Functional training integrates the entire body in multiple planes of motion that reflect a person's daily physical activities. Whether you are the local mailman or a competitive basketball player, specific functional training can improve the following:
As stated above, functional training should be specific to an individual's needs. If you love to hike 2-3 times a week, your training plan will not be the same as someone who loves to play golf or kick a soccer ball around. Functional training is a training plan customized to fit your lifestyle and prevent unnecessary injuries. Proper assessments and questions need to be addressed in order to achieve optimal results. Below are a few examples that need to happen before starting your functional training program.
- Review and discuss body alignment
- List stress levels (physical and mental)
- What is your current fitness level? Fitness assessment.
- Discuss your daily movement patterns and fitness goals
Functional training challenges a person's proprioceptive system by using unstable, yet controllable equipment. Working out with stationary machines and doing traditional repetitive movements have been proven not to be as effective as testing the body in environments similar to every day life activities. Popular equipment used in functional training:
The equipment listed above can mimic real-life physical challenges that stationary machines can not.
Remember, find a trainer who will include the assessments listed above, work with you in stages (from beginner to advanced-according to your fitness level) and will train you with the proper equipment that will lead to a successful outcome. Good luck and Keep Moving!