Functional Training

November 13 2017

Functional training is a great way to exercise smarter. By targeting movements that are part of everyday life you can build strength and prevent injuries that can come about if you only focus on working certain muscles groups.

Functional training

What is Functional Training?

An exact definition of Functional Training is hard to establish but broadly speaking it is training that allows individuals to better perform their activities of everyday life (or sport). 

Examples of functional training exercises are:

  • Squats
  • Kettlebell snatch
  • Stair climbing
  • Bicep curl
  • Break dancer press up
  • Reverse lunge
  • Turkish get up
  • Hip Opener

What are the benefits?

1) Improvements that can really be felt in everyday life and fairly quickly. By working the body in movement patterns that are specifically designed for you, you should start to feel and perform better on a daily basis.  Functional training uses dynamic movement patterns rather than reps of individual exercises working isolated muscles.

2) Improved Posture. Functional Training can help to correct bad posture and muscular imbalances.

3) Greater body conditioning. The nature of Functional Training exercise is that many of them require more muscle fibres to be recruited in order to perform the exercises, which in turn helps to increase metabolism and can lead to reduced fat levels.

4) A stronger leaner body. Just take a look Olympians such as swimmers and gymnast – they train their body with Functional Training, they are certainly not doing repetitive movements such as bicep curls or pounding away on the treadmill for hours. 

5) A mind workout too. Mental stimulation from trying something new is a benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked!  The fitness industry probably has greater knowledge of human movement and a greater choice than ever of exercise equipment than ever before.  

Functional training at Freedom Leisure.

It is important to choose the correct exercises for you and not just replicate exercises observed in the gym or online. Our coaches will consider your previous exercise experience, fitness levels, previous injuries, skill levels, likes/dislikes and combine them with your goals and expectations.  They can then work with you to get the exercises that are just right for you.  Alternatively, many of our sites run functional training classes in the gym or studio. 

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