Functional fitness training: Is it right for you?

Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to help you do everyday activities safely and efficiently.

Functional fitness exercises are designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries, walking the dog, and playing in the park with your kids.

What is functional fitness training?

Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability.

For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. By training your muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks, you prepare your body to perform well in a variety of common situations.

What are the benefits of functional fitness training?

Functional exercises tend to use multiple joints and numerous muscles. This type of training, properly applied, can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.

Is functional fitness exercises for everyone?

If you haven't exercised for some time or have health problems, it's a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

It's also a good idea to start with exercises that use only your own body weight for resistance. As you become more fit and ready for more of a challenge, you can add more resistance in the form of weights or resistance.

The functional fitness payoff

As you add more functional exercises to your workout, you should see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities and, thus, in your quality of life. That's quite a return on your exercise investment.

Remedial Massage and Gym Sessions The primary aim of massage whilst training at the gym is to reduce the amount of recovery time after sessions. However, the following are also important goals of treatment:

  • Reduce muscular tension

  • Reduce immediate muscle soreness and prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)

  • Prevent injury

  • Promote a state of relaxation

  • Relieve increased muscle tone

How can massage enhance your functional fitness performance?

  • Reduce the chance of injury

  • Improve power and performance by increasing muscular flexibility and joint range of motion

  • Increase vascular flow to tissues, maximizing nutrient and oxygen supply

  • Improve elimination of lactic and carbonic waste products, which result from muscle contraction during physical activity

  • Shorten recovery time post event

  • Decrease fatigue

Massage can also help your psychological state with regards to fitness

Research has identified massage to cause vasodilation in the skin and muscles through stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system receptors promoting ‘rest and digest’ within your body and allowing your mind and body to relax and unwind during treatment. You will also be showing your body some kindness during a time of intense activity keeping you on track and motivated!

And remember – You + Functional Fitness + Remedial Massage = Health and Wellbeing.

Capri Clark is the founder of Bayside Remedial Massage and Healing in Brisbane. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Remedial Massage. Capri's gentle techniques bring a huge amount of care and skill to her treatments. If you would like to book in for a session with Capri, you can click here.