The Missing Evaluation for Identifying Strength Imbalances and Unlocking Performance
You assess clients all the time, but do you really know what you’re looking for?
How do you know which asymmetries or imbalances to fix and which to leave alone?
Do you wish you had a simple, practical, and reliable way to discover and improve the strength imbalances that are robbing your clients of performance and putting them at risk of injury?
A solution has arrived.
The Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE) is the first evaluation tool that allows you to quickly and easily identify and correct sub-optimal strength imbalances in your clients and athletes that lead to poor performance and increased injury potential.
Featuring 8 critical strength symmetry tests, the SSE is simple to perform, time-efficient, and it blends right into a training session seamlessly.
You’ll gain more clarity on where to focus your training program to deliver demonstrable results that your clients and athletes will love.
Spend less time guessing and more time progressing.
You’re not training it optimally unless you’re testing it properly.
If you’re a trainer or coach that works with clients or athletes, then you already know that almost everyone has some type of strength imbalance.
Maybe one arm is stronger, maybe their jump is higher when pushing off one side, or maybe they can perform an exercise perfectly on one leg and cannot complete a single repetition on the other.
Despite our bodies looking symmetrical, they almost never perform that way without some type of directed training. But you can’t train it if you can’t test it.
And how do you know which imbalances need to be fixed in the first place?
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just programming a handful of unilateral exercises and hoping for the best. That might actually make the problem even worse.
Instead, you need a way to identify which strength imbalances are actually a problem and give you a simple solution to correct them that works with any assessment process that you are already using.
The Strength Symmetry Evaluation does just that.
By using 8 easy to perform tests, you’ll be able to discover and correct sub-optimal strength imbalances, program and prescribe the right exercises and volume for ideal strength symmetry, and increase performance while reducing injury risk in clients and athletes.
Assessments VS Evaluations: You Need Both
Assessments and screens look at movement quality, but they don’t look at strength symmetry levels.
While assessments and screens are designed to tell you how your clients are moving, the SSE tells you their current areas of strength imbalances that need to be improved.
Assessments are performed with clients and athletes to tell us what exercises they can do safely and which variation is most suitable.
Evaluations are designed to tell us what exercises they NEED to do.
The best training programs need assessments and evaluations for optimal results. Think of them like a map and a compass: you need the compass (assessment) to find the right direction, but the map (evaluation) shows you the route to take.
The Strength Symmetry Evaluation (SSE) is the missing follow-up evaluation to any new client assessment process you may already be using.
What separates the best professionals from the rest is the best are always looking for ways to get even better results than they’re currently getting.
The SSE doesn’t attempt to change how you train or test your clients and athletes. It’s a tool to help you train and test better.
Plus, unlike other assessments and screens, each of the 8 different strength symmetry evaluations are not interrelated. The SSE is set up so that each individual test can be used as a stand-alone data source for training that you can keep coming back to.
This enables you to fill in the gaps to your own assessments by taking your favorite elements from the SSE and integrating them into your own system.
Streamline and Simplify Your Path to Results
To save time and avoid potential issues, you need data that tells you exactly what to do and demonstrates results without being too complicated or taking too long.
Many assessments require a long barrage of tests that require significant planning and eat up valuable time. The SSE does neither and can be incorporated into a training session so you can be effective and efficient.
The Strength Symmetry Evaluation gives you the valuable data needed to quickly identify and quantify the areas of weakness so you can be precise in where and how you build strength in your clients.
With each test only taking minutes to perform and score, you’ll be able to run the SSE time and time again to gauge progress demonstrate improvements. Your clients and athletes will see progress in real-time and be motivated to keep following the plan.
By implementing these 8 critical strength symmetry tests, you’ll know exactly which strength imbalances need to be corrected and how to do it.
Created by world-renowned fitness and performance educator, Nick Tumminello, the Strength Symmetry Evaluation Certification is a simple, scalable, and repeatable evaluation for getting athletes and clients better results quickly and safely.
Proven, time and time again over the last 20 years, coach Nick’s approach to evaluating and programming leads to less guessing and more progressing. This system consistently gives trainers and coaches the tools needed to measure and improve performance.
Featuring 9 Comprehensive And Practical Learning Modules
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Module #1 - Assessments vs. Evaluations
1.1 – Why an evaluation is different than an assessment.
1.2 – Why assessments are only half the puzzle.
1.3 – Why we need to do evaluations to fill in the gaps.
1.4 – Which should you do first: An Assessment or an Evaluation?
1.5 – Why the SSE is the perfect follow up, and great for advanced clients and athletes.
Module #2 - What the SSE Is (and Isn’t)
2.1 – The SSE is an evaluation tool designed to identify strength asymmetries that can cause reduced performance and increased injury risk.
2.2 – Why the SSE works for real-world performance.
