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A lot of people walk into the gym with certain body parts on their minds ó they want to target the triceps, focus on the inner thighs or work their biceps to exhaustion. Isolating muscles definitely has its purpose and place, but in todayís world, itís all about "functional fitness." Havenít heard of the latest gym buzzword?
The goal of functional fitness is to train movements, not just muscles. Sometimes called movement-based exercise, functional exercises work multiple muscle groups at a time in order to build a body capable of doing real-life activities. Why? Our bodies are meant to function both inside and outside of the gym. When you lift a suitcase into an overhead compartment, a lone bicep is not doing all the work. Muscles always team up to carry the load, and functional fitness will help your body do this better!
When you work multiple parts of your body simultaneously, you not only improve your overall strength but you burn more calories, more fat and increase your flexibility.
If youíre new to functional fitness, focus on these key words at the gym: push, pull, squat, hinge and lunge. Any exercise that involves one of these five motions is guaranteed to work more than one muscle at a time. For example, your quads will be challenged on a leg extension machine, but your quads plus your hamstrings, calves and glutes will be worked with a squat.
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