My Favorite “F” Word

Hey everybody, welcome back to Fitness Candor Podcast! Another solo episode and I want to talk about my favorite f word, functional. This word is probably my least favorite word  that has anything to do with fitness or the fitness industry. So it’s a great buzzword everybody loves to talk about how an exercise is so functional, this and that, and I want to do my own quick breakdown analysis of the word functional. So when I think of functional, a lot of people will disagree, but I think of any way that you can get your muscle to be as strong as it possibly can is functional. So for the people who are anti machine, I’m sorry, but they’re functional. If you’re anti kettlebell, I’m sorry, but those can be functional. Anti body weight, that’s functional up to a certain point. Resistance bands up to a certain point.

All of these devices that we use, they’re just the modality to how we get our body to be as functional and as strong as possible. If what you’re doing isn’t getting you stronger, I don’t care how, how great it looks or how, how free flowing you look doing it, if it’s the latest fashion and fad and blah, blah, blah. If it’s not getting you, stronger, not preventing injury in the long run, it’s not functional, it’s not functional for you. So, you know, a lot of people don’t like the leg extension machine even though it’s one of the best ways to strengthen the quad muscle and the tissue surrounding the knee, that’s functional. So is a body weight squat that is also functional And any way that we can safely use a tool like the leg extension or any kind of device, that is functional for you. And that’s basically it. I know this is a super short one, but I kinda just wanted to do a quick rant on it and I, I think I did it. So let me know what you think. Maybe you’re, maybe you disagree with what the word functional means. So let’s have conversation about it. Thanks for listening everybody. We’ll talk to you later.