Philosophy

Philosophy

You compete the way that you train, so if you need to be explosive during a wrestling match, boxing match or other sport, you will need to train to be explosive. We take your annual goals into consideration when we create your functional training program, and we break it up into multiple phases so you don’t get overwhelmed or overtrained.

At the Functional Athlete we believe that if an Athlete or a FAnatic is looking to reach the highest levels of training to accomplish their ultimate goals in their specific sports, it is vital they train Human movement and not focus on body parts.

We feel that unless you are a Bodybuilder (which is a very dedicated and disciplined sport where the focus is on the competitors isolating body parts so they can reach the ultimate goals in their specific sport, then there would be no reason to train like a bodybuilder.

The human body can only move in these 5 ways, Pushing > Pulling > Level Change > Locomotion> Rotation. FA feels that by training human movements anyone we train will benefit from the functional training and ultimately reach their goals, whether it’s to get to the highest level of sports or just living a healthier lifestyle!!!

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Training Method

Training Method

Functional Athlete Training Method

It takes more than luck and a few practices to turn someone into a champion athlete. You’ll have to prepare your mind body and will to compete, and this can take a lot of Hard Work, Dedication and Sacrifice, not to mention Blood, Sweat and Tears.

The Coaches at FA have all the skills and experience you’ll need to get to that point, and has produced a number of champions in the past, proving that their techniques work.

Regardless of age, size, gender, condition, or Goals, a persons Health, Athletic Performance and Quality of life are enhanced by being Stronger, Faster and More Powerful. Join our family and Change Your Life!

We’ll incorporate what competitions are being attended, as well as what your personal outcome is for each. We’ll also talk about what kind of personal goals you want to meet, whether it’s to become more flexible, stronger, or an overall better athlete.

1. SETTING GOALS

We at FA feel very strongly that the first step in designing a Strength Training program is to set goals for each individual. Whether you’re an Athlete looking to peak for competition or a FAnatic looking to get ready for a vacation, wedding, or a mud run, we feel there must be something to work towards.… Read more...

Christmas Eve Workout Bash

FA’s 7th Annual Christmas Workout Bash is coming up fast. Please RSVP today!

It’s that time of year again! The Functional Athlete will be hosting our 7th Annual Christmas Workout Bash on Christmas Eve morning, Saturday December 24th from 8:30am-10:00am.

Please join us on Christmas Eve morning…come in early & get your butts kicked with our workout, eat some good food, then go home & enjoy the holiday with your family & friends. We encourage all existing members, friends, & family, to join the fun, food & did we mention exercise. Please RSVP to the below email addresses with how many you will be bringing. There is no charge to attend & EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!

Wishing you a FIT & HEALTHY Christmas & New Year from all your Coaches at the Functional Athlete; Coach Steve, Coach Pete, Coach Mike, Coach Kendyl, Coach Adar & Coach Andrea.
Need Christmas gift ideas… see an FA coach for gift certificate options.

Contact us today for more information on training.
Steve Mologousis

[email protected]

708.745.8945

Kendyl Coglianese

[email protected]
630.935.4166

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FA’s Christmas Break Kids Camp

CHRISTMAS KIDS CAMP STARTS TUESDAY DEC 27TH

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this Christmas break? Well, Look no further! Sign up for The Functional Athlete’s Christmas Break Kid Camp where a kid can be a kid. This is a spin off of this years Summer Camp!

In todays society most young kids do not get the benefits we did at their age. Whether it is, cutbacks for gym class or the crazy world of youth sports these days. This winter The Functional Athlete will change your child’s life forever by allowing them to be a kid again & adopt a healthy active lifestyle. Functional Athlete coaches will supervise all kid camp activities & make sure they are age appropriate.

Christmas Break Kids Camp will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm with a 20 min break for a snack. Please be sure to provide your child with a snack or money for a healthy snack in our vending machine. Also provide them with a bottle of water or two or $1 for a water bottle in the vending machine.
FA’s Christmas Break Kid Camp activities will consist of:

– Speed Agility and Quickness Training: Warm-up, Agility Speed Ladders, Cone Drills, Sprints, Coordination, Quickness, Cool down.… Read more...

Olympic Lifting Class

The Functional Athlete’s Olympic Lifting Camp will focus on the two major Olympic Lifts. The Clean and Jerk & the Snatch. This level 1 class will focus on the basics of Olympic Lifting for ages 14 and up.  Olympic Lifting will build more explosive strength, range of motion, & core strength and control for athletes and fitness Fanatics alike. Any sport can benefit from this style of training with greater strength, speed & hip and core explosiveness. We will also work on some of the major strength lifts in olympic lifting including kettlebells and metabolic conditioning. The focus of this class is to make you a better more well rounded athlete and fitness FAnatic.

