What even is functional training?

What even is functional training?

Anytime Fitness Australia


Jul 26, 2018

Functional Training – what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Over the last few years we’ve seen a massive boom in functional training, but unlike other fitness fads, this one is here to stay. Why? Let’s look at exactly what we mean by functional training, and why it is so good for us.

Functional is a broad term, but training functionally basically means using all 3 planes of motion in our workout – sagittal, frontal, and transverse (fancy words for forward and back, side to side, and twisting). By using these planes, we simulate common movements we use in everyday life, meaning our exercise directly correlates and therefore positively impacts our life both inside and outside of the gym doors.

This direct correlation helps our body to move more comfortably – hello being able keep up with your kids and goodbye to random neck twinges when reversing the car!

As well as ease of movement and injury reduction, functional training boasts a higher calorie burn per workout, while sculpting long, lean muscles. How? Functional exercises are often compound, meaning they use multiple muscles at one time, including the core. The more muscles we recruit, the more energy we exert and the more calories we burn. It also means efficiency – a full body workout in less time? Yes please!

And if that’s not already enough benefits, I saved my favourite for last. Functional training is the perfect balance of strength and conditioning, a workout which will help you to get stronger while feeling and looking fitter.

Heard enough? Try this full body functional workout today.

Instructions: Choose a challenging weight and perform 10-15 reps of each exercise for 3 sets, with minimal rest between sets. For an extra challenge, superset 2 exercises together.

  • KB RDL (Romanian Deadlift)
  • KB Front Squat
  • KB Walking Lunge
  • KB Clean and OH Press
  • KB Bent over Row
  • KB Woodchop

For more details on the exercises above and instructions on how to perform them, refer to your Anytime Workouts app. Visit:

National Fitness Manager, Anytime Fitness – Kate Allott 


With a career spanning 10 years as a dancer, Kate has always been fascinated by human body movement. This active background launched her into a new career in personal training, before moving into the position of National Fitness Manager at Anytime Fitness Australia. Kate’s holistic view of health and fitness is driven by her passion to educate Australians about the link between physical fitness and mental health. For Kate, it’s all about wellness, movement, and doing what you love.