Functional fitness seems to be the latest buzzword out there, but what is it and is it right for you? Are you one of those people who’s New Year's resolution (for the past umpteen years) has been to go to the gym or to get into better shape?
Well, its August now and you haven't quite gotten there. You don’t have time for the gym and even if you wanted to go what about the kids? Have no more doubts or fear this is exactly why I want to introduce you to functional fitness and why it may be right for you.
Functional fitness moves away from the idea of a lot of heavy lifting or having to spend countless hours in the gym. Don’t mistake that for being a walk in the park. Your focus is primarily on using balance movements, your bodyweight and close attention to your core performing moves that mirror everyday activities.
For example, doing pushups, lunges or burpees (jump, squat, pushup move). Instead of the standard method a balancing act or additional hold or pose is introduces to emphasize the move. As your balance gets better or you perform more advance moves resistance is added or a nominal amount of weight to further challenge you.
Reading this your saying to yourself how can these simple moves replace heavy weightlifting or countless hours in the gym? Answer the age-old adage of less is more. Generally in the gym you spend a lot of time and not necessarily on the weights; conversation, longer rest periods and watching others account for a lot of time.
There is absolutely no time for that in functional fitness training. You’ll be too busy panting during your short 30 to 45 second brake. All you’ll have time for is quick sip of water and toweling off your sweat then your right back in. However with this intense pace, you’ll be happy to discover working out shorter time periods with better results and you didn’t even have to leave the house.
Now that I have your attention you’ll probably thinking how do I get started? There are endless amount of workout videos online, on demand, at your local store. We will review some of those options in an upcoming segment.