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Benefits of Functional Fitness and Exercises

Functional fitness exercises are designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities. Functional fitness exercises performed with correct technique will allow the muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises engage and improve core stability/strength and balance. When performing these exercises its important to focus on multiple movements within your training for example:

  • Push and pull
  • Rotation
  • Locomotion

For example, a basic body weight squat is known as a compound and multi joint exercise because it requires multiple muscles and joints to positively respond to be successfully performed. The eccentric (descending) and concentric (ascending) to a neutral position movement allows you to understand what multiple muscles and joints are also used and how.

Compound and multi joint exercises and workouts are much more beneficial than isolation exercises for building mass, weight loss and toning up. The number of repetitions, sets, repetition ratio, rest time all differ depending on the above goals. With the body engaging various muscles it allows the body to burn more calories during the exercise than an isolation movement. On the other hand Isolation exercises focus on single muscles and are very specific movements. Focusing on the compound movements increases the metabolic rate which can help result in fat loss alongside healthy diet in calorie deficit. These movements also increase your resting metabolic rate after exercise which enhance fat burn, this is when nutrition plays a massive part. Focusing on compound/multi-joint exercises and healthy nutrition allows the body to develop a lean and stronger physique.

The results from functional fitness training improve many key aspects in life:

  1. Muscle Quality
  2. Day to day life
  3. Strength & conditioning of body
  4. Posture & form
  5. Stamina
  6. Body image
  7. Speed
  8. Reaction time

Brent Wood-Townend

Head Coach, MESA

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