How it works
Functional fitness is a holistic approach to weight training and exercising, encompassing compound movements involving multiple muscle groups instead of working muscles in isolation. For example, instead of only using your biceps, a functional exercise may use your biceps, triceps, quadriceps, core, and obliques together.
You can use bodyweight movements, resistance bands, or free weights as part of a functional fitness program.
Functional fitness is commonly used to gain muscle and shed fat while increasing strength.
As functional fitness encompasses comprehensive movements, this gives you extra strength and stability in real-life situations. For example, multi-directional lunges may help you with endurance in rigorous everyday activities such as vacuuming, climbing stairs, or carrying in heavy loads of shopping. Functional training is also a crucial part of a professional athlete’s regimen.
It can also help with flexibility and joint movement, as well as cardiovascular endurance.