Functional Training SpecialistOnline format of materials including video PowerPoint lectures, comprehensive digital manual, and non-proctored online exam.

Just $199

Register Now

Are you making this serious mistake with your fitness business?

“Many fitness training programs sacrifice functionality, and overlook proper movement, to meet a client’s aesthetic goals.”

Whether the goal is aesthetics or performance, proper functional fitness training will improve both. The main goal of most gym members, or fitness enthusiasts, is how they look more than “function.” However, function is proven to improve not only sport and work performance, but physical appearance as well. Learn these essential skills and become a top-level fitness professional.

What is Functional Training?

Functional training is the use of exercises which involve complex, multi-joint movements of the upper body, core and lower body in each exercise. Just because the body CAN move in a given direction does not necessarily mean that it should be reinforced through repetitive movement patterns, with explosive tempo and/or heavy loads. We need more information before making such choices.

Earn this fitness training credential of distinction today!

Overview of Program Content (4 sections)

I – Functional Training Introduction – Foundations

Functional training is the utilization of exercises which involve complex, multi-joint movements of the upper body, core and lower body in each exercise. Just because the body CAN move in a given direction does not necessarily mean that it should be reinforced through repetitive movement patterns, with explosive tempo and/or heavy loads. We need more information before making such choices. Many training programs sacrifice functionality and skip efforts to improve function to meet aesthetic goals. Whether the goal is aesthetics or performance, functionality will improve both. It is absolutely true that the main goal of most gym participants or fitness seekers is how they look more than “function”. Yet, function is undeniable in its ability to improve not only sport and daily work performance but physical appearance as well.

You will learn functional exercises that are appropriately designed for all types of athletes and sports enthusiasts.

II -Functional Assessments

Assessments typically either receive high accolades, or are soundly denounced as unworthy of our professional time. The difficulty can be that the information gathered is often difficult to interpret. There is more than one way to resolve an individual’s dysfunctions. The assessments, observations and exercises provided in this program should provide considerable progress to improving function by providing several options and professional choices. If you decide to take the information from this program and formulate a meaningful exercise program with some of your own ideas based on your research and expertise, that’s great. Use information to your advantage. Learning never stops, and there is always room to improve function.

Specific dysfunctions including ankle sprains, shin splints, knee ligament injury, hip pointers and dysfunctions, spinal misalignment, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder pain, elbow tendonitis, and wrist sprains and carpal tunnel issues will be discussed in detail with possible solutions for improving function and reducing pain and impairment.

III – Functional Exercise Programming

Above all else, functional exercise programming is up to individual professional interpretation dependent upon the needs and capabilities of the client. Actual exercises utilized in the training program will vary in repetitions, sets, recovery, time under tension, tempo and selection based upon the level of training and client capabilities. Although this program is designed to meet basic needs, many individuals who feel they are intermediate to advanced level exercisers will be challenged in the attempt to perform these exercises with efficient form and technique.
Over 70 warm-up and functional exercises and progressions are discussed for purposes of improving function for sport, reducing injuries, and improving general fitness.

IV – Functional Business Success – How to use this specific information and become successful

The difference between trainers who are successful and those who are not is the difference between those who seize opportunities when they present themselves and those who do not. Personality and appearance may win clients over initially, but it is your advancing skills that help them over time that will keep them coming back for a long time.

Your fitness training clients want you to have these advanced skills.

Your fitness business will get a financial boost from all the new clients you can serve!

This program is available at a discounted rate in the Master Personal Trainer Bundle.

Functional Training Specialist Program Details

Continuing Education Units: NESTA 1.5 CEUs, ITCA 1.5 CEUs, MMACA 1.5 CEUs, ISSA 15 CEUs

Recertification Requirements: None. Certificate does not expire

Prerequisites: Any one of the following: personal trainer certification (NESTA preferred, not required), sports conditioning (SAQ) certification, group fitness certification or any health, wellness, exercise science or sports science degree (Associates and up)

Learning Format: Online format of materials including video PowerPoint lectures, comprehensive digital manual, and non-proctored online exam. Internet access is required. Content is provided in an online format which is accessed through an online secure website.

Once your register, you will be directed to create your student account. You may begin your studies immediately after registering, or log in to your student account later to start your studies.

The materials will be released to you at one time. You can test when you are ready.

The only technology you will need is an Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash video player.
Both of these are installed on 98% of all computers.
If needed, they are FREE: Get Adobe Reader or Get Adobe Flash player

Completion Time: You may take up to one year to complete the program, and review the materials as often as you like. You will immediately know the results after you take your test. Most students finish within 1 – 2 weeks.

The only technology you will need is an Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash video player.
Both of these are installed on 98% of all computers.
If needed, they are FREE: Get Adobe Reader or Get Adobe Flash player

Online training materials are Microsoft Windows and Mac compatible.

Exam Requirements: Passing a 100 multiple choice, non-proctored online exam with 70% or higher. Two attempts at the exam are given. Results are known immediately.

Retest Fee: $95 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the second exam attempt.

After successful completion, you will earn the professional title of “Functional Training Specialist” on your certificate.

Back to top for registration