NOTE: This program has been expanded and improved.
It is now worth 4.0 NESTA CEUs, too!
All World-class Trainers Have an In-depth Knowledge of Functional Anatomy and Training, Now it is Your Turn!
Many fitness training programs sacrifice functionality, and overlook optimal movement, to meet a client’s aesthetic goals. Now you can gain the high-level knowledge of functional training so you can help your clients improve function and mobility in addition to their 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.
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.
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.
What are my career options? How will I make a living with this credential?
The great thing about becoming a Functional Training Specialist is that you have endless career and business opportunities. Some primary careers include: Working with clients at a gym, health club, fitness center, spa or resort. You can train and coach your clients indoors or outside. You can also operate your own facility. You can train and coach clients one-on-one in their home, your home, or your office. Many experts with this credential train in groups to help more people and earn more money per hour. In addition, you can seek out alternative (and frequently very lucrative career opportunities) as a blogger, writer, podcast host, author, online content provider, online video host or publisher of digital education products. You can also offer your services online to individuals, small groups or large groups. You can use fun online communication/collaboration platforms such Skype, Google Hangout or iChat for your training/coaching services. You can become an expert for authority websites such as WebMD, eHow and Livestrong. You can become a frequent expert guest on podcasts, radio shows, webinars/web classes, TV talk shows, news programs or in industry publications. The list of opportunities is truly endless. Nothing is hold you back. So, go make a difference today!
How will I get clients?
This is actually much easier than you may be thinking right now. Here are some examples: Facebook is an excellent resource. An account is free and building a fan page takes less than 5 minutes. You can advertise to very specific groups of people who want and need your services. Of course, you can also use Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and your other favorite social media platforms. It’s 100% FREE. Create and post a press release about your business launch. It’s simple and free to syndicate your press releases across the web. Creating a blog for your business is very fast and essentially free. We have resources for your online marketing needs here. You can make training/coaching videos and post them to Youtube. When you offer this valuable free help, people get to know you and learn to like you. In return, they want to know more and they are directed back to your Facebook fan page or blog for details. Of course, you can post your videos to all video sites for an even greater reach. Adding your business to Yelp is also a great idea. It gets ranked high on Google which makes your job even easier. Make sure you also add your business profile to Google Local. That’s another free and easy way to get clients. As for off-line client-getting strategies, you can do any of the following: attend local charity events, speak at community events, do a lunch-and-learn at a local business, volunteer for a local charity, distribute door hangers, post flyers, add a graphic/banner to your car, and the list goes on and on. Once you get started, you’ll see how easy it is to do. Now that you know what you need to do, you just need to implement and the clients will come in on a regular basis.
Functional Training Specialist Program Details
Continuing Education Units: NESTA 4.0 CEUs, ITCA 4.0 CEUs, MMACA 4.0 CEUs, ISSA 15 CEUs, Spencer Institute 4.0 CEUs
Recertification Requirements: None. Certificate does not expire
Prerequisites: Any one of the following is recommended (not required) – 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 comprehensive video training (practical skills, assessments and science-based lectures), review questions, 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.If needed, they are FREE: Get Adobe Reader or Get Adobe Flash player
Online training materials are Microsoft Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android compatible.
- Program focuses on the premise that FUNCTION is based on STRUCTURE. Since “functional” can be such an ambiguous term in the fitness industry we need to show how this concept encapsulates all the other definitions. Hence, it is functional anatomy course with functional application exercises. You learn how it all fits together.
- Built with university-level, advanced anatomy and kinesiology lectures (detailed and easy-to follow format)
- Applied functional exercises based on foundational human movement patterns: Hinge, Squat, Push, Pull, Walking/Running (Gait), Carry and Crawl
- Foundational human movement patterns are paired with their most relative anatomical lectures
(5 Pairs of Modules):
- Hip/Core : Hinge
- Knee/Ankle/Foot : Squat
- Shoulder Complex : Push
- Elbow/Wrist/Hand : Pull
- Biomechanics of Gait : Carry and Crawl
- Review quizzes at the end of each Functional Anatomy modules for practice (does not count for or against you and you can take as many times as you’d like)
- Final exam is made up of the same questions as the quizzes
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.
Exam Requirements: Passing a 100 multiple choice, non-proctored online exam with 70% or higher. Three 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 third exam attempt.
After successful completion, you will earn the professional title of “Functional Training Specialist” on your certificate.