Largely displaced by high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in recent years, functional training seems to be a comeback (though some believe it never did). Functional training is concerned with movement efficiency because it refers to a variety of variables that can affect general movement patterns. The relationship between fascia, muscle and nervous systems should be improved through targeted functional training that allows an individual to generate sufficient strength during the desired movement. In particular, mobility, stability, fascia lines and health and performance variables (eg, stability, mobility and muscle strength, endurance and strength) should be taken into account, as all affect exercise efficiency. The purpose of functional training is to optimize human movement and resolve problems that negatively impact movement efficiency in a given customer. In this way, the overall quality of life is ultimately improved.
For this reason, your sports and fitness customers are more alike than you think, and you should program as such. Simply put, the application of the exercise will be different but not the exercises. Whether you are training a professional athlete to run faster to the first base, or a grandmother who wants to play with their grandchildren painlessly, your goal is to optimize people's movement and solve each customer's individual problems.
Programming to optimize the movement of people differs in terms of the exercise application because each individual is unique. Each person will have strengths and weaknesses associated with human movement while having different strength training goals. For example, an athlete and a grandmother may perform the same exercise (eg, deadlift with hex bar), but the application of the exercise may be different based on the adaptation desired by each individual. The athlete can perform the exercise with moderate resistance to move to power as quickly as possible. Conversely, the grandmother can perform the low intensity exercise for several repetitions to increase her muscle endurance. In addition, both the athlete and grandmother will perform rotational, hinge, squat, push, pull, one-side, and multi-directional movements during exercise, but the application will be changed.
Movement patterns and the combination of movements are the focus of the functional training programs. Everyone from athletes to those affected by obesity should perform daily different movements in different levels. Although individual movements can be incorporated as needed ̵
Increasing movement efficiency and multi-level motion patterns can help prevent injuries while improving health and performance variables such as posture, strength, endurance, mobility, stability, and strength. The ultimate goal of functional training is to optimize movement to improve the overall quality of life. Remember, it is not necessarily the exercise itself, but the application of the exercise that matters most.
The ACE Specialized Functional Training Program addresses the topic of exercise efficiency and the variables that influence this topic. If you are a health and exercise professional interested in helping your clients move more efficiently and ultimately improve their overall quality of life, this program may be perfect.