8 Steps to Achieve Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is a type of exercise that focuses on the movements that help you function better in your daily life. It is a form of exercise that is easily available for any level of physical condition and can help you control your weight. Kinsey Mahaffey, MPH, a Houston-based fitness educator, personal trainer, and health coach, shares 8 key steps to achieve excellent functional physical training. 1.

Understand the basics


Functional physical training is a type of exercise that aims to improve your daily life by imitating real life movements. It focuses on strength training, but can also be endurance training if that's useful for your specific lifestyle. A completely universal part of functional fitness from one person to another is the need for a strong trunk. 2.

Choose the right exercises


The 7 most popular functional exercise movements are squats, pull-ups, burpees, deadlifts, strict press, bench dives and power ladder training. These compound movements work several vital muscles, including the glutes, hamstrings and lower back. 3.

Set realistic goals

. Set goals that are achievable and measurable.

For example, aim to do 3 sets of 10 repetitions for each leg or 26% chest or 26% bicep for back. 4.

Vary your workouts

. To keep your body challenged and prevent boredom, vary your workouts every 2 weeks by adding power ladder training before tricep training. 5.

Take rest days


Since functional training workouts are usually full-body workouts, it's a good idea to take a day off between training sessions. 6.

Eat healthy

. Eating healthy is essential for any type of physical activity. Krill oil is an incredible source of omega-3s and the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA which can help improve training performance, muscle development and reduce post-workout inflammation.


Listen to your body

. Continuous physical exertion on the body can lead to minor pain in the tendons, ligaments and joints so it's important to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. 8.

Be consistent

. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving any fitness goal so make sure you stick with it!.