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What Is Functional Fitness?

Functional Fitness is a style of training that has been trending on Social Media as of lately, and focuses on improving one’s strength and endurance as it pertains to everyday life. It is a style of exercise that literally everyone can benefit from as is training your muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks, and prepares you for moving efficiently in a variety of common situations.

How Is A Functional Fitness Program Different?

Unlike a specialized fitness program that athletes or powerlifters may undergo, a Functional Fitness program is more general and is designed in a way that focuses on improving overall health and quality of life.

Functional exercises are centered around building strength in multiple muscles and joints simultaneously, and mirror the movements that you would do in your day-to-day activities like lifting heavy objects up from the ground correctly, and strengthening core stability.    

Who Can Benefit From Functional Fitness Training?

People Who Do Stationary Work

Naturally, people are meant to be active. It is against our physiology to be sedentary for extended periods of time. For those who work in offices or spend the majority of the day sitting, it’s essential that we find ways to fulfill our natural need for movement and activity. 

By incorporating a functional fitness routine into your weekly activities, you can focus on improving your strength, flexibility, and balance in a way that is practical, and can potentially make physically demanding tasks less strenuous , which can counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

Simple activities like squats, lunges, and core exercises can make a significant difference, helping you move better, feel stronger, and maintain a healthier posture.    

People With A History of Injury & Post-Rehabilitation

Since the focus of a Functional Fitness routine emphasizes exercises that replicate everyday activities, this approach to exercise can help rebuild the body’s natural movement patterns and prevent re-injury after completing a physical rehabilitation program. By targeting specific muscle groups and joints affected by the injury, functional fitness aids in improving overall stability and coordination. With the personalized guidance of our skilled team of personal trainers, individuals can progressively enhance their physical capabilities, promoting a smoother and more effective recovery process.


Functional Training Older Adults & Seniors

As we get older it becomes more crucial than ever for us to stay mobile and active for as long as we can. Working with a personal trainer who specializes in fitness training for older adults and seniors is a great way to help maintain a suitable amount of physical activity to maintain muscles and stability and support an independent lifestyle.


Functional Fitness and Neurodegenerative Conditions

Individuals suffering from neurodegenerative conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s are also excellent candidates for what would be considered a functional fitness routine. The basis of our personal training for MS patients is centered around activities that help maintain balance, strength, and stamina to aid in our client’s capabilities to carry out everyday tasks. While many of these conditions may not be able to be cured, working with a personal trainer with experience in these conditions can help improve clients’ quality of life, and complement existing treatment plans to manage the symptoms of these conditions.

In-Home Personal Training for Functional Fitness

The trainers at First Class Personal Training have extensive experience working with clients of all ages and levels of physical capability.  If you or someone you know is interested in enlisting the help of a personal trainer for functional fitness training, we’re always accepting new clients. Contact us today to discuss how our trainers can help you get and stay fit.  

June 1, 2024