The old school days, of Bench Press and Curls, Left with Venice Beach in the 1980's. After all, what part of your day do you spend lying flat on your back and pressing something over your head? NEVER! Therefore, our methods of "Functional" strength training are proven to not only make you more fit, but more importanly MORE FUNCTIONAL for your busy lives!!!
EXPLAINING FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus if a patient's job required repeatedly heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting, if the patient were a parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance, and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards re-building endurance.
Functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back. Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines which target and isolate specific muscles. As a result the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports. Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.
Functional training may lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly decreasing the number of injuries sustained in an individual's performance in a sport. The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body's natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom. In comparison, though machines appears to be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury.
Research shows very substantial gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users have a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form exercisers. The improvements in balance are 196% higher over fixed exercises and report show an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%
Functional training for sports
Many athletes equate strength training with bodybuilding; accordingly, individuals involved in endurance or flexibility-based sports do not strength train for fear of gaining too much bulk and losing flexibility, or mimic the training of bodybuilders without adapting workouts to their specific sports. As a result, training can lack the performance benefits that proper functional training could provide.
Standard resistance training machines are of limited use for functional training – their fixed patterns rarely mimic natural movements, and they focus the effort on a single muscle group, rather than engaging the stabilizers and peripheral muscles. Preferred options include:
• Cable machines
• Medicine balls
• Bodyweight training
• Physioballs (also called Swiss balls or exercise balls)
• Resistance tubes
• Rocker and wobble boards
• Balance disks
• Suspension system
If you are not physically, mentally and spiritually sound, you cannot perform to your utmost potential. We feel there are four emelemts to success:
1. To be physically in shape
2. To be mentally focused
3. To have emotional balance
4. To be spiritually sound
We are here to help you balance these four aspects of life.