Your gym workouts have been awesome lately. You added more weights than ever to your seated rowing machine, and you’ve been rowing like an Olympic champ. So then why today did you struggle so badly when you had to lug that 50lb suitcase to the car? What’s the deal with that?
Here’s the deal. Your traditional strength training program might leave you looking buff and brawn, but your functional fitness is the pits. Functional fitness is about training your body to handle real-life situations. It’s about teaching your muscles to cooperate and work together, instead of the typical muscle isolation that occurs with traditional strength training. Many functional exercises involve lifting weights while standing or weight bearing. This requires more balance and stabilization…something you don’t get from the machines at your gym.
If you are interested in adding a functional fitness training program to your workout repertoire, give me a call.
Knee pain doesn’t have to be the end of physical activity. In fact, with the right exercises, knee pain can actually improve with exercise. During flare-ups, make sure to avoid exercises that require excessive flexing and/or jumping, like deep squats or the leg press machine. Jumping places a force of two to three times your body weight across your knees…OUCH! Also, you might want to avoid exercises that place you on your hands and knees, at least until the flare-up passes. If you’re interested in some better knee exercise alternatives, contact me and I’ll be happy to help!