Fitness: About Us
The concept of personal fitness training by a health care professional that eventually evolved into Functional Fitness Inc. was started in January of 1999 by Thomas F. Strafaci, P.T.A., C.S.C.S.
Mr. Strafaci’s experience in the rehabilitation/gym industry dates back to 1974. His experience includes work in physical therapy departments of hospitals; private physical therapy practice for 14 years; teaching physical therapy in nursing schools; teaching body mechanics in hospitals; owning his own gym, Super Fitness of Chino for 3 years; and serving as Area Director for Therapeutic Comprehensive Services.
Frustrated by Medicare and HMO cutbacks that severely limited the exposure that senior citizens have to exercise professionals, Mr. Strafaci leased a small office in a Pasadena area personal training studio and sought referrals for clients from local physicians and chiropractors.
Originally, the first clients were primarily those that had already received treatment by a health care professional and no longer needed acute rehab for their condition. These people had a medical history that made them less than perfect candidates to join a membership gym.
Soon, this post rehab core of clients evolved into primarily senior citizens who were referred by their physicians for physical fitness training.
In February of 2000, Mr. Strafaci leased an 800 square foot facility at our current location in Pasadena, California. In April of 2000, we added an additional 1200 square feet and also added another 600 square feet in 2002.
Functional Fitness was incorporated in California in October of 2001 and currently utilizes the services of 5 certified personal fitness trainers.
Our referral base is broad and consists of local physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, clinical psychologists and, of course, word of mouth referral from our clients.