Functional Trainers and Fitness

Functional Trainers and Fitness

Becoming Functional

Fret not despisers of workout redundancy, functional trainers are here to help! Okay, that was admittedly a bit of a corny tagline but it was, unfortunately for you, necessary. Why is that? Because functional trainers are diverse conquerors of exercise equipment that allow users to slay any physical task ahead!

Perhaps a slight exaggeration but still, you get the point. It’s Wednesday. Give me somewhat of a break.

Anyways, let’s get down to the heart of the matter. Namely, functional trainers are truly diverse pieces of fitness equipment that seek to provide users with a wide range of exercises meant to stimulate the body in ways that more traditional pieces of exercise equipment do not.

The Basics

The first images that come to mind when you think of workout or exercise equipment are likely treadmills, ellipticals, bench presses and a collection of other free weight benches, machines and equipment. Nobody blames you for thinking such, either! These pieces of exercise equipment have dominated the fitness industry for some time due to their popularity, functionality and ease-of-use for individuals at all levels of fitness.

Yet there is something static about them. Too static for some, perhaps.

Especially in a society driven by diverging interests and development, traditional forms of exercise can seem less appealing due to a lack of diversity. And while much of this is due to how users statically use the equipment there are myriad exercises and movements traditional pieces of equipment cannot handle. If they can it often requires the use of multiple stations that take up quite a bit of space.

This can cause a problem for home owners looking to incorporate exercise equipment into a home gym setting. It’s tough to address all fitness needs without investing in a significant amount of space.

Or so it used to be.

Functional Trainers started to hit the markets roughly 20 years ago and quickly began to revolutionize fitness. They addressed the needs of gyms and individuals by saving space, time and effort. This was spearheaded by fitness companies designing pieces of fitness equipment that would tackle full-body workouts and provide users with multiple exercise options at a single station. Not only did this mean being able to perform traditional arm and leg workouts in one area, it also meant allowing for exercise manipulation and movements that had not been previously performed.

Functional Fitness

Mechanically functional trainers incorporate one or two weight stacks and a number of cables and pulleys. These cables, pulleys and points of training are generally allowed to be manipulated to varying heights and angles in order to allow users to train how they want.

Therein lies the beauty of functional trainers, too. Aside from traditional lifts and exercises functional trainers allow individuals to perform non-traditional exercises that better suit individual needs. The machines were built to address these varying needs as the concept of functional fitness and being ‘functionally fit’ swept through the industry.

Rather than focus on static lifts in order to train specific muscles functional training addresses the needs of all regardless of fitness level or fitness goals. By doing so you are hoping to engage muscles as you would in real-world situations. The result? A workout and exercise routine that helps you perform daily tasks while improving strength and performance.

This is exactly what functional trainers were developed for, too. Because while functional training incorporates many different exercises and switches between cardio and strength exercises, functional trainers are designed to allow for a wide variety of movements not allowable by other, more traditional pieces of fitness equipment.

A couple great examples of functional trainers and how diverse they can be are the Hoist Fitness Mi5 and the Vectra Fitness VFT100. These functional trainers are the epitome of space-saving design and functionality. Through their build they are able to offer users a compact exercise space and complete set of exercises suited to fit individual needs. The Hoist Mi5, for instance, features a counterbalanced system to allow for the easier manipulation of the trainer, thus allowing for efficient operation and economical workouts. The VFT100, on the other hand, has fixed-angle arms but is quick and easy to move up-and-down and includes the added benefit of the use of Vectra Fitness’ multiple sport handle attachments.

Together the Hoist Mi5 and Vectra Fitness VFT100 offer a great glimpse into the world of functional training and functional trainers. And with companies such as True Fitness releasing the Quickfit, the fitness industry is ripe with innovative functional trainers designed with a diverse clientele in mind.

So if you’ve had it with treadmill fatigue or workout redundancy make sure to look towards functional trainers as your bastions of exercise relief. Not only will they save you plenty of space and time but they will do so while allowing you to perform the exercises necessary to engage muscles you use in your daily life.

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