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By Laura

Functional Training: The Basics

By Laura

Ever heard the term ‘Functional training’ but have no idea what it means? It's one of the current global fitness trends and has a whole host of benefits. But what is it?

Functional Training: The Basics

Functional training simply means- Training to improve the types of movements we use in our day to day life’ The aim is to improve dynamic strength, flexibility and agility which carries over into your daily activities, making life a little bit easier.

Fitness programs designed to include functional training mainly consists of weight bearing activities, mobility work and exercises that target the core and lower back which are essential for your posture.

 

Top 3 Benefits of Functional Training

  1. Better muscular balance and joint stability
  2. Lessen injuries sustained in an individual's performance
  3. Improvement in the body's natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom

 

So how can i introduce functional training into my workout?

You can’t talk about functional training without the word ‘Kettlebell’ coming up! The kettlebell is a highly effective piece of equipment that is generally under-used in a lot of gyms.

The use of the kettlebell carries many benefits, it can increase work capacity, improve overall strength, develop core strength and sculpt a strong physique. This is functional training at its very best!

So if you’re in the gym with a kettlebell, you might ask yourself “what do I do now?”. Well here’s a little workout to try to get you started!

Try 5 sets total with 10 reps per exercise, all using the kettlebell...

  • Squats
  • Swings
  • Upright rows
  • Halos (10 each way)
  • Overhead press

Complete all exercises back to back and rest 60-90 seconds between sets.

If you need any help or guidance with this please just ask one of our friendly PT’s.