Functional Fitness, what is it? and what are the benefits?

If you are into health and fitness there is a good chance you would have heard the term Functional Training or Functional Fitness. But do you know what this actually means? Or do you know the benefits of training with functional movement patterns through multiple planes of movement. If not, or you would like to learn a little more read on.

What is Functional Fitness?

To understand what functional fitness is you must first think about how your body moves every day. Do we ever sit down on a seat and extend and flex our knee such as you would using a leg extension machine or do we bend and hinge to pick up something off the floor such as with a deadlift or squat? Functional Fitness means training the body using movement patterns that simulate the way your body moves every day when completing different tasks. This can relate to things such as the day to day tasks of life through to specific movements for improved sporting performance. Using movements such as squatting, pushing, pulling, hinging, rotating, carrying and gait patterns (walking/running) you can train multiple muscle groups in a short amount of time while teaching the body to support and stabilise itself. Using these movements trains your body in a way it was designed to move and is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.

What are the benefits of using functional movements?

So what are the benefits of using functional training movements? Your body is a very complex design of many different bones and muscles all working together to allow stability and movement. The most efficient and effective way to train is to get all the muscles working together as they are designed to do. Using movements that simulate every day movement achieves this outcome with the added benefit of burning large amounts of energy due to the multiple muscles being activated. What does this mean for you? The benefits are as follows:

  • Increased Strength and lean muscle mass

  • Increased movement and flexibility.

  • Increased core strength and stability

  • Larger calorie burn

  • Decrease in body fat

  • Shorter more efficient workouts

  • Decreased risk of injury

  • Increased bone density

  • Efficient movement patterns

  • Increase in sports ability and performance

  • Increase in co-ordination

Here at The Hybrid Zone we base all of our workouts around functional movement patterns. Training with us can give you all over the above benefits in a fun and team orientated environment. To learn more and experience the benefits for yourself book a free weeks trial with us today and take the first step in achieving your goals with the Hybrid team.