"An activity that is natural to a person." If we take this as our definition, we can safely say that there are many activities or movements that are natural to all of us who are without injury or disease - walking, running, sitting, bending, lifting etc. There are also activities or movement patterns that are natural to some and not others, dependent on variables such as our environment, employment, leisure and sporting pursuits. For example, an activity that is natural for an elite athlete may not be natural for a sedentary office worker.
Viewing function from this perspective, we can say that functional movement will vary from person to person, but will always be movement that is useful and practical for that individual.
In our pursuit of fulfillment in life, our ability to perform tasks that we need to for daily living as well as engage in the activities that we enjoy is of great importance. If we lack the mobility, stability, strength, power, speed or endurance necessary to do these things, it can be said that we are deficient in our functional movement.
Functional training addresses these deficiencies. It involves the movement of your body, with or without external load, through multiple planes of movement. It employs the use of a wide variety of equipment, both traditional and non-traditional, dependent on your individual training needs.
Effective functional training relies on a thorough movement assessment from which an individualized program can be planned. This programming should include appropriate exercise progressions and regressions, dependent on individual strengths and weaknesses, asymmetries, available range of motion and level of skill acquisition.
At Precision Motion Personal Training we are very excited about offering our clients individualized, progressive functional training designed to optimize their quality of movement. We believe that improving the quality of a person's movement can improve their quality of life. Our attention to detail in teaching movement patterns enables our clients to move better, feel better and enjoy the things they love to do.