What is Functional Fitness Training?
People are becoming more interested in gyms, but many of them believe that the quality of a gym depends more on how the treadmills look than the results they get from proper training. The Fitness and Leisure industry seem to be putting too much emphasis on the entertainment aspect of fitness. But, there’s another option available for those who really want to improve. Enter Functional Fitness Training.
There are many threads and articles on the Internet that just debate the definition of functional training. This is not one. I know that training can be classified as functional depending on the purpose of the training. If your job requires you to have the largest biceps, then 2 hours of bicep curls per day might be considered functional training.
This article is not intended to dispute the meaning of functional fitness training. It’s meant to highlight the benefits and to show how they can improve the performance of everyday tasks for most people. There will be a reserve for individuals who have specific goals.
This could be to have a better quality of life, which is often the case, outside of the gym. It could also be to have a greater capacity for recreation and playing, such as a grandmother having fun with her grandchildren or a teenager footballing.
Daily tasks in life include movement in 6 degrees of freedom: back/forward, up/down, and left/right. Roll, pitch, pitch, and yaw are some examples. More specifically, human movement includes a push/pull and jump/squat as well as step, twist, bend, and turn. Functional training is a training program that aims to improve the movement of as many of these muscles as possible using one or more exercises. Functional fitness training is defined… at least for this article!
Does this mean that some training is not functional? This is the correct answer. Unfortunately, it’s everywhere. We’ll soon be writing an article about un-functional fitness training.
Functional fitness training has many benefits
Many of the things that happen in gyms today are impossible to replicate outside of that environment. Functional fitness training allows for strength to be developed in a controlled environment, and then applied to daily life.
Functional fitness training can lead to many positive improvements. This is due to the number of ‘fitness bases covered’ in each session.
You can improve strength, coordination, and balance as well as agility, precision, flexibility, endurance, stamina, and coordination with just one movement. Few activities can improve your neurological fitness (balance coordination agility accuracy, balance, coordination) or physical skills (strength flexibility endurance, and stamina). You can achieve this by training your body to use all of its joints and muscles simultaneously.
This training your muscles to work together means that you can focus more on movements than individual muscles. Dynamic balance is required if your body moves rather than stays stationary. Functional fitness training will not only improve core strength and stability, but it can also have the knock-on effect to improve most aspects of your mobility, including intra-abdominal pressure, posture, and injury prevention. Functional fitness training has many physiological benefits. But there’s more.
Functional fitness training can be scaled to fit any level of ability. You can adjust the intensity, duration, resistance, and resistance of all movements to suit your level of fitness. This allows everyone to get the best out of their training and makes it more accessible to everyone. Functional fitness training is always changing and should be a part of any fitness program. It is rare to find people who are able to stay engaged in their training outside of a gym.
The return on your investment in functional fitness training is perhaps the most important. Your exercise investment is the amount you spend on your gym membership, travel, nutrition, and training. For most people, the value of traditional gyms is in the luxuries, while functional fitness training is about the return on your investment. As we mentioned earlier, the return on your exercise investment is in the increased enjoyment and play that you have after achieving your goals. It gives you a greater work capacity in all areas of fitness, so you can do more things in a given time. Functional fitness training is essentially real fitness training.