Is your Fitness Actually Functional?
“Functional Fitness” is the latest buzzword in the fitness industry these days.
If your current fitness training is "functional" then you should be working towards total body stability and strength in a balanced way, pain-free from ALL nagging aches. It should make life easier and safer for you to perform everyday activities, such as hiking, playing with your kids, wake surfing, skiing, and every other physically demanding activity. One aspect of functional fitness that sets it apart from traditional endurance activities like running or traditional isolation bodybuilding type weight lifting is that it trains your body to work together as a whole unit, simulating common movements you might do at home, work, or in sports.
What is being missed in the application of functional training, however, is asking the basic question of “what is your function in life?” How can a fitness program possibly be called functional if it's causing more aches and pains rather than healing them? A functional program should be shaped around your specific needs and tailored to your lifestyle. Unfortunately, functional has been degraded to simply going to a group class with an instructor pushing you for 100% intensity every day. Yes, you will see results from this. You will also see results from restrictively starving yourself for 30-60 days. Then, you will gain all that weight back because your plan wasn't sustainable. Result plateaus are inevitable when you're after fast-tracked instant gratification results.