Advances in Functional Training

Awesome book from the best in the industry, Shawn (of Shawsu) and myself will be seeing Mike in person at the Perform Better Seminar in LA next week!

We hear many terms like “core,”functional training,” and even “fitness” thrown around with no real grasp of what they really mean. I will get to what core and fitness real are, trust me you don’t know. But here is a great description of functional fitness from this book: Functional Training is best described as a continuum of exercises that teach athletes to handle their body weight in all planes of movement. The coach uses body weight as a resistance and attempts to employ positions that make sense to the participant.

Well said, examples are squats (body weight, front squat, kettlebell…), pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, even Olympic Lifting…. Some non- examples are: anything on a MACHINE (leg press, leg curl, bicep curls, adductor/abductor machines!). Of course there are always exceptions but 99% of people don’t need to do those waste of time exercises. Why do you want to do functional exercises you ask? So you can better at what you do! For most, that is just combating the seated posture we are in most the day and handling day to day tasks pain free to actually become FIT!

Here’s the link to Mike Boyle’s blog, great topic I might post in the future most people are dead at 35.

Sergio OUT

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About MaxOut Performance Fitness
Sergio Maldonado is a Sports Performance and Fitness Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. He strives to be the best at what he does through training, professional development courses, and practice. The purpose of this blog is to get out some of the knowledge that he obtains to better help others in their pursuits towards fitness and a better life.

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