What is Functional Training?
“Functional training is any type of exercise that has a direct relationship to the activities you perform in your daily life.
Whether you are a marathon runner, a triathlete, or simply a homemaker who wants to carry their children without injury, functional training can help. Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation.
Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery.
Thus if a patient’s job required repeatedly heavy lifting, rehab would be targeted towards helping them achieve that. Functional training mostly involves activities targeted at the core muscles (abdominal and lower back).”
(Quote from Science Daily)
Basically what this means is that no matter what you do from day-to-day, I can make you stronger, more capable and more mobile for these movements. By seeing what you do I will design an exercise routine specific to your movements, whether it’s doing a paper-round or professional cage fighting, teaching PE to children in school to international sports – if you can demonstrate the movements to me I will re-create them with exercise and improve your performance.
I am a graduate of the FASTER Health & Fitness Diploma in Functional Performance, which means that my knowledge of 3-dimensional exercise and functional human performance has been assessed and certified. I have also been granted the honour of teaching this form of exercise to new students, again re-enforcing that I have a sound understanding of this amazing form of exercise. It has to be seen to be believed!
Here are 3 examples of applying functional training to traditional kettlebell exercises. I recorded these videos as my submission for the Faster “Rule The Kettlebell” course I recently completed.
Simon Caddy – Rule The Kettlebell 1 – Multiplanar Snatch
Simon Caddy – Rule The Kettlebell 2 – “Everyday I’m Shuffling” (multiplanar frontal plane swings with shuffle)
Rule The Kettlebell 3 – Double-Drop Squats With In-Sync & Out-Of-Sync Arms
To find out more about how functional exercise can help you, or to start using functional training in your workout routine please complete the contact form below.