What is functional fitness training?
More and more people are signing up to gyms these days, but worryingly a lot of those people seem to believe that the quality of the gym they join depends more on the definition of the TV screens in the treadmills than any definition their torso might see from training correctly. There are far too much emphasis is being placed on the leisure rather than the fitness… but fortunately there is another option for those who truly want to improve. Any training can be classed as functional training depending on what you’re training for.
The goal here is not to argue the vagueness of the term, but to highlight the benefits. Functional fitness training in this article is refer to an exercise or group of exercises that mimic, adapt and allow the improved performance of life’s daily tasks. This referee to the majority of people.
Improving Quality of life.
Here a goal could be, and usually is, to improve quality of life outside the gym. That’s to have an increased capacity for recreation play. This could be a grandmother having fun with her grandchildren, or a teenager playing football.
Life’s daily tasks include movement in the 6 degrees of freedom. Namely back/forward, up/down, left/right, roll, pitch, and yaw. Or more specifically human movement, push/pull, jump/squat, step, twist, and bend. So functional training is training that seeks to improve as many of these movements as possible. So consider functional fitness training defined… for this article at least!
The many benefits of functional fitness training
Much of what goes on in gyms today is impossible to recreate outside of that environment. Functional fitness training allows you to develop strength in a controlled environment.Many favorable improvements gained from functional fitness training are broken down to the amount of ‘fitness bases’ covered in any one session. Indeed in one movement you could be improving strength, coordination, balance, agility, accuracy, flexibility, endurance and stamina. There are very few activities that can produce an improvement in both neurological fitness (balance, coordination, agility, accuracy) and physical skills (strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina). Neurological fitness is achieved using large number of the body’s joints and muscles.