What's your definition of "functional"? What is functional strength, what is functional fitness?

What's your definition of "functional" IST? What is functional strength, what is functional fitness?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Functional strength has always been a cope for people who don't want to admit they're lifting for vanity. It's basically a cop out saying your body building or powerlifting. Same as lifting for health. If you lifted for health you wouldn't be doing a 6 day split.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I’m a firefighter (not OP) and I mostly lift for my job. Every exercise I do I understand the way it helps me with my job or prevents injury. A lot of what I do doesn’t make me any bigger and just bolsters my body and makes it more reliable. That’s functional strength. making sure I’m flexible but still strong in different positions and nothing will snap or tear hopefully in a weird situation.

      People tell me I look like I’m in good shape when I’m wearing clothing that fits well, but by standards here I would probably look DYEL. A lot of what I do is moving towards calisthenics work and less about weight being moved. More about strength under load in a variety of positions and bulletproof int my joints as much as I can. A side effect of being fit and strong is that you will look better and it’s great but I care more about my body getting my job done than how I look and that’s my motivator to exercise.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The lifts that make your shit more durable are the same lifts that make you bigger.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What's your routine fireboy?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I don’t have a strict routine anymore like I did when I was younger. At peak strength I did a two day split twice a week and did gymnastics and flips and stuff two other days. in addition to lots of running. Ended up with overuse injuries. so it isn’t like I’m lazy.

          I tend to do more cross training these days and just improve areas where I think I’m struggling. and some of it is more in the lines of sustained output combined with heat tolerance. At points in the year I will do stuff like use my treadmill when it’s 90 degrees in my garage while I wear a hoody, and will monitor my heart rate and temperature. And I will power walk for a few miles carrying weight in my backpack and in my hands. This can be dangerous which is why I followed a guide and I try to monitor it and educate myself on the science of how the body adapts to heat. Last year I put a lot of time into learning how to build heat tolerance following guides from people who did marathons in the desert.im not pushing the same heavy weight I did when I was younger but it doesn’t mean my training isn’t ever intense or difficult.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Functional strength is being able to pull your own body off the ground, unassisted. Its also something 60% of this board can't do one single time. What's the point of looking strong if you can't even pick your own body off the ground? You're literally SpongeBob with Anchor Arms.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      nobody does a 6 day split, not the best lifters in the world. Weightlifters will come close but they are doing mostly speed and skill work so it isnt too taxing on their backs (which is the first thing to give if you squat or deadlift heavy), you will see them in knee wraps and with bands and shit on their shoulders tho, catching a clean at the bottom will wear out your knees like a snatch will your shoulders no matter how low the weight, even just a little bit is enough when your session is warmups + 30 working snatches and 3 sets of squats 5 times a week.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I bet her braps are extremely functional.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Everything that improves my athletic performance. Leg power, endurance and explosivity, and core strength more specifically

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >athletic performance
      For which sport? Curling? Basketball? Eskimo ear pulling?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Footy

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Functional strength is a meme and can mean whatever you want it to mean.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This thread is pointless. Go to Google scholar if you want a definition. Were here to be kinda gay with each other

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are these threads created by AI?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      N O answer my question. If AI was gonna make a thread then the image would probably be some bikini bawd or gym thot twerking, maximum replies.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    functional is a meme term

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Strength is the ability to move through resistance and it's already functional per definition as the whole world's a frick and you're always moving against resistance.
    Fitness is being able to do something more specific and it's also already functional being that the specific thing you're fit to do is a function.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      So which exercises are functional for firefighting?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you just get shit hot at the squat, bench, ohp, and deadlift you'll be pretty much good. It'll make you bigger, which makes everything else smaller and easier. It'll hit all the muscles that really matter while beefing up and teaching you to brace your joints via both internal and external torque. And it can be good cardio, try 20 rep squats if you disagree. It's what athletes use to injury proof themselves and outmuscle the competition. I know we have the unathletic powerfatty meme here but the big 4 is the big 4 for a reason.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        That isn’t me, I’m not OP.

