The variety was a massive point of interest. The concept of focus, constant work that prioritised quality over quantity. The coaching cues regarding tempo and intensity were so good, they allowed me to consider what my effort actually feels like. Initially I wanted barbells but to be honest - I haven’t missed them. Although I’ll enjoy picking one up again in the future!
Life may be uncertain – but your workouts don’t have to be. If you train at home, especially with limited equipment, it’s a chore – and a bore – to scroll through the Internet every time you want to get your sweat on and try to find something that works. By the time you figure out how to swap your jump rope for a rower, you’ve lost half your motivation.
Not only that, but random workouts get random results. Monday’s burpee challenge right into Tuesday’s push-up marathon will have your shoulders begging for mercy. Meanwhile, you haven’t pumped your rump in weeks, and what’s going on with your core?
Smart training means not only meeting the needs of today, but also keeping your body going strong for the long haul. Want to crush your sixties, seventies, and beyond? Staying out of injury now and building strength, mobility, and quality movement will serve you well for years to come. With Functional Bodybuilding, you’ll find workouts that balance movement patterns to avoid overuse injuries, and give you the perfect mix of days to push yourself and days to take it easy and recover.
In these uncertain times, gym access may be limited – or off limits altogether. You may have some equipment at home, or you may work out in a corner of a tiny apartment. Fortunately, Functional Bodybuilding uses an enormous movement library to design workouts for you that will keep you progressing week by week, even with nothing but your own bodyweight. And the Persist program includes full equipment, low equipment, and bodyweight only workouts, so your options are all covered – you can mix and match each day depending on what you have available.
After working with clients in a huge range of equipment situations and stations in life, we’ve proved that regardless of whether you have a full gym, minimal equipment, or none at all, you can still make progress on your strength, conditioning, and skills. Functional Bodybuilding builds you up week by week, connecting you to the feeling of making progress that makes training feel fun and rewarding.
All programming is created by Marcus Filly, 6x CrossFit Games athlete and the creator of Functional Bodybuilding. As both a seasoned athlete and professional coach with decades of experience, Marcus has helped thousands of clients and participants around the world Look Good and Move Well.
Marcus will help you get more from your workout with daily training notes to give you a focus for the day, plus a weekly coaching video to learn more about Functional Bodybuilding. Athlete support is included in the program to answer all your workout questions right in the app, and every movement also has video demonstration. We also have a supportive community on Facebook to get to know your fellow athletes.
Being an athlete is so much more than what you do in your 60-minute workout. Persist: Minimalist will nurture your body before, during, and after training. Every workout includes a thoughtful warmup and mobility-focused cool-down. On rest days, you’ll be guided through active recovery flows that introduce you to breathing concepts, extra mobility work, Functional Range Conditioning for joint health, and gentle ways to take care of your body.
On Sundays, “working in” lessons create a weekly time to reflect and further enhance your training, along with nutrition tips and mental training exercises.
"The workouts have been challenging and they are far better than any workout I could come up with myself. I also like receiving the body weight workouts as well; these give me options and a good workout plan to follow should I ever have a scenario where I cannot use any equipment."
Monthly subscription: 2 WEEKS FREE; $39 USD for individuals thereafter; pause or cancel any time. Gyms who are using this for groups, please sign up for the group license instead. ($79/mo, 2 week free trial)
"It feels like there is definitely a progression of everything! (Movement, sets, reps, intensity, skills) the variety is amazing! It’s definitely helping me move my blocked energy out for sure which during this time is keyyyy."
"I like the consistency week-to-week (e.g. challenges & grinders on the same days, etc.) because I know what to expect. I really appreciate the explanations of why the program is written the way it is; I'm learning a lot about programming and growth as an athlete."
"I felt like even though the sessions were getting harder every week, I was able to manage them better and better every time. In the end, even the most strenuous sessions got me having fun instead of huffing and puffing all the time."
The full equipment track uses everything in the low equipment track (below) with the addition of barbells and plates. Essentially what you’d find in a typical functional fitness gym.
Prices may fluctuate but will give you a ballpark. Bodyweight only movements are also included in Persist: Minimalist, but if you want to expand your options we recommend the following:
Mini Band set – $11
Pull up bar – $29
Sliders – $9
Glute Loop – $11
Stability Ball – $20
Once you register for the program, we will set you up with an account for TrueCoach, our workout delivery platform.
This can take up to 24 hours or so, but you’ll get access to a Welcome Workout right away to get acquainted with the program.
Both the full equipment and low equipment/bodyweight tracks will be loaded, and within each workout you’ll see demo videos for each move and places to write notes for yourself, as well as contact athlete support. You can also upload photos or videos.
We have a Knowledge Base with answers to the most common questions, so you can get started as seamlessly as possible – or reach out to athlete support through TrueCoach if you need any further support with your workouts.
You will not be charged for the program for the first two weeks, and your billing date will be monthly thereafter. If you need to cancel or pause your subscription, you can do so any time at the My Account page of our website. Our support team is also ready to help if you have any issues whatsoever.
Most of our other programs are limited cycles, and end after 8-12 weeks. Persist is an ongoing subscription, so you’ll never run out of Functional Bodybuilding training. The program runs in six-week builds, so you’ll progress your strength and conditioning, then move into a new training design to work on different skills. We will continually be exploring new Functional Bodybuilding concepts, including Olympic lifting, structural balance, hypertrophy, mobility, conditioning work, and more.
If you are able to follow a written workout and feel confident following a video demonstration, Persist is for you! At the beginning of the program, you’ll be introduced to concepts like supersets and tempo resistance training. It may take a week or two to get the hang of it, but we’re here to support you with any questions or provide scaling options if you need them. Advanced athletes will also find satisfaction with a huge variety of movements and challenges. The program is designed so you can choose your level of intensity and the weights best suited for your ability. Come try Functional Bodybuilding and learn something new!