Derak is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science® and personal trainer with nearly two decades of experience. He’s committed to helping people make measurable results and improve their health and wellness. Derak is also a lifelong learner and is always ready to learn more about the truths of human movement.

When he downloaded the Gray Institute App, he hoped it would reinforce the education he earned through the GIFT mentorship program. Not only did the app help him keep his skills sharp and remain connected to the Gray Institute community, but it’s empowered him to train his own body, too.

In this blog, we’ll share Derak’s story, and how movement specialists like you can benefit from the Gray Institute app.

The Gray Institute App Helps Derak Connect to the Applied Functional Science Community

With the coronavirus pandemic changing the way we meet, interact, and socialize, Derak says the Gray Institute App helps him stay sharp and focused. “The app has expanded the reach of the Applied Functional Science community and GIFT Fellows, contributing to other fellows’ clarity of purpose,” Derak explains. “The GIFT Program trained us to think through movement issues with the foundation of Applied Functional Science. The app [helps keep] our insight aligned with the science of Applied Functional Science.”Derak finds significant value in the app’s forum feature. When he has questions or needs to connect with others, Derak can post in the forum, and get instant answers to his questions, new ideas, and give additional feedback. It’s a great way to connect with other practitioners, even when they’re not physically in the same place.

The Gray Institute App Offers Derak Real-Life Benefits

As a movement specialist deeply invested in his education and growth, Derak has found the Gray Institute App to be a helpful tool for his development as a personal trainer.

For Derak, this perspective is personal. In 2012, his orthopedic surgeon suggested he undergo a partial knee replacement. She made this recommendation while he was going through the GIFT program, Gray Institute’s 40-week mentorship program. By applying what he learned in GIFT to his own body, Derak was able to postpone this major surgery and gain more strength and mobility in his injured knee. And now, Derak can consult with other physical therapists, personal trainers, and movement specialists from around the world when he needs help, even with his own body.

“Applied Functional Science [is] a trustworthy resource for understanding human movement,” he notes. “Discussing my knee issue through the app has added value to my daily tuning routine,” Derak continues. “I still need the surgery, but because of my training in Applied Functional Science, I have been able to put off surgery while I continue to tune my body to be fluid.”

Unlock Your Potential With Gray Institute

At Gray Institute, we’ve pioneered life and career-changing courses, certifications, specializations, and a second-to-none fellowship (GIFT) that give movement professionals like Derak the tools they need to understand the truths of human biomechanics. We developed our app with you in mind, giving you the resources you need at your fingertips.

When you download the Gray Institute App, you’ll gain exclusive access to resources like:

  • Content and video library
  • Gray Institute case studies
  • A members-only forum
  • The Remote Trainer application

We also offer the exclusive option to request à-la-carte consultations with Gray Institute leadership.

When you have questions about a particular client or patient, are stumped trying to solve a problem, or want a second opinion from leaders in the field of Applied Functional Science, all you have to do is request an in-app consultation. We review your concerns through the app and provide timely advice so you can continue to provide excellent care.

The app has already changed the lives of movement specialists around the world. “What Gray Institute does for the movement community speaks volumes around the world,” Derak says. “What they have done for me is unlocked my mind’s resources, helping me make a difference in someone’s life.”

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Enrich Your Career With Gray Institute

Whether you’ve been a personal trainer for nearly 20 years like Derak or just graduated from physical therapy school, Gray Institute is here to support you. Our industry-leading specializations and certifications empower you to take the next step in your career, and our app gives you the tools you need to stay sharp and keep growing, all at your fingertips. Download the app today, or feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

We look forward to speaking with you!