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Developed by the Professional Fitness Coaches Association. Designed to transform your everyday knowledge and credentials. Functional Fitness Coach Level 1 is an elite online course for tomorrow’s fitness professionals.

FFC Level 1 is the difference between where you are now and where your talent and ambition can take you. Developed to build a practical foundation for excellence, it blends proven scientific principles with expert coaching and communication skills – to transform your knowledge, upgrade your abilities and maximise your impact on clients.

THE CATALYST FOR YOUR COACHING NEEDS

You have the potential. FFC Level 1 is designed to help you make the most of it. Encompassing over 500 minutes of video learning and written assessments, this online functional fitness course is a comprehensive introduction to next-level coaching.

Learn dynamically. Study when it suits you. On the gym floor. At home. Or on the move. With FFC Level 1 you choose the classroom and the timetable.

Course Overview

The industry is changing. Fast. FFC Level 1 is designed to get you up to speed and keep you ahead of the curve.

Discover what makes a great coach, how to make an impact on your clients and how to motivate them to reach their goals. Enrich your understanding of exercise, mobility and movement. Transform your business and learn how to develop bespoke programmes that push all the right buttons.

What FFC Level 1 teaches you

  1. How to take your potential, and prospects to new level with tried and tested strategies and processes.
  2. How to become the complete coaching professional, get incredible results and be financially-free.
  3. What you need to develop a kick-ass coaching brand that stands out from the crowd.
  4. The art of behaviour change and how to have an impact on your clients’ lives.
  5. How to identify a client’s goals and make everyday routines meaningful.
  6. How to use the world-class FFC Level 1movement screen to gain an edge over the competition and give clients total confidence in your abilities.
  7. When to use corrective exercise techniques and how to prescribe techniques that build clients up, not break them down.
  8. The basics of developing mobility and how to change and improve your clients’ movement, strength and stability.
  9. The key to developing strength and how to differentiate between skill acquisition and strength intentions.
  10. How to correctly assess, coach and develop key movement patterns, e.g. squats, hinges or lunges.
  11. The secret of successful programme design and how to deliver structures that allow you to coach freely and let your creativity to flow.
  12. How to develop and enhance energy systems, plan, progress and improve.

What you need to start

FFC Level1 is open to everyone. Trainers, coaches, clinicians, physiotherapists and fitness enthusiasts will all benefit from this course.

However, to practice the techniques covered in the course with clients, you will need professional liability insurance.

Course assessments

To make sure you’re on the right path, each module includes a mini assessment. You’ll also need to complete a full assessment, once you’ve completed the course content. This includes a mix of multiple choice and hand-written questions.

Course Qualification

If you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded a FFC Level1 Certificate – and achieve a level of professionalism few trainers ever attain. You will also gain access to the FFC Certified branding, which you can add to social content, branding and your website.

Course Overview
What You’ll Learn
What you need to start
Course assessments
Course Qualification

The industry is changing. Fast. FFC Level 1 is designed to get you up to speed and keep you ahead of the curve.

Discover what makes a great coach, how to make an impact on your clients and how to motivate them to reach their goals. Enrich your understanding of exercise, mobility and movement. Transform your business and learn how to develop bespoke programmes that push all the right buttons.

  1. How to take your potential, and prospects to new level with tried and tested strategies and processes.
  2. How to become the complete coaching professional, get incredible results and be financially-free.
  3. What you need to develop a kick-ass coaching brand that stands out from the crowd.
  4. The art of behaviour change and how to have an impact on your clients’ lives.
  5. How to identify a client’s goals and make everyday routines meaningful.
  6. How to use the world-class FFC Level 1movement screen to gain an edge over the competition and give clients total confidence in your abilities.
  7. When to use corrective exercise techniques and how to prescribe techniques that build clients up, not break them down.
  8. The basics of developing mobility and how to change and improve your clients’ movement, strength and stability.
  9. The key to developing strength and how to differentiate between skill acquisition and strength intentions.
  10. How to correctly assess, coach and develop key movement patterns, e.g. squats, hinges or lunges.
  11. The secret of successful programme design and how to deliver structures that allow you to coach freely and let your creativity to flow.
  12. How to develop and enhance energy systems, plan, progress and improve.

