When it comes to losing fat and gaining muscle, there is a perfect formula for results. Here’s the secret! The perfect combination of Functional Training and Isolation Exercises!
Functional training is exercise that trains the body for activities performed in daily life. Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to speed up their return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus, if a patient’s job required heavy lifting, rehabilitation would target heavy lifting; if the patient were a parent of young children, the exercises would focus on moderate lifting and endurance; or, if the patient were a marathon runner, training would target rebuilding endurance.
Functional training mainly involves weight bearing activities that target the core. The “core” is the core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, which is the explosive power center of the human body. Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines, that individually target and isolate specific muscles. As a result, the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their daily activities or sports.
Functional training leads to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly decreasing the number of injuries sustained in an individual’s performance in a sport. This is because function training emphasizes the body’s natural ability to move in three anatomical planes of motion. You’ll notice in my workout routines you will be moving forward, backward, laterally, and rotationally. That’s why I love my Bionic Body bands! They allows the body to move freely in all planes of motion with with the resistance to increase calorie burn while building muscle to increase the metabolism.
In comparison, machines can often restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury. I do still use machines, don’t get me wrong, they serve their purpose too. With that said, functional fitness should be your foundation.
In 2009 Spennewyn conducted first-of-its-kind research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, that compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques.
Results of the study showed incredible gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and they reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.
My workouts combine the best elements of functional movements combined with traditional isolation exercises using the Bionic Body door anchor, bands, and attachments along with traditional functional movements, you can achieve efficient muscle gains, lose body fat, increase muscle balance, develop core strength, and better their joint stability.