Functional Training

‘Functional Training’, seems to be one of the latest buzz words in the fitness community, its right up there with core stability, holistic wellness and movement patterns, all of which are made up names for concepts that have been around since people began exercising, is training abs and back (the core) new? Haven’t people been interested in all round health (holistic wellness) since the beginning of civilisation? And some clever so and so, realised we move in patterns, such as walking, running, squatting, crawling, swimming etc and decided we should call them movement patterns!! Brilliant!!

So what is ‘Functional Training’? Well, it’s using specific training methods to elicit a desired outcome. Take Olympic weight lifters, they will primarily use the Olympic lifts (clean & jerk, snatch), all the variations, with some assistance work, to develop the skill, speed and power necessary to excel in their sport. They wouldn’t get very far training like a bodybuilder!?

Don’t just jump on the ‘Functional Training’ bandwagon, trying all the new ‘Functional’ fads that come out, instead determine your unique goals and needs, then ensure you follow a training plan tailored to your goals, that’s real functional training!!

Lets compare two different ‘Functional Training’ methods, the Vipr, a piece of kit I believe should all be recalled, then melted down into dog toys, but that just me, and the Prowler, an awesome piece of kit. Take two rugby players, identical twins, same base fitness level, everything else being equal, 8 weeks of off-season training, one uses Vipr, the other uses the Prowler. Who’s starting the season in better condition?

The Vipr guy, has improved flexibility and ‘core’ stability to a degree, but is he stronger, faster, has his work capacity (fitness) improved? Not enough!

Now look at his twin, who has been battling with the Prowler for 8 weeks, he is stronger, faster, leaner, more powerful, physically and mentally tougher. Both his aerobic and anaerobic capacities has dramatically increased, this guy is strong and fit! Core stability? His core has been trained, along with his entire body, at high intensity, using many movements that mimic movements from the game of rugby!

Now, which exercise is ‘Functional’?

About Nick

Nick has gained over 20 years’ experience and knowledge with successfully coaching numerous people in reaching their fitness goals, a background in amateur boxing, competing at club and championship level. He currently competes in powerlifting and has a passion for all things strength, health and performance that spans nearly 30 years. And with a commitment to continual development as a coach and trainer, with influences such as; Dr Aaron Horschig (squat university), Dr Layne Norton, Stefi Cohen, Wim Hof, Jordan Syatt, Eddie Coan, Jim Wendler, Mark Bell, Christian Thibaudeau and Omar Isuf to name a few. Nick strives to better not only himself, but all those he helps.

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In my mind I knew what I was doing. I was a keen runner and studied A level PE in 1994. What could anyone teach me?

I have known Nick for over 20 years but it was not until Jan 2013 that I decided to listen and take his advice. Because I had run and studied exercise I never thought there was much anyone could do for me. How wrong could I have been? I needed to lose a stone at least and despite my running could not shift it. Within a week of providing my current diet Nick had sorted a new diet and exercise plan to cut the fat. That is where the story started. I stuck to his plan to the letter and saw the visual results within a month.

I could not believe how my fitness had increased too with what seemed to me not much time spent on cardio! HIIT was the way forward. Nick continued to develop and manage my goals throughout the year with simple yet effective and easy to follow training plans. His knowledge of training plans and how diet and the body work to achieve results is second to none.

His flexibility to adapt training plans to what I have wanted is also a plus. In January 2013 I wanted to go back to running and tried my 1st 10k race for a few years. As a result of his training plan I managed 6-minute miling and finished in the top 100 of a 1000 strong field.

If you are in need of a switch and looking for some professional advice on weight loss or training plans then I cannot recommend Nick highly enough.

If you are committed about training and think you are achieving your best I would urge you to think again and consult Nick to take you a step or two further.