𝙵𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝙵𝚒𝚝𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚁𝚒𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚍 𝙳𝚊𝚍𝚜
When I first heard the term ‘functional fitness’ back in 2006 or so, I hated it.
At the time, there were so many jokers in the fitness industry that qualified as personal trainers that functional fitness became synonymous with standing on a stability ball, doing db curls.
Ridiculous stuff to be sure.
I wanted nothing to do with it. That wasn’t functional, it was stupid, circus-like shenanigans.
And don’t get me wrong, the man that coined the term for me was Mike Boyle, still the premier strength Coach out there.
It wasn’t his fault, it was just that people will always take a concept and bastardize it.
This happens with my fasting protocols all the time.
Anyhow, now that I am a bit older and have distance between the mainstream fitness world, I appreciate the term functional fitness.
Just the other day I was able to achieve a goal I had with the turkish get up, with quite a bit of weight, because to me, that is functional.
When I am in Jiu-Jitsu, I need to be able to get off my back while using technique and power.
As a dad, what is functional?
Well, let’s think for a second.
Yes, you want to look powerful, but looks aside, because training in this realm and eating the way we teach, you will take on a powerful outline of what a man should look like (big strong back, big strong legs and hips).
Dads need to be able to carry heavy weight for distances.
This may not make sense to the young bucks without kids, but it will one day, when they have kids.
You train for that with different types of carries.
Dads need to be able to lift heavier things from time to time off the ground.
You can train for that with different hip hinge patterns.
Dads need to be able to hold on for dear life, should the situation ever arise.
Well, to do that, you need to do a lot of rowing type of movements, enough that you will get nice big forearms and a well developed back, from the base of your neck down to your lower back.
Dads should be able to get up off the ground with weight.
This can be achieved with different types of get-ups, such as the turkish get up mentioned earlier.
Dads should be able to push heavy weight. No, I am not talking about pressing heavy weight, I am talking about things like pushing a car.
This can be trained with sleds.
And finally, Dads need great conditioning.
Use a mixture of the above at a fast pace, get into some grappling perhaps and go for a run or two per week or go for weighted vest walks.
Simplicity is the key.
If you’re a Dad, train like a Dad should train.
Post any questions below.
Be Unconventional - Kyle Newell
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