Learn about the S3.23: What Is Functional Training?

Precor Functional Training equipment builds strength while improving performance.

Whether you are a professional athlete or someone who lifts heavy grocery bags out of the car, you can benefit from functional training.

Functional training is exercising in a way that considers the activities you enjoy and your everyday movements through life. Functional training exercises typically involve both strength and balance.

Think about sports. Playing tennis and ski racing involve different muscles and coordination, but they both use all the muscles of the body. So do everyday tasks that we all perform, from chopping wood to weeding the garden to getting those groceries out of the car.

Yet too many exercise programs focus on developing just a few major muscles that don’t really help you perform better in the sport you love, or function more efficiently every day.

Precor functional training equipment allows you to perform exercises that mimic the natural, unrestricted movements of daily life and specific sports, because you are not bound by a fixed path of motion. The cable based system of functional training allows you to move on multiple planes while engaging your core, the way you would in life.

Instead of building the strength of a few muscles, we help you engage whole muscle groups. This helps you to develop a stronger core, better balance and coordination to help you move better. Some studies have also shown that functional training may reduce joint pain and may decrease injuries.*

Functional Training: Exercise your muscles and your mind.

Functional training exercises typically involve strength and balance. Even a push-up can become a functional exercise if your hands or feet are placed on a ball. You are forced to engage more muscles, particularly your core, for stability. This gives you a better workout, can burn more calories and helps train your brain for better muscle control.

We believe that the choice shouldn’t be functional training or strength training. Functional training will help your body move more efficiently. Strength Training will help strengthen specific muscles by isolating them. A program that uses both of these approaches will produce the best combination of strength and performance.

* 2009 Spennewyn research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The study compared functional training to fixed variable training. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.