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Intraabdominal Pressure and Strength Training

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Intraabdominal Pressure and Strength Training

Intraabdominal Pressure and Strength Training

This course includes
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This course was recorded in March 2023


Intraabdominal pressure (IAP) can be the bogeyman of the pelvic world. A few common myths: "It's bad for you", "you'll make your prolapse worse", "it's the reason why you have incontinence"

In this course, Antony Lo will introduce you to concepts relevant to strength training and IAP with a pelvic health focus. Antony has a background as a physiotherapist in both pelvic health and orthopedics, making him well-suited to understanding and teaching about how they interact. He uses an evidence-based biopsychosocial approach to his practice and uses a case study in this course to walk through each concept.

Antony touches on what past research says, which has used mostly male participants, and his interpretation of the findings. He talks about how to educate your patients about IAP and how it functions and changes in their daily lives. Finally, he discusses some general exercise principles for strength training.


Topics Discussed

In this course, Antony will discuss:

  • What IAP is and what we know about its effects on strength training and pelvic health
  • Principles we can use to help patients with IAP
  • The principles of The Red Slide, The Blue Slide, and The Green Slide
  • The principles of strength and conditioning
  • One key principle we can always use


Learning Objectives

In this course with Antony Lo, you will:

  1. Understand how IAP works with respect to strength training
  2. Learn how to apply the principles of Strength and Conditioning and IAP to clients with musculoskeletal and pelvic health issues



This course is open to all healthcare professionals who are interested in better understanding intraabdominal pressure and strength training. This includes physiotherapists, chiropractors, and kinesiologists. 

The instructors
Antony Lo (he/his)
B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd)., Master in Manual Therapy (UWA)

Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice since 1997.

He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes since 2011 and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare.

He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!

Course Material included in this course
  • Intraabdominal Pressure and Strength Training
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • The 10,000 Feet Research Review
  • New Model for IAP
  • The Difference Between Valsalva and Bearing Down / Straining
  • Safe vs Unsafe Exercises
  • What does this Mean for Jack and Jill?
  • General Principles
  • Further Education
  • Questions
  • Quiz
  • What's Next?
  • Feedback
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