Functional Training

What is functional training?

Functional strength training involves performing work against resistance so that improvements in strength directly enhance the performance of movements in an individual’s daily activities. Exercises that isolate joints and muscles are training muscles, not movements, which results in less functional improvement. For example, squats will have a greater improvement on an individual’s ability to rise from a sofa than knee extensions. Functional training requires just about every muscle in your body to fire.  Just by holding weight overhead, every stabilizer muscle throughout your midline has to be engaged or else you’ll fall over. Moving weight through an entire range of motion allows our bodies to burn more fat and build more muscle verses machines. Functional training adds variety and additional training benefits that will improve real-life activities.

Some Basic Functional Training exercises

  • Squats (weighted and non-weighted)
  • Lunges
  • Pushups
  • Pull-ups
  • Jerk
  • Jumping
  • Olympic lifts (snatch, clean and jerk)
  • Sprinting

Rec Sports and fitness now has a functional fit room located down in the racquetball court area.   Lifts and functional exercises will be taught during workshop times. There will always be a certified personal trainer on duty for any questions you might have.   We are here to help with technique and safety while doing functional strength training exercises.   This room will feature platforms for lifts, bumper plates, kettlebells, plyo-boxes, pullup bars, and sandbags.

 References: Bryant, Cedric X. 101 Frequently Asked Questions about “Health & Fitness” and “Nutrition & Weight Control”.Sagamore Publishing, 1999.

Article written by one of our fantastic trainers, Becky Miros. Need help with these exercises? Call Becky today at 994-6309

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