‘When I heard they were getting a revamp I thought it was just going to be a couple more machines, but it’s all new and it’s great’
Emma, Inspire Gym Member
Neil and Emma at Inspire’s New Functional Training Zone
Functional Training is the latest craze to sweep the fitness world. Active Luton has teamed up with Escape Fitness to bring YOU a highly beneficial and adaptable way of training. Inspire: Luton Sports Village & Lewsey Sports Park now feature NEW Functional training zones including training frames and kit such as; The Bulgarian bag, TRX, Ropes (and vertical Ropes) plus much more fun! But don’t just take our word for it. We spoke to gym instructor, Neil, and Inspire member, Emma.
‘Functional training provides physical activities that transfer into your daily life making living easier…It’s a brilliant piece of kit (the new Octagon frame) I love it, there’s just so much you can do on it…so much anyone can do on it regardless of age or ability’ Neil
The principle behind functional training is that you’re simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sport. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasise core stability. Functional training has become a key component in many workout plans and is ideal for beginners and pro athletes alike.
‘It’s not intimidating; it’s just a great way to have fun while you train. It works with any exercises and you can make it different every time. For example you can do squats but mix it up using different kit – for example adding the Bulgarian bags, the TRX or Core bag.’ Neil
Functional training emphasises multi-level movements involving power, strength and stability and everyday basic movement patterns such as, pushing, pulling, squatting, rotating, carrying, walking and running. These may only be simple movement patterns but when combined with weights, dumbbells, ropes and punch-bags for example, functional training can provide you with the strength, stability and mobility that are needed to thrive in any sport – or just to be fitter and healthier in your every day life – whatever your age or ability.
‘It’s easy to set up your own workouts and circuits…everything’s there in one place…and everyone’s so helpful, if I’ve got a query about what to do, the gym instructors are only too happy to help me. The TRX is great for adding an extra few moves into the circuit, for example. Another feature in the new gym which I really enjoy is recreating my outdoor runs on the treadmill. This is done by using the free LF CONNECT app. This way I can keep track of my progress and see my fitness increasing over time.’ Emma
‘Don’t be afraid to ask an instructor for help, we’re all trained to show you how the equipment can best work for you. In just ten minutes I can show customers around and everyone says how brilliant it is.’ Neil
Functional training is widely recommended by fitness professionals as a rehabilitation method for people recovering from illness or injuries as it offers a replacement for standard endurance or strength training. Physical therapists can select workouts for their injured patients to perform that closely mimic the movements required for their patients to return back to exercise. This helps in speeding up the rehabilitation process as much as possible in a safe manner.
‘The fantastic thing is that it’s easily adaptable…we can adapt any exercises to the customer’s ability and for those who want to push on we can progress and really challenge them. Wheelchair users can also use the frame – no problem – many exercises can be done seated. It’ simply great for everyone and anyone! Neil
Key benefits of functional training:
- Improves balance and coordination
- Is designed to optimize movement
- Enhances athletic performance
- Increases strength and endurance
- Helps your muscles recover faster from injuries
- Strengthens your core muscles
- Involves compound exercises that mimic real life movements
- Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels
- Restores posture, muscle imbalances, and dynamic stability
- Burns fat
- Alleviates back pain