Although some of our programs at PSF may seem intimidating or “not something you can do,” they shouldn’t be. Our programs can be performed at any level and at any intensity for results based on your specific goals. You don’t have to be an athlete to “train like an athlete”!
Functional movements simply make you stronger and more agile for whatever your goal and whatever level you’re starting at.
I recently read an article in the September 2013 edition of “Consumer Reports on Health Newsletter” on staying nimble through functional training. The article describes how functional fitness focuses on strengthening your everyday movements rather than simply building your muscles. The primary movements in functional exercises are: pushing, pulling, bending and squatting, single-leg movements, and rotational movements. We experience these movements everyday—I actually challenge you to think of a movement that doesn’t fall into one of those categories! So, our workouts are based on incorporating these movements in several different ways through multi-planar, multi-joint movements, rather than staying in one plane of motion (such as a seated row or a chest press on a bench).
The article in Consumer Reports (entitled “Bend, Reach, lift – with Ease”) also focuses on the benefits of functional training for older adults. “It’s being increasingly marketed to older adults, and for good reason. As we get older, our bodies naturally lose muscle, mobility, and flexibility, which in turn can impair our ability to live life to the fullest. Simple tasks such as carrying groceries or putting away dishes can be taxing…think of (functional training) as training with a purpose.”
You already walk and cycle – isn’t that enough to stay in shape as you age? “Walking, cycling and other aerobic activities are important for your cardiovascular health, but they don’t stem the decline in muscle. For that you really need strength training. In a small study that was sponsored a few years ago by the American Council on Exercise, older adults who followed a functional-exercise program for four weeks experienced greater improvements than those who did a traditional strength routine. They improved their shoulder flexibility by 43%, significantly increased their lower-and-upper body strength, and improved agility and balance,” states the article.
So when you see the training at PSF and think, “I can’t do that crazy stuff,” the truth is – you already do that “crazy stuff” everyday. Our training method is simply mimicking the movements you already perform – just with some different (and perhaps crazy-looking) equipment!
Are you ready to try a our training programs?
I’d love to work with you and help you understand what you are capable of!