2.3 – The science-based baseline cutoff standard the SSE uses.
2.4 – How the SSE works to separate the asymmetries that need to be fixed from the ones that don’t.
2.5 – The 2 types of asymmetries you shouldn’t try to fix.
2.6 – Why the SSE isn’t about improving 1RM strength in barbell lifts
2.7 – Why the SSE is designed to improve functional capacity and reduce injury risk in athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Module #3 - SSE Science
3.1 – The SSE is based on a peer-reviewed approach.
3.2 – Research clearly shows asymmetry provides insights into injury risk, rehabilitation, and performance.
3.3.- The scientifically demonstrated best exercises for identifying the asymmetries that matter.
3.4 – The optimal strength symmetry ratio
3.5 – Research validates the SSE baseline cutoff standard
3.6 – Is there any counter-evidence?
3.7 – How much asymmetry should be allowed?
3.8 – Dispelling the strength symmetry myth
3.9 – The biggest lies about asymmetries (that trainers believe)
3.10 – Fake Strength: Why bilateral lifts don’t fix asymmetries
Module #4 - SSE Guidelines and Scoring Criteria
4.1 – Essential testing procedures: how to apply the scoring criteria correctly for accurate testing results
4.2 – Testing technique vs. training technique: How are they different?
4.3 – Proper range of motion for testing
4.4 – Proper loading and rep range for testing
4.5 – What to test and before you test: You must do this first before you start each evaluation.
4.6 – The common mistakes to avoid when performing the evaluations
Module #5 - Lower-Body Strength Symmetry Evaluation
5.1 – The 4 main lower body strength asymmetry evaluations
5.2 – The 4 regressions for each evaluation to evaluate anyone
5.3. – The 2 best single leg strength symmetry evaluation moves
5.4 – The 2 missing aspects of lower-body strength that you need to test and train for performance and injury risk reduction
5.5 – Double duty evaluations that test mobility and strength symmetry
5.6 – How this popular glute training method is promoting a strength imbalance that increases the risk of groin strain
Module #6 - Core Strength Symmetry Evaluations
6.1 – How strong is your core, really? These two tests will tell you if your core is strong, and which side is your weak link
6.2 – Lateral core strength symmetry evaluation
6.3 – Rotational core strength symmetry evaluation
6.4 – How to increase core stability in a more precise manner than ever before
Module #7 - Upper Strength Symmetry Evaluations
7.1 – The shoulder-friendly pushing strength symmetry evaluation
7.2 – The pulling strength symmetry evaluation
7.3 – Why you have to use this specific body position and range of motion in order to get accurate testing results
Module #8 – Push-to-Pull Strength Ratio Evaluation
8.1 – The horizontal push-to-pull strength ratio test
8.2 – Do you really know your ratios?
8.3 – What the optimal horizontal push to pull strength ratio is (based on research).
8.4 – Should you really pull double what you push? It’s not what you think.
8.5 – What even the smartest trainers get wrong about pushing to pulling strength.
8.6 – The most intelligent way to program pushing and pulling exercises.
Module #9 – Program Design and Best Exercises for Correcting Asymmetries
9.1 – How to use the SSE results to be more precise with your exercise prescription and design more purpose-driven programs that provide both short-term gratification and long-term success
9.2 – SSE Programming principles for selecting the best exercises and amount of sets and reps to correct strength asymmetries
9.3 – Getting Unilateral and Bilateral Lifts Right: Knowing when to prioritize which
9.4 – The best way to order exercises in a program to correct strength imbalances
9.5 – The ideal amount of sets to do in order to fix their strength asymmetries
9.6 – The best rep ranges to bring up their weaknesses
9.7 – The key lifting movement categories to choose exercises from each week in order to build an all-around stronger and more balanced body
9.8 – The must-know exercises for reliably improving and maintaining optimal levels of strength symmetry
9.9 – Top lower-body exercises
9.10 – Top core exercises
9.11 – Top upper-body exercises
And There’s Even More…
In addition to over 10 hours of high-quality video, you’ll also receive:
- Hundreds of slides from Nick’s live presentation featuring the latest science on asymmetries and strength imbalances
- Test scoring and recording printouts to make testing clients and gauging results fast and easy
- Nick’s “best exercises” charts for better workout programming to fix strength imbalances in all 8 major areas
- Access to Nick’s exercise library with coaching cues for over 40 exercises featured in the “best exercises” lists
- 8 hours of continuing education credits from NASM and ACE upon completion of the course and passing the exam
- An official and downloadable Strength Symmetry Certificate of completion to display proudly
And much more!
The Strength Symmetry Evaluation is Ideal For:
Increase performance in your athletes and implement a standardized system that your whole coaching staff can follow.
Increase client buy-in by demonstrating results your clients can see and set yourself apart from the competition.
