BBJ Fitness Corner | Traditional strength vs functional fitness training | Sports

“WHEN I was still a  CNMI national basketball player, I always thought that I needed to get lean and stacked to be one of the top players,” said Jerry Diaz, a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer.

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Kyokushin Karate Sensei Danny Banez demonstrates the use of a makiwara board.

 What he learned eventually from his coach, he added, was the importance of endurance while still being efficient and effective against players who had prepared for a high-level intensive competition.

But as a trainer, he tells his clients that there is no “one size fits all approach” to fitness training, and that they should focus instead on a program that allows an individual to safely adopt a traditional strength or functional fitness training approach.

Diaz said functional training is “a total body workout that helps support an individual’s natural movements.”

He said functional fitness training uses various  methods that involve bodyweight, total resistance exercises or TRX, kettlebells, resistance bands, sandbags, and medicine balls.

These will improve strength performance which, in turn, will help prevent injuries or overtraining, Diaz said.

Functional fitness training is a modern approach currently utilized by many professional athletes, personal trainers and physical education teachers, Diaz said.

As for the traditional strength training approach, he said it is also known as bodybuilding training which can build strength that is not necessarily matched with an individual’s fitness goals. It usually involves barbells, dumbbells or cable and other machines.

Individuals must utilize each individual machine to focus on a specific muscle. This training is ideal for bodybuilding.

Asked about power lifting or Olympic lifting, Diaz said they  require proper training guidance.

“The most ideal fitness training approach is to match the individual’s health and wellness goals so they can safely and progressively learn, adapt and grow through proper movement principles and an appropriate nutrition program,” he added.

 For more information and professional fitness inquiries, contact Jerry Diaz through Instagram at @BBJ_Athletics or Facebook.

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