Functional Fitness is what we do here at OkoActive!

This unusual method of training can turn heads but it has a transformational effect on human movement and leaves trainees with the style and grace of a martial artist.

Engineers are yet to design anything as efficient and robust as the human body.

The Kinetic Chain

Our skeletal muscles have a close relationship and rarely, if ever, work in isolation. This co-dependency is described as the kinetic chain.

During a workout, if we target a muscle for development, we may risk developing an imbalance of function with surrounding muscle groups.

Since muscles are connected as a chain; this is bad news!

Your stiff neck could be caused by a twisted ankle…

Popular, yet dysfunctional training methods are an everyday spectacle for gym staff.

When there’s less consideration given to legs, core or other stabilizing muscle groups, the average gym goer is well on their way to dysfunctional fitness and all the issues that come with it. Injury, de-conditioning, physio appointments or loss of enjoyment are common issues that trigger demotivation.

Functional Fitness Training, on the other hand, tends to employ the entire kinetic chain and this is precisely how the body is designed to work; as one mechanical unit.

 

The smartest computer on the planet.

The human body has a much greater range of motion than traditional exercises can handle. Repetitive movement patterns, ie, up, down and side to side restrict our potential. The human body is the smartest computer on the planet and everything we do or think is stored somewhere on the hard drive so, repetitive physical movements soon become predictable and, after a while, become less challenging.

That’s often when we hit the dreaded plateau!

At OKOactive we focus constantly on creating exercise patterns which mimic everyday life.

For example, a Woodchopper is no longer merely a Woodchopper…

To us, the Woodchopper mimics the act of picking up his 3-year-old and lifting her out of danger, picking her up, lifting her out of danger, picking up, lifting out…
These are the kind of real-life challenges our bodies face on a daily basis, there’s nothing functional about an abdominal crunch! Nothing!

Tone and rapid fat loss are a direct and logical consequence of good functional fitness training, as are the following bullet points:

  • Improved posture
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Core strength
  • Flexibility
  • Metabolic efficiency

Prime physical health and functionality doesn’t accommodate excessive weight or muscular weakness so, before you know it, you’ll feel like you’ve had a full service!

Next time you go to the gym, try to resist heading for the nearest seat or bench. Sitting down to exercise. Oh, the irony!! Try some of our free ‘My Pocket PT’ programs; you’ll notice the difference!

To Your Health & Happiness

The OKOactive Team