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Thomas Ardito


June 20, 2023

What is Functional Strength and Why You Should Care?

Have you ever marveled at the youthful vigor of a child? Their ability to run, jump, climb, and play without a hint of exhaustion? Why should this boundless energy be exclusive to youth? As we navigate beyond our 20s, many accept dwindling energy and strength as an inevitable part of aging. But what if I told you it doesn't have to be this way? Imagine waking up every morning with the energy of your younger self, equipped to tackle all life's hurdles. This is a possibility with the transformative power of functional strength training.

Understanding Functional Strength Training

What is functional strength training? Picture a conductor guiding an orchestra. Each instrument contributes to a symphony. This is the essence of functional strength training. Rather than focusing on isolated muscle groups, functional strength training is a holistic approach, integrating multiple muscle groups and joints.

Unlike traditional strength training—often likened to a solo performance, where a single instrument shines—functional strength training orchestrates your body into a symphony of movement. Think about it: how often do you find yourself doing bicep curls in your daily life? Rarely, right? But how often do you carry groceries, pick up children, or hoist a suitcase into an overhead bin? This is where functional strength training takes center stage.

The Importance of Strength Training as We Age

Like well-traveled ships, our bodies begin to show signs of wear as we age beyond our 20s. Our muscles may not be as firm, our joints not as supple, and our energy not as abundant. Thus maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and an active metabolism become essential to keep our ship in sailing shape. 

Functional strength training prepares us for life's battles by mimicking our everyday actions. By working multiple muscle groups and joints simultaneously, we're not just training; we're rehearsing for life's performance, whether hoisting a suitcase, carrying our children, or maintaining our balance on a slippery surface.

Moreover, this form of training doesn't just build strength; it cultivates balance, agility, and flexibility - qualities that are increasingly important as we navigate our journey through life. Our bodies become a harmonious orchestra, adeptly playing the symphony of daily life.

Getting Started with Functional Strength Training

Let's start with some basic yet transformative movements:

The Squat: This mimics the everyday action of sitting down and standing up. 

Lunges: Another powerful movement, replicating walking or running. 

Push-ups: Engage multiple muscles, reflecting activities like lifting ourselves off the ground or pushing a heavy object.

Farmer's Carry: This emulates carrying groceries and engages your entire body. 

These exercises are tremendously powerful, can vary dramatically depending on different sub-variants and difficulty, and are suitable for all fitness levels.

How do you weave this new melody into your symphony? It's simpler than it might seem. Start small. Incorporate functional exercises into your routine. Consistency is key. Make it a part of your daily dance, and soon you'll be swaying.

What about safety, you might ask? Every well-orchestrated symphony needs a sound conductor. Consider working with a fitness professional to ensure your form is correct and the exercises suit your fitness level. Listen to your body, and progress at your own pace. Your fitness is a marathon and not a sprint. Your health and safety are the main goals here, don’t push yourself too hard to risk injury or burnout.

At Brooklyn Fitness, we don't just believe in the transformative power of functional strength training - we live it. It's the vibrant heartbeat at the core of our training philosophy. Like a maestro guiding an orchestra, our experienced personal trainers conduct the symphony of your wellness journey, integrating functional strength exercises that mirror your everyday actions, helping you get fit and thrive in your daily life. 

We envision a world where age is just a number, where you can radiate the vitality of your youth regardless of the calendar's pages. To join this movement and dance to the rhythm of your health, we invite you to a no-sweat intro call. Learn more about our personal training memberships, and let's set the stage for your wellness masterpiece.

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