What is Functional Training?

Jay Shreddinger
Jay Shreddinger
· 1 min read
A man completing functional training.

Functional training refers to training for function. 

Trainers and enthusiasts will link it with your ability move freely by improving your mobility and strength, and rather than training for muscle appearance by performing muscle isolating workouts (e.g., "arm day" or "leg day"), muscle movement is prioritised instead. It can be beneficial for athletic performance, injury prevention, and everyday fitness tasks. In truth, the idea to train for function is subjective – isn't any form of weightlifting functional by the definition above? For example, performing 4 sets of dumbbell bench presses will strengthen the upper body, making any everyday upper body tasks easier, so it is a functional exercise?

This is where the confusion lies in this topic. 

Ask any personal trainer or health coach the following question "What is Functional Training?" and I promise you will get a different answer from each person, following a long pause to think for an answer.

Someone in a gym doing functional training.

My take on functional training

If you ask me, functional training is a multitude of training aspects such as weightlifting for muscle building (bodybuilding, powerlifting), mobility training (stretching, joint articulations), athletic training (plyometrics, maximal lifting, calisthenics), core training (coiling core, mobilisation, stabilization, balance), and cardiovascular fitness (running, cycling, HIIT) all of which combine to produce the most optimal human being physically and mentally.

That's what I offer as a personal trainer, so if you are looking to work with someone in the London, Harrow area and want to know more about me then check me out here or on my website, or drop me an email for a free consultation:

www.elitefitnessperformance.com / elitefitnessperformanceuk@gmail.com

Meanwhile, check out this awesome device I use to increase functional capabilities for me and my clients in their upper body.