Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Exercises were developed to mimic patients' normal activities. This optimised the time it took them to return to their lives, following injury or surgery.
Functional Fitness is concerned with giving people the level of fitness that they need to cope with their normal every day life.
For example; if you are not a gymnast, why train for extreme flexibility? However, you do need to be able to reach your feet to tie your laces, which is often a cause of back injury. We concentrate on those capabilities that you will use every day, intially core stability and subsequently more specific exercises e.g. for parents to combat back problems from lifting or carrying their children.
Functional Fitness ensures that we exercise the muscles we use in our life, to the level required. Our Functional Fitness coach will build a programme of exercises that target individual, and groups of, muscles to match your lifestyle.
In this way you can train your body to be capable of doing real life activities in real life positions, not just to lift a weight in an idealised position on a machine at the gym.
In fact we apply the concepts of Functional Fitness to all our Pilates, Yoga, Biomechnical, and Postural activities.