Our Method

Functional Patterns is the blueprint for improving your movement. We take the guesswork out of taking care of your body.

What makes Functional Patterns different than all the other functional training fads out there? Functional Patterns is about training organisms in relation to their biological characteristics. Sound a bit complicated? Well, not really when you think about it. At a basic level it means whatever animal you choose to train, you do it with the foremost goal of optmizing its primary functions. Fish swim, birds fly, and dogs walk on four legs. What do humans do? According to the leading research on the primary movements humans did for locomotion and survival: standing, walking, running, and throwing were the four most important movements for human survival.

These movements are what experts characterize as bipedal, and revolve around the contralateral reciprocation of the arms and legs. These are just fancy words to describe the motions that humans use to get from point A to point B. What's important is not necessarily to memorize these terms, but what it means for the application of fitness and exercise techniques aimed at optimizing your human biology! Functional Patterns has gone through the rigorous process of taking these complicated ideas and made a functional training program around them that anyone can do.

 

The Functional Patterns Revolution

When it comes to the concept of fitness, there's hundreds of definitions for what is functional and what's not. At FP, we’ve taken a First Principle’s approach, shedding away all the ambiguities to drill down to what works. At the end of the day we’re all human, and our anatomical structures are similar enough that we all function in predictable and characteristic patterns. By breaking it down into its most fundamental components, we define 'functional' on the shared functions that anthropologists say define our human species from every other animal on planet earth: The FP Big 4 — Standing, Walking, Running, and Throwing.

The FP Big 4 – Stand, Walk, Run, and Throw

Functional Patterns was designed to optimize the Big Four of human movement: Standing, Walking, Running, and Throwing. If you learn what it takes to precisely execute these movements to the highest degree, the benefits will transfer to literally every other movement you do. Whether it be a passive position like sitting, an athletic position like cutting laterally, or any other movement configuration – optimizing these four functions means that you improve your entire movement spectrum. Instead of trading fitness for function or vice versa, you get both simultaneously! That's the Functional Patterns way!

This sounds complicated, how do I even start??

If you are a human, Functional Patterns is for you. No matter your body type, physical ability, or level of exercise know-how, if you are a human then you will benefit from this program. In actuality, if you aren't "normal" you will likely get even MORE benefit from doing Functional Patterns than the other methods out there. That's because we consider you as a human first and foremost before anything else. We are the only training system out there that does this. So if you are having any doubts about doing FP, rest assured that we accomodate people of all levels, backgrounds, and disabilities. And we have the results to prove it!