What is Functional Training?
The idea with functional training and functional movement is it's all about how to improve the functions you perform in your everyday life. This can range from bending over to pick up a bag of groceries to becoming a more powerful and explosive athlete on the football field. Functional training and movement involves exercises that is not restricted by the direction a weight machine will take you and therefore the term "functional" to your daily life and activities.
While weight machines have you work one specific muscle group at a time, functional training exercises frequently incorporate the use of many in concordance with one another which simulates what happens in sports as well as everyday life activities.
How do I know?
Back into the regular uh - GYM? Despite the title of this blog- I decided to try going down to the community center I belong to and try some of those weight plated machines I dread so much.
Once in the gym I had decided in advance that I wanted to focus on some basic pulling and pushing exercises and also decided to work my arms for the heck of it. I decided on the following equipment:
- Tricep Press
- Seated Fly
- Pull Downs
- Chest Press
- The range of motion was severely limited on the machines.
- No stabilizer muscles were at all challenged.
- No core engagement to speak of.
What are some types?
Here are a just a few:
- TRX Suspension Training & Rip Training (naturally)
- Free Weights
- Bosu Balance Training