Functional Training

Functional Training

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, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting. If the patient were a parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance. If the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards re-building endurance.

Functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back. Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.

What kind of equipment is used in Functional Training?
Functional strength training focuses on challenging postural stability and mobility utilizing bar forms, ropes, slide boards, power ropes, weights, kettlebells, balance boards and one’s own body weight. All programs are completely individualized and begin with a  7-point Functional Movement Screen to determine exactly what each client need to attain their goals.

What will my first Functional Training session be like?
You will first be asked to fill out a client intake form with questions regarding your health history and goal in seeking us out. Come dressed in comfortable workout clothing that hugs the body. Before your session stay well hydrated, eat lightly and get a good night’s sleep – prepare your body for a wonderful training experience.

How many times a week should I do Functional Training?
Attending Strength Training Sessions regularly allows your trainer to really help guide your transformation through the small change you need to make each week.  This is the most important part of results.  Consistent attendance 2-3 times a week with either Private or Group Training Sessions will greatly enhance your energy, body strength and tone.  In return, this feeling of change will inspire you to stay with it.

Will I lose weight with Functional Training?
Strength Training is one of the best weight loss regimens when incorporating a regular cardiovascular exercise routine. You will activate your body in a way as never before, engaging dynamic postural strength. Along with a proper diet, you will see measurable body change and measurable strength results.   As with any weight loss program, we also recommend you see a professional for complete guidance.

Do men and women do Functional Training?
Absolutely! Strength training is challenging and invigorating.  Deep core strengthening is recommended for men and women alike.

Do children do Functional Training?
Absolutely! Strength training is great way for kids to begin working with balance, dynamic movement and postural stabilization.   Depending on their age, the types of exercises the child should do will vary.   Children under the age of 18 will work with their lighter weights, props, or simply own body weight since the ends of bones are not fully matured.  A guardian approval will be required.Benefits

Benefits of Functional Training

1)  Deeply tone your body like never before.
2)  Create stronger more injury-resistent joints.
3)  Recover from injuries faster and more completely.
4)  Restore natural body movements.
5)  Improve balance.
6)  Improve coordination.
7)  Increase agility.
8)  Have more energy.

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