Look Good. Move Well.
Fall in love with fitness - and avoid burnout and injury.
I asked thousands of people just like you what gives them confidence, and they said:
- Liking how they look
- Freedom from injuries
- Feeling strong, powerful, and athletic in sport and life
- Making progress week after week
So why are so many workout programs delivering…
- “No Pain No Gain” intensity that beats you up and burns you out
- No way to know if you’re pushing hard enough to make progress
- Random workouts that only give random results?
A complete Functional Bodybuilding training program to get fit AND build eye popping muscle:
- even if you only have a couple dumbbells – or no equipment at all
- even if you have limited time to train
- even if you get bored super easily
and especially if you’ve crushed yourself with punishing workouts, and STILL don’t look and move the way you want.
Avoid spinning your wheels and wondering why you’re working so hard – only to end up injured, drained, and second-guessing your plan. It’s time to put your training in the hands of an expert and finally love the way you look and move.
Start getting stronger today
When you join Persist, you’ll get 4 training tracks you can access from any device, all included with your subscription – there’s always something new to explore. (Plus bonus Ebooks, nutrition, and more.)
Log your progress week by week and get coaching tips, form reviews, support for your questions, and high fives on our community board
Every workout builds on the last, so you can see and feel your strength, skills, and athleticism growing – keeping motivation high.
Build visible muscle
Are you working hard enough to build muscle – without getting hurt?
Doing lots of cardio, but not seeing a sculpted look?
Or doing high intensity workouts that put you on the floor – but don’t change your body over time?
To build lean muscle, you need:
- Enough reps and sets of each area…
- Working hard enough to see change…
- But NOT so hard you get hurt…
- Without wasting your time on moves that won’t work (or will bore you to tears).
Done For you Plan
Persist balances every day, week, and training cycle to hit all areas of your body. Build lean muscle from head to toe without overuse injuries or neglecting any one part.
You don’t have to spend endless hours putting together the perfect plan.
Just open your training and jump right in.
End the confusion of choosing loads and knowing how hard to push in your workout.
Persist coaches you on when to work hard and when to dial back, so you get the perfect dose to build muscle.
Feel confident every session that you didn’t waste your time.
Resilient and injury free
Want to stay injury free forever? Me too. So what causes tweaks and training injuries in the first place?
Injuries in fitness are frequently caused by STRESS:
- Training stress that creates wear and tear on your body
- Not enough good nutrition, hydration, and sleep
- Life stress from trying to train like a beast, conquer the world at work, AND have time for your friends and family too
If you want to look good and move well for a long time, you’ll need strong, stable joints. You’ll need to move in any direction (like reaching for those socks you dropped). And you’ll need to be strong in short and long ranges of motion.
Warmup and PreP
Every Persist session starts with a thoughtful warmup that's relevant for the training of the day. No half-hearted PVC pass-throughs here.
joint Strength and stability
Get strong and stable in every direction. Slow, controlled lifts for joint and tendon strength. Short and long ranges of motion. Dedicated time for cranky knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, and more.
Built-in Physical Therapy
FBB Coach Adam is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is passionate about helping you move better. Find his recovery day flows and mobility routines for every area of your body baked right into the daily training. Or use the video Mobility Library when your body needs some extra love.
Confident to crush anything
When your fitness program works well, you wake up with a spring in your step, excited to train and get after your day.
You know exactly what to do to keep making progress.
And you can use your body however you want:
- Learn or improve skills like pistol squats, pull ups, Olympic lifting, and more
- Express your athleticism by picking up a new sport at the drop of a hat
- Run a marathon – or run after your kids without losing steam
It sounds unbelievable, but these are exactly the things Persist participants have done:
Train on your schedule
Nothing zaps away motivation like feeling you just can’t keep up.
Aggressive workout plans are unrealistic for busy lives. To make training sustainable, you need to be able to get something in quick when life gets hectic.
Persist includes 5x/week training, plus an additional recovery day, for when you have the time.
And you can keep making progress even when you need a quick workout:
Short on Time
These daily notes in our full-length workouts tell you exactly what to prioritize to finish in 60 minutes or less
Cover the bases
The Pillars track, included with Persist, has fewer, shorter workouts to cover all the bases of strength and conditioning in 60 minutes, 4x/week
30-40 min Options
Persist includes bonus Ebooks for 30 and 40 minute cardio-only workouts, plus 40-minute lifting-only workouts you can pair with other activities
Our schedules and locations are more mixed up than ever. Sometimes you may work from home, and sometimes you’re on the road.
