7 Health Benefits of Functional Training
Get the most out of your fitness training
As you all probably can guess, I love functional training and the benefits that it offers. These benefits can be acquired no matter your age, occupation or fitness level. Essentially, functional training improves the performance of everyday movements and the quality of your life
I have involved functional training into my daily life since I was sixteen years old and it has been the main reason that I have stayed injury free and maintained a strong core. I love functional training because I believe that you only need your body to get the most out of your training. You don’t need machines or equipment to achieve your health goals as you can use the weight of your body and the power of controlled movements to work every muscle.
As well as being able to do this training anywhere, anytime and with no equipment, I’m going to tell to you seven more health benefits of functional training. By participating in my #trustmycoach program, you too will feel these benefits and feel your body changing in a positive way.
Uses your Time and Body wisely
Why spend hours at a gym training only your leg muscles and nothing else? Functional training focuses on moving all parts of your body with better efficiency. The functional techniques are not isolated exercises such as a bicep curl where you would only be working your arm muscles. In one functional training technique, many muscles are working. For example, when you correctly execute a plank exercise, you are working your core and abs, arms, butt and legs. It’s amazing how much you can train with just one exercise! If you lead a busy life, this is a much more effective way to spend your time training.
Increases coordination, agility and balance
The keys to a better quality life
Functional training promotes the use of your own body weight to perform various ranges of movements. So naturally, coordination and balance come into the mix. There are no machines in this training to support your body so you need to rely on your balance while coordinating your body parts into the movements. This allows your body to support itself better, become more stable and increase your agility. This is super important for people of all ages and fitness levels. For example, a soccer player needs exceptional coordination, agility and balance to control the ball, pass and run while fighting off opponents, dealing with uneven surfaces, jumping and dodging. A person of an older age can benefit from adequate balance and coordination to avoid falls and injuries. To summarise, good control of coordination, agility and balance gives you a better quality life and functional training promotes this in every exercise!
Be prepared for anything!
Functional training first began as a way to prevent and rehabilitate people after injuries. As functional exercises incorporate full body movements, this helps to keep your joints active and stable which promotes better quality life.
One of the most common injuries in athletes are in the knees and ankles due to the inability to change direction quickly and deal with stress on the joint. By training the functional techniques correctly, your joints and body can deal with high impact movements that are needed in the game and in everyday tasks.
Functional training is also low impact training which means that although we challenge ourselves physically, it requires less toll on the body and decreases the chance of injury through the training itself.
As I mentioned before, functional training also works your entire body as opposed to in isolation. So if you are training your entire body, your body will be better prepared for stress or impact as a whole.
Strengthens your core
The foundation of functional training
Functional training is all about core, core and more core! So many of the exercises incorporate your core muscles such as planks, ab exercises, frontal v holds, mobility techniques, glute bridges and much more. Engaging your core is super important as it increases your stability, protects your organs and central nervous system, strengthens and reduces pain in your back, prevents injuries and improves your posture. Who doesn’t want that?
Reach (literally) for your goals
Flexibility can be split into two parts – dynamic and static stretching. Functional training incorporates both. For example, if you check out the #trustmycoach Exercise Library, you will see that the Front Leg and Dynamic Leg Swings are forms of dynamic stretching. On the other hand, the Vertical Stretch is a form of static stretching and strength endurance. The full body movements that you will undertake means that your muscles will be creating and releasing tension through loosening and contracting. Flexibility reduces risk of injury and allows your body to move more freely during the movements of training and everyday life.
Improves posture and decreases back pain
Better your body alignment
People are more sedentary than ever and it can be difficult to avoid back pain and maintain your posture if you are working at a desk for most of the day. Functional training focuses on strengthening the core to enable better support and stability throughout your spinal cord and back muscles. Think about it... if your training incorporates the use of your entire body, then every part of your body has the capacity to offer greater support to other parts of your body. Developing strength and stability in your back region promotes better posture. Better posture decreases back pain. It’s a circle of wellness!
Increases Speed and Power
Every athlete wants to be faster and stronger than their opponent and functional training will help you get there! You can become more powerful if all parts of your body are training and moving. So, it is only natural that you increase in power and speed once you begin to train your whole body as one instead of in isolation. As functional training exercises focus on balance, coordination and agility as well, this enables your body to be in greater control and assists in changing directions and changing speed more fluidly.
So there you have it. 7 of the many benefits that you can see and feel with regular and correct executions of functional training exercises. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together through #trustmycoach training. Let’s go!
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