Functional Training

Functional Training

Functional Training in Action

What is Functional Training?

Functional training is exercise which involves training the body for activities of daily living.  It originated in rehabilitation to retrain patients with injuries or movement disorders.  Exercises that simulate what patients did at home, work or during sports may be incorporated in therapy sessions to help them return to their previous level of functioning.  While using various muscles in the upper and lower extremity at the same time, functional fitness exercises emphasize stabilizing the core.  For example, a squat to overhead press is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you pick up an object from the floor and place it overhead.  Exercise tools, such as medicine balls, kettle bells, a duel pulley system and free weights are frequently used in functional fitness training.


Functional exercise targets a variety of muscles at one time.  Instead of moving at the shoulders for an overhead press, a functional exercise might involve the core, elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles in one movement pattern.  If properly applied, this type of training can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.  In short, functional training:

  • Builds “inner” strength

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  • Builds endurance
  • Improves balance
  • Improves range of motion
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