Just what is Functional Fitness and what am I doing here? First off, notice that I have nothing for sale on the website, so I’m not into marketing.
I have received emails recently wondering why I am not into barbells. Let me be clear, I love Deadlifts and other Olympic Lifts. I am a huge fan of Pavel Tsatsouline and his book Power to the People talks about Deadlifts and a Press such as a 1 arm Press being all you need for total body strength. In addition to that, Deadlifts are a complex movement that is totally functional and is probably one of best ways to work your body naturally, focusing on your core, and helping you to do life’s activities.
The reason I don’t use barbells (although many of my workouts do) is really just logistics. At work, where I train about a dozen folks, there is just not enough room to use barbells. And at home, my friends and I don’t like to spend money and so we use the homemade equipment. A Slosh Tube does not replace a barbell, but most people can get the results they want without having to lift heavy, heavy weights.
I guess it comes down to your goals. I will have a post coming out soon that lists what I consider the 4 dimensions of Functional Fitness. The word “functional” is a vague term and can be used to apply to darn near anything you want. It is like the word “healthy.” My wine is “healthy.” Organic foods are “healthy,” even the ones with a lot of calories. It all depends on how you define it and how you apply the terms.
By the way, I don’t claim to be the best writer in the world, so be nice to me for my poor grammar at times. It is hard to whip out posts every 2 days when you have a nice balanced life.
When I talk about Functional Fitness (capital letters) I am being very specific. Most Functional Fitness certifications do not focus on deadlifts, but focus more on helping people of all ages to achieve a level of fitness that will help them to play with their kids, carry the couch up from the basement, grow old while reducing the likelihood of injuries, etc. Because the majority of who seem to be using my website are runners and people in other countries who don’t have the expensive gym equipment, I have tailored my site to serve them.
I am also not attacking weight lifting, however, some people use that term similar to bodybuilding. I am not attacking bodybuilding either, but bicep curls, bench presses, and the like are about shaping the body, which is different than what the certification bodies (and me) call Functional Fitness. Runners use complex movements, but not many. I train runners all the time and it is surprising how “unfunctional” overall that runners are. It doesn’t mean people shouldn’t run. They can even run and do nothing else. However, if they want to be more functional fit, they will have to crosstrain. It may even improve their running! Now watch as I now get flooded with emails from runners. Bring it on!!
So there: weight lifters I am not your enemy. I simply offer free resources to people who either want something more varied and interesting, or for people not in a gym. Runners, well I love ya. I will continue to preach to you about the value of cross training though!
And just remember: Kemme Fitness is just a dude sharing what he has learned. I am not claiming my way is the best, but I am totally drunk on the Functional Fitness K0ol-aid and I 100% believe that it is the way to go for most people to have a well balanced life.