FFC Level 1 is open to everyone. Trainers, coaches, clinicians, physiotherapists and fitness enthusiasts will all benefit from this course.

However, to practice the techniques covered in the course with clients, you will need professional liability insurance.

To make sure you’re on the right path, each module includes a mini assessment. You’ll also need to complete a full assessment, once you’ve completed the course content. This includes a mix of multiple choice and hand-written questions.

If you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded a FFC Level1 Certificate – and achieve a level of professionalism few trainers ever attain. You will also gain access to the FFC Certified branding, which you can add to social content, branding and your website. 


Six reasons to start today

Learn on the move, online, anywhere

Access over 500 minutes of expert video content

Set your own pace, choose your own timetable

Join the elite PFCA coaches community

Boost your prospects with job opportunites at world-leading facilities

Become the complete coach

TRANSFORM YOUR COACHING POTENTIAL FOR £749

There’s a world of difference between the average trainer and a functional fitness professional. Clients can see it. Facilities can see it. You can see it. So why let your potential go to waste? There has never been a better time to invest into yourself and your business. Step up today.

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The course in detail

The FFC L1 aims to develop our coaches across these modules

Module 1 - The Foundation

Professional fitness begins with a professional mindset. Many coaches struggle with their identity, their motivation to coach and their vision. Module 1 prioritises your personal brand to provide a clear path for professional development and progression.

  1. Modern Coaching Professionalism
  2. The industry
  3. What makes a great coach
  4. You, your vision & your brand Trailer
  5. Your coaches WHY
  6. Core values
  7. Building your brand
  8. Coach first, athlete second Trailer
  9. Personal goal setting Trailer

Module 2 - The Client

Behaviour Change is not just an industry buzzword; it’s the key to unlocking your client’s ability. Module 2 outlines the PFCS principles of change, honed from change psychology, motivational interviewing and successful mindset practices. Then, demonstrates how to communicate them and build client buy-in.

  1. Client centric-approach Trailer
  2. Good communication Trailer
  3. Motivational interviewing techniques
  4. Behaviour change Trailer
  5. Goal setting Trailer
  6. Clients core values

Module 3 - Functional Fitness: The Basics

Great coaches instinctively want to coach. Systems allow you to do more of what you love. Module 3 shows you how to introduce practical systems that attract and nurture potentials clients, build loyalty, fuel opportunity, drive productivity and boost awareness of your brand and values.

  1. What is functional fitness
  2. Applied functional fitness
  3. Training values and philosophies
  4. FFC Movement Screen Trailer

Module 4 – The Foundations of Corrective Exercise

Without correctly assessing your clients’ needs, you’re just guessing. The FFC assessment protocol shows how to inspire your clients to move and move-well. Our unique movement screen serves as the cornerstone to your expert programming skills.

  1. Foundations of corrective exercise Trailer
  2. Joint-by-joint theory
  3. Intro to oblique slings
  4. Integrated corrective techniques
  5. Troubleshooting guide

Module 5 - Developing Mobility

There’s a hierarchy to movement Understanding where to begin is key. Module 5 teaches you what to look for, when and how to progress or regress your client’s movement. This allows you to effectively tailor coaching services to individual clients and respond instinctively in larger group environments.

  1. The ankle Trailer
  2. The hip
  3. The thoracic spine Trailer
  4. The spine

Module 6 - Coaching Movement Patterns

Know how to safely move someone from an air-squat to a BB OH Squat? This comprehensive module teaches you the principles around coaching every movement you might find in a functional training facility, plus the pre-requisites that lie behind every step.

  1. Squat progressions Trailer
  2. Hinge progressions Trailer
  3. Lunge progressions
  4. Upper body pushing progressions
  5. Upper body pulling variations
  6. Core progressions and regressions
  7. Carry variations

Module 7 - Advanced Exercise Coaching

The next level in coaching lies in understanding. To perfect the art of corrective exercise prescription, you need to understand the mechanism contributing to the lack of mobility, stability or strength at a given joint or joint action. Module 7 fast-tracks your knowledge. Equipping you with the skills to subtly drive your clients’ progress, without making sessions feel like physio.