Recommended for the Camp:

1. A roll of 1.5 inch cloth athletic tape (can be bought at the dollar store)
2. Olympic Lifting Shoes if possible – or a flat shoe such as chuck taylors or flat cross training gym shoes- NO RUNNING SHOES.
3. Athletic Pants are advised, if not high socks that cover the shin. Shorts are not recommended for this class unless worn with high socks. 

This class will be taught by Jerry Owen, PHD CSCS, who has 21 years of experience as a strength & conditioning coach & is a certified USA Weightlifting level 2 coach. Read more...

Strength & Conditioning Class

 

The Functional Athlete’s Strength and Conditioning Classes were developed for athletes who are dedicated to their chosen sport. During the earliest days of the Functional Athlete, Coach Steve realized that in order to help athletes and fitness FAnatics reach their goals, we, at the Functional Athlete needed to be able to offer a program where the athletes could find a place they could train for the long haul. Strength training is a marathon and results do not happen overnight, contrary to what the fitness industry and some strength coaches will tell you. That was when he realized that in order for the athlete’s to reach their full potential they had to find a place to train year around and be able to call their second home. He also realized how expensive and in some cases unaffordable private training can be, so he offered The Pillar of The Functional Athlete’s Famous Strength and Conditioning class that has been developing Athletes of all levels for nearly a decade.

In The Functional Athlete’s Strength & Conditioning Classes we have developed our own hybrid-training program for each athlete based on our periodization model of proven phases & blocks of training. Our training program has an emphasis on functional movement using all 5 human movements: level change, pushing, pulling, rotation, and propulsion while performing multi-joint exercises that mimic the body’s natural physical movements during athletic competition using all three muscle actions; sagittal, frontal & transverse.… Read more...

FA’s Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge

TRAIN LIKE AN ATHLETE…GET THE BODY OF AN ATHLETE!

ARE YOU READY TO GET SERIOUS?

Make your efforts count and lose maximum weight this summer. This 12 week one hour private training class is designed to decrease body fat and improve BMI.

WINNER RECEIVES $$$$

(Winner determined by maximum percentage of weight lost.)

Weekly weigh-ins

1X per month body fat calculations

1X per month body measurements

Nutrition Tips from your coaches

Dates: TBD

Times: TBD 3 X PER WEEK (additional times may be added due to demand)

Cost: $225/Month (3 month commitment)

Add your name to FA’s list of success stories…

Mike Spencer…Lost 38 lbs in 12 weeks taking home the grand prize!

Eddie Shima….Lost 50 lbs in 15 weeks!

Ross Avery…lost 28 lbs in 13 weeks!

Jenn Hennessey…Lost 4″ off her waist, 3″ off her hips & 2″ off her chest!

And the list goes on…

Come join FA’s experienced & knowledgeable Coaching staff to help you achieve your goals.

This is not a bootcamp. These are specialized Private Personal Training sessions in a Team setting.

Contact us today! Prepare to change your life!

Kendyl Coglianese

[email protected]

630.935.4166

 

Steve Mologousis

[email protected]

708.745.8945

Functional Athlete

51 E. Plainfield Rd., Countryside, IL 60525… Read more...

Speed & Power Camp

Do you feel the need for Speed? Do you want to be first to the ball? How about being able to react faster than your opponents? Do you want to jump higher & farther than your opponents?

Do you want to JUMP HIGHER than your competition….Be able to JUMP, LAND, AND JUMP again with minimal contact time, leaving other players wondering what happened. Be able to react to, and capitalize on, your opponent’s weaknesses

FA is offering a 6 week Speed & Power Camp for athlete’s of all ages and levels.

Dates: New Session Starting Tuesday November 15th

and continuing every 6 Weeks thereafter.

Days: Tuesdays at 6:00pm – 7:00pm

 

The SPEED & POWER Camp will consist of:

Dynamic and Active Warm­-ups

Speed, Agility & Quickness Drills

Strength Training

Plyometrics and Power Movements

Sprint Development Techniques

Reactive Training

Mental Preparation

Flexibility and injury prevention

Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) are 3 crucial components to becoming a successful athlete. Along with Strength and Power they determine athletic potential. SPEED CAMP will help you unlock your hidden potential and increase your SAQ!

Learn proper jumping mechanics, allowing you to unlock your true potential

Learn how to JUMP and LAND efficiently and effectively, allowing you to get to DO THESE MOVEMENTS SUCCESSFULLY THROUGHOUT THE GAME
Leave with a secret weapon in your arsenal to make that game changing move
Don’t get stuck with your feet in the mud, there are limited spaces left in this Springs JUMP CAMP!… Read more...

We’ve Officially Moved!!

We are excited to announce that The Functional Athlete has officially moved to our new, bigger state of the art facility across the street & just kiddy corner from our old location.

Our new address is 51 East Plainfield Road in Countryside, IL 60525

Come train with us in our brand new gym!

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