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What is Gift?

Gray Institute for Functional Transformation, also called GIFT, is a 40-week mentorship program delivered by Gray Institute, the "authentic source of Applied Functional Science®."

A Fellow of Applied Functional Science® (FAFS) is one who successfully completes GIFT mentorship program.

Benefits of GIFT & FAFS Certification


Official Certification in AFS® & FMR®


Become more impactful and effective


Join our team of GIFT fellows


Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

A group of GIFT Fellows joins in the Gray Institute community

Who is Gift for?

The 40-week mentorship program is for all movement professionals and enthusiasts who want to become a Fellow of Applied Functional Science® (FAFS), as well as Functional Manual Reaction® (FMR).

Best for:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants,
  • Personal Trainers,
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaches,
  • Physicians, Chiropractors,
  • Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths,
  • Occupational Therapists,
  • Coaches

If you are interested in an all-encompassing mentorship program from Gray Institute®, GIFT is for you! GIFT ’19 (13th year of the program) is now accepting applications and is expected to be “at capacity” once again. Apply now to secure your spot! Please note the three (3) GIFT Gatherings for 2019 are scheduled as follows:

  • March 20-23
  • July 10-13
  • October 15/16-19

Achieve Your FAFS & FMR

When you gain your FAFS certification, you also gain certification in Functional Manual Reaction® (FMR). This certifies that you have the knowledge, analytical ability, and hands-on manual skills necessary for the understanding, application, and integration of the core content of the GIFT Curriculum.

GIFT establishes credibility in the movement industry, as well as equips fellows with ongoing education that allows each and every one to become a much more efficient and effective practitioner, especially in the areas of assessment, training and conditioning, rehabilitation, and injury prevention.


GIFT Fellows share a hug at Gray Institute.

What Our Members are Saying

Portrait of Markell Marler Lyng, GIFT Fellow

Gray Institute will change your life and help you be life changing to others!

Markell Marler Lyng

Movement Professional
Portrait of John Rugotzke, Physical Therapist

I am a 2014 GIFT graduate. Phenomenal group of people with a great mission. Its so much more than just the amazing clinical knowledge gained.

John Rugotzke

FAFS, Physical Therapist
Portrait of Kaori Tani, personal trainer

I have been through GIFT journey in the year 2010 and it was the best education opportunity I have ever experienced.

Kaori Tani,

FAFS, DVRT Master Trainer at DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Fitness, President at Kinetikos, and Senior Master Instructor at TRX Training