sportsmedicine Facilities
  • And more!!

To receive the AMES designation, participants must complete the AMES program and satisfactory fulfill  all residency work requirement including:

  • Client management sessions and assignments
  • Case studies and review presentations
  • 4-day AMES workshop
  • Final AMES project and presentation



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AMES Content

The AMES program holds great value for those seeking to become leaders and expert practitioners in medical exercise training. Throughout the year-long residency, you will build advanced skills and knowledge in:

Assessment: Assessment teaches our residents how to appropriately apply assessment techniques to clients and use the date to determine the client’s functional needs and exercise program

Client Management: Client management focuses on honing our residents’ skills in effective communication, goal setting and program development/implementation.

Program Design and Progression: Program design and progression speak to a resident’s ability to develop training programs that assist clients reach their highest fitness and functional abilities while safely and effectively progressing the exercise.

Practice Management Systems: Practice management systems empower a resident with the skills to effectively and profitable manage and grow their practice. 

Critical Thinking: Critical thinking in the context of medical exercise training coaches our residents on how to address complicated client situations logically, generating strategic exercise solutions which help their clients overcome functional limitations. 

The Nuts & Bolts of AMES

26 Livestreaming MET Client Sessions: 26-online MET session will be streamed bi-weekly during the year-long residency. Each session will include a review of the related anatomy/pathology of a condition while introducing advanced skills for real-time clients. The sessions are interactive, where residents are encouraged to ask questions. 

Learn Exact Sequences and Step-by-Step MET Application: The high degree of interactivity and working knowledge of AMES instructors allows residents to learn detailed application. Each client management session will highlight the precise sequencing of exercise processes in a step-by-step format – ensuring students are well-informed.

MET Professional Resources:  MedXPROs need more resources to assist them with the delivery of effective MET services. These resources are designed specifically for MedXPROS and include video tutorials, AMES office hour sessions, the advanced MAPPS protocols and the recordings of all AMES Client Management sessions. 

4-Day Workshop: This one-of-a-kind workshop is designed to help you understand medical history, vital signs, manual muscle testing, goniometry and more. Right from exploring neurology, joint arthrokinematics, gait analysis assessment and other important topics, we ensure you master the concepts and gain proper understanding to supercharge your knowledge. 

90 Minute to 2 Hour Live Session –  Interact with Instructors and Clients: The client management sessions will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours – all crafted and designed to provide the residents with the practical information. Each session contains objectives presented by advanced instructors, strengthening the application of skills and knowledge to your clients. The sessions are intensive to allow time for detailed elaboration, discussion, and review of case studies at the conclusion.

Neurological, Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and Metabolic Conditions: The sessions will provide information for the significant ailments’ clients will seek exercise remedies. Neurological, cardiovascular, orthopedic, and metabolic conditions are all covered in the AMES. Students will revel in advanced knowledge assisting with managing these conditions effectively using exercise.

See Every Aspect of MET Techniques, Skills and Management Applied: The informative client management sessions are in-depth and detailed on every aspect of real-world application. Instructors will describe and demonstrate MET techniques and skills development. Furthermore, they will explain the most effective client management processes and tailor medical exercise techniques to the clients.

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AMES Client Management Session Schedule
Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Residency Dates 2022

March 6th – 6 Point Client Management System

March 13th – Medical History and Red Flag Assessment

March 20th – Histology for Medical Exercise Training

April 3rd – Functional Outcome Measures

April 17th – MET Communication & Documentation System

May 1st – MET Goniometric Assessment System

May 15th – MET Manual Muscle Testing System

May 29th – MET Gait Analysis System

June 12th – MET Posture & Imbalance Assessment System

June 26th – MET Gait & Balance Training System

July 10th – MET Neurological Assessment System

July 24th – MET Functional Assessment Scales

August 7th – MET Shoulder Regional/Functional Assessment System

August 21st – MET Elbow Regional/Functional Assessment System

September 11th – MET Hip Regional/Functional Assessment System

September 25th – MET Knee Regional/Functional Assessment System

October 2nd – MET Ankle Regional/Functional Assessment System

October 9th – MET Cervical Regional/Functional Assessment System

October 16th – MET Lumbar Regional/Functional Assessment System

October 23rd – Spinal Stability Assessment System & Scoliosis Training

November 13th – MET Marketing and Medical Relationship Systems

November 27th – AMES Case Studies and Review

December 11th – AMES Resident Presentations

AMES…..An Experience Unlike Any Other

The AMES program isn’t just a steppingstone – it’s a life-changing experience. The interactions, lessons and exposure residents will gain through the program is unmatched. With their newfound knowledge and expertise at the conclusion of the residency, participants will be well equipped to handle the most pressing client and practice challenges currently facing medical exercise professionals.

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METI Mission Statement

To "Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare and Fitness" by providing forums to educate fitness professionals to work cooperatively with medical professionals to develop safe and effective fitness and conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, neurological, metabolic and cardiovascular conditions. The effectiveness of these fitness programs is based on functional outcome measures universally understood by medical professionals, fitness professionals and insurance carriers. The goal is to make medical exercise training the next logical step for clients and medical professionals after discharge from physical therapy, chiropractic care and medical care.

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