Functional training originates from rehabilitation and it’s an approach used by physical and occupational therapists to retrain patients with movement disorders. By choosing exercises that mimic the same movement patterns of what patients did at home or at work, treatment can be used to help them return to their everyday lives or jobs after an injury or surgery.
Functional training isn’t only for rehabilitation patients, we could all do with some help to make life activities easier!
Functional exercises include multi-directional movements – because everyday life is not always moving forwards and backwards, we also move side to side, up and down and with twists and turns. Moving in multi-directions and through rotational movement patterns not only helps to increase our range of motion but also promotes good spine health and helps to develop core strength.
Functional training includes multi-joint and multi-muscle exercises, because more often than not we use the whole body during daily activities rather than individual body parts only. Using more than one muscle group at a time during exercise challenges the cardiovascular system to work harder, increasing cardio fitness levels as well as promoting:
• Increased strength
• Increased flexibility
• Increased calorie burn
• Maximising workout efficiency
A few of our favourite functional exercises include:
• Step ups
• Medicine ball slams
• Goblet squats with a kettlebell
• Dumbbell bent over rows
Ix Xatt Ta' Qui Si Sana,
Water Edges Apartments,
Flat 16, 8th Floor.
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Single ticket: 6 Euro.
10 Classes ticket 50 Euro.