The Importance of Staying Functional and Athletic in your Bodybuilding Journey
For those of you looking to increase your muscle mass whilst hopefully losing fat simultaneously, a typical bodybuilding eating plan and training regime will probably be one of your most popular tools to have at your disposal, in order to help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted. Bodybuilding however, is not a simple process and it is certainly not something that should be taken lightly. Not only can bodybuilding be testing mentally, it can also be very testing physically as well, as your joints, range of motion, and much more besides, can all greatly be affected as you begin to pile on the muscle. Because of this, staying functional and athletic during your bodybuilding journey is absolutely essential, and so to make life that little bit easier, here are a few benefits associated with functional and athletic training as you embark on your bodybuilding journey.
Day to day activities will be much easier – One of the best benefits associated with functional training regimes, is the fact that they can make day to day living much easier, especially if you’re bodybuilding and are looking at getting bigger and stronger day by day. Functional training exercises are generally multi-muscle and multi-joint exercises which can help improve flexibility and reduce your likelihood of injury. For example, whereas some bodybuilding exercises may only recruit the elbows (triceps exercises for example) functional exercises may recruit multiple joints. This in turn will help reduce pain, tenderness, stiffness, and discomfort, and may then help ensure that day to day activities, even something as simple as trimming your toenails, become much easier.
You will become much stronger – Another fantastic benefit associated with functional training and functional fitness, is the fact that you will become much stronger as a whole. Whereas in bodybuilding, although a bodybuilder may be able to bench, say, 400 pounds, if you were to ask them to help you move some furniture in your home, unless they were bench pressing it, they may actually struggle. With functional training however, your core benefits hugely and becomes stronger with every workout. Your core is, well, your core, it supports your entire body, so if your core is weak, you generally will be weak, and vice versa. Functional training helps strengthen your core, which in return, results in you becoming stronger and more functional as a whole.
Functional training will reduce your risk of injury – Another great benefit of functional training is the fact that it will reduce your risk of injury. This is true for not only in the gym, but also for day to day life as well. Functional training will help strengthen your joints which will enable them to be able to hold and deal with more weight when you’re lifting, whilst helping to strengthen the muscle fibres in the process. This means that muscle pulls and tears are less likely, plus, as your joints become stronger, they will be able to deal with more weight as you become heavier as you build more muscle. The knees in particular, will benefit hugely from functional and athletic training as you attempt to build more muscle.