        I use weights but I don’t go heavy like I did when I was younger because I prioritize a mix of strength to endurance now. I will do stuff like 50 squats in a row with 50 pounds in a backpack vs max weight for 5 reps. But it’s still good to go heavy once in a while which I do once or twice a month. As a challenge sometimes I will do over 100 body weight squats for a few sets once in a while to mix it up. Ideally I would say squatting your bodyweight for something like 25 reps is more useful than only being able to do a few squats of something super heavy in a job like mine. Just having a mix of strength and stamina to be versatile. I don’t bench press as much (still do it sometimes) and do more stuff like push-up variations at different angles or with a vest to challenge my body, I just try to mix it up and go for high reps versus max strength. Lots of rotator cuff stuff in case I fall and catch myself.

        being able to be flexible and generate power from different positions I think is helpful for climbing around or moving through tight areas. Mobility and flexibility, cardio is important. Lots of foot and ankle strengthening, boring stuff like tibialis raises, balancing on one foot for a minute or two at a time, split squats. Etc

        Core work is important, stuff like deadlifts but lower weight- moderate weight and higher reps I think is good for conditioning. I like doing woodcutters also for twisting strength. I still will mix in a heavier set once in a while of deadlifts it just isn’t the end all be all.

        Lots of hiking with weight.

        I’m rambling but I just think that having a mix of strength and endurance and flexibility is a lot more important than just being strong and you will look good if you have that stuff compared to the average Joe. Imagine having to maneuver around a bunch of shit in tight areas in the heat carrying heavy shit, anything that helps with that. It’s really late hope it makes sense

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I’m really tired, I mean, I will do sets of 100 squats without any weight only squatting myself, but I think if you use weight a good benchmark is to try putting your bodyweight on the bar and to be able to squat that for 20 or more reps if you want a mix of strength and endurance that you can rely on. But still squat heavy anyway once in a while too. Even though that’s just talking about squats that’s basically my approach to how I train for my job. Lots of guys are big but don’t have the stamina for a job like this.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I would say squatting your bodyweight for something like 25 reps is more useful than only being able to do a few squats of something super heavy in a job like mine
          If you actually progressed heavy squats you would find 25 reps with your bodyweight laughably easy.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >IST estatting again

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              I didn't say anything about my stats. I'm talking about strength and endurance in general. 1rms, 5rms, 20rms.. they're linked. Endurance is basically a byproduct of strength + cardio. If 400lbs is possible for you then 200 is gonna be so light that even 20 reps is an easy set.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >80th percentile bencher
              >90th percentile squatter, I am dogshit at squats
              >90th percentile deadlifter
              >80th percentile real strict press from clavicles, also a poor lift for me
              I have been lifting for 1.5 years, what the actual frick are you morons doing? These numbers are embarrassing

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            do you mean racking your own weight on the bar and doing that 25 times? If so I know what you mean, but you would still be surprised how many large strong guys can’t do that because they don’t have the stamina. 25 is also an arbitrary number. You can shoot for 50 as a performance benchmark to maintain every now and then to know you have that gas in the tank. I’m just saying I see large strong guys with impressive stats fail because they don’t have the stamina for sustained work output.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I think he means like a 100kg squat if you're 100kg. Not just free air squats. What's your max and how many do you think you could do with your bodyweight on the bar?

            That isn’t me, I’m not OP.

            I use weights but I don’t go heavy like I did when I was younger because I prioritize a mix of strength to endurance now. I will do stuff like 50 squats in a row with 50 pounds in a backpack vs max weight for 5 reps. But it’s still good to go heavy once in a while which I do once or twice a month. As a challenge sometimes I will do over 100 body weight squats for a few sets once in a while to mix it up. Ideally I would say squatting your bodyweight for something like 25 reps is more useful than only being able to do a few squats of something super heavy in a job like mine. Just having a mix of strength and stamina to be versatile. I don’t bench press as much (still do it sometimes) and do more stuff like push-up variations at different angles or with a vest to challenge my body, I just try to mix it up and go for high reps versus max strength. Lots of rotator cuff stuff in case I fall and catch myself.

            being able to be flexible and generate power from different positions I think is helpful for climbing around or moving through tight areas. Mobility and flexibility, cardio is important. Lots of foot and ankle strengthening, boring stuff like tibialis raises, balancing on one foot for a minute or two at a time, split squats. Etc

            Core work is important, stuff like deadlifts but lower weight- moderate weight and higher reps I think is good for conditioning. I like doing woodcutters also for twisting strength. I still will mix in a heavier set once in a while of deadlifts it just isn’t the end all be all.

            Lots of hiking with weight.

