Three months of Functional Training
Attend a weekly face-to-face class for just €99 for 3 months – saving €45
Classes will take place 3 times a week at The Wellness Academy in Chlorakas (see Location tab) each Tues, Thurs and Sat from 09.15 to 10.00
What is Functional Training?
Functional training is a term used to describe exercises that help you perform activities in everyday life more easily.
These exercises typically use the whole body — definitely multiple muscles — and emphasize core strength and stability.
Why is it so good?
Functional fitness programs can benefit every person regardless of fitness level, age, exercise experience, or time available for training.
These training programs can help improve definition, burn calories, enhance aerobic capacity and promote muscle growth.
The key component of a functional fitness workout is simply moving; more specifically, moving in multiple directions, at a number of different speeds, and using a wide variety of exercise equipment in order to engage every muscle in the body.
What you get
Three months of classes (one class per week) for just €99
BENEFITS OF FUNCTIONAL TRAINING?
Functional training can improve the overall function of your body, boosting muscle strength and endurance. You can develop stability in your muscles and your body, allowing you to complete everyday activities more efficiently.
By targeting the movements we do every day, these workouts provide a practical and useful style of fitness and one that is suited to everyone. We all need ease of movement, no matter our age or fitness level. Functional training helps with activities like lifting the kids out of the car, playing on a weekend sports team, or carrying home heavy groceries.
Whether a fan of boxing movies or not. Think of the training montages in the Rocky Movies, one of my favourites is the Rocky IV training montage which includes wood chopping, hill sprints and bear crawls. No doubt the epitome of functional.
The low-impact nature of functional training makes it an ideal, adaptable fitness style for any fitness level. If you’re new to working out, it can be hard to know which fitness style to choose and which will serve you best.
By focusing on functional movements, you can improve your physical abilities while putting minimal stress on your body and your joints. The low impact also makes this training a choice for older adults, helping them maintain good movement without putting undue pressure on their joints.
As you get stronger and more capable, your workouts and intensity can grow with you.
INCREASE COORDINATION, BALANCE, POSTURE AND FLEXIBILITY
Functional exercises emphasise a wide range of motions, and each move makes you start and finish in a position where your muscles are working in their natural range. Resistance plus flexibility produces mobility. As you work on your training, you will be boosting your body’s functional strength, your overall flexibility, and your coordination.
Your range of motion will improve as you train, making day-to-day activities much more straightforward.
Because many muscles are employed in functional training, you tend to use multiple small muscle groups known as stabilisers to support the larger ones. By targeting various muscles all at once, you increase both your strength and your natural balance. By developing these in tandem, your overall posture can improve too.
HELPS WITH JOINT PAIN
If you regularly suffer from back, muscle, or joint pain, then functional training can be beneficial to manage your pain. Functional fitness sits somewhere between physical therapy and personal training because the practice is regenerative and restores the body.
Chronic pain in the back, knees, neck, and joints can be reduced significantly, giving you a more comfortable and broader range of movement in tasks that used to be painful or uncomfortable to complete.
Common sense prevails, of course, and you should always seek advice from a professional if you’re concerned about what activities you can undertake at low risk.
REDUCES THE RISK OF INJURY
By making your body better able to cope with physical stress, functional training reduces your likelihood of being injured. Because this training mimics common movement patterns, you are better able to cope with daily exertion.
As you train, it’s not just your muscles that gain strength but the soft tissue ligaments surrounding the muscles as well. Strengthening connective tissue is good news since ligaments and tendons are often an area that can easily be injured.
BUILDS FUNCTIONAL MUSCLE
One of the significant advantages of functional training is that it doesn’t isolate one muscle group at a time but works to train several muscle groups in one go.
As mentioned earlier, these are compound movements. By training in this way, you can build strength holistically, helping your body learn to function as a single unit. This approach means training for movement, not for aesthetics or bulk.
GIVES YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR BODY
While functional training, you will be using your body as the gym. When exercising in this way, you need to rely entirely on what your body can do. You must become more in tune with your body and more responsive to the way you feel while working/playing out, instead of relying on something external to tell you how you feel.
For example, if you are doing an air (or bodyweight) squat, focus on your body to see and feel how it is set. Notice what feels uncomfortable, what parts of you are engaged. Can you go further? Are you balanced, stable, graceful, with good posture, and in control?
As you adjust your moves to function according to the task at hand, this awareness, otherwise known as proprioception can increase your understanding of your body and make you feel more confident and in tune with yourself.