The Mayo Clinic, one of the premier medical facilities in the country, describes functional training as the following: “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. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability.”
In short, it’s training for everyday life. If you’re not looking to deadlift a car or pull an airplane with your bare hands, this type of training might be right for you.
Athletes and average people alike are likely to benefit from functional training and that is actually how you will find most everyone, from athletes to rehab patients, trains to get their bodies in sync with the way they would optimally like to move.
Functional training exercises can be executed in many ways. Including using your own body weight, with a dumbbell or barbell, a kettlebell, or our personal favorite here at General Fitness Company, TRX suspension trainers.
If you’re interested in learning a little more about how TRX and functional training can help you get stronger physically AND mentally, click here to set up your initial training session.