Functional Training: Learn the Moves your Body Needs

Functional Training: Learn the Moves your Body Needs

One of the principle aims of working out is to get stronger and in getting stronger everyday tasks become easier. Anything from bending down to retrieve something from a low shelf to carrying shopping becomes less of an effort if you have built up your strength and your body is in good health.

Functional training focuses on this principle.

It’s a classification of exercises which is all about training your body for its natural movements, purposefully focused on activities carried out in your regular day to day life.

Functional training has gained popularity because it’s a hugely effective way of seeing and feeling the changes in your body relatively quickly and enjoying the change too.

Examples of functional training movements include:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Push Ups/Pull Ups
  • Rotational movements (e.g. Russian Twists)

What are the benefits of Functional Training?

Functional training is all about the body’s natural movements and improving on them. Here are some of the key reasons it is a great way of working out:

  • Improve bad posture: postural problems are rife because so many of use sit slumped over desks all day. Functional training focuses on movement patterns and the overall shape and strength of the body, it is a much better option than using weights machines after hours at your desk.
  • Boost the fast burn: functional training encourages full body movement and they improve strength and endurance, as well as boosting metabolism throughout your whole workout.
  • Get lean: the most well-known and athletic figures in sport train in movement patterns and functional movements.
  • Activate that core: core activation is core to almost every functional training movement. By teaching your core to stabilise your spine and protect it, your body becomes more resilient to the pressure put on your spine in daily activities

Functional training means stepping away from the machines and static movements. It means swapping bicep curls and chest press machines for weighted squats and lunges. It is a chance to enhance your body’s natural movements and capabilities and feel strong in every aspect of your life.


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Matthew C.
16 November 2016

Matthew C.

I think this sort of thing appeals more to people as they get older and stiffer. Personally I don't get issues with anything like that yet, but my mother does 'functional' exercises in her gym class and she doesn't seem to strain anything in her daily life!!

craig t.
14 November 2016

craig t.

I never used to care about how my workouts benefited me during the day. But since starting to get back problems I would definitely do particular exercises if I knew it would help strengthen my core and help my back.

Sarah L.
14 November 2016

Sarah L.

I find it much easier to motivate myself in the gym when I can see a difference in everyday life. You could say I am 'train to live' not 'live to train'.

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