What is Functional Fitness?
First and foremost, functional fitness exercises can be done by anyone! Regardless of whether you have an existing injury, decreased mobility, are elderly, or simply don’t enjoy traditional gyms, functional fitness exercises provide a safe avenue for improving your health and wellbeing.
Functional fitness exercises use your body’s natural everyday movements, whilst either incorporating unstable environments, weights or resistance, to strengthen and support your body’s natural movements.
It is a slow and steady approach that works by gradually building up strength, flexibility, fitness, coordination and balance, while preventing future pain and injury.
The purpose of functional fitness is to train your muscles in everyday tasks. The exercises get your body moving and are designed to support and enhance your health and wellbeing so you can easily perform everyday tasks safely and efficiently.
Who Can Benefit From Functional Fitness?
Functional fitness exercises can be adapted to suit any age or mobility level, making them an effective approach for anyone wanting to create a stress-free body that moves freely, hurts less, and is able to live more.
Although everyone can benefit from functional fitness, these are some common comments we hear from new clients:
- Feel old and tired
- Have an existing injury
- Not interested in a traditional gym
- Too stiff to move the way I want
- Have a recurring sore back or neck
- Want more strength and endurance
- Feel limited in mobility and flexibility
- Prefer small group or one-on-one training
Examples of Functional Exercise
Functional fitness exercises are movements based on tasks we traditionally perform daily. These movements include activities like bending to pick something up, sitting or rising from a chair, standing on your toes and reaching overhead, gardening, vacuuming, and walking up or down stairs. Functional fitness exercises use these movements and incorporate resistance, weights, or an unstable environment to help strengthen and stabilise your body’s natural movements.
Functional exercises can be tailored to your individual needs by our experienced fitness trainers, including anything from free weight exercises that can be performed at home, to exercises using our top-of-the-range MedX machines.
Free Weight Functional Exercises
Functional fitness exercises such as squats, sideways and backward lunges, single leg stability exercises and steps are some examples of movements designed to enhance your body’s stability and strength. These can then be combined with weights for a higher intensity that burns more calories and develops greater strength.
These types of exercises can be performed in our studio, at home, or even on your lunch break in the office. It is vital however, that you are guided by an experienced trainer who can ensure correct technique and injury prevention.
Performing explosive movements help to increase power and strength. These will help you to move quickly in real life, when and if required. These may include power push ups, jumping lunges and burpees. When performed correctly with proper form, these functional fitness exercises will help develop speed and power.
Functional Exercises with MedX Machines
MedX equipment are expensive, specialised machines used by professional athletes and medical professionals for rehabilitation and performance optimisation. They lend themselves perfectly to functional exercised as they allow for a full range of motion, whilst effectively isolating and activating the areas you are targeting.
MedX machines are engineered to adapt resistance to your range of motion, eliminating the need to push through that hard ‘sticking point’. They provide a safer way to exercise, whilst also allowing for a more efficient, demanding and productive workout.
At OMC we have an extensive range of MedX machines ideal for individuals overcoming injuries, the elderly, or anyone wanting to genuinely improve strength, mobility and functionality without needing to ‘smash out’ a gym session.