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Stenger, Leslie, M.S.

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000439

Apply It! Functional training is a broad and confusing concept because of the multitude of definitions and applications. The aim of this article is to:

1) review the multitude of definitions for functional fitness from respected health and fitness professionals.

2) translate the complexities of functional fitness into context for practical application by health and fitness professionals.

3) apply general programming guidelines to the development of a functional neuromotor program.

Leslie Stenger, M.S., is an assistant professor of Exercise Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Leslie is an ACSM EP-C®, spinning instructor, and Pilates mat instructor. She has more than 25 years of experience in the health and fitness club industry. She has worked in every segment of the industry including corporate, community, clinical, public, and private clubs. She has gained experience from individually owned companies to large hospital-based programs and understands the complexities and rewards of working in both profit and nonprofit organizations.

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