Functional Training—It’s Not New

KLT Functional Training

Functional fitness training isn’t a new concept. It originated from physical rehabilitation activities such as Yoga and Pilates. Sports conditioning exercises incorporate components of functional training into their movements. Functional training also aims to enhance the performance of everyday activities. This includes recreational pursuits such as walking.

As a personal trainer of 6 years, my interests in how we train the human body fascinates me. Research into how we train has come a long way since the ’70s. A time when Arnold Schwarzenegger made strength training popular.
Since then, the science behind how the body moves has made its way back into training.
With a kinetic link approach, using the body’s myofascial slings. Thanks to the work by Tom Myers.
Kinetic Link Training has become recognised as a method of training. In comparison to training muscles in isolation — as in traditional strength training.
Up until now, the craze in the fitness industry has all been about “Functional Training”. I believe in the future, “Kinetic Link Training” could become the new craze?
Poor strength, limited range of motion or postural instability at one joint. These are somethings that can affect the body’s moments. This can, therefore, lead to suboptimal movement patterns and may contribute to injury.

Traditional resistance training methods. Using machines or free weights can provide greater amounts of variable resistance. That said, this type of training can limit your range of motion. And require less stability and balance than functional training.


Both types of training, traditional and functional, are important. Functional training may incorporate exercises to improve muscular power. But a sufficient level of muscular strength is required. In order to achieve optimal improvements in power.
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Women working out together