Prescription part two “They are natural, effective, and efficient locomotors of body and external objects.”
Training functional movements is efficient and effective. Results are easily seen or felt in everyday life and especially as we see progress in workout scores. Improvement on workouts directly correlates with improvement in health markers. The correlation is strong because of the metabolic effect functional movements have on the body. As a side effect of health markers improving, the body will build muscle and burn fat, which are two of the most common health goals that people set.
Think about common activities that people do during the day… sitting up out of bed, sitting and standing up from a toilet or couch, leaning over to brush teeth, lifting something off the ground, carrying a back pack or groceries and lifting them onto a counter, or putting them away in a cupboard overhead, and even opening a door. We can group similar movement patterns and combine them to train in a gym. Regular movements, such as these functional movements are safe to perform and can be trained by scaling up the intensity. When these movement patterns are trained well and beyond the demands of everyday activity, quality of life increases because basic needs like going up the stairs is no longer a chore. This can be applied to sport as well, by building a good base of good movement, the capacity can be transferred and used in sport performance.
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