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FITNESS PAIN FREE certification Program

do you want to be an expert working with People in the fitness world?

The Fitness Pain Free Certification is an online continuing education course that allows you to confidently and effectively work with painful people in the gym. 

Enrollment for the program opens only twice per year.   Enrollment is currently closed.  Sign up for the pre-sale list to be notified of when the course is open for enrollment and receive access to our FPF Certification Mini Course, plus you'll save $200 when the course relaunches.

The FPF Certification is the Complete Educational Resource for Management of Pain and Injuries in the Gym

Do You Want to be an Expert Working with People in the Strength and Fitness World?

Olympic Weightlifters or People in the Sport of Fitness?

Power Lifters or Those That Enjoy Training Hard in the Gym?

Hi, I'm Dan,

My goal is to teach you how to help get your clients out of pain, back to training and how keep them healthy for the long haul.

When I graduated physical therapy school I knew I wanted to work in fitness.  Working as a personal trainer and coach previously, I practically went to physical therapy school just so I could figure out how to work with my painful clients better.  

Trouble is, I didn't really learn how to do this.  It didn't really prepare me to work with the people I desired:

  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Powerlifting
  • The Sport of Fitness
  • Bodybuilding
  • People Who Just Enjoy Working Hard in the Gym

So basically what it comes down to is that University education simply isn't adequate...

  • No Advice on Proper Exercise Execution 
    You're lucky if you receive some basic info on how to squat and deadlift appropriately, let alone olympic lifts and more complex gymnastics movements.
  • No Information on Exercise Modification
    Modifying exercise training programs is essential for rehab of these athletes.  Most programs simply don't cover this.
  • No Help Creating Rehabilitation Programs to Return to Training
    Universities are not even teaching you how to evaluate a squat, let alone how to get back to squatting after an injury...
  • No Help with Future Injury Prevention
    Since injuries in this population are at best a small part of the curriculum of most universities, injury prevention isn't even on the radar.

This prompted me on a journey of learning how to help these folks.  I've spent years learning from some the best coaches and physical therapists in the world, reading and implementing literature and making mistakes with myself and others along the way.  Over the course of time I developed a comprehensive system to help these people get out of pain and optimize performance for the long haul.  I'm here to show you how to do the same.


Attention physical therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers.  The major goal of this course is to show you exactly how to work with injured people in the fitness world.  I'll show you how to be the trusted resource in your community to help get your patients out of pain and back to the training they love.

Coaches and trainers receive little to no education about pain and injury and yet are forced to work with athletes with injuries and pain problems every day of the week.  This course will show you how to be competent and proficient with these folks so they can continue working towards their goals and while getting better in the process.

Learning objectives:

Spot Injury Mechanisms in the Gym

Injuries are multi-factorial and if we want to learn how to rehabilitate we need to know how injuries occur in the first place.

Analyze Exercise Technique

Learn optimal exercise techniques for performance AND injury prevention.  The technique for health isn't always the same as a technique for performance.

Coach the Lifts Confidently

Learn how to coach the main lifts in the gym (Olympic and power lifts, handstands, muscle-ups, and more). 

Write Injury Prevention Programs

I'll show you how to figure out exactly what led to your athlete's injury and strategies for preventing future problems.

Develop Rehabilitation Programs

Learn how to write rehabilitation programs for your athletes so they can get back to what they love.

Modify Exercises Appropriately for Injured Athletes

I'll show you just what to do with painful athletes in the gym so they can continue working towards their goals and rehabilitate simultaneously.

Assess & Correct Mobility & Strength Restrictions

I'll show you how to assess your athlete's movement to ensure you're giving the correct mobility or strength intervention to fix the root of the problem.

Now is the time to become an expert working with injuries in the gym. This program will give you all of the tools to be the authority in your community.


Part 1: Why Athletes Get Hurt in the Gym & What To Do About It

  • What factors really lead to injury
  • The integral interplay of technique, training volume, and recovery
  • How to address each factor that leads to injury

Part 2: What is Pain & Why Modification is Essential

  • What every coach needs to know about pain
  • Why modification needs to be a priority for injured athletes
  • How to modify training for injured athletes

Part 3: Creating Injury Prevention Plans

  • Using injury mechanisms to drive injury prevention
  • How to make prevention plans specific to individuals and gyms
  • Sample injury prevention plans

Part 4: How to Write Rehab Programs

  • 4 simple steps to writing rehabilitation programs
  • Identifying lifestyle and training factors to perpetuate injury
  • How to progress back to painful movements over time

Part 5: Breaking Down the Power Lifts

  • How to coach and analyze bench press, squat and deadlift technique
  • How athletes get injured during these lifts
  • How to rehabilitate these athletes back to 100%

Part 6: Breaking Down the Olympic Lifts

  • How to coach and analyze snatch and clean and jerk technique
  • Master mobility for the olympic lifts
  • Rehabilitating knee, hip, lower back and shoulder pain

Part 7: Pull-ups, Muscle-ups & Kipping

  • What technical factors increase risk of shoulder injury
  • How to modify for painful shoulders
  • The best accessory exercises to improve technique

Part 8: Handstands & Handstand Push-ups

  • Easy modifications and rehab exercises for wrist pain
  • Coaching cues and drills to improve the handstand
  • How handstand push-ups can create neck injury

Part 9: Overhead Press, Push-ups & Dips

  • How to optimize overhead mobility
  • What to do when the shoulders hurt during press movements
  • Accessory exercises to build bulletproof shoulders

Part 10: Shoulder, Low Back, Knee & Hip Pain

  • Understanding the most common injuries in the gym
  • How to deal with patellofemoral pain, rotator cuff and labral tears
  • Shoulder, low back, knee and hip injury rehab case studies


Get up to date with the latest evidence based treatment of:

  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • AC Joint Pathology
  • Meniscus Pathology
  • Labral Pathology
  • Patellar Tendinopathy

See how we apply the research and make it RELEVANT to folks in the weight room:

Learn How to DOSE Exercise Appropriately to Get Your Patients Back to Heavy Lifting in the Gym.

