You have been working out religiously, pushing more weight than ever before, looking better and feeling great, only to be set back days, weeks or even months with an injury. Whether caused by playing with a child, carrying a bulky suitcase, shoveling heavy snow or swinging a tennis racket (or golf club), all the heavy lifting in the world will not help, if you have neglected to condition your body for these movement patterns.
Functional fitness focuses on being able to mimic activities and positions done in the real world through exercise. We perform many movement activities such as running, jumping, pushing, pulling, lifting, squatting and twisting. It is important not only to condition the muscles, but also the nervous system to work simultaneously.Exercises that isolate a particular joint train individual muscles, not specific movements. Conventional machines isolate muscle groups and do not train them to work in unison with each other. Although the machines might not be the best way to transfer movement from the gym to the outside world, it does not mean they are not beneficial. Single joint movements help strengthen “weak links” and isolate the target area.Benefits of Functional Training:
- Minimizes potential injury
- Maximizes muscle fiber recruitment
- Improves balance and coordination
- Increases lean muscle gain and fat loss
- Enhances daily activities
- Single Leg Roman Deadlift
- Lateral Dumbbell Step-Ups
- Kettlebell Swings
- Walking Dumbbell Lunges
- Single Arm Dumbbell Snatch
- Side Plank with Rear Deltoid Scapular Retraction
By performing these actions, not only will you add variety to your routine, but you will also see improvements in daily activities and quality of life. Get the most out of your workout to target daily activity patterns and improve sport performance by contacting Dan at (978) 807-8579 or visit seachangefit.com to learn more.