Who is your favorite among all the leaders in functional movement/corrective exercise and why?
There's the Biomechanics Method--Justin Price; Gray Institute; Brookbush Institute; FMS--Gray Cook; to name a few. I am an ACE-certified personal trainer and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist. A certification in this area is my next goal. ACE has its own Functional Training Specialist Program. ACE also endorsed The BioMechanics Method as their preferred corrective exercise specialty certificate course. Please share what you know, pro and con. I'd also appreciate referrals to online reviews and comparisons. Best value for the $$$ is important. Thank you very much!
I am also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. In 2012, I became a Corrective Exercise Specialist with NASM. I was very pleased with the course. You receive a text book, an online version of the textbook, an online version where the text is read to you, videos teaching you how to perform movement assessments, videos of many exercises, and online practice exams after you complete each chapter. The knowledge I gained has had a great impact on my personal training business. I also believe that the course is offered at a lower price than the other courses you have explored. I highly recommend going with NASM.
Beware though - you will not learn protocols or memorize silly "functional" exercises. You will learn how to think for yourself on a whole new level. Understanding chain reaction biomechanics, the principles, strategies, and techniques of Applied Functional Science, the 10 observational essentials of any motion, and how analyze, restore, and correct movement for life. There's so much more. The CAFS is their entry level cert which I recently completed, then they offer a fellowship program that spans about a year. I've also been to their Chain Reaction annual seminar twice now and both times, I was enlightened. Do it and you will not regret it!