What Makes Functional Training/Crossfit Outdoors so Popular

Posted September 24, 2019

Exercising is becoming more popular than ever and is filling up with terms such as CrossFit, kettlebell, pull-ups, and push-ups. All of these words are part of the larger category of functional training.
 
What is functional training?

Functional training works all of your muscles through exercises that tone the entire body, not just one muscle group at a time.
 
What makes functional training so popular?

Exercising is becoming more popular than ever and is filling up with terms such as HIIT, kettlebells, pull-ups, and push-ups. All of these words are part of the larger category of functional training.

What are some of the benefits of functional training?

It improves your daily life. Working with regular daily movements will increase your mobility in all your usual routines like walking, bending down, and carrying shopping bags.  It reduces the probability of injury. Muscles aren’t the only things that are strengthened through functional training. Ligaments and joints are also strengthened and that is often where injuries occur.
It increases flexibility and coordination. The wide range of functional exercises accomplishes this through offering a variety of different motions.

 
Here at TAC, we think your workouts should be fun and apply to your daily life! We change up our workouts daily! That means you will never get bored and we will constantly challenge you. What functional training means to us is that each training session is designed to push you toward achieving optimal performance and begins with a strong emphasis on mobility to ensure your body is ready for the demands of the workout. This requires moving without compensations. Our workouts will provide the stimulus necessary to engage the right muscle systems at the right time with proper body mechanics. This is what we mean by training “functionally;” it ensures that your body is ready to react to any adaptation set forth before you in your sport or simply your daily life.
 
All of our classes and small group training focus on 4 areas:
  • Endurance

    • Muscular and aerobic endurance are the basis for any good fitness program, whether you’re training for a marathon or want to be able to run around with your kids. Your coaches will use unique combinations of movements and program formats to help you push your boundaries of endurance in a fun group environment. 

  • Power

    • We utilize kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, battle ropes, bands, and body weight movements in class to help you generate more strength and speed, which equates to power. Power movements require more muscles to work, which requires more energy, burns more calories, and most importantly gets results. 

  • Intensity

    • The workouts are different each and every day, but one common variable is intensity. The group environment allows you to get outside your comfort zone and push to a level of fitness you wouldn’t be able to achieve working out alone. Fellow PC members will help you push the envelope, while your coach keeps an eye on your form and makes sure you’re working in a safe and efficient positions. 

  • Coordination

    • Endurance, power, and intensity are not enough for a complete fitness program. You also need the coordination, balance, mobility, and stability to keep your body in the correct positions. In class you will work on unstable surfaces such as Bosu balls and exercise balls along with single leg and core movements to improve your overall coordination. 

To set up an appointment with one of our trainers email us at: info@theaspenclinic.org
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