Tuesday, November 13, 2012
One of the latest crazes to hit the fitness industry is functional training. It’s not a new idea, but it’s been quickly gaining popularity. Functional training refers to exercises that train specific movements, rather than isolated muscles. They’re moves that are designed to help one become better at performing the regular activities of daily life. So, what does that mean?
There are many benefits to this type of training. Overall, one experiences improvements in strength, flexibility, balance, stability, and coordination. More calories are being burned because there’s greater muscle involvement. Less weight is needed to see results so there is less wear and tear on the body. Not only is it a safe way to train, it’s the best choice for those rehabilitating from injuries. It can also be easier to stick with because many consider it to be more fun. And it’s something everyone can do. Whether you’re a senior citizen, or a top athlete, the training can be customized to fit your fitness level and needs. On top of all that, if one is better trained to handle daily activities, it’s sure to improve their quality of life.
With all the benefits, it’s easy to see why functional training has become such a craze. However, some people argue that the only real way to gain strength is through traditional weight training. Like most things, it’s probably best to incorporate both methods into your fitness routine.