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IDEA PERSONAL Trainer February 2002IDEA PERSONAL Trainer February 2002 The Four Pillars of Human Movement
“Functional training” is probably the most red hot, albeit misused, phrase in the fitness and conditioning industry today. It is not only the buzzword, it appears to be the trend of choice for exercise program design.
Ever since different-looking exercises such as single-leg reaches first appeared and were called functional, it seems that any strange-looking new exercise also gets passed off under this description. But just because it looks different and is difficult to perform does not make it functional.
As with any trend, functional training has its good and bad points. On the positive side, it presents an exciting alternative for those wishing to exercise and train for performance. Although functional training has been around for about 30 years, it simply was not popular until r