You only appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone. This also applies to all the times we cannot train due to injury. Over the past months I’ve learnt that an element of functional training is a must-have in my routine for me to be able to sustain my training for many years to come.
Unlike traditional weight training, functional training involves movement in the 3 planes of motion i.e. front, side and transverse (rotational). Functional training mimics movements from daily activities and sporting performance requirements. If you only train in the front plane your body will become stiff in all other planes with injuries being constantly around the corner as a direct consequence to your limited range of movement.
In this video I hence share with you a functional workout I’ve been performing recently (around once a week) in order to improve my mobility in the 3 mentioned planes. My form definitely needs brushing up but at this stage I am happy to say that this workout has helped me release a lot of stiffness in the hip area which has been causing me niggling pains especially in my lower back and hip flexors. It has also strengthened my core.
As a word of advice I would strongly suggest you incorporate this workout (or similar ones aimed at improving mobility) in your training routine at least once every fortnight, especially if your job is desk-based.
My full workout consists of 3 sets x 10 reps of each exercise (per side if applicable) with 30 seconds of rest between sets. Enjoy!
To fitness with love,