Functional training can do wonders for day-to-day living. It trains your body for the activities you usually perform. For example, just as simple as sitting down on your chair or picking up objects on the floor already makes you do squats, which is a form of functional exercise done by people on a daily basis. This is why it’s crucial to train your muscles so you can perform daily activities efficiently and pain-free.
What is Functional Training?
Functional training is a type of workout that trains your body for the activities you do every day. The exercises simulate common movements you usually do.
You’ll use basic functional movement patterns such as pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying and gait patterns (walking and running). Functional training helps build your strength, stability, power, mobility, endurance and flexibility that you need as you move on through your life.
In functional training, all of your muscles work together. When you perform an activity, all of your muscles rely on each other and should work together. When you use all of your muscles, you’ll be able to do movements efficiently and effortlessly. By training your muscles to work as they should, you’re preparing your body in performing well in a variety of common life situations.
Planes of Motion
Your body can move in three different planes of motion. These are the sagittal plane, frontal plane and the transverse plane.
Sagittal plane – divides the body into left and right. (example: walking, pushing and squatting)
Frontal plane – divides the body into anterior (front) and posterior (back) positions (example: raising your arms or legs out to the side)
Transverse plane – divides the body into top and bottom (example: twisting head from side to side)
A good functional training session should make use of your body movements in all three planes of motion and incorporate exercises to strengthen movements in every plane. There should be a balanced amount of all plane exercises to move at your best.
Why Should You Try Functional Training?
With a wide variety of functional tools and performing exercises suited for your needs, as well as training diversities and levels for your goals, most of your health and fitness goals can be reached with functional training.
Some day-to-day activities can cause pain and injury especially if the body isn’t conditioned enough. Functional training can help you obtain better balance and joint stability, which in turn lowers your risk of injury.
Focusing on your body’s ability to move in different ranges of motion, functional training uses your own body motion to train with and improve further.
Doing functional training on a regular basis increases your strength and balance. It also improves your joint mobility, making it ideal for people in different states of recovery from injury, age or fitness level.
Life is simply unpredictable and unstable. Functional training makes you physically prepared for many different forms of activity common in our daily lives. You can pretty much achieve anything you want when taking functional training!
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