Forget your cardio, the key to injury-free exercise is ‘functional …

Forget your cardio, the key to injury-free exercise is 'functional fitness'

You’ve been chomping on chicken and swerving peanuts for years, and suddenly you’re Paleo. You’ve been dallying with dumb bells every week not knowing you’re a resistance training veteran.

Functional training is where you incorporate movement patterns from your everyday life into your workout to either develop or enhance your efficiency or capability when performing everyday movements, or to be able to perform the movement without injury,’ explain Mike and Amy – co-owners and head trainers at F45 Tottenham Court Road.

‘Given that functional training refers to the type of movement you are conducting/producing, it does not bear impact on the style of training you use to develop that movement.

‘For example – both a deadlift and a squat are functional movements as they develop (amongst other areas) your lower body and back so as to become better at moving the legs – the outcome being that you can become better at walking upstairs, picking something up off the ground, running etc.’

F45 focuses on functional movement patterns, which are incorporated with HIIT. So you’re doing intense bursts of functional movement to get the most effective workout possible.

Every day they’ve got a different class on, rotating between cardio and strength and conditioning. The latter is all about lifting, lunging, firing up the shoulders, arms, legs and core. We’re talking shoulder stands (feet on chairs, hands on the ground, dipping up and down), weighted pelvic thrusts, throwing sandbags and lifting kettlebells.