Functional training describes a method of fitness that has a specific purpose. More specifically, when you perform a functional training workout, you follow movement patterns that mimic those from daily life or prepare you for competition in a particular sport. It’s a versatile approach to fitness, and there’s tremendous value in functional training — at any age.
Functional Training Exercises & Benefits
At Framework Personal Training, our certified personal trainers lean heavily into functional training. That mean incorporating exercises like squats, deadlifts, lunges, and push-ups, which all require more than one muscle group working together. Pushing, pulling, squatting, rotating, hinging are all movements that we do countless times in our daily lives, and perfecting these movements in a training setting can better prepare us for their execution at home and work.
Functional training is also a more efficient approach to fitness. It’s rare in life that you’ll need to isolate your biceps or quad muscles, for example. In real life, our individual muscles don’t work alone. They work with other muscles groups for support and strength. Still, for rehabilitation purposes, there can be value in isolation training. But if your goal is to build strength, improve flexibility and coordination, and boost your overall health, a workout plan consisting of compound and functional movements is best for most people.
The benefits speak for themselves:
- Improved coordination
- Better balance and stability
- Increased body awareness
- Minimized risk of injury
- Better posture
- More muscle tone and less body fat
If functional training sounds like something you’re ready to investigate, the certified trainers at Framework Personal Training here in Reno can help. Contact us today, and let’s make a plan together.