#6 Functional training
According to ACE (American Council on Exercise), functional training is... "Functional strength training involves performing work against resistance in such a manner that the improvements in strength directly enhance the performance of movements so that an individual's activities of daily living are easier to perform. Simply stated, the primary goal of functional training is to transfer the improvements in strength achieved in one movement to enhancing the performance of another movement by affecting the entire neuromuscular system."
- Purpose: Improves functional movements that the body is engineered to do in everyday life—walking, running, climbing, lifting, bending, etc.— through a complex series of motions by several of the body’s systems, including the nervous system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system.
- These movements are important because they give us the ability to perform a variety of tasks—at work, at home, for recreation—now and in the future.
- Types of activity:
- Functional training should be a part of your exercise program so that your body can do all the things it was meant to do—even at age 80!
- Frequency, duration, and intensity: You can fit your functional training into your weight training sessions.
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Strength and endurance training
- Flexibility training
- Core and balance training
- Corrective exercises
- Functional training
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- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Strength and Endurance Training
- Flexibility Training
- Core and Balance Training
- Corrective Exercises
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