Improving Your Overall Fitness With Functional Training Methods
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Just adding some functional training methods to your day to day activities can help improve your overall fitness levels

For some people the term ‘functional training’ is often confusing because it can mean many things. The true meaning of functional training is performing exercise techniques that can help us manage the things we do on a day to day basis better. We asked a female personal trainer from Abu Dhabi to give some tips and advice on methods she uses for personal training clients in the UAE who want to add functional training elements to their lives.

  • Functional training is a fitness method designed to help with our daily life and the things we do on a day to day basis. How would suggest we all add some elements of functional training to our day?

    I would simply recommend adding some pushing against a wall or lifting a dumbbell or pulling on a resistance band. Using progressively heavier weights or increasing resistance makes muscles stronger. This kind of exercise increases muscle mass, tones muscles, and strengthens bones. It also helps you maintain the strength you need for everyday activities in Abu Dhabi — lifting groceries, climbing stairs, rising from a chair, or rushing for the bus.

  • Does functional training target particular muscle groups or can it be adapted to do so? For example, someone who is seated at work all day will have different requirements to someone on their feet all day.

    Functional training focuses on training movement patterns rather than isolating individual muscles.

    Sure it’s good and easy for everyone, if someone is seated all day they usually suffer from poor posture and muscle imbalance. Functional workouts will help to improve your balance, and agility. For people on the feet all day, usually they need to allow their muscles to get stronger and get more stamina and strength.

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  • Can functional training also be used for sports training or in combination with sports training?

    For sure functional is recommended for sports training in the UAE, you are required to  move against your own weight. It’s similar to routine that is followed by gymnasts at the Olympics. All exercises result in great muscle tone and definition.

    Specially that It will work your mind your body muscles, meaning if you want to play a certain sport, for example basketball, doing exercises with a heavy ball in functional classes will help you improve your strength, focus and speed whilst playing your favorite sport.

  • Is functional training also used to lose weight or does it just help with strengthening muscles we use on a daily basis?

    Absolutely it’s a great way to burn fat, loose weight and stimulate the whole body to build endurance and boost metabolism. It might combine running – jumping – to lifting kettle bells and weights. These fat blasting workouts can also increase your stamina and strength.

  • Do you think it is important to use functional training from a young age in order strengthen muscle groups as we grow? Is there any age restriction for this kind of training (i.e too young or too old)

    I would say functional is for everyone even especially young as it’s designed to help with our daily life and the things we do everyday. The only important thing is to be under supervision of certified trainers for everyone to keep things safe and avoid injuries special young age group needs more supervision as they are in growing process.

  • As a functional exercise personal trainer in the UAE what are your top tips for ensuring we all include some form of functional exercise/training daily.

    I would recommend strengthening exercises for all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms) at least twice a week.

    My tips will be ….

    1. Warm up and cool down for five to 10 minutes. Walking is a fine way to warm up; stretching is an excellent way to cool down.
    2. Focus on form, not weight. Align your body correctly and move smoothly through each exercise.
    3. Pay attention to your breathing during your workouts. Exhale as you work against resistance by lifting, pushing, or pulling; inhale as you release.
    4. Keep challenging muscles by slowly increasing weight or resistance. The right weight for you differs depending on the exercise.
    5. Stick with your routine — working all the major muscles of your body two or three times a week is ideal.
    6. pushing against a wall or lifting a dumbbell or pulling on a resistance bands upper- and lower-body components. In that case, be sure you perform each component two or three times a week.
    7. Give muscles time off. Strength training causes tiny tears in muscle tissue. Always give your muscles at least 48 hours to recover before your next strength training session.
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