It’s difficult to deny the impressive power of bench pressing hundreds of pounds. The strength you’ve explicitly learned and the motion you have learned doesn’t often come up in everyday life unless you’re a competitive lifter.
The key, however, is functional fitness. It’s a simple concept, despite its complexity. Here are some functional fitness movements to add to your routine, plus all the details about the type of exercise.
What Is Functional Fitness?
According to Kimberley Maugeri, D.C., C.C.S.P., certified athletic trainer, functional fitness involves training and strengthening in positions you move in.
The most common types of exercise are lowering to the couch and lifting groceries. However, form is often overlooked when doing daily tasks outside of the gym.
Benefits Of Functional Fitness
Maugeri said, “By strengthening your movement patterns, your daily life will be easier—from picking up a baby, getting groceries out of a car, and cleaning your house.”
Functional fitness aims to increase strength and flexibility and build muscle memory to help you in daily life. Improved mobility can also reduce joint and muscle pain.
Exercises For Functional Fitness
Maugeri says you can train functionally with almost any form and muscle engagement exercise. The most common movements rely on mid-back stability and hip flexion.
She says, “I like to start my functional workouts with a warm-up to engage the deep core and mid-back stabilizers.” She recommends these other exercises to make your workouts more functional and fitness-friendly:
- Glute bridges
- Plank variations (like a forearm plank)
- Bicep curls
- Leg extensions (using a chair or standing)
- Arm crosses
These fundamental movements are crucial to your success if done consistently and consciously.
Maugeri explains, “We often blame our workouts for injuring us and not looking at the rest of the day.”