What does Functional mean as related to physical training?
In his book New Functional Training for Sports, Mike Boyle defines Functional Training as Purposeful Training. In other words, training with a specific purpose in mind.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines function as “the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists”, as well as “any of a group of related actions contributing to a larger action”.
Things like compound exercises, primal movement patterns and brain-based or instinctive training and other types of functional training are not defined because they are simply extensions of functional training. They are processes.
In between Purpose and Processes, this is Principles. Principles are the common thread of purposeful training and includes: Mobility, stability, tension, recovery and so on.
By applying Purpose, Principles and Processes into training we can train you to reach peak performance.
Why do we offer Functional Training?
We believe that functional training helps provide you with the strength, stability, power, mobility, endurance and flexibility that you need to thrive as you move through your life. You use basic functional movement patterns like pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying and gait patterns (walking and running) every day. Functional training utilizes exercises that improve your movement proficiency in these primary patterns to give you an edge and enhance your performance with ADL’s (activities of daily living) so you can achieve your goals safely and with good health.
Why is Functional Training Important?
Life is unpredictable and unstable. So why would you develop your training using stable and predictable routines and equipment (sitting on fixed machines)? No matter what your fitness goals are, we treat variety and practical application as critical components of your training. That’s why we use tools like Kettlebells, sandbags, medicine balls, stability balls, suspension straps and body weight exercises in our Team and Semi private training. You don’t live in a vacuum, so why would you train in one?
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