Functional Training is a term that is thrown around all too often. It seems that every trainer and their grandma says they are doing it. Have you ever been to the gym and seen a trainer putting a client through some weird exercise and wondered “how in the world is that going to help them?” We will say that while some exercises may seem awkward, they do help you in the long run i.e Turkish Get-Up, or TRX Scorpion. However, there are some exercises that make us look back and say REALLY???( Let it be known we are not fans of lifting weights while on a spin bike) Sure that exercises would work if there was an activity that never would apply in the real world. Unfortunately, some trainers are getting bored with doing practical exercises.
When it comes to training an individual or yourself, there is one question that must remain constant, “Does this make sense?” Will this exercises help someone get better at a particular activity/sport or help them with basic functions of life. If the answer is yes, then go right ahead and do it. Common sense trumps all when planning out a fitness routine. Boredom should never be the driving factor when planning a workout routine. We are all for keeping things fun, interesting, and cutting edge, but keeping them awkward with no practicality is another. Plan your exercises to be fun an interesting for beings who live in this realm of the universe.