Mary Mattis PT Inc Functional & Performance Training

Mary Mattis PT Inc Functional & Performance Training

1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

I am a licensed healthcare professional and personal trainer who specializes in functional strength training, athletic capacity/performance screening, corrective exercise and rehab-to-fitness training.  I have been a PT for 25+ years and I am very successful at helping clients reach their goals.  I am passionate about helping clients keep active, move well and be able to perform in life without interference from pain.  

I work in many areas of fitness and strength training, utilizing body weight exercises, interval training, kettlebells, variable resistance, barbell, Indian clubs and mobility flow progressions.  

My philosophy for training is based on the following:
1. Start from where you're at.  2. Your workout should give back more than it takes from you.  3. Most people have no idea how good they should/can feel.

There are many trainers out there who call themselves "functional trainers".  I am the only one in the Daytona Beach area with the experience and certifications to back it up.  

When my clients come back and tell me things they were able to start doing again in dailiy life that they previously thought they would never do again.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The initial session includes a Functional Movement Screen (FMS), discussion of personal goals & establishing an initial training plan to work towards your goals - safely and effectively.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

As a licensed physical therapist, I "see movement".  All effective functional training has to start with exercises that your body has adequate mobility & stability to perform without increased risk of injury. I will always ensure your technique is biomechanically safe for your personal history of prior injury (who hasn't ever been injured?)

As a certified FMS professional, I also understand the appropriate corrective exercises that may need to be incorporated to improve mobility, stability &/or motor control.  This allows safe progression into additional training options, and is much different from a traditional personal trainer who may try to "coach" you into better exercise performance without realizing your body does not have the basic requisites (yet) to do what they are asking.

In addition, I am one of the handful of trainers in this area that is StrongFirst trained in kettlebell instruction.  StrongFirst is the premiere, internationally-recognized School of Strength for kettlebell, bodyweight and barbell instruction founded by Pavel Tsatsouline.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing packages vary by services and are available online at:

How did you get started teaching?

As a physical therapist, I have always been involved with sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation.  i also spent 6 years in clinical consulting and education for healthcare professionals.

More recently, I began focusing all my continuing education and certifications in functional training, including "unconventional" methods such as hardstyle kettlebells, Indian clubs, sandbag and bodyweight training involving fascial chains.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with clients with acute, subacute, chronic and NO injury; from pre-teen to 60's; from sedentary beginner to elite athlete and fitness professional. 

I have also worked with Canadian national athletes as part of their medical/coaching team, performing FMS/SFMA assessment and establishing the corrective component of their yearly training plan.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When a patient-turned-training-client was able to overcome 1. acute groin injury, 2. persistent knee injury/instability (5 month duration) and 3. acute on chronic low back pain, all in about 7 weeks. we transitioned into functional strength training, he remained painfree while resuming competitive volleyball, various water sports and home improvements, and most exciting to me...he found a love of strength! In addition to 1:1 training, he made a minimal investment in training equipment so he could continue at home for consistency and continued health.  This from a middle-aged man who swore he hated working out because "It's boring just moving around weights, it seems pointless and I'd rather just go do things".  It's always gratifying when you can work with someone and teach them an effective training program that is a pleasure and not a chore, while serving to build functional strength and physical resilency for whatever you want to do in life.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

1. Ask why they chose that exercise for you, how it will make you better. If they don't have an immediate solid answer how it serves your personal goals, consider walking away.

2. Listen. If they are always saying "When I do this..." or something similar, they may be just giving you a version of their workout. It may work for them, but your workout is your workout.  Or it should be.

3. If they tell you "No pain, no gain"; if they push you to failure each time; if you feel like puking, like dying, or hurt after a  (Assuming you can).  Your workout should always give back more than it takes from you because we are only as strong as our recovery.  And if you think a workout should make you puke, I'll gladly punch you in the gut and charge you $40. :)