Over the last few years there has been a surge in boutique fitness and a huge uptake in “functional training.” For me personally, functional training allows for a more fun workout through various ranges, angles and planes of motion!
Here are 6 major benefits of functional training.
Move more efficiently and pain free
Our bodies are designed to move, yes most of us sit over a computer, hips in a flexed position with rolled over shoulders. Lack of movement is directly correlated to back pain and also other inactivity diseases such as diabetes. Functional training focuses on training movement patterns, balance and neuromuscular efficiency rather than isolating individual muscles so you are fit for day to day activity.
Functional training provides essential training for sport specific conditioning. Enhancing the relationship between the nervous and musculoskeletal system, providing quick, reactive, and powerful movement patterns which then translates onto your sport of play means performance will be better. So, a golfer should practice hip rotation and shoulder stability to increase swing capacity.
Through functional training, key core muscles need to stabilize the hip and spine spine against external force, through different body positions. So, by replicating this demand placed upon the core and spine in our everyday tasks you are able to be more efficient day to day!
Functional training involves multi joint whole body movement which is fantastic for increasing metabolism By using full body exercises you can improve strength, endurance and co-ordination thus a more effective workout!
Increased Muscle Mass
Functional training places load on the body’s levers through different angles and movements. This stimulates muscle growth and bone density. Take a rugby winger for example, most of his workouts will be spent bounding and changing direction….Not performing single joint movements such as a bicep curl!
Stabilisation and Injury Prevention
Functional training includes flexibility, mobility, core stability, balance and strength training, by using all these principles and challenging key motor skills you are less likely to get injured as your body is able to adapt more efficiently to day to day activities. So, carrying shopping bags or running upstairs should not be a problem.
When considering your gym programme the most important question you need to ask yourself is “What do I want to achieve?” “Is this programme functional for my goal?”