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Exercise is Medicine

Anthony Carey M.A., CSCS, AHFP

Anthony Carey is the CEO and founder of Function First. He is also the author of The Pain Free Program:  A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder and Joint Pain, published by John Wiley and Sons. 

The New York Times calls Anthony Carey Reputable and Qualified

Anthony's professional resume includes:

  • 21 years of experience working in the fitness, corporate wellness and athletic training industries

  • Master of Arts degree in biomechanics and athletic training from San Diego State University 1995

  • Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from Trenton State College 1989

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • Gold-Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist through the American Council on Exercise

  • IDEA Master Level Trainer

  • 1800 clinical hours necessary to sit for the NATA’s Athletic Trainer Certified exam

  • CPR certified

Current Positions

CEO Anthony Carey, Inc. and Function First, San Diego, CA

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping people from all over the world achieve a pain-free utilizing multiple functionally integrated assessments, developing individualized and specifically sequenced corrective exercise programs to address functional movement limitations and pain provoking mechanical stress

  • Overseeing day to day operations of the Function First facility

  • Training new corrective exercise specialist in the Function First Approach

International Fitness Industry Presenter

  • Providing cutting edge, informative and entertaining presentations to the fitness community through conferences and workshops.  Conference hosts include IDEA, IHRSA, ACE, SCW, TSI, ECA and Can-Fit Pro.  In addition, providing two-day seminars promoted and provided by Function First as well as consulting for fitness and medical facilities throughout the United States.

  • Continuing education provider for Kaiser Permanente, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American Council on Exercise, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and Can-Fit Pro

Public Speaker

  • Past speaker at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC, the Texas Back Institute, Dallas, Texas, U.S. Olympic Training Center, San Diego, California, Health Link, Birmingham, Alabama, UCSD Spine and Joint Conditioning Center, San Diego, California, DePaul University, San Diego Public Safety Council, Palomar College, San Diego State University, San Diego Society of Safety Engineers and many major corporations throughout San Diego


  • Author of the book, The Pain-Free Program:  A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder and Joint Pain.  The book was published by John Wiley and Sons, one of the world’s largest publishers and has been recommended by Time Magazine

  • Author of the book Relationships and Referrals:  A Personal Trainer’s Guide to Doing Business with the Medical Community

  • Author of more than 50 published articles

  • Resource to writer’s of multiple industry publications including IDEA Fitness Journal, ACE Certified News and Personal Fitness Professional

  • Resource to writer’s for consumer publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Oprah’s “O” Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Shape Magazine, Women’s Muscles and Fitness Magazine

Industry Consultant

  • Provide consultative services for some of the fitness industries leading companies including Technogym USA, EFI Sports Medicine, Fitness Anywhere, Fitness Quest, the American Council on Exercise, IDEA and Jazzercise International-the world’s largest fitness franchise


  • Patented, designed, manufactured and recently brought to market the Core-Tex™, a multi-planar balance and neuromuscular reaction trainer.  In addition, designed exercise applications and programming  to accompany the Core-Tex™

Additional Fitness Industry Involvement   

  • 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year PFP Magazine

  • Media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise

  • Nominated by the American Council on Exercise as 2003 Program Director of the Year

  • Top 10 finalist for the American Council on Exercise’s Educator of the Year 2004 and 2005

  • Member of IDEA’s Review Committee for IDEA’s official Opinion Statement- “Benefits of a Working Relationship Between Medical and Allied Health Practitioners and Personal Fitness Trainers”

  • Provide pre-publication content reviews for academic text books published by the American Council on Exercise

  • Subject Matter Expert for the American Council on Exercise exam development

  • Content Committee member for Responsible for reviewing submitted content for technical accuracy, learning objectives and quality of content

  • Supervisor for academic interns at Function First