Functional Fitness focuses on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine. It’s Making Muscles Work Together.
Wow! That is all I can say. I’ve now completed two sessions and it was bloody hard work!! However I completed it without giving up.
For our beginning few sessions we are using kettle bells for the entire workout. AN ENTIRE HOUR! Whether it be squats, swings, presses, crunches… everything is using a kettle bell. I am currently working an 8kg kettle bell which may not seem like a great deal HOWEVER when you have an hour long session of advanced boxing the night before and a 45-60 minute arm workout prior to the functional fitness class, I think I’m doing alright.
Over the workout course I completed 400 swings (some alternating hands), 60 crunches, 40 squat presses, 40 squats with an overhead diagonal thruster and 20 sumo squats. Remember, I was swinging, carrying, pressing a 8kg kettle bell in every one of these exercises.
Beware. The little suckers can be deceiving. You can have a small size and a large size but they weigh the same. You’ve been warned. Don’t be fooled into thinking smaller ones weigh less.
As I said, this was my second class. The day after my first class, I felt like I’d been crushed by a bus. My arms hurt, my legs hurt, my back hurt; actually my whole body hurt! Woke up this morning and expected to feel the same… Only my arms and chest hurt today however that would be helped by the combo of boxing, arms workout AND kettle bells! I did feel much better after the class finished yesterday. Even after one week, I feel like I’d improved. It might just be my imagination but I seriously felt better.
I’ve been to gym every day this week so tomorrow is my rest day. I feel like my body is going to need it. I completed a half cardio/half weights session tonight as well, so my arms and upper body definitely need a well earned rest.
Sleep Well Bloggers.
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