The term Functional Fitness captions what we do here at OKOactive.

This unusual method of training might turn heads but it transforms human movement, improves core strength, and instils the grace and confidence of a martial artist!

The Kinetic Chain - 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 risk developing an imbalance of function within the motor units.

Humans are yet to design anything quite as efficient, robust and multi-functional as the human body.

 

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

In a casual session, if there’s 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 that started with the loss of your motivation.

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 human body has a lot more freedom in it’s range of motion than traditional exercises allow us to exploit. Repetitive movement patterns, ie, up, down and side to side retrict our potential and put a limit on our progress. The human body is the smartest computer on the planet and everything we do or think is stored somewhere on the hard drive. Repetive 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 that 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 workout programs; you’ll notice the difference!

To Your Health & Happiness                                                                                                                                                                                 The OKOactive Team