‘Functional Fitness’ is what we stand for here at OKOactive.
Functional fitness training takes a whole body approach to exercise and a good, well-planned regime can leave a person moving with improved strength, grace and the confidence of a martial artist!
The Kinetic Chain
Humans have achieved a great deal, to say the least, but we’ve yet to design anything quite as efficient, robust and multi-functional as the human body. The kinetic chain is certainly a mechanical wonder!
As one muscle crosses a joint another muscle takes up the effort. A bit like a relay event. By isolating muscles or entire groups of muscle during a workout we may effectively be creating an imbalance of function within the motor units.
This is the trouble with what’s known in the industry as ‘mirror fitness’.
Popular, yet dysfunctional training methods are an everyday spectacle for staff in the average gym.
In the ‘spit and sawdust’ section (most gyms have one), it’s normal to see a gym-user getting settled on a bench, preparing for a round of Giant sets, quite often, with too much weight. Sometimes Bicep curls appear to be coming from the ankles because too much weight has been loaded onto the arms, causing the whole body to rock when the ‘curl’ is an isolated movement that should only be coming from the elbows. Other times it’s Chest-day, Back-day, Chest-day, Back-day…day in, day out.
With no 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, all of these issues can trigger a downward spiral, starting with your loss of motivation.
Functional Fitness Training, on the other hand, tends to employ the entire kinetic chain. This, after all, is how the body is designed to work. As one mechanical unit.
At OKOactive we focus constantly on creating exercise patterns that mimic everyday life.
For example, a Woodchopper is no longer merely a Woodchopper…
During our PYRAFIT sessions, 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… You’ll do this up to 52 times in a typical session (if it’s in your program that week) because these are the kind of real-life challenges our bodies face on a daily basis.
Here, optimum functionality is our primary motive for fitness training.
Tone and rapid fat loss are a direct and logical consequence of good functional fitness training, as are the following bullet points:
- Improved posture
- Core strength
- Metabolic efficiency
Prime physical health and functionality doesn’t accommodate excessive weight or muscular weakness so before you know it your reflection will be winking back at you!
Next time you go to the gym, try to resist heading for the nearest seat or bench. Oh, the irony!! Instead, why not check out some of the demo’s under the ‘gallery and videos’ tab, and be prepared for a more functional approach next time you hit the gym.
To Your Health & Happiness The OKOactive Team