Functional Exercise - What Is It?

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

One quick note, and then we'll talk training.

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2. My Definition of Functional Training

You see a lot of people talking about "functional

It seems to mean different things to different

There are lots of videos on Facebook and
YouTube that show "functional exercises"
on stability balls and wobble boards.

Many of the "functional exercise" movements
come to us from physical therapy and
rehabilitative medicine.

If that's your thing, then fine -- but my
definition of functional exercise is a bit

To me, a functional exercise is one that
does the following:

1. Strengthens the muscles.

2. Strengthens the bones.

3. Strengthens the tendons and ligaments.

4. Improves balance and coordination.

5. Strengthens the neuro-muscular system.

6. Requires deep, focused, intense concentration.

7. Trains the entire body in free flowing and
athletic movements rather than focusing on
single bodyparts or isolated muscle groups.

8. Trains the heart and lungs and strengthens
the internal organs.

9. Teaches you to move like an athlete.

10. Builds the strongest possible mind-muscle

11. Can be performed in a progressive fashion.

12. Can be performed by trainees of any age,
and is something that older trainees can do
and enjoy.

There's one kind of exercise that does all of
these things.

It's ground-based strength training with your
choice of barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells or
heavy awkward objects -- supplemented with
old-school bodyweight exercises if you enjoy
doing them.

In other words, the kind of training I cover in
all of my books and courses.

It's the most functional kind of training you
can do.

This kind of training doesn't come with fancy
names or fancy labels. In fact, it's pretty old-
fashioned. People have been doing it for a very
long time.

There's a reason for that.

It works.

It works better than anything else under the sun.

If you're already doing it, then keep on doing
what you're doing.

If you're NOT doing it, then start now.

The right kind of strength training is one of the
most important things you can do for yourself.

Make it a regular and integral part of your

As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Here's the best book ever written about
functional training for trainees age 35 and older:

P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- and links
to my Kindle e-books and PDF books -- are right

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Strength training
is functional. Full stop, period, end of
story." -- Brooks Kubik