As much as we’d all love a perfect gym with everything we need available, that’s just not always the reality.
Persist is built around equipment found at a typical functional fitness facility or home gym.
And it also includes the Minimalist track for dumbbell-only or bodyweight-only options.
Instead of endless burpees and running, these workouts are based on the same effective concepts as our other tracks.
You’ll build strength, stability, and mobility with a complete workout – no matter what you have available.
Do you hear the words “good nutrition” or “clean eating” and have no idea what that looks like on a plate?
With so much conflicting nutrition advice out there, it’s more confusing than ever to know what the heck to eat to look and feel good.
When you look for guidance, you only find:
- Rigid plans that leave out entire categories of food
- Macro/calorie counting plans that work…until you have no time to weigh, measure, and track or are sick to death of the process
- Restrictive plans that leave you hungry and depleted – only to hit the wall and over eat
Instead of short-term diets that send you right back to square one, Persist teaches fundamentals that you can keep up with for a lifetime:
Eating enough protein builds muscle and keeps you full longer. Nailing your protein makes a huge difference in energy and physique. Whether you're carnivore, vegan, or something in between, the Practical Protein Guide included with Persist shows you how to get it. You'll find bulk prep, shopping guides, travel hacks, recipes, and more.
No time for complicated recipes? The 5 Ingredient Meal template shows you how easy it is to eat high quality food. Best of all, you can assemble these meals in minutes. And they also help eliminate common digestive issues.
Dial It In
Are you ready for more than the basics? The Nutrition Library in Persist shows you how to build on the fundamentals. If carb cycling, intermittent fasting, or other eating styles caught your eye, give them a try. When you understand how nutrition works, you can dial up your approach whenever you want - or go back to the basics any time.
Decades of Experience
Hi, I’m Marcus Filly. And I wasn’t always fit.
I played sports as a kid and began strength training as a teen, learning everything I could. I got abs for the first time ever – only to under-nourish my body and injure my back – which nagged me for years.
Next, I headed to medical school, full of optimism on helping people live healthier lives – only to meet my match at the cafeteria buffet, and pile on pounds stress eating and studying, trying to force myself down a path that wasn’t meant for me.
I dropped out and found CrossFit, and it turned out I was pretty good – thanks to my strength foundation. I coached, ran a gym, trained others, and went on to compete at the Games six times, placing 12th in the world in 2016…
But after that year of the hardest competitive training of my life, I was so burned out I could barely walk into the gym. My body was messed up, my gut was in distress from cramming down sugar for the energy to train, I had walked away from my business and had no idea what was next — and I was about to become a dad for the first time ever.
It turns out that too much stress from training, from work, and from life won’t help you look good or move well.
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As someone who loves to train, feel fit, and maintain lean muscle year round, I had to find another way.
I started Functional Bodybuilding in 2017 as a way to help my clients – and myself – enjoy training more, get better results, and be able to keep them for decades.
In Persist, you’ll find the workouts I do every week, along with thousands of athletes all around the world. I hope you’ll join us.
Start Training Today
When you join Persist, you’ll get an invitation to the Atom training platform. It’s a mobile-friendly web app you can use on any device.
Seamlessly switch between all four tracks of Persist:
- PUMP for building muscle
- PERFORM for getting “dangerously athletic”
- PILLARS to cover all your bases in limited time
- MINIMALIST for low and no-equipment workouts for any situation
Every workout includes warmup, strength, conditioning, and cool-down.
Which Persist track is your perfect fit?
You'll Also Get:
- Community board in Atom, plus the Functional Bodybuilding Facebook group
- Athlete support to answer your questions, plus self-serve help articles for quick reference
- Video form reviews – upload your video in Atom and a coach will give you feedback
- Video Mobility Library with routines to feel amazing from our in-house PT
- Demo and Coach Breakdown videos to learn and refine your movement
- Nutrition library and Practical Protein Ebook
- Bonus Ebooks for short cardio and lifting-only sessions
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I HAVE QUESTIONS!
Will this challenge me enough?
