Functional Training – Part 2

Posted on 08 June 2010

This blog series is contributed from RaceTwitch Pro-Team member Kata Gemes. Kata lives in Budapest, Hungary and has extensive experience  coaching athletes with functional training programs including:   Pilates-method, yoga, body art, Berczik-method, weight training and cross training.   The coaching focus is to prevent injuries and overload.   Other aspects of her coaching include core training and general nutritional consulting based on an evolutionary views.

In the previous blog I discussed the background of functional training and will follow with the principles and components of these exercises. Functional exercises can provide significant benefits including: balance, coordination and overall body strength.  Functional exercises use multiple muscle groups at the same time.  These exercises are in contrast of isolating on a single movement such as leg curls with machines at a fitness club.of leg. Functional exercises involve complex, multi-joint movements for the whole body.  They often use balanced or an unstable position which require all the main muscle groups to stabilize the position. Functional exercises can merit from several type of movement systems like yoga, Pilate’s, athletic sports and gymnastic and so on.  Many types of equipment can supplement the workout such as fitness balls, kettle-bell, gyms tic, bosu,  and flexi bar.

The exercises are important for everybody not just athletes which will help improve skills necessary for every day life (Functional training originates in rehabilitation and were developed to mimic everyday movements).

Many of the exercises benefit  the core muscles and can differ in difficulty level. If you have strong and balanced core muscles your spine will not experience the normal “load” while you run, walk or while you lift a heavy items from the ground.  Many of us are familiar with one of the basic functional exercises, the squat.   The squat is important for runners, triathletes and cyclists. In my next blog I will discuss how to do a proper squat with solid form.

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