Following a training program and nutrition plan is usually not very instantly gratifying. Over the long term, you will get gratification from achieving the results you want, but how do you stay motivated to keep going in the meantime? This and more, on today's episode of Ask Cubicle Fitness.
What is "functional training"?
Is it using a Bosu ball? Is it TRX exercises? Is it plyometrics? Is it all three?
You wouldn't know it to listen to the trainer at your local gym, but functional training isn't a standardized training method.
Building functional strength is totally subjective. Depending on your injury/health history and training goals; "functional" takes on a different definition.
I've put together some criteria to help you decide what "functional" training looks like for you.
No matter what the jacked and tan guy on the internet might tell you, losing weight is NOT easy. On paper, it is a very simple process (consuming fewer calories than what you're burning each day), but in the real world it can be extremely difficult and you can feel like you're fighting for inches. Here's why.
Not long ago, my Dad was in a motorcycle accident. While visiting him in the hospital, I heard at least a dozen various medical professionals say “It’s a good thing he has good strength in (fill in affected body part) or this could have been much worse.”
Much like the average employee, my Dad isn’t an elite athlete and doesn't hit the gym daily. He works at a desk 50-60 hours per week, occasionally does an at-home workout, and strength trained with me just once per week for the 8 months before his accident.
Even the tiny dose of strength training was enough to prevent much more serious injury in a traffic accident.
The application of strength training as preventative care isn’t confined to an emergency situation. Just think of the number of aches and pains you experience each morning. Compare that to the number of similar issues you had 10 years ago. You suffered less discomfort and movement problems a decade ago, guaranteed. Sure, age plays into the difference but mainly, it's because you were stronger then.
Not sold on strength training yet? Here are the top 5 reasons for you to get brutally strong:
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