We can all step into a gym and bicep curl or lat pull down our way to muscular glory, but these movements aren’t necessarily going to assist you in day to day tasks. Sure, they might help you score a date, or maybe carry a few extra bags of groceries, but for everyday tasks, you need to take a leaf out of Chris Hemsworth’s book and add some ‘secret’ moves into your workouts.
Called functional training, Chris’ Centr team may refer to it as a ‘secret’ workout move (see: ‘the secret moves every workout needs‘), but they’re actually incredibly common, just occasionally overlooked. As Cameron Falloon, founder of Body Fit Training (BFT) tells DMARGE, “functional training is where you do exercises during your workout that are relevant to the movements you would do in everyday life.”
“The 7 primal movement patterns are: push, pull, squat, lunge, hinge, rotation and gait. For example, a deadlift will help you lift something heavy off the ground.”
Centr adds there are risks to be aware of if you don’t perform functional training movements: “If you spend all day at a desk and then try to jump straight into high-intensity resistance exercises, there’s a higher risk of injury if your body isn’t functionally strong.”
Hemsworth’s training team adds some examples of everyday tasks that stand to benefit from functional training, “…think about mowing the lawn, weekend DIYing or helping Andy next door move his new sofa in. You might have even…
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