Functional What?

In the wonderful world of trainers you often hear the term “Functional Movement.” It sounds like something we all should understand.  Here is the actual definition:

Functional movements are movements based on real-world situational biomechanics. They usually involve multi-planar, multi-joint movements which place demand on the body’s core musculature and innervation.

Which makes it all a little more confusing. Here is my take on it. Movements that you do everyday that involve all your muscles, joints and other parts under your skin moving properly so you are free to do what needs to get done, everything from doing up your shoes to walking up stairs to sitting at a high top and climbing on to the ridiculously tall chairs.

While my goals are fat loss and powerlifting training, functional movement stuff (stuff being highly technical term) is playing an important role in my training, and I am actually starting to notice!

Training at Aspire Health and Performance has been interesting, especially because for the first time in over 5 years I committed to fat loss being my first priority in training, which has lead to a different training experience. I have never done so many reps, sweat so much, or pushed my limits so hard. After the first 6 weeks of having my butt handed to me here are the results I have noticed:

  • dropped 2 jean sizes
  • face noticeable slimmer
  • bust size is down
  • easier to do anything that involves kneeling down
  • vast improvement in what I hate the most: split squats
  • oddly enough I really like slamming a tire with a sledge hammer and box jumps are my new joy

Meet Trainer Andrew!

I am also slowly starting to appreciate what my body can do, and appreciate that I have a trainer that made sure I had the proper foundation in place to have my limits pushed. Ready to have yours pushed? When you are are, find someone who really knows what they are doing, knowing that someone has your back and will make sure you have everything you need not to get injured will make a world of difference. Obviously I give 2 thumbs up to Andrew LoCurto and the team at Aspire Health and Performance. Perhaps I will see you there 🙂