Are you a Human Being? Do you have opposable thumbs? Do you often use your arms, legs and body to complete physical tasks? If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions then you’re going to want to hear this!
The reason why I’m asking these ridiculous questions with extremely obvious answers is to highlight a few important issues about the health of your body, how you’re moving it and most importantly why you should care about it.
What Is Functional Training?
Functional Training put simply, is everyday “Human” movement, translated into exercise. This “style” of training focuses specifically on improving functional strength, performance and overall health of the body.
Now, why the hell would you want to put yourself through this nonsense when you can just as easily jump on the (insert generic “cardio” machine)! or endlessly push weights around on a machine?
The answer is simple.
Somewhere along the line, someone had the bright idea to make exercise and training “easy”, thus the “Pin-Loaded” exercise machines and other funny contractions that allow you to “Workout in the comfort of your own home!” There are very little practical applications when it comes to these “Pin-Loaded” weight machines or your classic Elliptical Trainer.
I cannot, for the life of me, remember the last time (outside a gym) I sat at down and had to lift an enormous amount of weight with my legs or upper body. It just doesn’t happen in the real world. I’m sorry to break it to you but these isolated movements serve little purpose other than to grow your ego!
So what’s the solution?
Instead of grinding out hours at the gym only to “look” strong and capable, I suggest something more practical.
As functioning Human Beings, our bodies are designed to move, lift, run and much more. If you’re serious about your goals, (whether it be, losing weight, increasing strength or even just being able to keep up with the kids), then your training and general exercise should reflect how we are meant move! Don’t use machines, become one!