Functional Fitness training prepares the body for real- life movements and activities. Movements like squatting, reaching, lifting and pulling will be made easier with functional fitness training as part of your exercise routine.
Functional fitness is focused on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine.
Before you can move freely in your everyday life without worrying about injury, you must nail the basics. These include strength, balance/coordination, power, range of motion, and mobility. Zeroing in on these aspects of your training will have numerous benefits that translate to your everyday life. Movements such as walking, jogging, running, sprinting, jumping, lifting, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, turning, standing, starting, stopping, climbing, and lunging, will be made easier while training to improve functional strength.
With any new type of exercise, it’s important to start at a beginner’s pace, and ease into it. The Zone Functional Fitness class, starts with exercises that use only your own body weight for resistance. We then build up to powerbags, battle ropes and kettlebell training as your body gets stronger and your endurance improves.
Let’s take a look at five of the major benefits of functional fitness:
Improves everyday life: By improving the overall function of your body, boosting muscle strength and endurance, and developing muscle and body stability, everyday activities can be completed with ease. “Compared to conventional training, the benefits of functional fitness tend to out-weigh everything else because it’s actually targeting the movements we are doing every day.” In addition, functional fitness improves overall quality of life due to the stress relief factor. This type of training is usually more fun than others since you are essentially training for your everyday life.
Greater muscle memory: By performing regular functional fitness exercises you are not just building muscle and core strength, but actually exercising the brain too – effectively boosting your brain’s memory.
Increased mobility: Functional fitness helps to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, and agility. All of these components will leave you more mobile, which in turn helps with your day-to-day life.
Improves balance and posture: Since functional fitness is all about training the body to make the muscles work together instead of targeted training, overall strength and balance will improve. Training the muscles to manage weight properly will also reduce stress on the body. In turn, posture will be improved.
Reduced risk of injury: By mimicking the movements done in everyday life, the body is more likely to be able to withstand stressors. Functional fitness training encourages muscle and ligament strength, which are the areas that are highly susceptible to injury.
In summary, functional fitness is something that is rooted in all of us. Our bodies were developed with the intention of having all of our muscles work together and support each other to accomplish certain movements and tasks. Isolating certain muscle groups to add mass was not what our bodies were naturally made for.
Classes run on Monday and Thursday at 5:30. You can find out more detail at ZMAX.COM.AU or contacting us on email or Facebook.