Learn How to Actually Get the Patients Through the Door that You WANT to Work With.

CEU Information:

This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 31.50 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.  That's the majority of credits you need to renew your license in most states!

In addition to Texas, several states will grant CEU approval through reciprocity.  At the time this course was developed, that included:

Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Some states do not perform verification of continuing education material which means they do not approve courses for CEU credit and therefore usually accept any material. Please check with your state physical therapy association or state PT board for more details.

If you would like to submit for approval for other boards or organizations, let me know and I'll provide you with all the necessary information

About the course instructor

Dan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. He has an enormous passion for fitness, rehabilitation and optimizing human performance. Not only does Dan treat athletes on a regular basis but he's been coaching and training athletes for the past 14 years as well.

Dan is an accomplished athlete having competed as a NCAA Division 1 pole vaulter at Rutgers. He won a national championship in the sport of strongman and competed at the CrossFit regionals twice.

Dan works with all people ranging from the beginner up to the professional and CrossFit games level athlete. As founder and CEO of Fitness Pain Free, he helps fitness enthusiasts of all levels get out of pain and back to the training they love.


If you are looking to bridge the gap between traditional rehabilitation taught in school and high level fitness, Dan Pope is the man. He is able to treat along the whole continuum of exercise. I would highly recommend taking his certification to learn more about to be able to help the patient or even your own fitness.

Zach Leal

Physical Therapist - CrossFitter

"As a PT student, learning how to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and returning back to performance is challenging.  Dan’s background in athletics, coaching, clinical reasoning regarding fitness and use of modifications has exposed me to this learning and given me a solid foundation for success in the future."

TJ Jaidka

Physical Therapist - Powerlifter

As a CrossFit Coach and Physical Therapist this course provided me with the knowledge about a population I hadn't learned about at school.  It really added to my foundation of knowledge and I'm definitely going to be using it as a resource in the future.

Lyanne Colon

Physical Therapist - CrossFit Coach

" Dan Pope is one of the best in his field.  Dan is always first on my speed dial when I have any questions on movement, injury prevention, rehabilitation and education.  I highly recommend this course for every coach.  Getting clients to move well and being able to spot and fix issues is a game changer and in my opinion is the one main aspect that can separate the good coaches from the great coaches.

 Jason Leydon

Head Coach, CrossFit Milford


"I've been a CrossFit coach for over 7 years now, and it is rare that I have a week of coaching without someone dealing with some type of nagging injury or pain.  This certification gave me the confidence to not only ask the right questions to find the true root of their pain.  Dan took all of his experience and resources as a successful physical therapist and bridged the gap between physical therapy and CrossFit.  This cert is the best thing you can do for your clients".

Becca Chilczenkowski

Head Coach, Ohare CrossFit


Before Taking the Certification:

  • Not sure why your patient was injured
  • Lack of confidence evaluating patient's injury
  • Unsure of best treatments 
  • No guidance on proper exercise technique or execution
  • Don't know how to create rehabilitation programs
  • Unaware of what people should and shouldn't continue doing in the gym after injury
  • No knowledge of how to prevent future injuries
  • A patient panel of people you don't want to treat and no respect or trust from your community

After Taking the Certification:

  • Complete confidence with evaluating and treating your favorite population
  • Completely proficient writing rehabilitation programs
  • Master of modifications so people can continue training all throughout their rehabilitation
  • Expert guidance on how to prevent future injuries
  • Become the local expert on treating injuries in the gym
  • Have your day filled with treating the patients you love working with
  • Gain the respect and admiration of your community


  • The Fitness Pain Free Certification Course is approved for 31.5  Continuing Education Credits with the Texas Board of Physical Therapists
  • 86 Information Packed lessons delivered 100% Online
  • 186 Educational Videos and Webinar Presentations
  • 52 PDF and Infographic Downloads
  • Over 20 Hours of Educational Video Content 
  • 200+ Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention Exercises
  • A University Education in working with Injured Athletes in the Gym
  • PDF Downloads of the most important pain principles when Training 
  • 24/7 Online Access- Consume the information in the comfort of your home or office for the lifetime of the product
  • 24/7 Online Access- Consume the information in the comfort of your home or office for the lifetime of the product

At Fitness Pain Free we pride ourselves on making sure our educational courses are the highest possible quality.

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, just send us an email within 7 days of purchase and we will refund your entire order.


Is this a physical DVD or all online?

This course is 100% online through a platform called Kajabi.  There is no physical DVD.  The course can be accessed via any phone, tablet, or computer.

Can I get CEUs if I am a therapist, athletic trainer, or coach?

Yes, the course has been approved for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.

This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 31.50 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.  That's the majority of credits you need to renew your license in most states!

How long do I have access to this course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course (pending you are not sharing free access to friends!) for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Are the information and terminology too complex for me?

Definitely not! Dan uses highly scientific information but works hard to explain complex things in a simple language. This is in an effort to help everyone understand, and also to help transfer the ideas to the gym the next day.

How much does the course cost?

Enrollment for the program opens only twice per year.   Enrollment is currently closed.  Sign up for the pre-sale list to be notified of when the course is open for enrollment and to save $200 when the course relaunches. Full Price for the course is $999.00


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