The aim of functional fitness is to physically prepare people for whatever life might throw at them.

Popularized by CrossFit, functional fitness is defined as “Constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements performed across various time and modal domains."

  • Constantly varied – Variety is the spice of life! Say goodbye to basic linear progression programs.

  • High intensity –  demands the best you can give -- until you can't! Did someone say rest?

  • Functional movements – Movements that have real life use (squatting, pulling up).

  • Various time and modal domains – Sometimes the workout will be five minutes long, sometimes twenty, sometimes a mix of intervals, sometimes short sprints.

Where do the movements come from?

  • Gymnastics – These  movements focus on the control your body. Examples include dips, pull-ups, muscle-ups, rope climbs, box jumps, air squats, and sit-ups.

  • Lifting weights – These include movements where you are moving an external object. Examples include classic barbell lifts (back squat, shoulder press, deadlift) olympic lifts (snatch and clean & jerk), dumbbell variations of those movements, wall balls, and strongman movements (sled pushes/pulls, stone pick-ups, farmer’s carries).

  • Monostructural – Simple movements designed for cardio-vascular output. Examples are running, swimming, biking, rowing, and jumping rope.

If you want to talk CrossFit and functional fitness, please contact the very friendly dweigert@uwo.ca and mpaulin@uwo.ca