Apr 23, 2017
Train Smarter, Not Harder
Written by: Kate Allott – National Fitness Coordinator
We all lead busy lives, forever trying to find more hours in a day. So how do we best utilise the minimal time we have to exercise? In this three-part series, I’ll discuss three key points to ensure your training is the most effective it can be.
Functional Training – What is it and how can it help me?
Functional Training is by no means just another fitness fad. Our bodies are designed to move and Functional Training focuses on movement patterns similar to how your body would be used in everyday life. Rather than isolating individual muscles, it uses full body movements to improve the overall function of your body, boosting muscle strength and endurance, and developing stability so everyday activities can be completed with more ease. Functional Training includes flexibility, mobility, core stability, balance and strength training, meaning no matter your fitness level, this style of training will keep your body constantly challenged.
Functional Training boasts many benefits including:
- Increased joint stability and range of motion
- Improved balance, flexibility, and coordination (exercising the brain too!)
- Prevents imbalance and bad posture, as most exercises are not stabilised, and so require small muscle groups to support the larger groups
- Core activation to ensure the core stabilises the spine by mimicking the demand placed upon the core and spine in our everyday tasks
Functional Training also enhances the relationship between the nervous and musculoskeletal system to provide quick, reactive, and powerful movement patterns. The more your body performs a particular movement the faster and move responsive your body can repeat the same movement in future, which is especially good for sport specific training.
Try this simple functional training workout.
– 15 reps of each exercise
– 3 rounds
- Kettlebell Goblet Squat
- Lateral Lunge
- TRX Row
- Medicine Ball Russian Twist
*If you would like more of a challenge, try 5 rounds
It can be daunting at the start, not knowing what exercises to perform and what tools to use, but you can see from the long list of benefits it makes sense to spend your limited exercise time on what is argued to be the most effective method of training.
FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE EXERCISES ABOVE AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PERFORM THEM, REFER TO YOUR ANYTIME WORKOUTS APP. Visit https://www.anytimefitness.com.au/anytime-workouts/ for full details about the app.