In my years working in the fitness industry, I have found that the average Joe (or Josephine) tends to shy away from weight rooms, personal training, or fitness camps as they are unsure of what they are doing and are afraid to hurt themselves. But personal fitness doesn’t have to be all tanning oil and body wax! In fact, for most of us, fitness programs need to be modified, adapted and built for your body and lifestyle.
Why “Functional Fitness?”
Functional fitness is simply using fitness to enhance the way you live your life. We’ll work to strengthen your body in a way that prepares you for your daily routine with a combination of cardio, strength training, balance, range of motion, and whatever the heck else we can think of.
I always tell my clients, “I don’t expect you to be able to lift a car, but it would be nice if you could easily haul in the groceries or chase around your kids or grandkids.” I try to make everything relatable to your daily life.
Take the squat, for example. A word that causes a universal cringe! But, regardless of your age, weight, or mobility, a squat broken down is simply sitting down in a chair and standing up. Simple as that. A simple move, that when built upon, will strengthen your ability to live life to the fullest.
At the most basic level, functional fitness will make you think “This sounds like something I can handle.” I want you to feel safe, comfortable, and confident – in the weight room, with me, with your body and yourself. That’s not to say you won’t get sore muscles (you will), and that you won’t be a little uncomfortable (change’ll do that), but you can also look forward to an educated experience in discovering what that big ol’ body of yours can do for you – and, I promise, it’s more than you expect!
Exercise is Medicine
Central to the Built for You philosophy is the Exercise is Medicine Canada movement. Learn more about the movement at www.exerciseismedicine.org
Exercise is Medicine® Canada (EIMC) is a movement to encourage a healthy lifestyle among Canadians. EIMC programs are based on abundant evidence that physical activity and exercise reduce the risk of chronic disease and the belief that:
- Most Canadians can find simple ways to incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily routines;
- More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in the healthcare setting; physical activity and exercise should be incorporated as a key health indicator and standard of medical care as a ‘vital sign’; and
- Certified exercise professionals serve as important resources for Canadians and their healthcare providers
Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to EIM Credentialied Exercise and Health Fitness Professionals. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatments of diseases and should be regularly assessed and “treated” as part of all healthcare.The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the proud host organization for EIM in Canada.