Recently I had a club member ask me about my workouts. Particularly, she asked why I worked out the way I did– she said, “It looks so intense and a little dangerous?!?” Just to give you an idea, I workout like I’m a superhero in training 😉
Here is my answer Ms. B!
I would consider how I train as Functional Movement Training. Functional Movement Training is not necessarily new, but it does go against the traditional weight training methodology. Instead of compartmentalizing the body, as in a free standing bicep curl which is meant to train just your biceps, functional movement seeks to unify the brain and the body so that movement happens efficiently through multiple bones, muscles, and joints as in picking up a box off the floor and stacking it overhead to the right. As you can see, the latter exercise asks you to use your whole body: a squat with bicep curl to pick up the box, shoulders and back to raise the box, core muscles for twisting action and support, and the brain sending all the appropriate motor signals to make it happen injury free. These types of exercises stress moving in all planes of motion, using gravity, ground force, momentum, in a proprioceptively enriched environment. Functional movement is great for strength & endurance development, speed, agility and quickness improvement, and any other fitness challenge. Additionally, functional movement is perfect for weight loss because the more muscles you use in a movement, the more calories you burn.
Functional Movement has no dangers that I have come across since it considers the body in its natural state– a body in motion. This is not to say that all clients should be doing the same exercises; what is functional for me, may not be functional for you. So no jumping over boxes and rolling over tables until you can step up with one foot and hold your balance…or something like that. No matter the exercise, the movements need to reflect your capabilities and must go hand in hand with your fitness goals and lifestyle. In any program design, the exercises prescribed should follow a systematic flow of progression utilizing corrective exercises to build stability and strength. With that said, functional movement exercises are perfect for sedentary clients because it will get them moving; having them build functional strength that is meant to carry over and improve movement in regular life. Lastly, functional movement exercises are a whole lot of fun! Especially when you mix in a little martial arts and matrix dance moves! HI-YA! (uh, karate chop sound effect)
Move often. Stay safe. Have Fun.
Now go HIIT it with my InpsireHappy Workout Series: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3!!!
And read How To Have Proper Posture When Exercising; Knowing Your Kinetic Check Points
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