What is functional fitness?
Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. It is not just for the young and fit. It is for people of all ages and fitness levels. Its ultimate goal is to help you perform activities of daily living with ease and without pain. Daily movement activities may include walking, jogging, running, lifting, bending, twisting, standing, etc.
Many people have desk-bound jobs where they sit for long hours five days a week. Imagine working an average of 48 to 50 weeks per year, and multiply that by the number of years one has been working! Sedentary jobs can cause muscle imbalances, which result in poor posture. All this can lead to bad movement patterns during exercise.
There are functional fitness programs that mimic exercises professional or high-level athletes perform. Such training programs exceed the average person’s physical capabilities and may often lead to an injury. There is nothing functional about sustaining an injury while performing exercises that don’t suit our specific needs.
A great functional fitness training isn’t a one-size-fits-all program. We all have different physiological abilities. We also have different lifestyles and needs. A true functional fitness program should be tailored to suit your daily needs.
How can Pilates help with my functional fitness?
One of the main goals of Pilates is core strengthening and building a strong core is key to functional fitness.
Are you sick of stiff necks, shoulders and back from sitting at your desk? Do you want to be able to lift your child without lower back pain? Are you frustrated that despite committing to your exercise regime you still have a sore back or a recurring injury? If your answer is yes to any of the above, it is time you consider Pilates as part of your life.
At Pilates Bodyworks South Yarra, we assess your posture and movement patterns on a regular basis. We take into consideration your fitness level, daily activities and specific needs. We identify your weaknesses and work towards improving them. Your program is functional to your lifestyle. We don’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all program. In our Small Group Sessions (no more than 4 people), you get close supervision and perform exercises your trainer has planned for you.
The ultimate goal of functional fitness training is to see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities, and in your quality of life. Pilates can definitely help you achieve that.