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Old 12-03-2007, 02:12 PM   #1
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Definition of Training For Function


What is the definition of training for function?

Crossfit stresses training for function. Coincidentally, is it connected to a principle in biology, that form follows function?
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:07 PM   #2
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Re: Definition of Training For Function

CF criteria for a functional movement:
1. Multi-joint/ Compound Movement
2. Large Loads
3. Short time

Training for function - training movements that mimic everyday tasks: running, jumping, pushing, pulling, putting stuff overhead, sit&stand, picking stuff up off of the ground, etc.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:29 PM   #3
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Re: Definition of Training For Function

non-functional - sit down on bench, elbow pressed against inside of knee, curl dumbbell

functional - squat down, grab heavy object, lift up
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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Re: Definition of Training For Function

Functional movements are typically those that existed before training and the fitness industri. Squatting certainly did. Biceps curls certainly didn't - even to drink a beer you also use your shoulder, to use Coach G's example (someone learned something at the Charlotte cert, huh? )
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:28 PM   #5
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Re: Definition of Training For Function

Planches/front levers/back levers/cross build "functional strength" but are not a "functional movement" according to most/some of those definitions. Might want to revise a bit (and no it's not cause they're static positions).
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:57 PM   #6
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Re: Definition of Training For Function

Caveat --- I'm new to CrossFit. But this question isn't about CF methodology.

"Training to function" means training which is designed to support functionality, where functionality means realistic, real world movement --- how your training gets applied in your real life, in activities, in all the things that you do --- and perhaps for things which you don't plan to do, but for emergencies and accidents which arise.

You would emphasize training for function to distinguish it from (primarily) bodybuilding, which is not training for practical usefulness, but for appearance -- training to shape how the muscles look, rather than what they can do or how they perform.

You could also use 'training to function' to discuss a specific function or skill that you're trying to develop, eg. parkour, load bearing, self defense, climbing. It means you're designing your training to support that skill.
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