barefoot training specialist®

COST: $395.00 USD (Each Level)


Levels 1, 2 and 3 | 14 hour workshop

Includes digital manual, Barefoot Strong book, Certification exam, T-Shirt (Level 1 Only, USA Courses Only)

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Becoming Barefoot STrong

The decision to become a Barefoot Training Specialist® is the first step towards joining our community of in-demand health and fitness professionals from around the world who have a solid understanding of foot function and barefoot science.

Athletic Trainers

EBFA's education programs are designed to present the latest research as it relates to restoring foot function, optimizing foot to core sequencing and priming the nervous system for movement.   With no establishing guidelines or set barefoot training protocols, this is the only workshop that will fully prepare athletic trainers to better integrate barefoot science and foot to core integration into their athlete's programming.

Personal Trainers

EBFA's education programs are designed to present the most effective programming for personal trainer to easily and integrate into all client program design.  Whether a client's goal is corrective exercise, performance or weight management, barefoot and foot to core sequencing can create faster and greater results.

Movement Specialists

With the foot as the foundation to human movement, many movement dysfunctions treated by movement specialists integrate the foot.  By understanding and implementing barefoot science and from the ground up corrective exercise techniques, movement specialists will be able to confidently address how the foot ties into all movement dysfunctions.

Group fitness instructors

Looking to increase the challenge or creativity in a group exercise setting?  By integrating barefoot training and foot to core sequencing, group fitness instructors are able to stand out among the competition while keeping their classes fun, fresh and effective.

Physical Therapists, Podiatrists & Chiropractors

Evidence supports corrective exercise techniques using barefoot training as a powerful aid for patients with ACL injuries, low back pain, ankle instability, SI joint dysfunction, hip labral injuries and several other lower extremity difficulties. Explore how barefoot science can enhance the timing of muscle activation patterns and how this directly relates to the prevention of hip, knee and foot injuries.

Get Certified

Barefoot Training Specialist® Level 1  |  14 hours

As the foundation to all EBFA education the BTS Level 1 Certification sets the foundation for advanced concepts in barefoot activation, reflexive stabilization and Brain. Breath. Barefoot. connections.  With the foot as the only contact point between the body and the ground, this complex structure plays a critical role in the way in which our body stabilizes and reacts during dynamic movement.

In this Level 1 Certification get ready to explore how to prep the body for movement by tapping into the nervous system with barefoot science, foot to core sequencing and reflexive stability via fascial lines.

Learn concepts including:

  • Foot to core sequencing via short foot
  • The science of the somatosensory system
  • Introduction to foot and ankle anatomy and biomechanics
  • Open chain and closed chain foot assessments
  • Foot function and fascial lines
  • Barefoot before shod programming
  • plus more


Barefoot Training Specialist® Level 2  |  14 hours

Further challenge your concept of from the ground up movement and foot to core sequencing with EBFA's Level 2 Certification. From heel strike to push-off, our foot dictates the way our body responds and reacts to every closed chain movement including walking, squatting and jumping.

In this advanced Level 2 Certification you will further explore the concept of sensory science as it relates to movement efficiency and the transfer of energy during gait.  All attendees will learn the powerful assessment technique for walking and running gait.

Learn concepts including:

  • Advanced foot biomechanics including the great toe and first ray
  • Phases of the walking gait cycle
  • Walking and running gait assessment techniques
  • Innate loading response
  • The catapult effect and energy transfer
  • plus more


Barefoot Training Specialist® Level 3  |  14 hours

Join EBFA for our newest workshop in the BTS series. Get ready to take the concept of foot to core and movement efficiency to the spine and pelvis. With the foot as the foundation to our fascial postural alignment and function, the BTS Level 3 Certification will explore the application of foot to core sequencing together with pelvic rotation and spine mobility as it relates to human locomotion.

Created by EBFA Founder and Human Movement Specialist Dr Emily Splichal you will learn how to apply activation drills of foot to core with mobility drills of the thoracic and lumbar spine for more rapid stabilization and efficient transfer of energy during bipedal locomotion.

Learn concepts including:

  • Functional anatomy of spine and pelvis
  • Body spirals of the lower extremity and trunk
  • Activation sequencing foot to core for pelvic stability
  • Activation gait assessment techniques
  • plus more


In April 2012, I attended Dr Emily’s Foot and Ankle Level 1 Workshop. It was amazing. I learned a ton that was immediately applicable to the therapeutic ends I was working on with a number of different clients...I worked diligently on implementing and applying the information learned from Dr Emily...She did a superb job of presenting difficult topic matter and delivered us fantastic correctives for the case studies we observed. I’m so thankful to have taken the Barefoot training workshop and look for future opportunities to learn from EBFA!...
— R.O. Boulder, Colorado, USA
I first saw Dr Emily at a presentation at Midest Mania in 2010. The material she presented was really interesting and she did an excellent job of presenting...I was so excited when she did her Barefoot Training Specialist® Workshop in Chicago and I loved attending another seminar of hers. It is easy to see how passionate Dr Emily is about barefoot training and how much she wants to help people. She is a very talented doctor and the courses she teaches are extremely helpful to anyone looking to find more information about foot function.
— L.G. Chicago, Illinois, USA
One of the best courses I have taken in my over 25 years of attending education, in fitness. Not only was the information fascinating, smart and practical, Dr Emily Splichal was so engaging and had an entertaining personality...I cannot speak enough great things about her education! Thank you Dr Emily!!!
— E.A. Seattle, Washington, USA
The Barefoot Training Specialist® Workshop is the only one of its type I’ve taken anywhere...To say I was excited at what I learned from the Barefoot Training Specialist® Workshop is an understatement. In my research I often come across studies about the knees and hip or about the feet and knees, but I have yet to find a more completely integrated approach by a “conventional” practitioner than what Dr Splichal has begun. She is the first clinician I know who has begun the process of tying the trunk to the pelvis to the knee to the ankles and feet, and I applaud her foresight and tireless enthusiasm.
Thanks for your work Dr Splichal!
— A.R. Yucaipa, California, USA