The functional training aims at improving the athletic performance, by exercising the mobility, stability and posture.
It improves the body function and helps the sportsman better use his body in space. Mainly in a specific sport, which means the sport one practices.
It is not a question of being strong, rapid or perseverant, but, also of being in harmony with one’s body.
We do not benefit from exercising some series of movements with a bad placement. Even more dangerously, this can have serious repercussions on the long run. By cheating with oneself and compensating with other muscles or other body parts. It is very important to make the right moves, the ones that are adapted to the effort to be exerted.
We are not tackling the “technical” aspect, which, in a club, is reserved to the trainer. However, it is very important to make precise moves.
This training helps the sportsman discover the weak points of his body function, in order to be able to concentrate on the details and the precision that might have a direct impact on the athlete’s performance.
- Improving the movements.
- Reducing injury risks.
- Improving skills.
Most often, while stretching or practicing other exercises, we concentrate on a certain muscle group (Quadriceps, Hamstring…). The question is, “Can we exercise a whole chain of muscles?” The answer is Yes!
Take for example: while exercising our knees, we mainly concentrate on the lower body; yet, must we neglect the upper body, abdominal cladding and coordination in exercising the movements?
These parameters improve the movement and have a positive effect on the way you run.
However, you can exercise in an isolated way. This is even recommended in some cases but what is most important is to be coherent in the training sessions.
Take a good care of your body and your body will take care of you all along and even after your sportive career. Because, yes! There is a career after.