What You Need Know About Functional Training


In early April, Melissa and Alejandra travelled to the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute to see industry leaders and top educators speak on all things fitness and health.  This conference is four days of 100+ in-depth workshops, lectures, and workouts, all centered on the science of fitness.


And top educators, fitness researchers, and scientists are all continuing to learn something that we’ve known for a long time here at REBEL… functional training works!


Programming at REBEL is built on a scientific system that will push your limits, test your strength, and build mental toughness. At the heart of it all, REBEL is functional training, centered on mobility and stability training.


Here’s why it works:


What is functional training?

When you think about most workouts or fitness programs, they can be very focused on isolating and strengthening specific muscles.  Think about the majority of weight-training machines in traditional gyms - you’ll notice that they only target individual muscles and don’t really mimic movements that you do on a specific day.


On the opposite side of the spectrum, functional training uses a wide variety of muscles in ways that mimic real life to build strength, endurance, and give you great results.  Workouts based on the principles of functional training prepare your body for real life by working every muscle group in a way that is scientifically proven to boost your health and overall wellbeing.


How does functional training work?

Functional training focuses on two key points: Mobility and Stability.


You’ll notice a couple of consistencies through the majority of our classes that target these strengths:

  • Moving muscles through a full range of motion,
  • Plenty of instability work, which improves your balance, prevents injury, and improves functional fitness,
  • A strong focus on core work, which stabilizes your spine, improves your posture, and prepares you for functional movement in any direction,
  • Dynamic movement (i.e. moving in several directions, rather than just forwards and backwards),
  • Often, we’ll focus on unilateral movements (i.e. working one limb at a time), which balances out muscle imbalances and adds an additional element of instability.

By consistently varying our functional movements, we’re able to consistently improve our quality of life and be better prepared for any obstacle life throws our way.


What benefits will you notice from functional training?

By taking into account the physical laws of our daily bodily movements, we are able to see a whole slew of benefits, many that you wouldn’t notice from a traditional fitness regime.  Five of our favorite benefits include:


Increases the Ease of Everyday Life

As functional training exercises are designed to improve the overall function of your body, most of the moves are actually designed to follow the movements we complete across a typical day.  Thus, functional training is a type of exercise that will effectively improve your quality of life by strengthening your body in ways that will noticeably make your life easier.


Helps to Relieve Joint Pain

Functional training actively restores our body back to the way it was designed to move, making these workouts ideal for anyone that has suffered from back, knee, neck, or joint pain.  As the movements mimic the activities we complete in everyday life, our bodies will begin to adapt and strengthen, thus easing chronic pain.


Reduces Risk of Injury

Functional movements use your core muscles to protect your spine from excessive twisting or exertion, while the movements also actively address muscle imbalances.  Thus, you’re building a strong functional foundation that will dramatically decrease your likelihood of injury from either working out or daily activity.


Dramatically Burns Fat

While our top goal at REBEL is to become the healthiest version of ourselves, no matter what that looks like for our body shape, the truth is that functional training does tend to burn more fat than other, traditional workouts.  This is because most functional exercises are compound movements, meaning that they work more than one muscle group at a time. This leads to your body building more lean muscle mass, while also increasing your “afterburn” (the calories you burn after you workout.)  Thus, you’re not only burning off more fat during your workout, but it’s helping you to burn more fat throughout the entire day.


Improves Coordination, Agility, and Balance

Many of the exercises involved in functional training involve using your own body weight to perform various movements.  Thus, you are relying on your own coordination, agility, and balance to support yourself. Over time, this makes your body more stable and more able to handle change without missing a beat.


In coming posts, we’ll be diving into each of our classes to share how and in what way you benefit.  We’ve seen first hand how much functional training can improve lives and we’re pumped when we see our members benefitting.  Never hesitate to ask your trainer if you have any questions, or email us at info@theREBELworkout.com for more information.


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