YTS – Beyond Functional Training: Periodization of Exercise Selection

Many books, DVDs and workshops claim to teach (true) functional training while scientific literature, strength coaches and personal trainers continue to debate which exercise selection will result in the best results in periodized programs.

Training literature contains various definitions of the term “functional training.” However, the dictionary offers the simplest and most critical definition:

“Functional Training” is Training that works

This means that the effect of the training transfers to the goal stated by the athlete or fitness client. Therefore, if training is not functional, it means that the training does not work = the effect of the training does not transfer to the goal stated by the athlete or fitness client. Thus, we might agree that all good training should be functional. I see no need for a term to describe all training, it’s just training!

There is significant confusion and disagreement regarding choice of exercise selection and equipment among strength coaches and personal trainers. It’s a shame, because even though effective exercise selection is not, per se, easy, there are many specific guidelines to follow when you select exercises for your periodized programs.

I have researched and tested guidelines for effective exercise selection with athletes from 26 different sports for more than 20 years. To share these guidelines, I have created the most thorough workshop on periodization of exercise selection that – to our knowledge - is available to strength coaches and personal trainers today. In this workshop we go beyond labels – like “functional training” - and focus on the science-based and very practical guidelines for exercise selection that ensure the effect of a given exercise transfers to the goal stated by the athlete or fitness client.

In a strongly science-based yet hands-on style, the workshop raises, discusses and answers the following questions about effective exercise selection:

  • What are the principles of exercise selection that are not tied into the movement patterns performed/muscles used, the athlete’s/client’s training age, or the timing in the macrocycle?
  • What are the principles of exercise selection based on the movement patterns performed and muscles used by the athlete/fitness client?
  • What are the principles of exercise selection based on the training age of the athlete or fitness client?
  • What are the principles of sequencing (and thus selecting) exercises for an entire macrocycle – mesocycle to mesocycle, microcycle to microcycle and from day to day with a week of training?

The Backward Squat/Lounge with emphasis on stability and stabilizer muscles.

The accompanying manual offers the science behind the above principles for exercise selection in periodization programs. During the workshop you will also experience the different principles of exercise selection through examples that cover flexibility training, strength training, jumping/throwing and SEC training (speed-energy systems-cardiovascular conditioning).

Beyond “Functional Training” – Periodization of Exercise Selection is created for trainers who want to understand - through the mind and through the body - how to choose exercises that really transfer to the goals stated by their athletes and fitness clients in order to create the best possible training programs for them. It is presented in the second day of the FPM Level 2 workshop.


  • Notebooks, pen, pencil, paper etc…
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of participation in practical applications.

Course Instructor

Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M, CHEK Practitioner Level 2, CHEK HLC Level 3

A periodization coach and expert, Karsten Jensen has helped world-class and Olympic athletes from 26 different sports since 1993. Many of his athletes have won Olympic medals, European Championships, World Championships and ATP Tournaments. Karsten is the first strength coach to create a complete system of periodization, The Flexible Periodization Method — the first complete method of periodization dedicated to holistic, individualized and periodized (H.I.P.) training programs. Karsten shares all aspects of The Flexible Periodization Method with his fellow strength coaches and personal trainers through the Flexible Periodization Method certifications and workshops. For more information please visit