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What is Functional Training? And Should You Be Doing It?

24.10.2019

Functional training may sound like just another fitness buzzword, but it’s actually a important style of training that can have huge benefits both inside and outside of the gym. Today, I take a closer look at functional training and why you should make it part of your workout.

What is Functional Training?

Functional training is all about training with a purpose. This purpose could be directed to performance in a particular sport or activity. However, for most of us, functional training is about improving strength and flexibility in everyday life. This means functional training is filled with compound movements – movements that work more than one muscle at once to promote full-body fitness. A great functional fitness routine should make everyday life easier, from moving a heavy suitcase to pushing a heavy door or climbing a flight of stairs. Functional fitness helps our bodies to overcome the challenges they face every day and it becomes particularly important as we get older.

What Does A Functional Workout Look Like?

As above, compound movements are at the heart of a functional fitness routine as well as those movements that mimic how we move in real life. Squats, lunges, deadlifts, and push-ups are all key movements to include in your functional fitness workout. While free weights like kettlebells and dumbbells can help you to build functional strength.

Functional training does not include isolation exercises designed to work a particular muscle – like bicep curls. It also does not include machine training, which is designed to move the body in a very specific way that rarely mimics real-life movement.

Functional workouts are designed to help the body work together as a whole rather than focusing on specific areas for improvement.

Does This Mean I Should Quit Isolation Training?

Not necessarily. There are lots of good reasons to pinpoint and work a specific muscle or muscle group. These include recovery from injury and a desire to improve appearance. However, for most of us, functional training will have a greater impact on our overall fitness and ability to overcome physical challenges.

What Are The Benefits of Functional Traning?

Functional fitness has a huge number of benefits for your body, including:

  • Greater coordination.
  • Increased body awareness and confidence.
  • Strength is built evenly across the body.
  • Reduces risk of injury.
  • Reduces joint pain.
  • Improved balance and flexibility.

 

Looking to improve your functional fitness?

At FitFusion PT, we include a huge range of functional movement in our programmes. And we are committed to helping you to condition your whole body and boost your fitness confidence. If you’re looking for awesome personal training or group classes in West Hampstead then get in touch. We would love to help you unlock your fitness potential. Until next week, stay amazing.