Functional Fitness begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of Functional Fitness is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.
Functional Fitness is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains).
Functional Fitness itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). Functional Fitness is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of Functional Fitness is a key component of why it’s so effective.
Today, Functional Fitness, the company, provides accredited training seminars throughout the world. We publish several websites providing extensive free content, including workouts, training and support for becoming fit, as well as a growing Journal of extended instruction. We have a worldwide network of more than 5,500 affiliated gyms and more than 35,000 accredited Functional Fitness Level 1 trainers. And, we have created the Sport of Fitness, known as the Functional Fitness Games, where we crown the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth.