What is Functional Training?
Functional training has its roots in professional sports, where specific movement sequences are trained that have a direct transfer to the athlete’s sport. Hence the word part “functional”. It is based on the function that the body parts have to fulfil during the game or competition. Functional training is also frequently used in physiotherapy in order to return patients to physical exertion as quickly as possible.
Muscles are not trained individually during functional training, but always in combination. To make it clear with a striking example: A footballer not only trains their leg extension to shoot harder, but should also train their core, hips and entire leg for more shooting power. After all, all these body parts interact with each other when the soccer player shoots the ball. This is the central approach behind Functional Training: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Muscles are not seen as lone fighters, but as gears in a clockwork.
Training for everyday use
Since functional training often gets by with your own body weight as training resistance, it can be scaled very well and is suitable not only for professional athletes, but also for everyday athletes. It quickly brings improvements in everyday situations where the interaction of entire muscle chains plays an important role. For example, when carrying a water tray or heavy shopping bags. The main focus is on the core, i.e. the torso. This is heavily used in everyday activities and functional training forms a good basis for preventing these stresses. And as we sit more and more in our modern professional lives, Functional Training is the optimal approach to actively counteract this harmful posture.