One of the more recent phrases added to the fitness lexicon is something called Functional Strength. I’m not sure who actually coined this phrase, or I would give them their due credit.
So what exactly is Functional Strength?
In the simplest of terms, Functional Strength is strength that allows you to do everyday things with less physical effort/energy expended.
Here are some examples:
- Carrying the groceries in from the car using less trips back and forth.
- Picking up your child and putting her on your shoulders so she can see the parade better.
- Walking up stairs carrying a loaded suitcase because the elevator is too slow or broken.
- Moving a piece of furniture to make your spouse happy.
- Changing a flat tire–just removing the lug nuts can require a significant amount of strength, and then you have to lift the spare out and put the flat back in the trunk.
- And many many more.
If you think about each of the above examples, every one of them is you working against the forces of gravity or friction.
So the next logical question is: How do we develop this Functional Strength?
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