FUNCTIONAL DYNAMICS - SUPERCHARGE YOUR WORKOUTS



FULL 3D ... FULL TIME UNDER TENSION ... FULL CORE

In last few years functional training has been recognized as most efficient and reasonable way to workout. There has been much debate about what works and what not in the fitness industry and without doubt, there has been much of confusion on the market and a lot of misleading information. There are tons of fitness equipment or workouts out there that are simply gimmicks, giving little or no added value to the user.

In order to finally come to an end of this controversy, a selected group of fitness experts and sport scientists from all over the world were invited to join a project called "Functional dynamics" in an effort to clearly define guidelines on how a proper, efficient and safe workout should look and feel like and what characteristics must fitness equipment have in order to support functional training.



"The key to functional exercise is integration. It’s about teaching all the muscles to work together
rather than isolating them to work independently.”




WHY FUNCTIONAL TRAINING?

Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines that target and isolate specific muscles. As a result the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports. Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises that allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.

Functional training leads to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly reducing the number of injuries sustained and improving an individual’s performance in a sport. These benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body’s natural ability to move in three anatomical planes of motion.

Isolation training achieves results in terms of increasing muscle mass and strength because it allows you to fatigue individual muscles, but this often comes at the expense of physical freedom.
Have you seen how some body builders walk around stiff and rigid? This is often the result of a lot of isolated exercises based on training individual muscle groups like a biceps curl. Athletes, on the other hand, may use isolated training, but will then use integrated training to achieve more effective movement patterns.

Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus, if a patient’s job required repeated heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting; if the patient were the parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance; and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards rebuilding endurance.



FUNCTIONAL DYNAMICS EXPLAINED

FULL 3D ... FULL TIME UNDER TENSION ... FULL CORE

FULL 3D FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS


Everyday natural motion demands movement in all directions. The exercises that force us to make one-joint single-axis movements are simply less effective, less useful, less natural and cause stress on involved joints. In single-axis movements certain muscles may become strong but there is a lack of coordination.

With multiaxis 3D movements muscles surrounding the joint gain strength faster and at the same time, coordination and joint function are improved.

In everyday life it is important to gradually incorporate individual muscles and muscle fibers (individual muscle parts) into a movement or movements (coordination). When performing a specific movement, the whole body enters into action; certain muscles stabilize the body’s position in order to enable other muscles to perform the movement. Use of three dimensional movement executed in spiral and diagonal form recruits not only big muscle groups called "prime movers" but also the supporting muscle groups.

Functional training leads to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly reducing the number of injuries sustained and improving an individual’s performance in a sport.

  • Full three dimensional body movements in 360°
  • Natural, spiral and diagonal movement patterns
  • Maximum range of motion



FULL TIME UNDER TENSION

The key to efficiency is time under tension - the amount of time it takes to perform one full range of motion of an exercise in a slow and controlled manner. To narrow it down to a simple explanation: "You are better off doing 10 repetitions in 50 seconds than 10 repetitions in 10 seconds."

The purpose of physical training is to put muscles under stimula in order for muscles to adapt. With the Freestyler which enables 100 % resistance in 100 % of the movement, muscles are under tension for way longer periods than with ballistic "jerky" movements. But slow controlled movements are not just about efficiency, they are also about safety. With ballistic movements there is a high injury risk factor, like hyperextensions in joints, fast moves also produce way greater risk for tearing muscles or ligaments, since fast moves require way greater muscle inter (between muscles in muscle chain) and intra (how muscle fibers contract within the muscle) coordination. So it's all about what stimula you put on a muscle and how the muscle responds to it.

  • Easy to follow slow movements
  • Workout 100% of the time in 100% of the movement
  • Increased movement awareness & control


FULL CORE

Core training is about training your body's foundation — the muscles that support good posture and efficient movement. Core training does not focus on a single muscle, but rather focuses on improving how the muscles at the center of your body work together to provide you with stability, balance, and control over your movement.


Core training focuses on building endurance in the muscles that support the spine, shoulders, and hips, and in improving the integration of how these muscles create stability. All the workouts should be designed in a way, which forces the muscles to work in a synchronized and coordinated fashion (kinetic chains).

 

  • Synchronized whole body workout
  • "Core connected" moves

  • Proprioception & kinesthetic awareness