Functional Fitness

Functional strength. That’s the kind of fitness I want you guys to have. I want you to have the kind of fitness that, when your 80 pound dog has a seizure while you’re out on a walk, you’re able to pick him up and carry him the six blocks back to your house so you can get him to the vet quickly. I want you to be able to lift your kid up onto the top bunk without throwing out your back and spending 3 weeks sleeping on the floor. If a large tree limb falls onto your driveway during a storm, I want you to be able to maneuver it out of the way so you can get to work on time. If there’s a natural disaster, I want you to be able to help rescue people, or get YOURSELF out of an ugly situation, and to be able to walk a few miles carrying bags of food and water if the need arises. That’s why you’ll never find a bicep curl or ab isolation exercise in my workouts. Those exercises don’t make you stronger. I give you exercises that require your entire body to work as a unit to accomplish a task. Exercises that work multiple muscle groups in multiple ranges of motion, to create the kind of strength that will benefit you in your real life. Who cares if you can curl a 10 pound dumbell 100 times? Can you climb out of a hole? Can you pick up your father when he falls in the bathroom and can’t get up? Can you outrun a vicious dog?

5 thoughts on “Functional Fitness

  1. HIIT ARTICLE – short sweet and to the point, with a BLAST of intensity!

  2. I just want to say that I LOVE this. It is a great attitude about fitness and health. I found your blog off of caloriecount a long time ago, you are truly an inspiration. I haven’t struggled to “lose weight” for two years, thanks in part to you.

    Three years ago, I was 17, unhealthy in that I would sometimes crash diet even down to 900 cals a day, which was awful and made me feel weak and dizzy. My struggle was intense (though unnecessary- I yo-yoed but was never overweight except in my head). I never used weights, and I was afraid of carbs and/or fat. Silly me. I’ve learned so much since then, and I just want you to know that you offer awesome advice in a great, practical writing style. Now, I’m much happier. I weigh 20lbs more, but you can’t see it- unless I’m flexing! Strength training has made me a better runner, my waist looks thinner, and it is so much easier to maintain my weight than before.

    I don’t want to sound like I’ve been creeping on you (I just re-discovered your blog on Google Reader). I just want to say thanks for being a honest voice out there in the crazy world of nutrition/fitness. I’m currently in pharmacy school, and I know there’s a lot of misguided information out there on health. I’d recommend the outlook you have in this blog post to anyone.

    • Oh my, Melissa, my eyes welled up with tears a little reading that. Thank you so much for taking the time to share that with me, it means so much that my experiences are helping others!

      Would you mind if I shared it on my facebook page? I can leave out any identifying info if you want.

      • Yes, feel free (but leave off my last name/email, if you can see that, please). I’m glad that I could make you happy- I was just being honest.

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