The fitness industry is especially culpable when it comes to fads and buzzwords. We hear regularly about the latest and greatest workout or diet on social media, the news, or from celebrities in magazines. Honestly, it can be difficult to keep up. Functional training is one of the best ways to stay strong and healthy, no matter your age or ability, but make no mistake about it – it’s no fad workout.
It’s Been Around Too Long
By their nature, fad workouts come and go – remember Buns of Steel and shake weights? Today’s functional training is actually rooted in soldier rehabilitation after World War I. Soldiers returned with injuries that made it challenging to complete every day activities like walking, standing, sitting and bending. Physical therapy helped these soldiers address core strength and mobility, and today, the focus is on movement, not muscles. Instead of isolation exercises – the stuff emphasized in bodybuilding and powerlifting to build muscular physiques – functional training is all about compound movements.
It’s an Intuitive Way to Move the Body
Our bodies are designed for movement, and yet society today is largely sedentary. With functional training, the body is put through movement patterns that mimic what we do (or should do) every day. These full-body exercises are a great way to fire up the metabolism while building strength, endurance, and mobility. Plus, core activation is a major component of functional training – another benefit. It’s low impact, helps reduce joint pain, minimizes risk of injury, and helps improve posture.
Many functional training exercises are performed with body weight, which means no special equipment or even access to a gym is needed. But understanding proper technique is key to any exercise, so if you want to get started and aren’t sure where to begin, it may be worth considering a few sessions with a certified personal trainer. Here at Framework Personal Training in Reno, our trainers can create a personalized functional training plan for your personal fitness goals that accommodates for your age and current ability. Contact us today for a consultation, and let’s start improving your strength, mobility, flexibility and health with functional training.