Over the past few years functional training as risen to the fore front of fitness for gym users and fitness individuals, you may have heard or seen functional training, but do you really know what it is and the benefits? Simply put it, functional training involves improving your body to better perform your daily activities. Human movement doesn’t usually use one muscle group at a time, whereas typical gym routines focus on one muscle group. Functional training also aids the body to reduce body fat and build stronger lean muscle.
Functional Training originates from rehabilitation when physical therapists set their patients exercises to increase their fitness and strength back to a level for them to return to their lives or jobs after their injury.
Do you find yourself struggling with injuries? With functional training exercises, not only are your muscles strengthened, but also the surrounding ligaments that can often become injured through tightness or weakness. As the exercises are low impact training, the chances of injuries during training are also decreased. Another advantage of functional training being low impact means it is a great starting point for new members because it improves your strength without causing too much stress to your body.
As mentioned, functional training involves improving your body to better perform your daily activities. Over time, your daily activities should become easier which should improve your quality of life. You will also become more motivated to continue with the training and become more confident to move on to different exercises or take part in our classes such as one of our boxing class or out door training sessions.
Improves balance and posture
As functional training doesn’t involve machines, you need to rely on your own balance and core strength to complete the exercises. With the exercises using multiple muscles to enhance your strength and balance, your overall posture will also improve. A good posture is important for your health, it will also decrease back pain and reduce stress on other parts of your body.
Improvements of your everyday life
With exercises designed for you and targeting movements you make every day, your strength and endurance will improve and will allow you to complete your everyday activities with more ease which in turn should increase your quality of life.
Functional Training Sample Program
Mobility Warm Up
30 seconds work 15 seconds rest each exercise ( 4 Rounds)
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