More and more people are using functional training, and some argue it’s the only way to train. The purpose of this program is to give people an understanding of what functional training is:
First, lets look at what functional actually means.
Functional – Func.tion.al
1. capable of operating or functioning
2. capable of serving the purpose for which it was intended (Webster’s Encyclopedia 2nd Edition, 1996)
Based on that definition, you can draw many conclusions as to what is functional. Depending upon who you ask, you will most likely get a diverse variety of responses as to what is functional. All human movement is a combination of various functions. Human movement cannot take place without muscular function. According to the functional training “experts”, functional training uses bands, balls, free-weights, and plyometric exercises in an attempt to condition the body in an un-stable environment. Many of the experts feel that performing exercises that mimic activities or specific skills is the most effective way to train, regardless of ones goal.
What is the safest, most efficient and effective way to optimize human performance? It is Functional training
In order to maximize human performance, you must have a good understanding of what affects performance. The factors that play the greatest role in performance are:
* Power (Strength and Speed)
* Agility (Flexibility/Mobility/Stability)
* Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditioning
* Sport Skill (Neuromuscular Coordination and Efficiency)
* Genetic Potential