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The GPP is the most important phase of the training year, yet it is the most under performed by personal trainers.

Whether you are new to the industry or have decades of experience, this course is a must.

Does this sound familiar?

My client wants to be training like “THIS” (advanced level, high volume, ultimate goal)’, but they can only train like ‘THIS’ (beneath their expectation goal), because ‘THIS” keeps happening (recurring injury or pain, insurmountable weakness or range of motion).

Injuries Keep Popping Up

Every time you increase the volume, or introduce new exercises, a recurring injury pops up - or worse a new injury! 

Your clients keep running off to the physio and are starting to think training with you is not a good idea.

Hitting Plateaus

Your client just can't seem to get past a plateau, despite working hard at it for many months or even years.

They are losing motivation and faith in their abilities and maybe even faith in your ability to help them.

Not Making Gains

There is nothing less rewarding for a Personal Trainer than a client who never makes progress but stays stuck in the place they were when they first arrived.

And for the client this is pretty demotivating too, and are likely to start asking if its all worth the time and money.

You Have The Opportunity Position Yourself As The Irreplaceable Expert.


  • A well conducted General Preparation Phase enables your client to have a more seamless training year with less injuries and plateaus.
  • It facilitates a greater capacity to hit goals and make gains, thanks to a solid and carefully built base.
  • It also positions you as the expert who provides a sensible and holistic view of the training process, with the goal being training longevity and layering of success.
  • You will start to enjoy the hugely positive influence you can make in peoples lives, and turn your passion for helping people into a successful and long lasting career.
  • Anyone can count reps or give their clients a smashing at every session, but you don't want to be just anyone...which is why you are here.


Join Hundreds of Fitness Professionals from Around the World and Master The General Preparation Phase of Training.

When you have completed this 8 week online coaching course you will ...

Understand General Preparation Phase

You will learn about periodisation and it's generalised theories and principles, the different periodisation models, why the GPP is important within the fitness industry, and understand the goals of a well developed General Preparation Phase

Know how to test for weak links and energy leaks

You will learn how to determine what areas need focus, development and priority. You will know how to perform length-tension & flexibility assessments, strength-ratio testing and understand basic strength assumptions common to most individuals.

Learn strength exercise techniques for the the upper & lower body

Learn exercise classifications for the lower body, exercise progressions & regressions and special & target exercises for weak links.

Master special exercise methods

You will learn how to implement special training methods such as unilateral loading, offset training, the chaos method, unstable movements and sling training.

Learn flexibility methods

Including self-myofascial release techniques, an exploration of various stretching methods, including static, PNF, CRAC & loaded stretching and stretching techniques for the upper and lower body.

Learn program design for the GPP

You will learn how to lay down a series of Introductory Programs that address:

the muscle awareness phase, symmetry focused phase, dumbbell, stability and sling emphasis phase and the barbell, offset loading and chaotic method phase

About Dr Tony Boutagy

Tony has completed a PhD in exercise and sports science at Charles Darwin University in Australia and is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA. Having conducted over 50,000 training sessions in his career that has spanned 25 years, Tony is regarded as one of the premier personal trainers in the country.

Tony has been involved in education for over two decades, having held various educational positions at several universities in exercise science, physiotherapy and personal training. His Internship programs have been running for over 15 years and he presented his approaches to training and nutrition every year at the country's largest fitness conference FILEX for 17 straight years.

Having written strength workouts for elite athletes in 24 different sports, Tony is actively involved in strength & conditioning and providing educational seminars & resources for allied health professionals.

He has been an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a lecturer at the Australian Fitness Network, AIF, the Australian Catholic University (Schools of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy), NetFit New Zealand and New Zealand Weightlifting.

He currently is an editorial board member for The University of the Sunshine Coast's Fitness Research department and an editor for the Journal of Fitness Research, a member of the Australian Institute of Fitness Personal Training Advisory Panel and sits on an expert advisory panel for Fitness Australia.

Tony has written hundreds of health and fitness related articles and was the recipient of the 2004 Australian Fitness Industry’s Author of the Year Award. Tony is also a soft tissue practitioner and a certified Active Release Techniques® provider for the Long Nerve Tract, Spine, Upper & Lower Extremities.

He has held professional memberships of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Lipid Association (NLA), the American Nutraceutical Association (ANA), the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA), The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is currently a member of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

In his spare time, Tony enjoys cooking (mainly Thai), playing guitar (mainly classical) and reading (mainly ancient history).


The Live Lectures are at 5pm AEST every Wednesday for 8 weeks

Here is what you get when you sign up for Training To Train: The General Preparation Phase

Access to our easy to use training portal accessible from your laptop or mobile phone

8 x weekly live lectures with Dr Tony Boutagy and an interactive Q & A segment at the end of each lecture

Video replays of the live lectures + Q & A's so you can rewatch when you want and as often as you want. Plus an audio file so you can listen on the move.

Detailed downloadable course notes for every module

Fitness Australia continuing education credits (issued upon successful completion of the course and assessment activities)

2 x group coaching calls where you can ask questions or just sit in and listen to other students questions, plus access to these as replays

BONUS #1: Tony's Exercise Video Library - an expansive and constantly growing video demonstration library of Tony's go-to exercises

BONUS #2: Tonys Case Study Vault - see first hand how Tony solves different training problems. This vault will continue to grow as more case studies are added every year

Enrolments for 2021 are now closed

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