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Functional training focuses on exercises that mimic everyday patterns of movement. These movements can range from squatting, rotating, and rolling. These practical exercises help you to condition your body to move more efficiently through real-life activities, whilst also improving coordination and helping to prevent injury.
A functional exercise might involve the elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. Functional exercises simultaneously use multiple muscles and joints in order to improve muscular endurance, overall strength, coordination, balance, posture and agility. Functional training enables the body to get a challenging, effective, and full-body workout as well to prepare the body for everyday, real-world activities.
During a functional training exercise you will generally target more than one body part with each movement or exercise, whereas with traditional weightlifting exercise you generally target only one muscle for each exercise. This type of exercise programme provides variable resistance, which is very effective at improving balance, stability, and coordination.
Today, fitness focuses on exercises that are practical and beneficial to your health. With functional exercises, you will be able to work your muscles from different angles and build strength in your stabilizer muscles as well as the main target muscle.
Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy, our Chartered Physiotherapists have a wealth of knowledge about the human body and it’s movement. David Richards has extensive experience in functional screening. During this screening, movement ‘flaws’ can be identified and functional training exercises can be prescribed to correct these ‘flaws’. During a screening you may be asked to partake in a range of movements such as; deep squat, hurdle step, overhead reach and seated rotation.
If you would like more information about functional training, please contact us.