Functional Training Explained (And Why It’s Good For You)

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Are you looking for the best bang for your buck regarding training and working out? Do you want to maximize your time to achieve your goal of losing weight or gain muscle? Do you want to feel better and move better? Then functional training might be for you.


What Functional Training is


At its core, functional training aims to provide you with tools you can bring with you during your everyday life. If aesthetics is linked to bodybuilding, then “making your overall life easier” defines functional training.


Every muscle will be used during any given training session. You will do a lot of core exercises to help strengthen your abs and lower back (which will help your posture in the long run). You will train those “little hidden muscles” that will give you more oomph for the rest of your day. And how could I forget the most important part of all; the cardio. All of the exercise are done either in circuit or some other form of superset. This will no doubt tax the most important muscle of your body, the heart.


You will also hear the following words a lot when discussing this type of training: Strength, Stability and Mobility. Put these three things together and I can guarantee you that any activity you start will be that much easier for you to complete. From walking your dog, to carrying ALL the groceries bag.


Additionally, you can even incorporate one or two sessions per week to your bodybuilding or powerlifting routine. You then add the benefits of functional training to your regular routine while still working towards your other fitness goals.


What Functional Training isn’t


I would not recommend this type of training to someone starting out in the fitness world. It is not for the faint of heart and people could get discouraged early on by the steep learning curve. What I would suggest is that you start by learning the movements properly, then add weights, then add speed. This way, you will minimize your chance of injury. I would also not recommend this type of training if you have any kind of limitations in regards to the full amplitude of the ROM (Range of Motion). What I mean by that is you need to be 100% ready to go if you want to maximize gains while undertaking this type of training. A lot of physio will actually give some exercise found in functional training to help recover from an injury (lower back, shoulders, knees), but at a slow pace and with low weight. You want to make sure that the mobility is back before building strength and adding speed.


Where Functional Training is used


A lot of these types of training are seen in the Para-military world. Whether these are police officers, army, paramedics, firefighters, wildlife agents, etc. If your job needs you in top shape, there’s good chance that you would benefit from this type of training. I have come in contact with a lot of people from these jobs that have told me their agency started pushing functional training as early as 2005. If your profession is one of the above, you must already have been exposed to functional training.


To summarize


Whichever life goals you have, if you are active and take care of your body, I would recommend that you add Functional Training to your routine. Start with one or two sessions per week to reap the benefits. I am sure that once you start living your life in “easy mode”, you will absolutely love it. In the meantime, checkout our trainings below.


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PS. Here’s a good video to introduce you to Functional Training basics.

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