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Traditional weightlifting, pumping iron, and endless sit-ups are impressive, however, can you lift a heavy box without harming yourself? Are you able to roll and play with your children or grandchildren without throwing out your back? Can you run to catch a bus or take the stairs at work without feeling completely winded? At CORE, we believe fitness is function.Functional fitness allows you to perform daily life skills while minimizing the risk for injury or strain. Since the movements in a functional training system mimic everyday activity and don’t require any advanced level of fitness, it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  Functional fitness can improve your balance, posture, muscular endurance, aerobic capacity, and flexibility. 

The key? Movement training. Learning how to move your muscles in different planes and build the necessary strength (with proper form) to improve function, stability, mobility, and productivity is not only practical but essential. The real world is dynamic and ever-changing. Just as the terrain changes, so does our body. Picking up children, groceries, or completing yard work may not be as easy as it used to be.

Initially used by physical therapists for rehabilitation, functional training involves a number of exercises targeted at core muscles of the lower back and abdomen. By working these muscles, you’ll be able to perform activities of daily life more easily. During a functional fitness workout, you might use body weight or other resistance equipment to strengthen your muscles.
Our workouts utilize many types of functional training equipment such as stability balls, resistance tubing, medicine balls, slides, BOSU, Core boards; FM Cable Dual Cable Cross, free weights as well as utilizing many body-weight exercises.

Functional Training Benefits

Functional training focuses on the basic functional movement patterns like pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying, and gait patterns (walking and running) that you use every day.  When done regularly functional training prevents injuries, improves flexibility, and helps the body heal after injury.  Functional fitness workouts are the key to long-term fitness, weight loss, and wellness.  Functional training also improves posture, increases range of motion, tones muscles, relieves stress, burns fat, and increases endurance.  It enriches athletic performance by building speed, agility, and cardiovascular health.

From goal setting to achievement, your CORE Personal Trainer is with you every step of the way, providing education, motivation, accountability, and support.  We will begin your fitness journey with a complete evaluation of your movement patterns (FMS), a cardio assessment, and other body metrics all catered to your goals, fitness needs and health history. We will discuss past injuries and physical habits that impact the way your body moves. Together we will create a functional strength training program for both the studio and at home that will help you achieve your fitness goals.  To get started with one of our trainers, schedule your Complimentary Success Session today.   

 

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