Don't Be Only A Meat Bag, Workout To Get Functional As Well
CrossFit has been gaining immense popularity around the globe. Yet in India, there are hardly any good CrossFit facilities. The reason is simple- we are still too obsessed with getting big like bodybuilders. People go to the gym just to improve the way they look, not the way they function. Most think that fitness is just about having a chiseled abdomen and a huge chest and biceps. There is hardly anyone who indulges in a complete functional training workout. For some, functional training means stretching your body and to others it means spending 5 minutes on battle ropes. You need to stop being a meat bag and start doing some hardcore functional training.
Functional Is What You Do In Real Life
So the first thing that comes in mind is how functional training is different from regular weight training. Well, to explain this with an example, consider two exercises, squatting and leg extensions. The leg extension is an isolation exercise which isolates muscles from the joint and squatting makes multiple joints function all at once. Your squatting strength directly applies to daily activities like, jumping, running, sprinting, lunging, climbing etc unlike leg extensions. While weight training is directed more towards increasing the force producing capability of a muscle or muscle group, functional training increases coordination between your nervous and muscular system.
Weight Training Without Functional Capacity Makes You A Meat Bag
If you are amongst those who just lift heavy weight and focus on packing on meat, you might be surprised to know that someone who looks half as muscular as you but is extremely functional can lift heavier than you. He might even beat you at regular life tasks.
Make It A Mix – Conventional Strength Training Plus Functional Training
Now that you know what functional training is and how important it is, start doing it on a regular basis. Adjust your training accordingly. Designate days for proper functional workouts and other days for conventional SRT. Your sessions can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 40 minutes. Just keep them short and intense. If you have muscle imbalances and try to perform functional movements, your chances of injury are high. So, the best way to stay fit is to strike a balance between strength training and functional training.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and
Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is
the Founder of the website where
he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has
been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to
transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness
is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can
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