When I was in PT school, the term "Functional Training" became more popular as more and more people began writing about it and making it a part of their rehab and training sessions. While on my first clinical rotation as a student, another clinician advised me to read people like Gary Gray and Vern Gambetta, who were some of the forefathers of functional training. At that time, I was a sponge for learning all about the profession I had chosen, so I followed his advice.
I still have those articles that I read close to 15 years ago. They formed the basis of my philosophy of treatment. Since I continue to want to learn more, I recently went to a continuing education conference and was able to hear Vern Gambetta speak and participate in a workout led by him. It was pretty cool to see how he teaches the exercises. I learned more things from him that I will continue to use over the next 15 years of my practice.Vern Gambetta leads a functional training session.
I felt a little odd taking this picture but I will use it as inspiration for the future. I have a policy that I don't make patients do exercises that I can't do myself. Seeing him continue to do all of the exercises at 60+ years old lets me know that there is no reason I can't keep up with my patients as I age (something I've been a little afraid of).