You’re driving and get stopped at a red light. You’re thirsty and remember your water bottle is in the back seat. Being careful not to take your foot off the brake, you quickly wrench your back sideways and reach for your water bottle.
Pop. Followed by searing pain.
You just threw your back out…
Although the term functional fitness might seem overused in the fitness industry today—ad nauseum—there’s a reason for it.
Here’s a quick explanation of what we mean by functional fitness: It’s a way of exercising that forces your muscles to work in unison, as opposed to in isolation. In other words, it mimics the way your body needs to move during day-to-day activities in life; picking your kids up off the floor, getting yourself up off the floor or even checking your blind spot.
We’re not saying isolation strength training has no place. Bodybuilding-style lifting is definitely going to help you gain strength and in a lot of cases correct muscle imbalances if implemented correctly. But that kind of strength doesn’t lead to fluid coordination in your movements, and it will likely only hinder your mobility if it’s all you’re doing. Ever heard of body builders who can't wipe their butt? Yes. That is a thing...
Basically through training functional movements, we’re trying to get you moving the way you were able to when you were a child, and even a toddler. Proper functional movement is naturally ingrained in our DNA at a young age. Unfortunately, if we don't use it - we lose it.
Think about how easy it is for a baby to get down to the floor and stand up again, and to get down and stand up without using their hands. Or remember when you were a kid and going across the monkey bars was fun? But now you hang from a bar and your joints immediately ache?
That’s what we’re tying to eliminate. We’re trying to make playgrounds fun again for you, and the best way to do this is to practice in the gym what you’re going to see in life in a way that will make life feel easy, and more importantly fun, again.
5 HEALTH Reasons to Train Functionally
Better for Your Joints
Training multi-joint, compound movements puts considerably less stress on your joints than isolation work. Again, this doesn’t mean you can’t also do isolation work, but isolation on its own is much harder on your joints. Functional movements, on the other hand, will help strengthen your joints. It will also help you steer clear from joint-related injuries, like arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis.
Better for Bone Density
Osteoporosis and low bone mass are considered a public health threat in the U.S. today. Close to 44 million men and women above the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis in the U.S. alone. Weight-bearing activities and strength training are particularly good for maintaining bone density to help fend off the dangers of losing bone mass as we age.
Better at Protecting from Acute Injuries
The hypothetical reach for your water-bottle in the car situation is less likely to happen if your body is accustomed to moving like that on the regular. From lifting your hands over your head, to pulling and pushing, to squatting, hinging and carrying, training functionally helps your body be OK with doing all of these things in the real world.
It means your back won’t be shocked when you lift a heavy suitcase onto a conveyer belt at the airport, or you reach over your head to put a heavy bowl away in the cupboard.
Like the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it…We’ll make sure you keep using it.
Better at Leisure Activities
So you want to go hiking, skiing and swimming with your kids and grandkids, but you’re scared you won’t be able to keep up with them? Then spend the day either feeling guilty because you’re holding them back or spend the day alone watching from the sidelines?
What we do here will prepare you physically and build your confidence to not just go skiing with your grandkids, but to keep up with them!
Better at Life
When you’re functionally fit, you won’t need to worry about getting too old to handle the stairs in your house. You’ll be able to help lift a couch to vacuum underneath it. Carrying groceries won’t ever be a concern. In short, we’ll help keep you out of assisted living and old age home situations.
It goes without saying, this means you’ll live a longer, and more importantly, happier and more fulfilling life.
Contact us about starting your functional fitness plan today!