Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. By training your muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks, you prepare your body to perform well in a variety of common situations.
What are the 7 functional movements?
Squat, lunge, push, pull, hinge, twist, and walk: These make up the seven movement patterns that your body relies on to get it done every day.
Is functional training effective?
Functional training helps your body to move more comfortable. And, of course, bodies that move comfortably are more likely to burn more calories without exercise. But functional training can also make your other workouts more effective. And this benefit is key for people who are trying to lose weight.
10 Best Functional Exercises
These demanding exercises hit all your major muscle groups, training them to work in concert — improving performance in the gym or on the field.
*One-Arm Kettlebell Snatch
*Wall Handstand Push-UP
How often should you do functional training?
By adding just 2-3 days of functional strength exercises a week, you should see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities and maybe even fat loss!
Think about it: How often do you simply stand in place and lift something from waist level with just your biceps? Probably rarely, if ever. Now, how often do you squat to lift something off the floor? Or lunge to tie your shoe? Or push a door open?
A majority of functional training movements are multijoint, and a functional training program should incorporate movements in multiple planes, That means moving forward and backward, side to side, and incorporating rotational movements.
Coordination, balance, and body awareness, which will help you avoid unnecessary injuries.
Before you start any exercise program, it’s important to identify areas of weakness or limitations in range of motion which could affect your performance.
If you have a past injury or medical consideration, your doctor may be able to refer you to a personal trainer to help you start a program.
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