Persist is for multiple levels of athletes, and you’ll be choosing loads and paces appropriate for your own level. In the PERFORM track you’ll see Olympic lifting, muscle ups, handstand walks…and also scaled versions of these movements. Conditioning is designed to push you on some days and sustain you on others – and even our advanced athletes are loving the mix.
Will it be TOO hard?
Unlike typical high intensity training, Persist emphasizes movement quality and control – so you won’t be pushed into sloppy reps before developing strength. We include scaled versions of all advanced movements, and you can choose weights and paces appropriate for your level. PILLARS is also designed to be accessible to get you going right away. Best of all, a friendly coach is just one message away if you need help.
How is this different from CrossFit?
If you’re coming from a CrossFit background, Persist will have some familiar elements – but the main goal is to look good and move well instead of simply going as fast and as hard as possible. This means you’ll gain more control over your strength and pacing – while also building visible muscle.
How is it different from bodybuilding?
The goal of bodybuilding is purely aesthetic – but repetitive bodybuilding circuits can feel boring or won’t challenge you enough with conditioning. Persist blends the best of bodybuilding with functional fitness so the workouts hit that aesthetic sweet spot and also feel fun and engaging – and carry over into other sports and daily tasks.
How is Persist different from your other programs?
Aside from working with a coach one on one, Persist is the only program where you can get ongoing training – so you can set it and forget it without scrambling to find a new program. Persist is also the only program we offer where you have a choice of multiple workouts each day.
How is Persist different from other programs out there?
Instead of random workouts (that give random results), Persist has a road map for an entire year. And every workout uses proven methods to build muscle and movement quality, while keeping you challenged to grow as an athlete (and as a person).
How much coaching will I get?
Persist is a group program, so if you are looking for an individual coach, we offer that separately. But if you are comfortable reading workouts and asking questions when you need to, you’ll have everything you need. Our coaches will answer questions within 24 hours typically, and you can also upload a video if you need a form check on a specific movement.
What if I’m injured?
If you have past nagging injuries but are cleared to train, Functional Bodybuilding gets your joints, tendons, and muscles stable and strong by developing motor control. Move with more quality and your body will thank you! You can also message a coach any time if you have concerns about modifying a workout.
Do I have the right equipment?
You can do Persist training with no equipment at all, or just a few pieces like dumbbells, kettlebells, a box or band, etc. In the Minimalist track there’s a bodyweight option for every move, so you can load or unload based on what you have. The Pillars, Pump, and Perform tracks use equipment typically found in a CrossFit gym like barbells, pull-up bar, assault bike, etc. With Persist it’s easy to substitute based on what you have.
What if I can’t train 4-5 days a week?
The PILLARS track is designed to be a shorter, less frequent training track with FBB essentials. But Persist also comes with cardio-only and lifting-only workout Ebooks, recovery flows, and strength balance pieces that are valuable additions to an enormous variety of training scenarios, even if you don’t follow it as written week by week. You can also train on your own schedule by selecting a workout anywhere on the calendar.
Can I mix Persist with other classes and types of training?
Persist is a complete training program where every exercise, training day, and training block is designed with an outcome in mind. When you mix in other training, it may detract from your results or defeat the purpose of the program. However, many participants do other sports alongside Persist – you can try a free trial to see how Persist fits into your needs.
Can I see a sample?
Yes! You can try Persist for two weeks absolutely free to check it out – cancel any time, or leave it rolling and you’ll be billed at the end of your trial and monthly thereafter.
What if I don’t like it?
There’s no contract with Persist, so you can try it for free and cancel your subscription any time.
Can I join in the middle of a training block?
Absolutely. While Persist builds from week to week, you don’t need to wait for a new training block before jumping in. Settle in, get the feel of the workouts, and you’ll be in the swing of things in no time.
What if I go on vacation or have to miss workouts?
The Minimalist track makes it easy to keep moving on the go – but if you need to miss workouts, no worries. You can select a workout anywhere on the calendar to train on your own schedule. You can also manage your subscription any time with no hassle.
Try Persist, Risk Free
You can try Persist absolutely free for two weeks – and get the full experience. Jump into the Facebook group where I’ll be waiting with our warm and welcoming athlete community to greet you.
Check off a workout, say hi to your coach, and get 14 days of look good move well workouts, training notes, and lifestyle lessons – without paying a single cent.
Don’t like it? Cancel any time – or roll right into your training and let the gainz train begin.
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