Team Potts practices a functional training approach.
What is functional training?
Functional training and exercises is about integration and teaching all of the muscles to work together, rather than independently. Doing so trains your body to handle real-life situations.
How is this different than conventional weight-lifting?
Functional training focuses on control, balance and strength. Rarely will you be sitting to do an exercise.
“Conventional weight training isolates muscle groups, but it doesn’t teach the muscle groups you’re isolating to work with others,” says Greg Roskopf, MS, a biomechanics consultant with a company called Muscle Activation Techniques who has worked with athletes from the Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets, and the Utah Jazz.
What are the benefits of functional training?
Aside from injury prevention, functional training, if performed correctly, will lead to better joint mobility and stability, as well as more efficient motor patterns. Benefits will be seen in athletic activity, as well as everyday situations. Additionally, this type of training emphasizes the body’s natural ability to move in six degrees of motion. This is in contrast to the more typical use of weight machines which restrict movement to a single plane of motion, which is unnatural for the body.
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques. The results of the study showed very substantial gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%. (2009 Spennewyn)
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Following a functional training approach, Team Potts incorporates various methods of exercise including TRX, kick-boxing, resistant bands, HIIT, and sports specific training including triathlon training.
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