7 Functional Bodybuilding Exercises for Performance AND Aesthetics from Games Athlete Marcus Filly

Marcus Filly doesn’t follow the crowd. He has developed a form of training that combines CrossFit workouts with his method of “Functional Bodybuilding.”

Functional bodybuilding strengthens movement patterns, builds muscle, improves mobility and gets you ripped in the meantime!

Functional Bodybuilding, According to Marcus Filly

“I’ve used the term “Functional Bodybuilding” because many of my workouts involve atypical strength and accessory lifts that focus on building certain parts of the body. There is more isolation in my training lately than during peak periods of the CrossFit Games season.”


“The movements we are using are still quite functional and do require coordination and balance, but they are being performed slow and controlled most times. Developing great control and strength in slower movements has allowed my brain and body to get healthy and strong.”

“I believe for many people this can and would be an effective way to train year round for health, fitness, and personal fulfillment! Not to mention keeping you feeling less beat up.”

Add these exercises into you training in order to target particular movements, build strength and look better.

Barbell Prone Row

“This is an easy way to set this up if you don’t have a proper Prone Row and bent bar set up. Great way to teach upper back pulling. Widen the grip to remove even more of the arm flexors.”                      

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