Determine discrepancies in your patient’s upper-body, lower-body, and core strength for better rehab programming.
Simple, Scalable, Repeatable, and CEU Approved
*This Certification Is 100% Online
For any evaluation to be effective, it must be simple, scalable, and repeatable.
If it’s not simple, then you’ll struggle to execute it or derive results than can be used.
If it’s not scalable, then you can’t use it with all your clients and athletes.
If it’s not repeatable, then you can’t use it to gauge progress over time.
The Strength Symmetry Evaluation checks all these boxes and goes one step further by making itself accessible. As a fully online certification, you can complete it anywhere and at a fraction of the cost to attend a live event.
By registering for the SSE certification today you’ll gain immediate access to all the evaluations, lessons, and guides that will allow you to identify and improve sub-optimal strength imbalances that could be limiting performance or increasing injury risk for your clients, patients, or athletes.
Learn While Receiving CEU Credits
Earn 8 hours of continuing education credits through the National Academy of Sports Medicine or the American Council on Exercise by taking the Strength Symmetry Evaluation course.
**Other organizations may also accept these CEUs upon petitioning.
Nick Tumminello’s expertise in exercise science is second to none. I’ve trained all over the country and found no one better. His methodology in regard to building a bigger, faster, stronger body is a formula for success.
Your SSE Questions Answered
Is the SSE appropriate for New or Advanced Professionals?
If you’re a new professional, you’ll appreciate the simple, straight-forward and step-by-step presentation on evaluation and performance training.
If you’re a seasoned professional, you will certainly recognize the effectiveness of the evaluation methods and will gain exciting new ideas, insights, and organizational strategies for programming.
So, no matter your experience level, the SSE has more than enough for you!
What equipment and space do I need?
You don’t need any specialized equipment to use the SSE, making it easy for virtually all professionals to implement, even with large groups.
Aside from basic free weights, all you need to perform the SSE are:
- A yard stick (from any hardware or home improvement store)
- An Airex style Pad
Who should the SSE be used with?
The SSE is suitable for use by all healthy, active individuals.
The SSE is especially beneficial for athletes who are involved in field, court and combat sports. And, for exercise enthusiasts who wish to maximize their functional performance.
When should the SSE be performed and how long does it take?
Each individual strength symmetry evaluation will take no more than 10 minutes to complete, but it’s included as a part of your workout time.
The SSE is not like other assessments or screens that are performed all at once. Therefore, unlike other assessments and screens, you do not need to set aside extra time for “testing” days, which is a major time saver!
The best part is that each individual strength symmetry evaluation blends right into a training session. So, your clients and athletes will be getting a killer workout while you’re getting real-world data to keep creating better programs that drive better results.
Due to the challenging nature of each individual strength symmetry evaluation, it’s recommended that you only perform one or two of the ten total strength symmetry evaluations on a given day.
For the most accurate results, the particular strength symmetry evaluation you’re using that day should be done first in the workout, following a comprehensive warm-up.
Does Strength Symmetry really matter for most clients or athletes if they are already doing a mix of unilateral and bilateral exercises?
It’s not as simple as just doing random unilateral or bilateral exercises with good technique and hoping for the best. Random exercises produce random results.
To save time and avoid potential issues, you need data that helps you to program exercises specifically based on your clients’ needs, instead of just general ones.
Plus, your clients will be very impressed with how you’re able to provide them a higher level of service than they can get elsewhere.
Clients love tests like the SSE because it gives them verifiable results on their current needs, and can be repeated throughout the training process to prove to them your training is working to improve their performance.
Working with Nick Tumminello allowed me to see training in a whole new light. The way he was able to combine functional movement, flexibility, and strength training was like nothing I’d ever done before. Not only was I completely gassed at the end, but I found myself wanting more!
Nick Tumminello has my highest possible recommendation as a coach, trainer, educator, and subject matter expert. He is one of the most thoughtful and knowledgeable people in the industry and that comes through when he speaks.
It’s a rare person who knows the science in detail but has that eye for practically useful information – and Nick delivers big for people here. On top of all that, he has retained his humility and the sense that he doesn’t know it all either – and that makes him truly exceptional.
Get SSE Certified Today For Just $299 With Lifetime Access
If you’re committed to extracting the highest level of performance from your clients and athletes while keeping them safe from injury, then this course is designed just for you.
Upon completion of this certification, you’ll know how to quickly evaluate each client’s unique strength discrepancies and be able to craft workouts that deliver the right amount of punch while avoiding exercises that they hate or cause pain.
For a fraction of the standard cost of most specialty certifications, you’ll have access to all the tools you need to administer the Strength Symmetry Evaluation and ensure continual client progress. By repeating the SSE over time with clients and athletes, you’ll create value and demonstrate your effectiveness as a coach by getting tangible results.
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