Resistance training, or exercise with weights, is a means of exercise that has grown and become increasingly popular over the past 10-15 years. A reason for this growth is that individuals and teams are able to achieve a wide variety of fitness and performance goals through this method of training.
There are many variables that can be adjusted to achieve certain goals and include the type of exercises performed, weight/resistance, time, reps, sets and rest.
With many variables to get right, a lot can go wrong, and consequently goals not achieved. To make things even more difficult, each individual has competing demands (e.g time) and availability to resources (gym vs home setup).
It is therefore critical that the variables are catered to your specific goals and a program devised to your individual circumstances.
A new method of resistance training is called functional strength training. This type of training involves exercises that strengthen your upper body, lower body and core all at the same time. Mostday to day, work specific and sport specific movements require this integration between each area of the body and has consequently gained popularity in a wide variety of athletes and non-athletes.
Athletes are able to achieve performance goals such as strength, sprint speed and jump height, whereas non-athletes are able to achieve weight loss, muscle gain and fitness gains. Another key benefit of this training is the decreased time required exercising to achieve certain goals as many body parts are challenged in one exercise as opposed to three different exercises.
Kinetic link training is an example of functional strength training, whereby the exercises stem from key movements or tasks the body is ‘designed’ to perform through ‘linking’ different body parts. It is particularly useful in rehabilitation of injuries as the patient is able to strengthen the injured body part whilst also strengthening the body parts that work to support that area.