We all have different reasons for working out. It’s pretty common to want to lose weight, increase your energy, and improve your overall health.
Functional fitness training is a type of training that can help you achieve these goals and more. Functional fitness trains your body to perform everyday movements and activities with ease and without injury.
Get to know this style of training with these seven facts about functional fitness.
1. Not just a buzzword.
Functional fitness training isn’t a fad. It is a training protocol that is here to stay.
2. Replicate what you do in everyday life.
With functional fitness, the exercises are similar to what you do in sports and everyday life — movements like pushing, pulling, twisting, reaching, squatting, and rotating.
3. For any fitness level.
Almost all functional movements can be scaled and modified to match your level of fitness. Functional fitness modifications account for your current strength, mobility, and coordination.
4. Improve your body’s mobility and coordination.
Functional movements are intended to be done through a full range of motion. The result is an improvement in your flexibility. You move better during workouts, as well as throughout your day.
5. Reduces injury risk.
By training movements that you do in your everyday life, functional fitness training reduces your risk of injury. For example, when you bend over to pick up a bag of dog food or container of kitty litter, you’re less likely to tweak your back because your body has trained to be strong and to move safely.
6. Recruit multiple muscle groups.
Very rarely do you move a single muscle group in your everyday life. This is why functional movements recruit multiple muscles groups all at once. Rather than a single-joint movement like a biceps curl, examples of functional movements are the squat, deadlift, and push press.
7. Can be done almost anywhere.
You don’t need a lot of special equipment for functional fitness training. A lot of the movements can be done using only your body weight. This means that these exercises can be done almost anywhere.
The best way to add functional fitness training to your routine is with a fitness instructor or personal trainer who can help guide you through getting started. Peak! Family Health & Wellness can help you with that! Contact us today to get started.