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3 Benefits Of Functional Training

3 Benefits Of Functional Training

Functional fitness exercises are designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform daily activities such as bringing in groceries from the car or playing a game of soccer with your kids. Functional training is focused on movement patterns that have a purpose and can benefit everyone regardless of their fitness level. Most functional fitness training includes multi-joint movement patterns that involve your knees, hips, elbows, wrists, and shoulders to help build strength and improve your range of motion. This article will discuss why you should incorporate functional fitness into your routine and how it can benefit you. 

3 Benefits Of Functional Training

Functional exercises tend to use multiple joints and numerous muscles at the same time. This type of training, when correctly applied, can make everyday activities easier, help reduce your risk for injury, and improve your overall quality of life. 

Improved Coordination And Stability

A truly fit lifestyle is not about how fit you look, it is about how fit you live. What good would exercising be if it does not help prepare us for everyday activities? Functional exercises are specifically designed to replicate daily physical actions that we may not think about such as getting up out of bed. It enhances the coordination between all of the deep core and lower body muscles responsible for keeping the body stable while improving the range of motion of your joints. This will also help older individuals keep their balance when standing up and down to decrease the risk of an accidental fall or slip. 

Lowered Risk Of Injury

Functional training exercises can decrease your risk of injuries. It is more common for a personal trainer to see clients get injured by picking up their kids and throwing their back out, or accidentally pulling a muscle in their hip trying to get out of their car rather than getting injured from performing a deadlift or squat with correct form. Those little everyday activities are what can injure your muscles the most and when you least expect it. Functional exercises will help you train for the simple motion of picking up something off of the ground and the other mobility functions you perform daily. 

Increased Strength

Functional exercises do not just focus on one area of your body. They improve your overall strength because the more stable your foundation, the stronger you will be. Most exercise machines will isolate muscle groups which are great for increasing muscle mass. However, functional training focuses on increasing your strength instead. It is rare that you only use one muscle group when you are performing daily activities. When you go to pick up your child or a heavy bag, you are using your legs, core, back, and shoulders all at once. Functional training incorporates all of these aspects into the exercises so you learn how to correctly use all of your muscles at once. 

Build Your Strength With Jensen Fitness

Functional training provides you with the strength, mobility, and stability you need for everyday tasks and activities. It utilizes exercises that improve your movement proficiency in primary exercise patterns such as pushing and pulling to help you perform activities safely without causing injury or stress to your body. Personal trainers can specifically incorporate functional exercises into your fitness routine so you can focus on building strength while building muscle mass. Regardless of your fitness level, everyone can benefit from functional training. 

Are you looking to improve your functional fitness and strength to help make everyday tasks easier on your body? Jensen Fitness has some of the best trainers in Calgary and provides tailored programs that help our clients reach their personal fitness goals in a safe, sustainable manner. To find out how our trainers can help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals online or through in gym training, contact us by calling 403-200-0199 or by filling out our online contact form.

FAQs

Q: What is an example of a functional exercise?
A: A great example of a functional exercise is a simple squat using only your body weight. Every day we are constantly lifting or standing up and down requiring our legs. Focussing on correct form with squats will make it much easier to perform these tasks while reducing the risk of throwing your back out or pulling a muscle. 

Q: How often should I see my personal trainer?
A: This will ultimately depend on how often you wish to train and what your trainer recommends. You can start by only training once per week or you can train up to 5 or 7 days a week. It will all depend on your fitness level and fitness goals. 

Q: How much does a personal trainer cost?
A: The cost of a personal trainer will depend on how many sessions you require and how long each training session is. To learn more about Jensen Fitness personal training costs, contact our team by calling 403-200-0199 or by filling out our online contact form.

 


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Shayne Jensen

Shayne has been entrenched in Health and Fitness for the better part of life. In his youth, Shayne played Soccer and Tennis. He also played multiple seasons of Hockey, Football, Baseball and competitive Squash. Being raised so close to the Rocky Mountains he developed a passion for Hiking, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding. A fierce competitor to all sports, at the young age of thirteen, Shayne found a new calling, he moved his athleticism from the courts to the gym.


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