Functional Training? ……….
The fitness industry on the whole is FULL of “buzzwords”
They often sound fancy, attractive in the hope that it leads you to buy their product or invest your money for their time.
BUT do these words actually represent anything in relation to training and performance.
A popular one at the minute is …… FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
The idea around functional training is that exercises are chosen that promote certain functions of joints and muscles. This is often many joints working in sync to produce a certain movement pattern.
For example, a back squat requires the hip, knee and ankle joint to work together to produce the lower body movement. There is also stabilization of the upper body and associated joints and muscles, but on a whole, it is a lower body exercise.
However, what is a DYSFUNCTIONAL exercise?
Surely all movement involves certain joints and muscles working together to produce a specific outcome?
So by definition ALL movements that require joints and muscles to work together to produce ANY movement is therefore functional.
Lets look at an example……..
If the sport you play / perform in requires a large degree of shoulder movement, having strong stabilizers around the rotator cuff and scapulae will in turn improve the function of the shoulder joint. If we look at one exercise such as the “face pull” many would not class this as functional.
The face pull will improve the stabilizers around the shoulder, improve the upper and lower traps which in turn will help to keep the shoulders back and avoid internal rotation. This will improve the function of the shoulder, so in turn is classed as functional training.