If you’ve been to a bootcamp workout class, you might have heard the term “functional training.” Many bootcamp classes combine high-intensity intervals with functional strength exercises to create a challenging full-body workout. But what exactly does it mean to have “functional” elements in your workout routine?

What is functional training?

In recent years, functional training has sparked a lot of conversation in the wellness world, as it focuses on the tasks (or “functions”) you complete every day. To be more specific, functional training is “designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities,” as explained by the Mayo Clinic. In other words, functional training exercises help you better tackle the common tasks you already do.

If you think about your past workouts, there are several functional strength exercises you’ve probably done — squats, deadlifts, push-ups, and lunges — that mimic and influence your everyday movements. These kinds of exercises can improve your ability to safely pick things up off the ground, reach for objects, carry your kids, and more.

Functional training in bootcamp workouts

If you’re not incorporating functional training into your personal workouts, many bootcamp workout classes, including Gympass partner Fit Body Boot Camp, take inspiration from functional fitness. Bootcamp classes improve your balance, agility, speed, and strength through tough intervals that get your body moving and your heart pumping. Since they’re often in group settings, these workouts offer an undeniable sense of camaraderie that’s perfect on days when you need an extra boost of motivation. Many classes use bodyweight exercises as well as various equipment like battle ropes and kettlebells so by the time you’re done, no muscle group will be untouched. 

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