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Functional Fitness Training

Mon March 23, 2020

Functional fitness uses several muscle groups rather that one at a time. It trains muscles to enable us to perform everyday activities for efficiently. 

Functional fitness exercises also improve coordination, body awareness, and balance. It trains muscles to work together to prepare them for daily tasks. Using muscles of the upper and lower body at the same time will also help with core stability. Functional fitness exercises use multiple joints and muscles, making everyday activities easier. This type of exercise is not a fad. It's here to stay and will help us be better in everyday activities! 

What are some examples of functional fitness exercises?

Squats - hold weights in your hands, palms in. As you squat back, keep your knees from going forward.

Push-ups - full body or on your knees. Some people might need to do push-ups on a wall. That makes them easier if you are not used to doing push-ups.

Side lunges - these are lunges moving from side to side (lateral lunges)

Bent over rows - with weights in your hands, palms in, soften the knees and hinge (bend) from the hips, keep the body as parallel to the floor as able (half fold). Keep the neck in line with the spine. From a long arm position, bend the elbows, and bring elbows towards the ceiling. Keep the arms against the body. If your hamstrings are tight, only hinge 1/4 of the way.

Start with 8 or fewer reps of each exercise, depending on your fitness level. As always, consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Learn more about Batavia Park District fitness classes here.

DISCLAIMER: Please consult a qualified healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. Listen to your body and do the modifications necessary for your body.