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Functional Fitness.
What is it?

The term "functional fitness" is thrown around a lot these days as a fitness industry buzzword.  But what does it really mean?

Functional training helps provide you with the strength, stability, and mobility you need to thrive in your life and sports. You use basic functional movement patterns like pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying and gait patterns—walking and running—every day.

Functional training utilizes exercises that improve your movement proficiency in these primary patterns to give you an edge so you can achieve your goals safely and with good health.

To be far less technical about defining it, though........
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Functional fitness really refers to doing exercises that will help you move and perform better in every-day-life.  

This is something weight machines and traditional weight-lifting do not help you with. Example: Performing bicep curls with a barbell, while your arms are on an arm-rest. This is very effective for improving bicep strength, but when do you ever utilize your biceps in this way in life?

In real life, you will also need to use your legs, protect your back, tighten your core, and maybe even rotate.  It is easy to see why athletes should focus on functional fitness, but everyone moves in the same ways. 

Watch how many different muscle groups you use the next time you lift a gallon of milk out of the cooler at the grocery store.
That's why every single training session conducted at All-Stater Fitness focuses on how to help you move better; whether you're an aspiring athlete, or someone who would love to avoid injuries from just living life.