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Posted 2 May 2018
Functional training has fast become the latest buzzword in getting fit.
The beauty is everyone can have a go and it’s all about using exercise to support the movements of daily life.
Goodlife Cross Roads Fitness Director Kristy Rossi gives us insight into what to expect and why you should try it if you haven’t already.
Why is functional training popular?
The training incorporates movements you do in everyday life which assists with your whole-body strength and overall fitness.
What exercises are included in this form of training?
It’s all about having a strong core, so CrossFit challenges are included such as lunges and squats, use of kettlebell weights and other forms of resistance training including push and pull.
Why is functional training focused on core strength?
A strong core is very important to help stabilise the body to tackle daily tasks. This includes lifting and improving back health for when you’re sitting for long periods while driving, travelling on a plane or at work.
How does functional training improve your fitness?
You can feel results almost immediately as your strength quickly improves and metabolism increases because you’re gaining muscle. Functional training is also very effective for boosting mobility, cardiovascular fitness and overall weight loss.
Can anyone try functional training?
Yep – all ages groups can try it, including pre- and post-natal women. Specific exercises can be tailored to a participant’s needs and fitness goals.
Why is it good for your body to try something new?
New exercise routines challenge your muscles, increase fitness and keep you moving in the right direction to achieve your personal goals. Work with a fitness professional when starting something new, to obtain the correct advice and learn the right technique.
Who should exercise and why?
Everyone! Exercise not only improves your physical health but your mental wellbeing too.
How often should you exercise?
Aim for 45 minutes three to four times a week. If you’re starting exercise for the first time or recommencing after a break, reduce your initial training time to 30 minutes and then work towards longer sessions.