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We all know we need to train “functionally.” It’s been a trend in the fitness industry for the past decade and to be quite honest, “functional training” is a sexy word to throw around. The thing is, everyone talks about “functional training,” but ask a group of personal trainers why functional training is important and a large majority of them will not be able to give you a proper answer.
Let’s break down the actual importance of functional training so that you can be among the elite who know why we need to train functionally and how to better use it in our programming. It all starts with gravity...
Lower Extremity Mismatch is an important concept to understand for anyone wanting to improve their fitness programming, whether it is for themselves or for clients / patients.
During the process of bipedal evolution the structure of the human pelvis changed. The hips positioned themselves more in a frontal plane allowing for more lateral motion. (Lovejoy, 2009:326) This allowed for the stabilization needed for the single leg motions that make up the human gait pattern. The problem is that this mechanism was designed during a time when we were much smaller beings. As an aging and overweight population we are stressing this structure which leads to joint disease.