Functional fitness may be among the latest buzzwords in gyms these days, but for good reason. It's about training your body to handle real-life situations.
Making Muscles Work Together
Functional fitness takes a holistic view of fitness itself. Fitness encompasses strength, speed, endurance and agility. It includes short, sharp efforts as well as lengthy ones. Most people end up with a bias in one particular direction according to their own preference and build, but functional fitness aficionados make an effort to cover all areas and work on their weaknesses as well as their strengths.
Conventional weight training isolates muscle groups, but it doesn't teach the muscle groups you're isolating to work with others. The key to functional exercise is integration. It's about teaching all the muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independently, and we do this by incorporating TRX, KettleBells, Vipr and medicine balls into the workouts.
TRX row: This is an exercise that will not only build the primary muscles of your back, shoulders and arms, it recruits the smaller stabiliser muscles too and because of its nature will really work your whole body fully activating your core and because you are moving and activating so many muscle groups your pulse raises and so it becomes cardiovascular exercise as well.
Seated row: You're sitting in a chair with your chest pressed against a pad, and you pull two levers back. "You may be strengthening certain muscles, but your body's not learning anything, because you don't have to activate your core stabilizer muscles or the stabilizers of your arms and shoulders. The machine's doing it for you"
"In functional fitness, most of the time, you should be standing on your own two feet and supporting your own weight when you lift anything."