Have you been hearing more and more about “functional training” and want to learn more? To start, while it may be growing as a commonly used term in the health and fitness industry, there’s nothing new about it. In fact, functional training is one of history’s most commonly used forms of personal training. Continue reading to learn more.
Why Should I Take Up a Functional Fitness Program?
Specific exercises were developed to help patients regain function and return to activities of daily living. From this start, functional training has been embraced by fitness professionals and morphed into predominantly weight-bearing exercises that simulate everyday movements and target core strength.
The purpose of functional fitness training is to improve your ability to perform your everyday activities. Think of it as training for the entire movement—not just a specific muscle. When you jump, you’re not just using your leg muscles. It’s a coordinated effort between your nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems that allows a fluid movement.
The key to effective functional fitness training is simulating the actual activity that you’re training to improve. There should be a focus on doing similar types of contraction (eccentric, concentric, or isometric), speed, range of motion, and level of coordination. The closer the exercise mimics the actual activity, the more effective the training. For instance, if you’re an active person who spends a lot of time on a bike, functional training would include exercises that simulate the movements and strengthen the muscles used in biking.
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