Functional strength training is a form of exercise focused on strengthening the functional movement patterns of the human body. The functional movement patterns include push, pull, squat, hinge, and core. This form of training utilizes resistance (body weight, bands, free weights, etc..) and aerobic training. By performing functional strength training you will perform better in all aspects of your life.
WHO IS FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING FOR?
Functional strength training is for anyone who wants to perform better in their everyday life. One of the best things about functional strength training is that it can benefit you if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced in your training age. When just beginning it is important to build stability and muscular endurance into your training program and as you become more advanced you can build more power into your programming. If you are wanting to live a life to your fullest potential then functional strength training is for you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING?
Functional strength training will increase the longevity of your life. You will live a life to your fullest potential because your body will be performing at an optimal level. This form of training will actually increase joint health and if done properly will help you get out of pain so you can live a pain free life. Your skeletal muscle mass will increase as well, which is extremely important as you age. Your cardiovascular health will benefit dramatically leading to lowered blood pressure, lower cholesterol, etc.. Functional strength training has so many benefits … simply put, it will help you move, look, and feel better.
WHAT DOES A FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING WORKOUT LOOK LIKE?
A functional strength training workout can look many different ways depending on the desired outcome of that training session. There is 1 thing that will not change and that is the type of movement patterns that are included in a training session. If it is a functional strength training workout it will include some form of a push, pull, squat, hinge, or core. A great full body example of a functional strength training workout would be the following:
1 minute plank
6 pull ups
12 push ups
12 kettlebell goblet squats
12 kettlebell RDL
*Rest 30-90 seconds
WHY YOU SHOULD START FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING?
We live in an opioid epidemic where obesity, diabetes, and many other health problems are on the rise. People struggle with mental health issues and are living in chronic pain. We live in a society that is more sedentary then ever. Currently we have a healthcare system that takes a reactive approach instead of a preventative, proactive approach. This is where functional strength training comes to play and will help solve many of these problems in our society before they even start. Simply put, we believe that this is the medicine of the future. It is time to take back your health and live your life to its fullest potential. Do you want to live a long life? Then use your body the way it was designed!