Functional training, also known as functional fitness or functional workouts, is now a popular and modern approach to exercise. Functional fitness training is rooted in the idea of training your muscles based on practical, everyday movements. Not only will you get stronger, but you’ll improve mobility, balance, stability, endurance, and flexibility through the targeting of specific muscle groups.
At F45 Seattle, we invoke functional fitness workouts, combined with HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to provide a functional, full-body workout. Our Seattle group fitness classes target improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength, and endurance through efficient, 45-minute workouts that get the heart pumping like you wouldn’t believe. We’ve got 4,000 exercises and 36 workouts in our arsenal of functional fitness classes, so you’ll never take the same F45 class twice!
For the rest of today’s blog, we’ll be highlighting five core benefits of functional fitness. While there are many others that we could address (and we will, in future blogs), we are going to keep it high-level for our immediate purposes. That way, you know exactly what to expect from our functional training classes in Queen Anne, Northgate, and the Central District in Seattle. Let’s dive in!
While functional movements will improve your physical flexibility without a doubt, that’s not quite what we are referring to here. Instead, we are talking about movements that can be modified to fit your unique needs. Whether it’s your fitness level, age, or acute health concern, functional training should be tailored for a purpose.
We all develop physical habits through repetition; some are negative and some are positive. These habits, and their healthiness, can have a massive impact when we perform them over and over. Regardless of if it’s climbing the stairs, lifting boxes, sitting on a couch, or ripping a two-handed backhand down the line for a clean winner, we train our muscles over time.
As each day passes, potentially unhealthy muscular patterns emerge along with their negative consequences. Muscles respond to our posture and will overcompensate if necessary. For example, if you have pain beneath your knee caps (which very well could be tendinitis), it could be the symptom rather than the root problem itself; your physical therapist could possibly prescribe activating your core, glute, and quadricep muscles to help improve your balance and stability. Over time, functional fitness exercises (such as deadlifts, lunges, front-squatting, and stretches) could make a significant impact on your road to functional recovery.
Functional training is all about employing exercises that activate multiple muscle groups to replicate everyday movements in order to retrain muscles to work properly together. Whether you utilize our Seattle functional training gyms at F45 or go another route, one of the chief benefits of functional training is its view for long-term health and wellness.
Improving your balance, stamina, strength, flexibility, and mobility will put you in good stead for the long run. So if you want to be physically able to be active while playing with your grandkids one day, investing in functional fitness training is well worth your consideration!
Low Injury Risk
Speaking of the future, performing exercises to improve your coordination, balance, mobility, flexibility, strength, endurance, and stability have the net effect of reducing your risk of getting injured while going about your business on any given day.
It doesn’t matter if you sit hunched over, squinting in front of a computer for 40 hours a week or you are a professional mover — there’s a safe bet that functional training could improve how your muscles operate as a unit. For instance, if your shoulder muscles are tight and tense after a long day of typing (and squinting), that’s something that should be remedied (although we’d recommend seeing a physical therapist or physician before starting any kind of workout routine in a circumstance like that).
Here’s one that couldn’t apply more to F45 Training in Seattle. The “F” stands for functional and the “45” represents our intense, 45-minute functional workout sessions happening every day, all around the world. F45 is all about innovation, motivation, and results. It’s life-changing team training with intelligent fitness strategies supporting everything we do.
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It’s no wonder that functional training has taken the world by storm over the past few years — it’s because it works. There are myriad benefits we haven’t had time to discuss in today’s blog, but we hope you understand just how much you have to gain by incorporating functional fitness training into your exercise routine.
Of course, we recommend you consult your physician if you have any particular muscular or joint-related concerns. Hopefully, you can count yourself among the many thousands who have experienced a host of benefits like we’ve outlined today. Claim your 1 Week Free Trial at F45 Training in Northgate, Queen Anne, or the Seattle Central District!
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