Functional training is training that has a purpose. More than that, it is focused on movement patterns of the body. The purpose is to get better at daily activities -such as walking, squatting to pick up something large, moving a revolving door, or getting into and out of a chair, or training to play in a sport such as a soccer, football, or tennis. A practical exercise is simply one that strengthens you in a way that translates directly into activity outside the weight-room.
By training multiple muscle groups at the same time, you are helping your body function better as a whole. Part of that is because both your mind and muscles will learn how to recruit multiple muscle groups to get a job done instead of relying on just one. “Recruiting multiple muscle groups is going to prevent strain injuries that happen from using one muscle group”.
Moving the body in a way that at once recruits several muscle groups requires some degree of coordination, concentration, and core energy. The more you train functionally, the better you can become as a cohesive machine to operate your entire body, eventually helping you develop your coordination. You also get an outstanding kinesthetic perception (perception of how the body moves) and teach you how to move safely. All of these skills are very important in everyday life.
We offer functional fitness classes and incorporate functional fitness into boot camps. Under this, we use exercise tools such as fitness balls, bands, and weights. Functional exercises tend to be multi-joint, multi-muscle exercises. Instead of only moving the elbows, for example, a functional exercise might involve the elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles. This type of training, properly applied, can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury, and improve your quality of life. Functional exercise training may be especially beneficial as part of a comprehensive program for older adults to improve balance, agility, and muscle strength, and reduce the risk of falls.