  1. Back squat
  2. Front squat
  3. Overhead squat
  4. Conventional deadlift
  5. Trap bar deadlift
  6. Barbell sumo deadlift
  7. Press up
  8. Barbell bench press
  9. Strict press
  10. Kettlebell swing
  11. Turkish get up
  12. Intro to odd objects Trailer

Module 8 - Programme Design Principles

Programme design is only as effective as your understanding of the person you are programming for. It needs to combine your ethos and your client’s goals.  Module 8 shows you how to develop programmes that educate and empower your clients, deliver autonomy and encourage greater progression.

  1. Programme design
  2. What is strength
  3. Developing strength Trailer
  4. What is work capacity
  5. Developing work capacity Trailer
  6. Efficient program design Trailer

Module 9 - Case Studies

Understanding the mechanisms at play is vital in building a successful energy system programme. This module provides real-world examples of how to develop your own approach, put your clients first and build a successful relationship with fitness that is challenging, sustainable and safe.

  1. Real life case study examples Trailer

Your FFC Instructors

FFC level 1 is the result of a lifetime of fitness experience. Created and delivered by two of the UK’s leading fitness coaches: Jenz Robinson and Ollie Marchon, the course combines personal expertise with proven success to connect, understand and influence every aspect of functional fitness.

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Nike
Maximuscle

Ollie Marchon

Co-Founder of the PFCA, Ollie is also the owner of one of the UK’s leading Functional Fitness brands, MARCHON: a best-in-class destination gym and innovative, online training and nutrition coaching platform.

His motivation is simple: to transform the fitness experience for consumers and coaches, redefine the industry standard and accelerate the career prospects of every fitness professional.

Having played professional rugby with England rugby 7s, he knows all too well what coaching and operating at the highest-level entails. He also has a first-class degree in sports and exercise science, and multiple strength and conditioning qualifications.

This unique skill set has enabled Ollie to build strong partnerships with leading fitness brands. He remains head of performance for the National Fitness Games and is the lead trainer of Functional Fitness for both Nike and Maximuscle.

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Jenz Robinson

South-African born and bred, coach Jenz has a passion for helping people and a determination to be the best that has seen him reach a level few ever achieve.

Using the same drive and commitment that propelled him to play professional rugby in South-Africa, he opened his first gym at 25, motivated 1000s of clients to achieve their fitness goals and inspired numerous professional sportsmen to reach the highest level.

Jenz’s proven interpersonal skills make the complex simple, applicable and fulfilling for the coach and client.

His personal approach to education and development has led him to adopt a white-belt mentality. This hunger for improvement is just one of the reasons why the PFCA remains at the forefront of applied functional fitness training today.

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FAQS

How much does the course cost?

The full, 9-module course costs £749. Split payment are available via Klarna. Choose this payment option at checkout to learn more.

When does the course start?

The FFC course begins on 11 January 2021.

How long will it take to complete the course?

We recommend a minimum of one hour’s study per week over 8-10 weeks, to complete the course materials. However, different students may complete the coursework faster.

How will I be assessed?

After each module, you’ll receive a mini-assessment, to make sure you’re getting the most out of the content and the learning experience. Once you complete all the modules, you’ll receive a mixed-form assessment, in which you’ll need to achieve a pass mark of at least 80% to reach the required FFC Certified standard.

How do I know I can trust the PFCA to do my training?

The Professional Fitness Coaches Association has helped 100s of coaches to develop and grow their fitness businesses. What’s more, our systems have been tried and tested by1000s of gyms and honed by athletes, worldwide.

How does the FFC differ from other online courses?

The FFC course guarantees you and your business maximum impact, by accelerating your progression to becoming the complete coach and increasing the opportunities available to you. In short, Functional Fitness Coach L1 is an elite online course for tomorrow’s fitness professional that will transform your everyday knowledge and credentials.

Do I need prior qualifications to start the FFC Course?

FFC L1 is open to everyone. Trainers, coaches, clinicians, physiotherapists and fitness enthusiasts will all benefit from the course.

However, to practice the techniques covered in the course with clients, you will need professional liability insurance.

What support and resources are available while I study?

Once you enrol, you’ll receive The FFC L1 handbook: a comprehensive student resource that covers all the content included in the video lectures, plus many other bonus materials and downloads.

You’ll also get access to our private Facebook group and additional learning links, plus exclusive digital resources you can use to promote and enhance your business.

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