Functional strength and conditioning training will help us do the activities required of us more easily and with minimal effort; keep our muscles and bones healthy, keep our cardiovascular systems and neuromuscular systems optimal, improve our balance, joy of life and longevity.
In this technology age work is increasingly more sedentary and our “work” requires often static postures (computers and typing, talking on the phone, and driving) or “recreation” (watching TV or playing video games), so we need to find ways to alter our environment in order to keep our load-bearing structure active and healthy.
Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life like lifting, holding, pushing, pulling, throwing, walking and reaching more easily and without pain, stiffness, restriction or causing injuries. Functional strength is the ability to load your joints (spine, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles) through a full range of motion with strength, endurance, coordination, power, speed and agility.
Historically free weights and weight training machines target and isolate specific muscles. As a result, the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports.
In our classes, functional training involves mainly bilateral weight bearing exercises targeting all the muscles of the body at the same time.
The FSCC aims to harness the multiple “slings” of our body that we use in everyday movement. These myofascial “slings” connect the upper and lower limbs via the muscles (myo), and the tissue (fascia) that surrounds and connects the muscle to bone. These myofascial “slings” run in a line from the top of the body down the legs, and may be longitudinal, or oblique and they coordinate together to give us fluid and efficient movement from head to toe. The classes consequently train both the arm/s and leg/s simultaneously to produce normal functional movement- e.g. a squat with an overhead lift.
The classes utilise hand weights, resistance bands, balls, steps and our body weight to further challenge and build our neural and muscular system.