Functional Training Studio Fitness
Functional Training Studio in Concord, NC. PHOTO BY WENDY YANG PHOTOGRAPHY

Functional Training Studio (FTS) was established in January 2015 in the North Charlotte/ Concord Area. It all started as a dream, as the founder, Brian LeRiche, and now present owner, Dustin Smith, attended UNCC studying Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. We also worked in corporate fitness together, which inspired the desire to break free from the rigidity that comes in any corporate environment and help people on our own terms. Studying and taking proven concepts from The Postural Restoration Institute, Functional Movement Systems, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and other prominent experts in the strength and conditioning fields, FTS is unique in its approach to help people achieve their goals. Whether it is youth sports performance, weight loss, strength training or rehabilitation, FTS has experienced coaches in many disciplines.

At Functional Training Studio, position is the primary factor that determines exercise prescription. Additionally, one must be in a proper position to allow proper progression. The progressions are achieved through inhibition and facilitation of muscular chains to create non-compensatory movements. This inhibition coupled with facilitation, creates your brains paradigm patterned shift. This is why FTS is exclusively private personal training. We are niched in the fitness industry but our attention to form and the individual’s needs sets us up for success while mitigating injury and reducing pain.

But why the name, Functional Training Studio? A previous buzzword in the industry, and as of late, one that has become a blanket statement for almost any movement that might be considered “athletic.” We are well aware of the stigma attached to “functional training” however, we are bringing a new meaning and reinstating the true definition of function.

Functional Fitness for all ages strengtheningOur programs are of intelligent design – It’s not just about sweating, or just about weight loss, or strength training. Functional training is more dynamic, malleable, adaptable, and modifiable depending on the individual. A 14-year old female soccer athlete needs a different type of training than a 35-year old overweight male with low back pain. The direct intent and exercise prescription catered towards the individual is what makes it functional. A unilateral rear foot elevated split squat would be functional for the young soccer player, while coaching proper breathing techniques and positioning would be functional for the client with pain.

One size does not fit all, and everyone is different. Therefore the training should be different. FTS wants to create a culture of fitness that emphasizes durability and viability. To be able to work out for decades. To maintain the fit lifestyle. We are seeking longevity and long term gains versus the short term temporary gains.

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Playing a variety of sports throughout his childhood and teenage years, Dustin found a passion for fitness at a fairly young age. Experiencing first hand how properly designed strength and conditioning programs correlated to his athletic success, Dustin is an advocate of taking these same principles and applying them to a private setting. Thus FTS was born in January of 2015, and continues to serve the athletic, and rehabilitative communities in North Charlotte. Dustin has a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dustin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.