Functional fitness is not about how much weight you can lift or how many push-ups you can do. Functional fitness is not about training for the next event - the marathon, the triathlon, the Spartan Race (although functional fitness can definitely get you in shape for these events). Functional fitness is about training your body for LIFE. And not just any life. Your life. Your daily routine, activities like carrying groceries, bending over to pick something up, sitting at a desk, doing housework or handiwork, carrying a baby, recovering from surgery, recovering from childbirth, or chasing a toddler. These are the events that really matter, and unfortunately are also the moments we can be prone to injury.
At Thrive, functional fitness is an all-encompassing, whole-body approach to wellness, strength, injury prevention, and pain relief. I look at the muscles not just as individual entities, but as a system. First, I look at how your muscles are working together - which ones are weak, which ones are overworked - and I create a plan to balance your system so that all muscles are equally strong and work together optimally. The goal is to produce total body strength, starting with the deepest stabilizing muscles, and working outwards to the larger, more powerful muscles. With an emphasis on repairing muscle imbalances, the goal of this type of fitness is to change the body’s movement patterns in order to prevent discomfort, pain, or injury. Functional fitness increases a person’s mobility, flexibility, and strength while re-teaching the body how to move in proper alignment. Through this process, your body will become leaner, stronger, and more fit.
By combining functional fitness with healthy food choices, you will be capable of doing things you never thought possible.