Functional training simply means training our bodies to better perform the types of movements we use for everyday life such as lifting grocery bags, picking things up from the floor, or climbing up a flight of stairs. The time spent developing dynamic strength, flexibility and agility carries over into your daily activities, making life a little bit easier.
Fitness programmes which are centred on functional training mainly consist of weight bearing activities and activities without weights (pure movements to re-educate the body in what optimal movement is). Both are targeted at the core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, as these muscles are crucial to proper posture in life.
Benefits of Functional Training
- Better muscular balance and joint stability
- Decrease the number of injuries sustained in sport
- Improves the body's natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom