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’re yet to design anything quite as impressive, robust and efficient 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’.
Guy’s, some of you are really, really guilty of this! Getting settled on a bench ready for 5 giant sets of pressing, often with too much weight. Bicep curls appear to be coming from the ankles as too much weight is being loaded onto the arms causing the He-Man to rock (or cheat). Or else its Chest day, Back day, Chest day, Back day…
With no regard for core, legs and minor muscles groups (the ones that help the bigger ones to do their job properly), the average gym goer is well on their way to ‘dysfunctional fitness’ and all the issues that come with it such as injury, deconditioning, physio, or 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 a PYRAFIT session 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 its on 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.