While most athletes know that building up muscle strength is important, only a few realize the benefits of functional training. This enhances your performance on gridiron, tracks, or links. Athletes may miss the boat by ignoring this crucial stamina-building workout method that engages the muscle groups and gives holistic results for the body. Most of the activities at the gym fail to give results because they do not translate to the things you do out in the field. An ideal workout session should mimic the environment at the racecourse, pool, field, or court.
Why is functional fitness successful when weight room activities fail to give results?
The approach of functional fitness workout sessions is different from other at-the-gym activities and goes beyond other athletic pursuits. The integrated approach makes daily activities like tackling the staircases and hauling groceries more manageable and decreases the chance of injury.
Large movements win over-focus on a muscle group
The focus of standard training at one time is on strength building in a muscle group. An example is doing bicep curls using hand weight for strengthening your upper arms. The focus of functional training is on large movement to stabilize a muscle group while others mimic the daily activities. Jump squat is an example of a functional fitness method as this engages every leg muscle for lowering the body, jump thrust upwards, and maintaining balance. The training session improves stamina for daily activities and prevents injuries when you are ripping out bushes or digging holes.
Multiple benefits for athletes with functional training in Sydney
- This simultaneously works multiple muscle groups taking less time to give results than standard strength training.
- Includes moves requiring core activation and stabilization vital for sports.
- Dynamic exercise combining jumping, balance, and agility.
- Multi-planer workouts as lifting, pushing, bending, pulling, turning, twisting, starting, stopping, lunging, climbing, or standing.
- Equipment training with cable columns, kettlebells, dumbbells, or resistance bands
- Exercise at home with your body only, no equipment needed.
Perform various tasks with increased neuromuscular control
Functional training in Sydney increases your neuromuscular control through repetitive movement practice so increase the overall performance of the athletes. There is focus on eluding defenders, catching balls, making a quick cut, transition during triathlon for example. This improves muscular endurance and decreases fatigue.
What should you do before such a program?
Both athletes and workout aficionados should learn the techniques while working with certified trainers at Momentum 360. Determine your comfort levels and your baseline with movements to get going. Some important guidelines for beginners are the following.
- Incorporate it 2-3 times weekly for each 30 min session
- Perform functional movement followed by strength training
- Do 3-4 exercises using lower and upper body movement while standing
- Start with light weights and fewer reps before graduating to increasing weights and reps
- Focus on form and the core mainly the hips, abdomen, and shoulder strength
- Warm up at the start for five minutes and do elliptical, jumping jacks, and jogging.
The trainers at gyms in Caringbah Sydney guide the trainees in the appropriate direction.