czwartek, 16 kwietnia 2015

Functional training

„Functional” training is a kind of intensified workouts aiming in strengthening deep as well as superficial muscles.The training is called ‘functional’ because the workouts imitate everyday movements

Functional workouts enhance the efficiency of the circulatory system, coordination, stability and balance. Due to its intensity and short intervals between repetitions, functional training boosts muscular thickness. It positively influences our muscular ‘corset’ (muscles that support the spine) and thanks to that our abs and back muscles will be a better support for the spine. Functional training protects us from injuries and makes us more effective in everyday life. Additionally, functional workouts increases the strength in complex movements and decreases the muscles usage.

Dumbell shrugs may not influence our everyday life but doing deep dumbbell squats with elbow bending will help us when dressing up or eating.

Every workout involving squats, waist twists and jumps will improve our squats and ability to lift heavy objects.  

This type of training will not increase muscular weight. Boosting the size of the muscles can be done by ‘isolation’ training which is a contrast to functional training. ‘Isolation’ training is done my means of certain equipment, it aims in ‘isolation’ of muscles and speeding up its growth.  

To sum up, ‘isolation’ workouts have bigger impact on the growth of certian muscles, especially ones actively taking part in movements, but not the deep ones, which provide us security and protection from spine injuries. However, ‘functional’ training activates our security ‘corset’ and entire muscle groups, having smaller impact on the growth of the muscles.

   It is worthwhile to derive from both types of training; ‘isolation’ and ‘functional’ training which may have positive impact on our appearance as well as effectiveness in everyday life.

 Photos come from

MA Rafał Bytomski
MA Anna Spalik-Bytomska