Functional training is a classification of exercise which involves
training the body for the activities performed in daily life.
Functional training helps provide you with the strength, stability,
power, mobility, endurance and flexibility that you need to thrive as
you move through your life and sports. Functional training attempts
to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the
activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. In the
context of body building, functional training involves mainly weight
bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower
You use basic functional movement patterns like pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying and gait patterns (walking and running) every day. Functional training utilizes exercises that improve your movement proficiency in these primary patterns to give you an edge and enhance your performance so you can achieve your goals safely and with good health.
Exercises that promote the function of joints that require stabilization are different from exercises that promote the function of joints that strive for mobility. The primary function of certain muscles and muscle groups is stabilization. In many cases, in the effort to make everything functional, coaches and athletes ended up neglecting the important stabilizing functions of certain muscle groups. Functional training, if performed correctly under a professional guidance, will lead to better joint mobility and stability, as well as more efficient motor patterns. Improving these factors decreases the potential for an injury sustained during an athletic endeavour.