Functional training mimics real life movements helping to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. When practiced regularly, it can increase your flexibility, balance and strength. As a result, you will be able do to everyday activities safely and efficiently. People engage in functional training to get fit, lose weight, diversify their workouts and increase performance.
This kind of training is ideal for beginners and pro athletes because it emphasizes multi-planar movements involving power, strength, and stablity. If done right, functional training exercises can help athletes get stronger, improve their balance, and run faster.
The benefits of functional training go beyond body conditioning. Athletes can train for fat loss, strength, power, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscle endurance and speed. Here are some of its key benefits:
- Restores posture, muscle imbalances, and dynamic stability
- Burns fat
- Alleviates back pain
- Improves balance and coordination
- Optimization of movement
- Enhances athletic performance
- Increases strength and endurance
- Helps your muscles recover faster from injuries
- Strengthens your core muscles
Functional training works so well because it recruits the body’s stabilizers to facilitate movement. Most exercises help restore function to the abdominal wall and improve reaction time.