Why Functional Training?

functional training

In today’s society of workout communities, the phrase “functional training” always seems to pop up. So, what is this exactly? Taking a look in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, here are several definitions:

  • Designed to have a practical use.
  • Affects the way part of your body works.
  • Used to contribute to the development or maintaince of a larger whole.
  • Able to perform a regular function.
  • Affecting physiological/psychological functions.

This does seem to describe what is done in “functional training,” does it not? One, this type of training is very practical because it demonstrates the way the body works or functions in not just the training aspect, but in daily life. Does a person climb stairs each day? Does a person lift things daily? Does a person sit and concentrate on a computer at work for long periods of time? All these things a person does will benefit through functional training. The proper techniques used in training enable a person to use their body properly while at work or at play.

Functional training plays a role in the development of the body in terms of shaping muscles. This type of training is also doing preventive maintaince on the body, thus keeping it strong and agile, and operating as it should. As people grow older, typically they have the desire to continue to perform as they did when they were younger. Training this way affords them the ability to keep performing at a higher level than if they did not train functionally.

In fact, burpees, dead lifts and pull-ups affect someone psychologically. How? In doing these movements, we find we can have clearer concentration, detailed focus of a task, and feel revived and refreshed throughout the day. We also have this thing called “pride” in ourselves, especially when you demolish a workout. There is nothing wrong in having a sense of pride after a workout. We all know we feel better about ourselves and this attitude tends to carry over throughout the day as we interact with others in our lives. Functional training equals practical daily living and ultimately allows us to contribute to a larger whole – the society of mankind.


By Ed Banasky, the vice president of Fitness Master, Inc. For more information, email edb@fmiamerica.com.