Functional fitness exercises are designed to develop and train the body’s muscles to make it easier and safer to perform activities in our everyday lives – from carrying groceries, to playing sports and, yes, even raking the leaves in the yard.

According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability.

Functional exercises tend to be multijoint, multimuscle exercises. Instead of only moving the elbows, for example, a functional exercise might involve the elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. This type of training, properly applied, can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.

At AMP Fitness, we use the types of exercise tools that are fundamental to functional fitness, from kettle bells, to fitness balls and weighted sleds, every day in our training programs.

To learn more about the benefits of functional fitness training with AMP Fitness, visit ampfitness.com.