Posts in Movement
How to get stronger without hitting the gym: Understanding functional training

Isn’t it a dreamy thought that you could gain strength from activities in your daily life, instead of scheduling time to workout? This is true if you understand and implement functional training. I had the opportunity to sit down with my friend, personal trainer & nutrition expert, Elizabeth Hills, to break down the concepts of functional movement and training. These are terms we hear thrown around frequently, but I think most of us lack the foundational knowledge of what the concepts mean, and how they impact our holistic health picture. My goal is to provide you with a better understanding of these concepts, so you can find ways in your daily life to focus on building strength.

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An Exercise in Self-Discovery

Some people are born to be athletic, made to move and take part in sports. Oh how I wished to be one of those people! I can remember being in middle school and wanting to be able to run fast around the school path, but instead I’d start out as fast as possible, and be spent in another 10 minutes. School sports, let’s just say it was not a fit. Despite all this, and because I'm a driven person, I set out to follow the nagging voice in my head reminding me to be curious and somewhere there would be a fit for me. My story is not unique, I have tried a lot of exercise options, and found them hard to stick to. For me it all clicked into place when I was open to trying a “new” class called barre3. It must have been divine intervention, as a small room of mirrors, windows and ballet barres would not normally fall in my wheelhouse. Something clicked for me in that space, I felt comfortable and encouraged, and curious to learn more.

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