As the temperature starts to plummet, so does our motivation to get to the gym. But this winter do you really need the gym when you can train in the warmth of your home or a sunny spot in the garden? We’re talking about functional training! This has been a ‘buzz’ word for some time now and it is fast becoming one of the most popular training techniques out there, but what is functional training?
This mode of training was first used by Physiotherapists for injury rehabilitation before being adopted by athletes and sports coaches to greatly enhance their performance and it has now gone mainstream.
Functional training can be defined in many ways but essentially it is training that mimics movements done at home, work or during your everyday life. The primary goal of functional training is to transfer the improvements in strength achieved in one movement to enhance the performance of another movement, by affecting the entire neuromuscular system. In the context of body building, functional training mainly involves weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, with some of the benefits being better muscular balance and joint stability, whilst lowering your likelihood of injuries.
Functional training can be done just about anywhere, as it does not make use of heavy resistance machines found in gyms, that generally only allow your body to move in one plane of motion. Rather, it incorporates a variety of more manageable and functional resistance tools, the major one being your own body weight. Other equipment includes dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands, sandbags, balance discs, suspension systems and more.
Your functional training workout should include a number of different elements and should integrate flexibility, balance, strength, power and core exercises whilst focussing on movements in multiple planes.
Therefore, by incorporating functional training into your workout routine you will start to use all the muscles in the body simultaneously, thus burning more calories and guaranteeing results
So this winter, warm up and move your body… your whole body!
For Functional training workshops and courses (including TRX™ and ViPR™) contact HFPA Head office on 011 807 9673