Fitmark Ambassador, Ashley McTucker, talks about switching it up.
I often hear of people in the health and fitness industry talking about being immersed in the typical training regimen you see in all different magazines, television ads, health and fitness websites and other locations where health and fitness are discussed or presented. One of the biggest concerns I have about a majority of those people is whether they know why they are doing what they are doing when it comes to training styles?
Functional training is a key component most people don’t include in their regimens. It is simply the ability to control or handle your own body weight and helps with long term injury prevention. It enables a person to have the ability to strengthen their body as a whole, instead of focusing on the typical muscle groups of the body such as chest, shoulders, legs, back, etc. all the time, change it up and get into total body training.
After having had back surgery, I know best that if it weren’t for functional training, I would not be as mobile, flexible, balanced, corrected in posture and would not be able to handle my own body weight, let alone swing a 90lb kettlebell around. Your posterior connection (also known as posterior kinetic chain) are the set of muscles that run up the back of your body. It is a group of muscles, tendons, and ligaments on the backside of your body. The muscles of the posterior kinetic chain include the lower back, gluts, hamstrings, and calf muscles. If you want to be more scientifically precise, they are erector spinea, the gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus, the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, biceps femoris, gastrocnemius, and soleus muscles.
These are all very vital to core and total body strength. Not only do functional tools and body weight movements work that area but they also strengthen your arms, shoulders and create total core work, including the abdominals, without laying on the floor killing yourself over hundreds of crunches. Balance, posture, and pain reduction are just part of functional training. These functional training routines teach the body to move better in everyday functions such as squatting, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, rotating, etc.
The best part of functional training is the ability to switch it up with many different functional training tools such as bulgarian bags, agility ladders, aqua bags, battle ropes, kettlebells, tractor tires for tire flips, drive sleds, and an array of tools that can be methodically incorporated to train your total body to become stronger, more flexible, increase response time, become more toned and create an environment that is more resistant to injury.
Switch it up, research everything before you get into it and start adding variety to your training routine! Allow what you do to work for you, not against you.
Best in total health,
Fitmark Ambassador 2013