What is Functional Fitness?

Excellent question. Functional Fitness is a general physical preparedness program for people of all fitness levels — from novices to uber-athletes and everyone in between. Functional Fitness is designed to build well-rounded, extremely fit athletes who can handle just about anything nature and their daily lives throw their way.

Functional Fitness is centered around three pillars: functional movements that mimic those found in nature and translate to your day-to-day tasks; variety that challenges you mentally and physically; and a steady build up to intensity of workout. Learn more about Functional Fitness.

How is Functional Fitness CF2S different than a typical gym?

In oh-so-many ways – perhaps too many to list here. But for starters, Functional Fitness workouts do not involve repetitive motions completed on weight or elliptical machines that focus on one set of muscles, or in spin, step and other classes you find at most gyms. Functional Fitness workouts incorporate functional movements you can apply to your every-day tasks, and varies them so that your body continually adapts to meet new challenges – and your brain doesn’t get bored.

Under the guidance of our certified Functional Fitness coaches, Functional Fitness athletes complete workouts of the day (WODs) that are short, intense (scaled to your level of fitness and knowledge), and constantly varied. You’ll learn how to do Olympic lifting, weightlifting, kettlebell, dumbbell and gymnastics movements. Functional Fitnessers run, jump, swing, climb ropes, row and lots more. Bottom line: prepare to work your butt off, but have a great time doing it.

The best way to experience Functional Fitness’ unique and results-driven approach to fitness is to schedule a free private session. Call 702-250-0983 to schedule yours now.

Do I have to be in shape to start Functional Fitness?

Absolutely not. Our athletes come to Functional Fitness in all shapes and sizes, and from a variety of backgrounds, fitness levels and ages. Some are self-proclaimed couch potatoes, some get their exercise chasing their grandkids, some are insanely fit first-responders and military personnel, some are former gym rats looking for a better workout, and others are seasoned athletes whose bodies have taken a beating over the years.

Whatever your fitness level, we’ll work with you to customize workouts that are appropriate for you and steadily build up from there. All you need to get started is a willingness to try, and a commitment to follow through. We’ll help you with the rest.

I’m not sure Functional Fitness is right for me. How can I tell?

You’re right: Functional Fitness isn’t for everyone. It’s definitely not for anyone looking for a quick fix or a shortcut to getting in shape. We believe you have to put in the work and the time, the blood, sweat and tears – and that’s what makes the results you get so dramatic, and so rewarding. We’re not just about building better bodies, but about building better people who lead happier, healthier, fuller lives. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Give it a try. But if you’re adverse to hard work, please don’t waste our time – or yours.

What Kind of Things Will I Do?

We do things in an endless variety of drills. Jumping, medicine ball throws and catches, pull-ups, dips, push-ups, handstands, presses to handstand, pirouettes, kips, cartwheels, muscle-ups, sit-ups, scales, holds, the clean & jerk, snatch, squat, deadlift, push-press, bench-press, and power-clean. We make regular use of running and rowing machines, Olympic weight sets, rings, parallel bars, free exercise mat, horizontal bar, plyometric boxes, medicine balls, and jump ropes.

There isn’t a strength and conditioning program anywhere that works with a greater diversity of tools, modalities, and drills.

What Is an Athlete?

According to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, an athlete is a “person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring strength, agility, or stamina”.

The Functional Fitness definition of an athlete is a bit tighter. The Functional Fitness definition of an athlete is “a person who is trained or skilled in strength, power, balance, and agility, flexibility, and endurance”. The Functional Fitness model holds “fitness”, “health”, and “athleticism” as strongly overlapping constructs. For most purposes, they can be seen as equivalents.

Can I achieve optimal health without being an “athlete”?

Nope. Athletes experience a protection from the ravages of aging and disease that non-athletes never find. For instance, 80-year-old athletes are stronger than non-athletes in their prime at 25 years old. If you think that strength isn’t important, consider that strength loss is what puts people in nursing homes. Athletes have greater bone density, stronger immune systems, less coronary heart disease, reduced cancer risk, fewer strokes, and less depression than non-athletes.

So, bottom line, become an athlete today.