Functional fitness is for health and performance.
As opposed to bodybuilding or aesthetics-based training, functional fitness emphasizes movement patterns that can make you more adaptable and versatile, and support other physical demands in your life: picking up kids or the elderly, lifting luggage overhead, opening heavy doors, climbing stairs, chasing the bus or plane, accidentally falling, doing manual labor, and athletics and dancing.
Examples of functional fitness movement patterns include: pushing, pulling, or throwing objects; climbing stairs or structures; running and jumping; stabilizing against resistance; in short, complex movement patterns that use multiple muscle groups and increase coordination and agility. The opposite of functional fitness would be something like a biceps curl machine at the gym; this exercise and format recruits few muscles and is unlikely to be useful in most real-world physical situations.
Multi-joint exercises are crucial for real fitness, because they train sequenced coordination between several muscle groups, including the connective tissue that bridges across muscles and joints. Multi-joint movement patterns that also serve as locomotion could be thought of as the epitome of health-promoting movement for humans (and all other animals). Such locomotion strategies require using the full body and include walking, running, climbing, crawling, swimming and dancing.
When you workout with me you will tackle a variety of exercises that train your whole body in different ways and make you fitter and fitter over time. After a few weeks of consistent, functional training, you will notice increased energy and confidence, reduced boydfat, increased muscle and tone, greatly improved cardiovascular fitness, and a body that is more balanced, capable and athletic.