Can I do functional fitness if I like lifting weights?
Functional fitness exercises are also suitable for those who like to lift weights – even if you like bodybuilding.
The three big lifts – squat, deadlift and bench press – are the cornerstones of many good functional training programs. Other exercises that you often see in a functional training program are lunges and rows.
There is a wide range of exercises that can be considered functional and they can be scaled up or down depending on your level. They focus on using body weight and free weights, and you can incorporate various tools such as medicine balls, rubber bands etc.
What are the benefits of functional training and why is it important?
Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain more muscle mass or improve your general fitness, functional fitness can give you an extra boost.
The method emphasizes improving your ability to perform everyday movements smoothly, from climbing a flight of stairs to tying your shoes. By training your body in natural movement patterns, your body will become more efficient and your daily activities will feel easier. This will also help you to more easily reach the goals you have set for your training.
Can I get bigger muscles by doing functional fitness?
The short answer is yes. Functional fitness focuses on training the body’s muscles in its natural movements, and if you increase the volume and intensity over a period of time, you will experience increased muscle mass. Of course, there are also other factors that come into play. You can read more about how to increase your muscle mass in this article.
Can I lose weight by doing functional fitness?
You can use functional training as a means of increasing your energy expenditure during the day. But if you want to lose weight, you must be in a calorie deficit.
How can I get started with functional fitness if I have no experience?
If you have never trained in functional fitness before, we would suggest that you seek help from a personal trainer who can give you the correct help and guidance. If, on the other hand, you want to try on your own, you can seek help from our training program in Muscle training for beginners: The big guide to muscle building.