Brining our group training program to the next level!
Check the group fitness schedule for when functional dynamic classes will be held.
We understand that everyone is pressed for time so we want participating in these new training sessions to be convenient. We are allowing members to enter the group anytime during the two hour session. This means members will not need to wait around for a class to start. The instructor will seamlessly integrate each new member into the circuit beginning with a dynamic warm-up. Members can complete the circuit as many times as they would like. If you have any questions on how this new format will work please do not hesitate to ask.
Benefits of Functional Training and why we think it will improve the overall health of our members.
Functional training is a style of exercise which involves training the body for daily life activities. These exercises equip your body to handle real-life situations.
Most functional exercises contain multi-joint movements. What do we mean by that? We mean that in most functional exercises, you’ll probably use your knees, your hips, and possibly even your shoulder joints. It all comes down to being practical.
The “Core” of Functional Style
Practicality is at the core of functional fitness. We would NOT consider a bench press a functional exercise because, let’s face it, how often do we find ourselves flat on our back having to push something up.
A great example of a functional exercise would be a simple squat. How often do you squat to get into your car? To use the bathroom? To sit down and stand up? According to our definition of functional training: a squat may arguably be the most functional exercise.
Why Should I Try Functional Fitness?
- Increased Balance and Stability
There are plenty of things in life that can throw off your balance or stability. It’s important to emulate these things in the gym so we can prepare ourselves for the outside world. Remember, a truly fit lifestyle is not about how fit we look, it’s about how fit we live. What good is working out if it doesn’t prepare us and strengthen us for every day activities?
A great example of a functional exercise that increases stability is a lunge with a shoulder press. If you ever find yourself reaching for a box above the cabinet or a shelf and then walking backwards after you grab it, you’ll be glad you practiced this exercise.
- Increased Strength
Functional exercises increase your strength. This is because most functional exercises can increase your core strength and stability. The more stable your foundation, the stronger you are.
Most exercises on machines have a great purpose and isolate your muscles. This is excellent for mass building, but if you want to increase your strength, you should build the stability muscles. By increasing your core strength and surrounding muscles, you can go up on your maximum weight for those isolating exercises.
We rarely encounter isolating movements in our day-to-day life. If you’re shoveling dirt in a flower bed, you’re not just using my biceps and my triceps to move the shovel. I’m using my legs (quads) to push the shovel, my lower back to bend over and lift, and my arms and abs to move the dirt away.
- Decreased Risk of Injury
Functional exercises can greatly decrease your risk of injury in the outside world. If done properly you will not be injured by a proper deadlift or a squat. However, it is common for people to be injured picking up a brick, stacking wood or putting away groceries by twisting the wrong way.