Though functional fitness has recently surged in popularity, it’s never been just another fitness trend. Rather, FMS training dates back to the late 1980s, when it was tentatively developed to serve as form a rehabilitation. The concept that physical training can serve a more medicinal purpose isn’t new — in fact, even the ancient Greeks practiced using controlled physical activity to alleviate symptoms of pain and poor mobility.
At Vinna Fitness, we emphasize functional fitness because it forms the foundation for every movement you make, both in the gym and outside of it. Below, we’ve outlined a few valuable benefits that FMS training can bring to your everyday life.
Functional Training Builds Muscle
Because functional training focuses on developing your ability to perform compound movements rather than isolation movements, it trains several muscle groups simultaneously. As such, this type of training helps build muscle tissue, which increases mobility, stability, and overall physical performance. So what’s the difference between compound and isolation movements? Let’s take a look:
● Compound movements. These movements require several muscle groups to activate simultaneously to complete the movement. Examples of compound movements include squats, lunges, deadlifts, rows, presses, etc.
● Isolation movements. These movements focus on training one specific muscle group at a time rather than recruiting several groups at once. Typically, isolation movements are included in training programs to help develop weaker, imbalanced muscle groups, but for overall physical performance, mobility, and functionality, they shouldn’t comprise the bulk of a training regimen. Isolation movements include exercises like calf raises, hamstring curls, leg extensions, bicep curls, lateral raises, etc.
It’s well established that compound movements encourage a greater increase in muscle tissue due to the sheer number of muscle fibers recruited during each movement. If your goal is to become stronger and improve your overall mobility, FMS training will get you there.
FMS Training Increases Coordination, Flexibility, and Balance
Functional training focuses on improving your ability to perform exercises through a full range of motion. As such you gradually condition your musculoskeletal system to perform with greater coordination and control. Because functional training recruits multiple muscle groups through a complete range of motion, it also encourages improved balance and posture as your muscles adapt to more functional movement patterns.
Functional Training Can Help Alleviate Joint Pain
Because FMS training improving strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance, it essentially bridges the gap between personal training and physical therapy. By strengthening the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround your joints, you give them more natural support, which encourages healthier, less painful joint function.
Reduces Overall Risk of Injury
Much like physical therapy, functional training works to bring up imbalanced or previously injured muscles, which can compromise healthy movement patterns and lead to injury. As your body gradually becomes accustomed to performing functional movements, it learns to better cope with physical stressors. Because FMS training focuses on mimicking a number of natural movement patterns, it helps reduce your risk for injuries associated with a number of movements.
Ready to Feel & Move Better? Contact Vinna Fitness Today
At Vinna Fitness, our goal is to help you feel better, move better, and as a result of your training, look better. We specialize in functional movement screenings and individualized training protocols to ensure you achieve the best possible results for your unique body and abilities. If you’re ready to get stronger, fitter, and healthier than you’ve ever been, we’re here to help you do it! To learn more about our approach or to schedule your free strategy session, give our team a call at 952-426-3963 or feel free to send us a message on our contact page, and we’ll be in touch.