Functional Fitness and Strength

Functional Fitness and Strength

The brain controls movement and thinks in terms of whole motions, not the specific body parts involved in a movement. That’s why exercises that isolate joints and muscles result in less functional improvement.

Functional fitness, however, trains the body as a whole instead of as a collection of individual parts. This strengthens your ability to navigate with more certainty and ease throughout life’s everyday tasks such as walking, running, jumping, lifting, pushing, pulling, bending, and twisting.

Med note: Functional fitness involves more than simply performing many reps of a single joint bicep curl. That’s because exercises that isolate joints and muscles are training muscles which results in less functional improvement. Functional movement training enhances the coordinated working relationship between your nervous and muscular systems. For example, squats will have a greater transfer effect on improving an individual’s ability to rise from the seat of a car or a couch than a seated single joint knee extensions on a leg extension machine.

“Laura’s goal for her students is functional movement, and I must say that for me she was a game changer. She understands the body and how it works on a level that I had not experienced with any other trainer before and she knows how to communicate this to her clients in a manner that addresses all of their personal physical issues.

I don’t know of anyone that would not benefit from Laura’s expertise and genuine concern for her clients. I give her ten thumbs up!”

– Fae H, age 65, Artist-Photographer / Co-Op member Ten Women Santa Monica