There’s no doubt that any form of exercise is an essential component in the pursuit of a long, healthy life.
However, there’s a growing emphasis on functional training, flexibility and mobility in mainstream fitness, and here’s why:
Here’s why multi-joint movements win
During functional training, you engage in multi-joint, complex compound movements that incorporate multiple muscle groups in each exercise. And these moves mimic the movements we make every day. By performing these exercises in the gym, we improve our overall movement efficiency, our mobility and our vitality. Most pertinently, functional exercise burns more calories than single-joint or isolation exercises. It also builds more strength.
Flexible muscles resist injuries
As for flexibility training, it’s been proven to improve your range of motion and to soften and elongate muscles. This helps to prevent injuries. Stretching is also useful in aiding recovery during and after exercise, which also improves performance.
Better mobility means better movement
When a joint is unable to move and function normally stress is often placed on the joints above or below it. Improving your mobility essentially increases your ability to move freely, easily, and safely. Mobility issues are improved or cleared by mobilising the joint through various methods including soft tissue manipulation, flexibility and dynamic mobility work, with a combination of these usually necessary to achieve the desired outcome.
If you’re not engaging in functional training, stretching and some form of mobility regularly, you aren’t getting the most out of your exercise programme.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.