Fitness — something we all want, but something that also remains elusive and vaguely defined by the health industry. Why? Because there are different measures of fitness. You can be fit in one area, such as speed, but unable to back squat 50 pounds. And you can be strong but unable to complete a one-mile run. Fitness 19 is a health club and fitness facility that aims to not only educate you about fitness, but also to get you there — for whatever that means to you. Whether you just want a lean, tone body for the summer, the ability to run a marathon, to win the next strength competition you enter, to lose weight, or just to stay active, Fitness 19 exists to help you determine your fitness goals and then make a plan to reach them. Contact us today!

THE RISE OF FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

Fitness means different things to different people. One thing most of the fitness community can agree upon is that fitness is important for life. You want to be able to wrestle with your kids on the floor, keep up with your exuberant new puppy, or pick up furniture and move it around the house. You want to be fit for life, which is the definition of functional fitness. Functional fitness means you have the ability to do anything you may have to do in life, from squatting to pick up the toys your kids threw on the floor to lifting boxes of books you want to donate.

Functional fitness training involves training your body for these everyday movements, with correct and proper form, so when you execute them in real life you don’t injure yourself. Strength, balance, coordination, power, range of motion, and mobility are key areas functional fitness focuses on. Functional fitness movements are movements such as walking, jogging, running, sprinting, jumping, lifting, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, turning, standing, starting, stopping, climbing, and lunging. These movements are incorporated in different ways with different weights in whole body workouts to strengthen you for everyday movements with functional fitness training.

HOW DID FUNCTIONAL FITNESS BEGIN?

Functional fitness began when more and more gym trainers began realizing that the traditional gym model — stagnant machines that train one muscle at a time — wasn’t working to protect people from injury in everyday life. These trainers started their own “gyms,” or fitness facilities, incorporating body weight movements, suspension training, and less traditional training tools, such as a kettlebell and a medicine ball to create workouts that yielded results. Clients not only looked better, but they were able to do more in real life than before.

WHY FUNCTIONAL FITNESS IS HERE TO STAY

Fitness to most people is being able to do what they want to do when they want or need to do it. Being able to climb five flights of stairs when the elevator is broke, walk around London all day long when on vacation, run a charity 5k, or pick up your cat when it’s so cute you can’t resist him is the definition of what life is all about. Fitness 19 offers you that chance. We have cross training equipment, free weights, machines, group fitness classes, nutrition planning, cardio equipment, and personal training to give you the variety you need to be functionally fit. What are you waiting for? Visit our website to find a Fitness 19 gym near you today!