I have talked about my predictions concerning the future of Functional Fitness as far back as early 2012 and also here. Recently, a coworker forwarded me an article (see here for complete article) concerning the change in the fitness industry in just the path I hoped it would take.
Just read a few quotes (paraphrases, so not really proper, but good enough for my blog):
Adam Campbell, fitness director for the Men’s Health: Machines like the leg press strengthen muscles, but what’s the real logic in sitting or laying down to train your legs? Functional fitness is far more bang for your buck because it works multiple muscles simultaneously, providing better overall strength and mobility, and a higher calorie burn.
David Harris, the national director of personal training for the Equinox chain: I wouldn’t say obsolete, but there is a huge downtick in traditional strength-training equipment. The company, based in New York, has thinned its ranks of chest press, leg press and leg extension machines to clear floor space so members can move freely.
Josh Bowen, until recently the quality control director for the seven-state Urban Active chain: He referred to the sweeping revisions the company made last year as swapping “Arnold machines” (as in Schwarzenegger) “for AstroTurf.” He also said, “Gyms are way out of the times if all they have is machines. People spend all day sitting with machines. When they come into a gym, they don’t want to be sat down at another one doing three sets of 12.”
I am and have been very biased for years and clearly drink the Functional Fitness cool-aid. Remember, there are many styles/ways to exercise and Functional Fitness is not for everybody. However, the general public who want a way to exercise safely and efficiently in order to simply be healthy in a general, overall sense are really going to get that with Functional Fitness over most other formats.
Caution: I’m not talking Crossfit, which technically is a Functional Fitness program. Click here if you want to know why I don’t personally recommend Crossfit.
There is a wide range of other Functional Fitness programs such as Kemme Fitness, which will get you great benefits with little risk. In fact, if done properly, you are more likely to reduce the risk of injury in all of your life’s activities. And now, it seems like finding a gym to help you engage in a Functional Fitness program is becoming easier and easier. Sweet!