Functional training is, essentially training for your function: whatever it is you want to achieve with your Personal Trainer.
That might be getting through each day without back pain stopping you, performing your best at football or losing stubborn body fat and wearing the clothes that flatter you. Everyone's individual goal is personal to them.
Before any of us discovered Functional training, I personally felt frustrated at only being able to get certain clients so far. Long term pains/niggles would temporarily disappear following a training session, but often return a few days later.
I wanted to give them their money's worth and didn't feel satisfied that I was making a permanent difference. Losing impressive amounts of body fat and increasing fitness levels was one thing, but my qualifications as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist only served to get so far in terms of actually eliminating long-term pain permanently.
When you train your body for your function, something wonderful begins to happen. My training methods now involve treating individuals as unique WHOLE beings, rather than parts or pieces of the person. My first functional training diploma enabled me to determine the cause of the pain and eliminate it through movement, rather than just treating the symptoms.
To have my clients tell me they can now get out of bed without worrying about their backs 'going', lift shopping bags and grandchildren pain-free and essentially live the lives they want to, is the ultimate achievement for me as a trainer.
We believe everyone has the right to a healthy and happy quality of life. One fabulous gentleman came to me six years ago, believing he would eventually need a knee replacement. Now he can't actually remember which knee it was!
His wonderful wife had suffered hereditary high blood pressure for over forty years, following childbirth. It is now the lowest it has ever been, so much so her doctor thought the monitor had broken. Both of them are fitter and in better shape than they were ten years ago.
We work with a variety of individuals that come to our studio for personal training and more. Some may have had little success with other health practitioners and are subsequently looking to take a different approach.
We measure our success from our clients not having to keep returning for the same problem. From working with indisputable scientific fact (gravity, ground reaction and momentum) the results speak for themselves.