Functional Strength Training – FST

Conducted by GĀYO FITNESS ACADEMY, this short, specialist course – Module 2.02 – is part of the Mumbai University Certificate Course for Personal Fitness Trainers (CCPFT).

FST techniques can be applied in daily physical activity and exercise, sport and medical rehab, across all age groups. They can be applied in-person in the gym or outdoors and via online training too.

This short course focuses on “function” or purpose in daily life. It targets movement patterns that have relevance to and in daily life.

Daily life purposes can be related to getting better in physical activities like walking, squatting to pick up something heavy or getting in and out of a chair or doing household chores. Life is akin to sport. So, preparing to compete in a sport, like kabaddi or football or tennis of any other sport for that matter will include functional training.

A functional workout is simply one that strengthens you in a particular way that is applicable to an activity outside the weight training room.

In fact, “gymming” is often considered to be unreal or artificial. You stand or walk on a stable surface. You hold equal resistance in both hands and most exercises tend to be done within limited range of motion. In real life or sport, this is not so!

This specialist course is part (Module 2.02) of the University of Mumbai Certificate Course for Personal Fitness Trainers (CCPFT) syllabus.

FST is also a module in the following vocation courses:

  • University of Mumbai Certificate Course in Fitness Center Management (CCSSC), conducted jointly with BPCA’s College of Physical Education, Mumbai
  • Certificate Course in Strength & Sports Conditioning (CCSSC), conducted jointly with BPCA’s College of Physical Education, Mumbai
  • Certificate Course in Bodybuilding Coaching (CCBBC)

It is also a popular stand-alone course. It can also be attended without enrolling to the above listed vocation courses.

FST is currently approved by International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) – USA for 07 CEUs.

Student Eligibility

Student –

  • Must have passed 10 years of School Education
  • Must be physically and medically fit
  • Must have passion for fitness / sport
  • Physically Challenged persons can apply if they have exposure to fitness / sport
  • BEFORE FINAL EXAMINATION, must attend and be certified in First Aid & CPR with AED
  • Course delivery is bilingual, however students ought to have working knowledge of English

Knowledge Delivery

Currently FST is BEING OFFERED AS BLENDED COURSE – that is, it comprises:

  • Online WEBINARS (face-to-face) supported by PPTs with training videos
  • IN-PERSON (face-to-face) education & training Master Trainer Anita Basarkatti demonstrating an FST movement in a Kerala CCPFT batch


If you are enrolling to only FST course, fee is ₹5,500* including –

  • Gayo certificate,
  • book and
  • nearly 125 exercise videos.


Note: FST fee is included in the CCPFT, CCFCM, CCSSC and CCBBC fees. These students do not pay additionally for FST.

Learning Resources

  • eBOOK
  • 125 exercise videos
  • Teaching: Bi-lingual according to State / Venue


Course End Assessment

  • Theory: 50 MCQs that will cover the Science of Strength Training: Maximum marks: 100
  • Practical Teaching: Maximum marks: 100

Student has to teach one exercise each in the following phases of training –

  • Warm Up
  • Stability
  • Mobility
  • Strength

Total number of Learning hours

Course duration: Total 50 hours

  • Online face-to-face: 08 hours
  • Home Study & Practice: 30 hours
  • In-person Training: 12 hours

Notice board

FST specialist course starts soon! Here are the course dates!


ONLINE: Sep 9, 11 & 12 (2 pm to 4 pm daily)

OFFINE (in-person): October – 2 days (12 hours) – dates to be confirmed in each of the following cities in October / November (dates subject to COVID) –

  • Ahmedabad
  • Belgavi
  • Bengaluru
  • Chennai
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Kolkata
  • Kozhikode
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • New Delhi
  • Porvorim – Goa
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Siliguri
  • Thrissur

FST exercise video library gets bigger!

Earlier students got about 90 videos of 90 drills. The students now will be able to access about 130 clips!

Functional Strength Training – FST
Rs. 5,500