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What Makes Showing Up At Function First For A Workout Unique


Greetings all from sunny San Diego!

So as I mentioned in my last post my exciting new part-time gig as part of the X-Factor Team at Function First – leading Small Group Classes. There are a few reasons why attending classes here or benefiting from 1:1 training is unique and quite beneficial. There are many options at Function First. In this post I will just highlight two of the reasons why training here is different.

But first – the studio/gym itself!

Function First


No need for me to re-create the wheel  – here is an excerpt from the info page:

 Function First has been serving the San Diego community since 1994. Located in Mission Hills, our internationally recognized exercise studio is renowned for our unique, effective and non-invasive corrective exercise programs designed to address chronic pain and musculoskeletal limitations without drugs or manipulation. In 2009, we expanded our services to personal, semi-private and small group fitness training. Through referral and by excellent reputation in the community, we have been named one of the San Diego Union Tribune’s Best of for the category of Best Personal Trainer/Studio, voted San Diego’s Best Alternative Exercise Studio in 2011, and San Diego’s Best Health & Fitness Club in 2012 and 2014.


The Core-Tex


Anthony Carey is not only the CEO and owner of Function First, nestled in Mission Hills in San Diego. He is also the inventor of the Core-Tex. Now looking at it especially in a picture it may just look like a balancing tool. However it is much much more than that.

The Core-Tex is a reactive training device that combines dynamic strength, cardiovascular endurance, razor sharp reaction, flexibility and balance…

Reactive training, what is that?  To explain if you are doing pushups on it – it is a pushup like non other. The reason is that while you are pushing down the Core-Tex reacts to your pushing and has 360 degrees of movement. Thus your stabilization muscles are called into action so you are using more than lowering & push muscles. Split-leg aka Bulgarian Squats really are one upped on this puppy either with the front foot on the ground or even more when the front foot on the Core-Tex. Think about doing a front plank or doing a side plank and turning that planted forearm when coiling and un-coiling.

This tool has been utilized by some professional sports teams and notable fitness gurus have jumped into line to recognize its value.

There are many instructional videos on the main website listed above and on the Facebook Page for Core-Tex & other social media. One video that has gotten a good amount of hits (over 8K!) on the Facebook page is below. Yours truly is in this one….




Now this is something else I have never worked with before until I walked into Function First. This is a great thing to incorporate into workouts to move with a weight. It is much more than just moving with a dumbell etc. This is because of its shape and easy to hold handles you can do many moves that shift./swing/pickup/etc the ViPR away from the body thus making it good to strengthen that core and other parts of the body. The heaviest one we use is 20 Kilograms… but believe me there are so many exercises you can do with this that is quite a challenge.

The possibilities are endless of what simple and complex movements and flows ( & ways of grasping the ViPR too!) you can do with these with ranging weights.

A good video that gives you an intro into its possibilities is below.

So check out Function First! Of course if you are in San Diego – check out the class schedule & sign up for one of mine and see what all this great facility has to offer. These two items are just the tip of the iceberg of a workout that is more than just laving your walking out sweaty…Anthony has built his studio around a science-based approach and incorporates tools to reflect that. As you saw in the description above he is honing in on addressing chronic pain. I have met many clients that attest to walking in the first day to meet with him suffering from such pain and now are able to enjoy pain-free lives – coming back for more in my classes.

As always if you have any questions about my personal training services of Incremental Fitness OR my classes at Function First don’t hesitate to contact me at incrementalfit.com!



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