Functional Training? What IS that?

You have probably heard the term 'functional training', but what the heck does it actually mean? Functional training is quite simply strength training for everyday life. Functional training involves exercises that mirror movements you do in a normal day, allowing you to perform these day to day movements more easily and with a lower risk of injury. In order to be effective, functional training should include a variety of exercises that work on flexibility, core, strength, balance and power. Functional training mainly focuses on weight bearing exercises targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and the lower back. To be 'functional', an exercise must incorporate at least one of the 6 primary movements: push, pull, squat, deadlift, rotation and flexion/extension of the torso. Some examples of 'functional exercises' are: squats, push ups, plank, medicine ball rotations.

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