7 Effective Exercises To Boost Your Training and Results
When people first begin a fitness programme, they often see gains right away, but mastering a specific workout or pattern of exercises is neurological. In other words, your brain is learning how to best recruit the muscles needed to do your spin class/30-minute jog etc. So overtime the workout becomes less challenging and results becomes less significant. Apart from that doing the same workout gets boring so it is important to mix it up to keep you motivated, enjoying your workouts and seeing positive results.
Mixing up your training is really important to ensure your body doesn’t adapt but keeps being challenged and in turn gives you results.
There are lots of way to mix up your training including increasing weights or repetitions, upping the intensity of your workouts, setting goals for yourself or adding some new exercises. I try do all of the above when planning my training week to week to keep my workouts exciting and challenging and a great way of keeping them interesting and effective is by adding in some functional exercises.
Functional training focuses on training movement patterns rather than isolating individual muscles. This type of training prepares muscles for daily tasks by simulating common movements you do day to day at home, at work or on the sports field. Our bodies are built to move and it is so important (particularly as we get older!) that we keep them strong to avoid injury and poor health and functional training is a great way to do exactly that!
Functional training improves muscle tone, balance and stability, fat burning, strength and posture. Here are seven great functional exercises you can throw into your training programme (or add to a High Intensity Interval Training workout to give yourself a great cardio boost too!)
- Push Ups
- Russian Twists
- Mountain Climbers
- Burpee squat and overhead press
For more functional exercises check out the workouts on my YouTube channel