Functional training

Working out for Real Life Functions

The revolution of Functional Training began, as it often does, with physical therapists, and functional training was slowly adopted by coaches and personal trainers.

The key to functional exercise is integration. It's about teaching all the muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independently. This way you can program your body top reform better in various situations.

Functional Training exercises are three-dimensional multi-joint exercises possibly taking advantage of the full spectrum of joint, to forces the body to maintain stability.

Functional training, if performed correctly, will lead to better joint mobility and stability, as well as more efficient motor patterns. Improving these factors decreases the potential for an injury sustained during an athletic endeavor. The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body's natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom. In comparison, though machines appears to be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury.

Functional training simply means training our bodies to better perform the types of movements we use for everyday life such as playing tennis, skiing, martial arts, lifting grocery bags, picking things up from the floor, climbing up a flight of stairs, or carrying a baby while talking on the phone. The time spent developing dynamic strength, flexibility and agility carries over into your daily activities, making life a little bit easier.
The adjustable Y-shaped straps of the Gravity Trainer offer a total-body workout that builds power, strength, balance, flexibility and mobility. By suspending either your arms or legs via the loops, you harness your own body weight to create resistance as you train – no additional weights required. A simple plank exercise, for instance, becomes more than a core-building workout as it is known for. By suspending your legs off the ground while you maintain complete body tension, you engage more muscles and also heighten the intensity of your workout in the process.

Gravity Trainer Functional training also has an element of fun in it. The body should be challenged physically and mentally when we exercise and functional training does this for us.

Basically suspension training is bodyweight training. But the what the straps do is make it infinitely adjustable!

Suspension straps allow you to adjust how much of your bodyweight you lift. Used one way they can “decrease” your bodyweight to make a push up easier or they can add stability to make a squat or lunge easier which is great if you are a beginner. Used another way they can make a bodyweight exercise much more unstable, thus making a simple bodyweight lunge much more challenging for those of you who are more advanced.

These simple yet powerful things suspension straps add to bodyweight exercises make them fantastic for a few different training goals.

The straps turn every exercise into a core exercise by making you plank constantly. This makes suspension training very time efficient, e.g. curl becomes core exercise as well. So, with one exercise with the straps you do two exercises, building more muscle & burning more energy while training your core as well as biceps.

Because of the straps’ ability to add stability or deload a movement they are great for older trainees or those with new injuries to train back up to function.

For Children’s development suspension straps are the perfect tool, as they are safe and the kids love it. Muscle strength, coordination exponentially grows along with children’s skillfulness with use of the Gravity Trainer.

On the other hand a lot of injuries happen because stabilising muscles don’t do their job & are overcome by the prime mover muscles. Instability that the straps create forces the stabilisers to work. This makes the straps’ ability to add instability great for rehabilitating certain joints. For example shoulders, straps challenge shoulder stability – giving it incentive to stabilise & correct itself. Lastly, because straps turn every exercise into a core exercise too they are great for lower back rehab.

Straps are also great for stretching because they make each stretch highly adjustable thus letting you keep the tension on constantly while the muscle being stretched relaxes & extends. It also can be used to put traction on joints which lets you stretch the normally hard to reach small stabiliser muscles around the joints. Which is impossible to do without equipment.

ű For those of you so poor in time that you can’t make it into the gym straps let you do all your strength training at home because they hang on your door easily. Which is also great if you travel a lot & don’t have access to a gym in your hotel – straps are a whole gym replacement in one portable tool.

What the straps can also do is add a rotational component to most exercises such as pulls pushes & lunges which are normally just straight forwards-backwards or up-down movements. This may seem trivial but is actually a part of most sports like golf swings, tennis backhands, footy or netball passes, surfing stance. Even normal life activities need rotation like reversing your car, closing a door behind you & reaching for things in your kitchen.