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The text Functional Training
Continuing education exam
Offering strength, endurance, power, and sport-specific programming in an accessible style, the Functional Training CE Course covers the concepts, exercises, progressions, and sequencing on which a sound functional training program is based. It covers a range of modalities and exercises including body weight, bands and pulleys, dumbbells and kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls, and other equipment that can be used at home or in a fitness facility.
Functional Training features a three-tier approach for integrating functional movements into an existing strength program. Through assessment and analysis, you will identify the movements and muscles involved in your clients’ chosen sports or activities, then select the best exercises and programs based on desired results and performance goals. In addition to quick exercise sequences and personalized programming to address the big four sport skills, more comprehensive programs can be developed to address specific personal needs and goals for virtually any sport or activity.
The study guide contains a course syllabus, chapter objectives, and end-of-chapter learning activities to prepare you for the continuing education exam at the conclusion of the course. In an ever-changing field, this course contains programs for all four major periodization cycles to improve function in any sport or activity.
At the conclusion of this study guide, you will be able to do the following:
Explain the difference between functional training and sport-specific training.
Identify the advantages of functional training over other conditioning techniques.
Explain the four pillars of human movement and why there are four pillars.
Manipulate a variety of functional training exercises for specific body segments into an effective program.
Identify the proper use of functional training independently and in conjunction with other training programs.
List the key variables in developing functional training programs.
Describe the three ways to integrate a functional modality into a traditional workout.
Design a functional training program that meets specific training and athletic goals.
Part I: Course Syllabus
Part II: Learn and Practice With the Functional Training Book
Part I Function and Functional Training
Chapter 1. Functional Training Defined
Chapter 2. Foundations of Functional Training
Chapter 3. Performance Continuum
Part II Exercises
Chapter 4. Essentials
Chapter 5. Supporting Cast
Part III Programs
Chapter 6. Program Design
Chapter 7. Pure Functional Programs
Chapter 8. Hybrid Programming
Chapter 9. Sport-Specific Programs
Study Guide Answer Key
Part III: Exam and Evaluation
Exam Answer Sheet
A continuing education course for personal trainers, strength and
conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, fitness coaches, and group
Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS, is the founder and director of
the Institute of Human Performance (IHP) in Boca Raton, Florida. IHP has
been recognized as one of the top training facilities in the world and
the best core-training facility in the United States.
Santana has been part of the strength and conditioning programs for
several Florida Atlantic University sport teams over the last two
decades. He is responsible for the strength and conditioning programs
for men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, track and field,
women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s swimming.
A member and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with
the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Santana is
also a member and certified health fitness instructor with the American
College of Sports Medicine. In addition, he is a certified senior coach
and club coach course instructor with the U.S. weightlifting team and a
level I coach with USA Track and Field.
Santana currently is on the NSCA Board of Directors and is a
sport-specific conditioning editor for the NSCA Journal. His
professional responsibilities have included serving as NSCA vice
president, chairman of the NSCA Coaches Conference, a member of the NSCA
Conference Committee, and the NSCA Florida state director. As a college
professor, he has taught sport training systems and strength training at
Florida Atlantic University (FAU). An FAU graduate with bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in exercise science, Santana is involved in several
ongoing research studies with numerous universities and is working on
his PhD in exercise physiology.
Founded in 2001, IHP provides an unparalleled training environment for
elite athletes, including Olympic athletes in a variety of sports;
world-class tennis champions; NFL, NHL, and MLB players; world champion
Brazilian jujitsu and mixed martial arts fighters; numerous NCAA
Division I teams; and hundreds of nationally ranked teen hopefuls from a
cross-section of sport disciplines.
"Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana is the preeminent personal trainer, period! Functional
Training will provide you with key insights into the science and
application of exercise training."
Jose Antonio, PhD-- CEO of ISSN
“Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana is the premier trainer in America, and Functional
Training is groundbreaking work in function and strength. There is
simply no better resource on the planet.”
Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM-- Professor, Strength and
Conditioning, Director, Center for Sport Performance, California State
University at Fullerton, Editor, Training for Speed, Agility, and
"For over 30 years Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana has been raising the bar
in the fitness industry. With Functional Training you will
tap into the cutting-edge methods that have made him one of the world's
leading authorities on functional training."
Jeff Chandler, EdD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA, FACSM-- Professor,
Jacksonville State University, Editor in Chief, Strength and
"If you want to reach your potential as an athlete, there is no one I
would trust more than Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana!”
Mike Flynn-- 11-Year NFL Veteran, Super Bowl XXXV Champion
“Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana is a fitness leader with a unique
understanding of the science and practice of functional training. He
creates superior results for duffers and high-performance athletes
alike, and his book Functional Training will show you
how to make the most of your training.”
Stuart McGill, PhD-- Professor, University of Waterloo at
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
“With Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana’s training methods and guidance, I was
able to fight at the highest level of mixed martial arts in the UFC and
Pride Fighting Championships and reached the pinnacle of grappling by
winning the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. The workout
regimens in Functional Training will also prepare you for any
Jeff “Snowman” Monson-- Pro MMA Fighter, ADCC
Submission Wrestling World Champion
“Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana develops innovative ideas and exercise
programming with a training philosophy grounded in principles that
generate positive results for his clients and athletes. In the past, I
have called on JC for insight into training methodologies, and he has
delivered. Gain those insights when reading Functional Training.”
Chip Morton-- Strength and Conditioning Coach Cincinnati, Ohio
“If you are looking for information on unlocking your potential and
improving your performance, look no further than Functional Training.”
Jeff Nichols CSCS-- Exercise Physiologist, Virginia High
Performance, LLC, Former Navy SEAL
“Juan Carlos ‘JC’ Santana is one of the true pioneers of functional
training. His creative exercises and programs have helped shape the way
functional training is being used today.”