Our upcoming Functional Training Workshop (part of the UniRec Workshop Series 2014) is set to take place Thursday 18th September. We caught up with Health & Fitness Manager James Campbell to find out more about what attendees can expect to learn from the workshop...
What exactly is 'functional training'?
Functional training is a set of exercises that gets your body using multiple muscles at any one time. These exercises normally require the body to move in different directions or 'planes of movement' and usually mimic movements that you would do in everyday life.
What are the benefits of functional training?
Functional training is really beneficial if you play sport. Most sports require you to use multiple muscles and perform complex movement patterns at the same time. Functional training mirrors these movements and helps to improve your power, speed and agility. Functional training will also help you day-to-day by moving the body through its full range of motion, thus helping with everyday tasks.
What types of functional training techniques will be covered at the workshop?
When people think of the gym, they think of traditional equipment such as treadmills, bikes, dumbbells, etc. Whilst those types of equipment are obviously fundamental, there are many other types of equipment that many members will have never used before. This workshop will focus on teaching attendees how to use equipment such as TRX, kettlebells, plates, medicine balls, ropes, and rings. Participants will also learn how to safely put together a full-body functional training workout.
Attendance at the workshop will be really beneficial and I'd encourage members to head along, learn some new exercises and diversify their training routine.
Who will be delivering the workshop?
Vonita White and Erin Mascelle will be delivering the workshop. Vonita is a personal trainer with Get it Fitness and Erin is one of our Exercise Consultants.
The Functional Training Workshop is free for all to attend and will take place at UniRec from 5.30 - 6.30pm, Thursday 18th September. If you're keen to attend, simply put your name down at reception.