The term “functional fitness” has been all the buzz and for good reason. Functional fitness workouts are designed to train your muscles to prepare for everyday tasks by mimicking common movements like reaching, pulling, or squatting that you might do in daily life. Consistently engaging in these workouts can result in easier, safer, and more efficient performance in things like carrying in groceries, or playing tag with your kids. The focus of functional fitness is to improve
Functional type exercises use multiple joints and multiple muscles. A squat is an example of functional exercise because it works to train the joints and muscles used when you stand up and sit down from a chair or lower down to pick up objects from the floor. Performing a squat fires up quads, glutes, and hamstrings, and hinges your knee, hip and ankle joints all at the same time.
Your Functional Fitness Toolbox
Functional workouts can be done almost anywhere. To make them even more fun, we put together a “Functional Fitness Toolbox” full of colorful Prism Fitness exercise equipment.
1. SMART Core Wheel with Mat
The Smart Core Wheel delivers the best core workout for the entire core (not just abs!) with one tool. Strap your feet or grip the handles for a great core-focused workout.
2. SMART Modular Agility Ladder
The Smart Modular Agility Ladder will help athletes of all levels improve their quickness, agility, coordination and control. This high-quality, versatile athletic training tool is also designed to be very easy to use and store.
3. SMART Stability Balls
The Smart Stability Balls are self-guided for users at all fitness levels. They feature 13 exercises that are printed on the ball for easy reference.
4. SMART Medicine Balls
The Smart Medicine Balls are a functional fitness staple. The weighted center forces the user to use different muscle groups to throw, bounce or twist with the ball.
8 exercises are printed on each ball for easy reference. They also feature a textured surface for a reliable grip and made of sturdy rubber.
5. Smart Straps Body Weight Training System
Finally, you won’t be staring at the dangling straps wondering what to do with it! 12 self-guided exercises printed directly on the straps for easy reference.
No more wrestling with floppy straps; easily place your foot in the pre-formed cuffs either facing down or facing up to perform even more core and leg exercises!
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Here’s a Cardio SMART Medicine Ball Workout for you to try!
1. Jump Squat with Hold
2. SMART Med Ball Burpee
3. Duck walk with backward shuffle
4. Side Knee Repeater
30 seconds each. 4 rounds. Repeat! ((Be sure to switch up those legs for the knee repeaters each round.))