what is functional training?

Functional training involves training the body for the essential functions that one will perform in his daily life. It is important to learn how to use the various parts of your body meaningfully, especially after a surgery, injury or painful condition. Functional training helps to train and prepare your muscles by simulating common movements that you might do at work, at home or at play. While you practice using various muscles in both your lower and upper body at the same time, functional training also emphasizes on core stability. Functional training exercises can be completed at the gym or even at home.

how does functional training work?

Depending on the functions that you would like to train, our sports physician will do a thorough examination before devising a specific rehabilitative exercise program for you. What you need to know is that movement is a coordinated effort involving your muscles, brain and spinal cord. That’s why there will be multifaceted physical movements which are extracted from Pilates and Tai Chi to help you build resistance and flexibility. Some other specific functional training movements that involve the use of muscles and multiple joints include:

  • Step-up with weights
  • Multidirectional lunges
  • Standing bicep curls

It is vital to correct any major muscle imbalance before commencing on your function training as it prevents your joints from functioning properly and increases the risk of misalignment. Poor joint functions affect your movement, putting you at greater risk for chronic muscle and joint pain, and injuries. The functional training exercises can also help you to understand which the weak links in your body are.

why should i do functional training?

Functional training exercises often involve multiple muscles and joints. When applied appropriately, these exercises are proven effective in the following:

  • Improve balance
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Improve agility and reduces risks of fall for older adults
  • Improve quality of life
  • Ease everyday activities
  • Improve stability and joint mobility
  • Helps rehabilitate stroke patients

Ready to Experience Functional Training with Our Experts at TAP?

There is no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to functional training. Every rehabilitative exercise program is unique in order to cater to the different needs of our various clients. At TAP, we utilize a client-first approach with every rehabilitative program tailored for the individual. Our team of functional training specialists is professionally trained and we are confident to help you make the most of functional movement.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our sports physicians, and let us address your problems. Your pain-free lifestyle can become a reality with us at TAP!