Functional Training Anatomy
BookThe term “functional training” has been associated with a fair amount of controversy ever since it became part of the fitness training vernacular more than a decade ago. In Functional Training Anatomy, noted strength and conditioning specialists Kevin Carr and Mary Kate Feit cut through the clutter and misconceptions about functional training and cover all aspects of how to build a purposeful, effective, and efficient program that provides the strength, stability, and mobility you need to support your body in life and in sports.
Beginning with a clear definition of what functional training entails, you will learn about the importance of mobility training and its impact on movement quality, performance, and injury reduction. Use the warm-up activities to prepare for high-intensity activities. Use the medicine ball and plyometric exercises to learn to produce and absorb force. Develop power with Olympic lifts, kettlebell swings, and jumping exercises. Improve strength in the upper body, lower body, and core with hip-dominant, knee-dominant, pushing, pulling, and core exercises.
See the inner workings of each of the exercises with superb full-color illustrations that show the primary and secondary muscles and connective tissue being used. The detailed instructions for these multiplanar and unilateral exercises ensure you execute each one correctly and safely. The Functional Focus element shows how the exercises translate to specific activities, whether that be an explosive athletic move or simply moving a box.
Functional Training Anatomy incorporates traditional and nontraditional exercises and mobility drills that will help you increase functional strength and reduce injury so your body is prepared to support the demands of athletic performance and daily living.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Functional Training Anatomy Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Functional Training Anatomy With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.
AudienceAthletes and fitness enthusiasts; reference for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, athletic trainers, and physical therapists.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Functional Training in Motion
Chapter 2. Mobility Exercises
Chapter 3. Motor Control and Movement Preparation Exercises
Chapter 4. Plyometric and Medicine Ball Exercises
Chapter 5. Heavy Implement Power Exercises
Chapter 6. Upper-Body Strength Exercises
Chapter 7. Lower-Body Strength Exercises
Chapter 8. Core and Rotational Strength Movements
Chapter 9. Functional Strength Training Program Examples
Quotes"Functional Training Anatomy provides a much-needed connection of muscle- and movement-based perspectives on program design, emphasizing training patterns that are fundamental to performance across sports. Presenting an effective system of exercise categorization along with tips on how to correctly perform impactful exercises, Functional Training Anatomy is a great resource for all fitness and performance professionals."
—Kevin Neeld, PhD, Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins
“Functional Training Anatomy does a great job of explaining the ‘why.’ I highly recommend it for anyone serious about training and performance.”
—Ben Bruno, Celebrity Personal Trainer
“If there is one training question that comes up time and again, it is ‘Where do I start?’ Functional Training Anatomy is part of the answer!”
—Charlie Weingroff, Physical Performance Lead and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team
“Having a solid working knowledge of anatomy is necessary for all coaches, and Functional Training Anatomy breaks down the anatomical considerations for key exercises and lifts in a simple yet effective way. Coaches will gain a deeper understanding of these movements through the study of anatomy, which will ultimately improve their programming. Functional Training Anatomy should be a staple in all young coaches’ libraries."
—Sue Falsone, Personal Trainer and Clinician Consultant
ExcerptsFunctional training requires functional anatomy
Try this movement: half-kneeling cable lift
What defines functional core strength?
Sample ContentSingle-Leg Hurdle Hop - Functional FocusSingle-Leg Hurdle Hop.jpgSpiderman Stretch - Functional FocusSpiderman Stretch.jpg
This book had no information that was new to me. Nothing but a re-hash of information I already knew.
Excellent book for Athletic Trainers in planning rehabilitation activities. Excellent for each phase of the rehabilitation process. Recommend it highly.
Book is great and very insightful. Really explains the information well and layout is super easy to follow and understand.
A great read, or quick reference tool to have on hand for all trainers!
Mr. Carr's book is very educational, easy to read and makes a fantastic gift. 10/10 would recommend purchasing.