Functional fitness exercises train your 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 also emphasize core stability. There are many benefits to functional fitness such as Strength: helps in building and maintaining muscle strength and function, Flexibility: helps in keeping joints and muscles supple and moving with ease, Endurance: sustaining movement that improves cardiovascular health, Balance: staying secure and strong on our feet, a key to preventing falls.
Primal movement patterns are the seven fundamental movements that develop in utero and continue through infancy: Twist, Push, Pull, Bend, Squat, Lunge, and Gait. Functional fitness is not cardio training. However, due to its holistic claim to always train several muscle chains in combination, the strain on the cardiovascular system increases and more calories are burned than with conventional training on machines.
Functional fitness can be a good way to combat restlessness and keep your body moving during a shelter-in-place. It refers to exercise that helps you with everyday activities, like: getting up off the floor. carrying heavy objects. To be clear, functional fitness grew out of the crossfit movement, but functional fitness is based on the concept of moving away from machines that simulate exercise towards movements that involve the entire body.
The purpose of Functional Fitness Training is strengthening your muscles and training them to help you perform everyday activities more effortlessly and without injury is the primary goal of functional fitness exercises. It's training that strengthens and conditions the specific mechanical and energetic characteristics of the human body consistent with a target. This is applied to your training through the four pillars – locomotion, level changes, push and pull, and rotation.