FUNCTIONAL GYM EQUIPMENT
What is functional training?
Functional training is a style of exercise that focuses on movements and exercises that mimic real-life activities, improving overall strength, cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. Unlike traditional gym workouts that often isolate specific muscle groups, functional training engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously, preparing the body for everyday movements and enhancing overall functional fitness.
Why is functional training so popular?
Functional training’s popularity is driven by its real-life relevance and multitude of benefits for the whole body. It ticks all the boxes, whether individuals are seeking improved functionality, weight loss, enhanced sports performance or overall fitness. It’s also great fun, using a wide range of exercises, equipment and workout formats to keep people engaged and motivated. Its dynamic nature allows for endless exercise variations and creativity, making workouts enjoyable and preventing boredom.
Who can take part in functional training?
Functional training is inclusive and suitable for individuals of all fitness levels and ages. Whether you’re a beginner, an experienced athlete, or a senior looking to improve mobility and functionality, functional training can be tailored to meet individual needs and goals. Exercises can be modified, scaled or progressed to accommodate different fitness levels and abilities.
What equipment do you need for functional training?
A wide range of functional training equipment targets different movement patterns and muscle groups. Some popular types of functional fitness equipment include weighted balls, slam balls, weighted bags, battle ropes, kettlebells, fitness tyres, sandbells, steelbells, plyometric boxes, calisthenics equipment such as parallettes, suspension trainers and water-based equipment.
Where can you use functional gym equipment?
Functional gym equipment can be used in various settings to create an engaging and versatile training space. Physical’s extensive range of highly durable functional training equipment is suitable for commercial gyms and fitness studios – both on the gym floor and in dynamic small group classes – as well as CrossFit boxes, personal training studios, rehab centres and home gyms. Much of it is also portable enough to be taken to the local park for outdoor workouts.
What is the difference between functional training and strength & conditioning?
While both strength & conditioning and functional training contribute to strength and overall fitness, they have distinct focuses. Strength and conditioning emphasises building muscle strength and power through targeted resistance exercises, often using heavier weights, plate-loaded equipment, lifting platforms and so on. On the other hand, functional training concentrates on movements that mimic real-life activities, enhancing everyday functional abilities and sports performance with smaller pieces of kit that add challenge and resistance to movements. These training approaches are often complementary, however, as functional movements require a strong foundation of strength – and vice versa.
Whether you’re kiting out a gym, fitness studio or looking to upgrade your home gym, our competitive prices and unbeatable variety will help you create the ultimate functional training experience.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your functional fitness equipment requirements in more detail, please get in touch.