Functional Training vs. Traditional Workout Methods

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At Sweat Equity Fitness, our fitness sessions mainly revolve around functional training. Though we train with enthusiasm, it is understandable that some people are confused about the difference between functional and traditional workout methods. To maintain a productive fitness routine requires time, energy, and a lot of self-discipline. You wouldn’t want to be spending your resources on something that doesn’t apply to you, so how is it that functional training differs from traditional workout methods, and is it right for you?

The Semantic Difference

Don’t expect a bullet point list of the pros and cons of each type of workout methods. To argue that functional training and traditional workouts are different is inherently misguided. In fact, all kinds of exercise – whether it is cardio, strength, or a mix of both – is functional. The primary purpose of fitness training in any field is to improve your physical abilities. That could be excelling at a sport, being able to lift heavier objects, or building more stamina for a marathon. The issue is that most people believed functional fitness was something restricted only to professional athletes.

When a baseball player is practicing in the batting cages, he is undergoing a form of functional training. The split exists between functional training and traditional training because the public perception of fitness has morphed within the last decade. More people are beginning to understand how functional training can apply to themselves outside of a professional context.

Functional Training for the Everyday Athlete

So what functional training methods can apply to an office worker or an artist looking to stay healthy? Answers to finding the right exercises are where the expertise of fitness clubs like Sweat Equity come into play. Our stations training focuses on improving practical, everyday movements. This means that instead of harnessing specific skills, our training sessions consider all areas of the body. Every person that walks in will have his specific goals or needs like losing weight, gaining muscle, or wanting to run a faster mile. The best training session is one that integrates these goals into the broader functional training routine.

The Future of Fitness

It’s likely that as time goes on, the perceived split between functional training and “traditional training” will disappear. Until then, many misguided (yet popular) workouts focusing on just building up the core, arms, or chest will only service a select few while leaving many others wanting. For a Fort Lauderdale training session that can provide the wellness you’re looking for, try a free week with us at Sweat Equity Fitness!