I have met many trainers and coaches in my field, but none with the knowledge and skills that Ozzy Kirdar possesses. – Cem Eren


Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical and Occupational therapists often use this approach to retrain patients with movement disorders. Interventions are designed to incorporate task and context specific practice in areas meaningful to each patient, with an overall goal of functional independence. For example, exercises that mimic what patients did at home or work may be included in treatment in order to help them return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus if a patient’s job required repeatedly heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting, if the patient were a parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance, and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards re-building endurance. However, treatments are designed after careful consideration of the patient’s condition, what he or she would like to achieve, and ensuring goals of treatment are realistic and achievable.

Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.

In the context of body building, functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back. Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines which target and isolate specific muscles. As a result the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports.

In rehabilitation, training does not necessarily have to involve weight bearing activities, but can target any task or a combination of tasks that a patient is having difficulty with. Balance (ability) training, for example, is often incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan if it has been impaired after injury or disease.

Components of a functional exercise program

To be effective, a functional exercise program should include a number of different elements which can be adapted to an individual’s needs or goals:

  • Based on functional tasks directed toward everyday life activities.
  • Individualized – a training program should be tailored to each individual. Any program must be specific to the goals of an individual, focusing on meaningful tasks. It must also be specific to the individual state of health, including presence or history of injury. An assessment should be performed to help guide exercise selection and training load.
  • Integrated – It should include a variety of exercises that work on flexibility, core, balance, strength and power, focusing on multiple movement planes.
  • Progressive – Progressive training steadily increases the difficulty of the task.
  • Periodized – mainly by training with distributed practice and varying the tasks.
  • Repeated frequently.
  • Use of real life object manipulation.
  • Performed in context-specific environments.
  • Feedback should be incorporated following performance (self-feedback of success is used as well as trainer/therapist feedback).

Robert Taylor Actor/Model

I saw Ozzy's body and his pictures and i wanted to look like that. I wanted to have a better looking, functioning and working body. I didn't necessarily want to be as big as he was, but as a Hollywood Film and  \Television Actor, I had lost roles because I wasn't big enough. and I was getting sick of it.  I needed help getting out of the night clubs and bars every nite and Ozzy taught me how important a steady sleep, meal and workout program is to building structure and strength in bodybuilding. He showed me the proper diet to eat, told me when to eat, showed me how to use the weights to lift properly and gave me a week by week breakdown of what I needed to do.

Since I live in Los Angeles, I often find myself on the phone with Ozzy for supplement supply advice, new workout programs and i can always be sure that when I come down for a training session that he really kicks my butt. Ozzy knows what he is doing, and if he didn't, he wouldn't have the success and talent and pride in his work that he holds. From fighters, to models and actors like my self, this guy will train you hard, thorough and with skill and technique. if you're looking to make a serious change in your lifestyle, diet and self-esteem.  Trust me. Ozzy can take you there.

In the past year working with him, I have booked a lead role in the New Boost Mobile Commercials airing on television currently, and booked Music Video's for Gwen Stefani and Elton John. I have modeled for Pamela Anderson's Fashion Shows in Las Vegas and I am also the new male model for Alexandria Von Bromssens clothing line. I am going to be the lead model featured in all her catalogs and most of her stuff is undergarments where I'm showing my body all the time. I didn't use to have the confidence that I now do when it comes to taking my shirt off. I love my new healthy life.

I put the work in that I need to do, but I owe it to Ozzy for the support and training. You have truly helped me in so many ways!

Thank you, Ozzy and I will be seeing you soon!


Robert Taylor
Hollywood, CA

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