Why Functional Training is the way forward
I’m sure that you’ve heard the word “functional” being thrown around the gym recently, and you might be wondering what it actually means. Functional training is simply exercise following coordinated movement patterns that simulate real life situations. To keep this simple, functional purely means movements that we do every day, and re-creating these in the gym to replicate and enhance our ability to perform daily activities. Being able to enhance our strength and stability through movements that are performed every single day will improve quality of life among other benefits.
It’s important to understand why you will benefit from incorporating this style of training into your workout. Functional movements such as squats, deadlifts and push patterns are three of the most effective movements for overall strength as we do them consistently but subconsciously. We open doors, go up stairs, bend to pick things up, get up and down off a chairmultiple times each and every day.
Lunging Simulates walking up stairs:
Deadlifting simulates picking something up:
Squatting simulates sitting to standing:
Performing functional movements along with others in your routine is crucial in building full body strength as these are all compound movements which activate more than one joint and muscle at one time, therefore burning more calories.
How would one movement burn more calories than another you may ask? Let me explain. The more muscles that the body uses, the harder you work. The harder your body works, the more calories it burns. This means burning more calories in less time.
Making sure that you are performing these movements correctly is even more important, so if you are unsure, make sure you consult a Fit n Fast personal trainer to aid you with technique, activate the correct target muscles and avoid injury. Personal trainers will also be able to program these exercises into your routine correctly to gain optimal results.
Written by Nathan Brain
Senior Personal Trainer
Fit n Fast Campbelltown
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