            I’m rambling but I just think that having a mix of strength and endurance and flexibility is a lot more important than just being strong and you will look good if you have that stuff compared to the average Joe. Imagine having to maneuver around a bunch of shit in tight areas in the heat carrying heavy shit, anything that helps with that. It’s really late hope it makes sense

            I see. I thought you would be doing stuff like farmer's walk, to help with grip for carrying people out of houses.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              You’re right I do train that way also I’m just really tired. Sometimes I will put weight in my backpack and use my treadmill and just walk for a mile with a big jug in each hand. I don’t do it all the time but I think it’s good to do at least semi regularly. I also train the way I like to train I can’t speak for everyone else who does this job. I’m trying to learn about extensor strengthening right now actually because I think I went to heavy with my grip training in the past and gave myself some kind of overuse thing in one of my arms. I used to do a lot of weighted pull ups with a 45 pound plate between my leg but again as I’ve gotten older I’ve tried to scale it back to stuff I think actually will help me at my job and not just stuff that impresses people at the gym. I used to do weighted dips and the heaviest I got was a 1 rep max with a 90 pound dumbbell between my legs and I know for a fricking fact training full moron shit like that today will just hurt me and put me out of work

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >50 squats in a row
          u can't do one bot, the person u're pretending to be can't do one air-squat without tucking pelvis (posterior tilt through sacral-iliac joint) or bending spine, that's not functional that's laughable

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's when you #stayflexy

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any general strength gained from lifting is functional as long as you also maintain a decent level of cardiovascular fitness. Also "functional" strength (training) as defined by many people that shit on weight lifting is such a weird concept, because they also specialize on very specific movements and techniques. The only reason it is in any way "functional" is because they perform an exercise that mimicks a more natural movement you may encounter in every day life (although probably unlikely). That doesn't mean someone who only lifts weights will not massively outperform all completely untrained people at those movements, without having trained them.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >What's your definition of "functional" IST? What is functional strength, what is functional fitness?
    I'll go with the definition from ancient Greece to the renaissance: Health and the ability to fight well in any situation.

    Anything else is a watering down of the original intent. Sports are just a replacement for fighting in a politically correct society anyway.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Guess the thread is dead I’m going to go to sleep. Last thing I wanted to say is if anyone in here decides to take my example to try and is going to start doing high rep stuff, just keep in mind I will mix those in with heavier sets too with less reps in the 5-8 range. the way I avoid overuse injury is I mix it up and listen to my body and I make sure I get the nutrition I need like good lean meat healthy veggies and fruits, nuts, etc to avoid the high reps fricking my joints up. Don’t want to inadvertently cause anyone to get hurt. I’m not doing multiple 100 rep sets every week without weight and I’m not lifting heavy every week either. some weeks I will focus on strength and other weeks stamina. My goal is to be flexible and versatile not to be the strongest guy.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Night.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >sneed skater physique
    yes, very functional

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous
  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    what is functional for you completely depends on what you need to do. an olympic ping pong player will train very different than a world class powerlifter, but both are functional to their respective sports. there is no 1 'functional' exercise.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >the correct answer

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >compound movements
    >calisthenics
    >oly lifts
    There's your functional strength. The last two make the uncoordinated fatties on IST seethe. Really the only thing you could argue is not that "functional" is isolations. Curls, chest flies, calf raises, etc.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    anyone who uses the term functional fitness is a moronic grifter

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >compound movements
      >calisthenics
      >oly lifts
      There's your functional strength. The last two make the uncoordinated fatties on IST seethe. Really the only thing you could argue is not that "functional" is isolations. Curls, chest flies, calf raises, etc.

      case and point this moron that's saying isolations are useless kek

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I didn't call them useless, illiterate homosexual.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >what is functional fitness?
    Being able to pick a girl up and frick her while standing.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    She got no got dam breast.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Functional strength is supposed to be training for sports or physical jobs but the term was taken by dyel too fat to be aesthetic and too weak to be powerlifters/weightlifters so now is anything that isn't immediately associated with that.

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    How the frick do I get a butt like this? I'm so flat

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      me too, asking

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      me too, asking

      Women? If not show your asses.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >if not
        why

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I need to inspect them, obviously. Are you a fricking woman?

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    functional strength means big glutes, big calves, big back and big biceps. These allow you to run fast, jump high, grapple and most importantly be able to hold and carry things in real life

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

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