What is functional training?
Functional training integrates all aspects of human movement, because it is based on training functional strength, which is the force that involves the entire body and not an isolated group of muscles. It is about the strength that we can reproduce in everyday activities or in a specific sport. It is characterized by training movements and not muscles, that is, unlike conventional training, it consists of exercises that involve different muscle groups or chains and does not exercise an isolated muscle.
Main benefits of functional training:
- Injury prevention,
- Functional re-adaptation,
- Physical preparation through the work of the muscle groups involved in the technical gestures of the different sports,
- Specific training for the correct development in the work activity or day-to-day activity,
- Improve the main muscle chains that we use in daily life,
- Improve in neuronal factors and coordination.
In other words …
In addition to strengthening different muscles of the body, functional training helps us to make correct and safe movements, therefore, it is of great help to prevent injuries.
Of course, as it works the stabilizing muscles, it also strengthens the middle area of the body, helping to achieve a strong toned abdomen (CORE) as well as to straighten the back and achieve a good body posture.
CORE helps maintain the balance and functionality of the rest of the muscles of the body, so a proper muscle development.
As if that were not enough, functional training can help improve in a sport or specific discipline as well as you can promote recovery after injury. And the best, is suitable for everyone.
Then, with functional training you can optimize the whole body and various activities as well as movements that you perform on a day to day basis.
For functional training you can use classic objects to perform the most innovative exercises or objects such as unstable surfaces, such as TRX, a fitball, a bosu, medical balls, among others.
And you, have you tried functional training? What has been your experience or your achievements?