The mythos of functional training
Since a few years the word ‚functional training’ has become very popular and we have seen many different concepts being born into the fitness industry. I have been in the fitness industry for more than 22 years teaching classes workshops and conferences and I have seen many trends coming and going. Now with this one the question arised: if training functional is something new, what have we done the past 20 or more years? Was it disfunctional? Who defines what functional training means?
There is one common ground:
it is a whole body workout which means that there is no single muscle training. This truth is rooted into old philosophies which believe that our body is holistic system which functions together like the best team ever, if one piece of the whole is not working, everything else looses strength too.
It improves daily life movements
It challenges our balance and coordination so we cannot cheat while exercising
What is new about that? Nothing really except of that this would mean that all the members of gyms who are still working out on machines and with dumbells which train single muscles are our of fashion or are doing bad for their bodies.
Like the Yin and Yang, life is created in polarities, polarity would mean there is only BLACK or WHITE, Yin and Yang means that there is a lot of GREY in between and that it depends on what we compare.
What does this mean for our training?
we need to create balance between activity and passivity
we need to create balance between strength, cardio and flexibility training
we need to create balance between challenging ourselves and recharging ourselves
we need to create balance between working out all the muscles and not only those we want to show off or we need for a certain discipline
all we need is our own bodyweight and the gravity
So what does functional training mean then?
Besides of what I have mentioned above it all depends on what our goal is and who is training. For a competetive tennis player, functional training means something different than for a professional soccer player. Since the majority of people are working out for health, it means
IMPROVE AND SUPPORT DAILY LIFE MOVEMENTS
Like walking stairs, carrying heavy weights, bending forward to pick something up, being strong and flexible at the same time, having a good balance and coordination so we can access the full range of motion, the full movement potential of our whole body. It always includes breathwork – without breathwork – no relaxation, no stress relief – no uplifting and energizing – BREATH IS LIFE!
BE YOUR OWN GURU – DEFINE YOUR OWN FUNCTIONAL – THE MORE YOU MOVE THE BETTER YOU ARE OF – BE KIND TO YOURSELF!