Running, jumping, skipping, squatting, handstands in the garden. It all just comes naturally to us as children. But then life happens. We get a job in an office, we get injuries, we don’t have the energy – or the skill – to move so freely anymore.
That’s where functional training comes in. Inside EVO is a playground to reconnect the mind and body to its youthful state. We focus on skillful, purposeful and playful movements. Whether you’re 16 or 60, it’s possible to regain control and start moving in a natural, functional way.
Even with those aches, pains and niggles that creep in as our body changes with age, functional training is possible. In fact, it can help. And not just for the obvious exercise benefits: improved muscle strength, better heart health, lowering the risk of diabetes and supercharging your brain and mood.
EVO is designed to be practical and useful, blending human movements that relate directly to specific activities. Pushing a heavy weight, throwing a ball, twisting and curling your way through a tennis match. Maybe you’re dreaming of climbing a mountain this summer. Maybe you just want to have a game of football with the kids without pulling a muscle.
There’s never been a better time to get into functional fitness: jump on-board in your twenties, thirties, forties and beyond. If you are wondering if it’s right for you, working with a personal trainer can help you get the most out of it. Here are just a few ways it can help your mind, body and soul:
By increasing your range of motion, strength and agility without repetitive strain, functional training helps off potential injuries and assists with day-to-day activities. This is definitely what you want to later in life. Mix it up with lifting, bending, balance and multi-directional movements and feel your aches and pains alleviate as your body grows more resilient and imbalances even out.
We’re meant to move. The human body wasn’t designed to be slumped over a desk all day. Rather than focussing on isolated muscles with machines, we interact with our environment, using simple compound movements to work the body as a whole. That way you can stay strong and agile by creating a body you can use.
Straighten out that spine and look leaner: as a nation of chronic sitters, bad posture is common. Functional training helps align the body – alleviating back pain and aching muscles caused by slumped shoulders and arched backs. Everything from deep sumo squats to standing donkey kicks can get your body back how it’s supposed to be.
The candle count on your birthday cake has nothing to do with your ability to move naturally. Rejig your biological age by going back to basics with functional training. Who knows, you might just be doing handstands in the garden this time next year.