About Us

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Charles DeFrancesco, NFPT, USAW, NASM, CES
President & CEO of THE ARENA, Owner of Fit and Functional

Charles DeFrancesco is the owner and founder of the education company, Fit and Functional. He is also a consulting partner for THE ARENA where he provides all of the in-house education to THE ARENA staff. Charles was also a co-founder of Greenwich Sports Medicine, where he was in charge of all personal training and therapy operations for over five years. Currently, he is a consultant for Westchester Sports and Wellness and Phoenix Fitness.

In addition, Charles is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and by the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). He is also USAW Olympic lifting certified and Equinox Fitness Group Prenatal certified. Charles has completed specialty courses for Functional Exercise Specialist, Cardiac Conditions (AFPA), attended EFTI, and has over 5,000 hours of clinical experience. He was a guest speaker at the 2009 IHRSA conference in San Diego and he holds year round seminars and educational courses in the tri-state area.

Charles is one of the authors of the accredited NFPT standard CPT study manuals. He created NFPT’s advanced trainer workshop and writes continuing education courses for ACE, NASM, NSCA and NFPT. As a NFPT continuing education coordinator, he sits on the NFPT Board of Education and is the Northeast director of workshops. He is also a board member of the Ethics and Safety Compliance Standard for personal trainers.

Charles is the main author of both the Principles of Functional Exercise manual and A Squash Players Handbook. He has also written numerous articles and has given presentations on various topics, including: basic movement screenings, essentials of core training, flexibility and strength & conditioning. Many websites and magazines publish his articles, including http://www.ptonthenet.com. Charles works with a variety of doctors and has consulted with them on developing programs and training staff for their rehabilitation facilities. He also consults with commercial gyms, corporate parks and fitness studios. Charles’ extensive experience and proven track record allow him to testify as an expert witness on a variety of topics.

Charles recently received his license in NY and CT for Health, Life and Accident Insurance. This license allows him to work with carriers to help members get discounts and gym reimbursements. The license also permits him to offer full service corporate wellness programs.



Fit and Functional is dedicated to providing quality continuing education for professional fitness trainers and education companies looking to increase their expertise in all aspects of fitness, performance and wellness. We offer internships, in house seminars, online CEC courses and the NFPT accredited certified personal trainer course. Our courses are written by certified trainers and doctors who see clients all day not some office geek that studies theory and has never treated or trained anyone. Our team of experts regularly apply their knowledge and expertise to everyday people, professional athletes, weekend warriors, physical therapists, and doctors of all types.

Our programs are offered live at our state of the art facility in White Plains and online. Our courses may be implemented into any school or fitness facility.