Dear English readers,
Thank you for your interest in our blog. This week’s topic talks about a term definition that really only exists in German. There are two similar words, ‘funktional’ and ‘funktionell’, that not only sound almost the same, but are also very similar in their meaning. This leads to a lot of confusion and misuse of the words when Germans are talking about functional training. Thus, we want to find a definition for both words and determine which word is actually ‘more correct’ to use in connection with functional training, if one word is actually preferable over the other. Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate all too well into English because there is no similar conflict between both words. You can translate both terms with ‘functional’.
The term ‘functional training’ itself, however, is not that clear and there are many definitions out there that seem to contradict each other. Depending on which and ultimately determine the level of acceptance functional training receives from different fields of the training industry and different athletes. People that normally promote heavy lifts with barbells or dumbbells, e.g. Strength Coaches, try to diminish functional training by reducing it to light weight training on unstable surfaces. The functional training proponents, in contrast, often focus on emphasizing the difference between functional training and classic bodybuilding and postulate that functional training is the superior training philosophy when it comes to every athlete who is not a bodybuilder. What all proponents of whatever philosophy seem to share is the feeling that their preferred training philosophy is superior to the others. The truth is certainly somewhere between the trenches of the opposing ideologies. To give you an educated definition of functional training we will try to focus our attention to the question: what is functional training?
Since this is such an important topic that characterizes not only the training philosophy that we openly support in everything we do as a company but which also characterizes us as a company and as a group of physically active individuals we would like to focus on this question in an appropriate blog post. And we want to give this post to our German followers as well because we are a German company. Thus, we have decided to push this topic back just a little bit and only present our German readers with a meaningful discussion of two German words that define functional training in German. All of you English speaking (or non-German speaking) fans of our homepage, unfortunately, will have to do without a blog post this week. But we would like to give you the opportunity to give us your thoughts on functional training. What defines functional training for you? How do you train and what is important for you when you workout? What do you want us to consider when we write the text about the definition of functional training? Please let us know in the comment section or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are really looking forward to your input!