Functional Training Tools

The barbell life is a sure way to develop strength and power. Gyms today have elaborate machines and a huge variety of weights to help you build the body you desire in the most efficient way possible. But apart from that, functional training is a form of training that is equally important to strengthen your major muscle groups as well as your body’s stabilisers and core. Having said that, functional training is worth incorporating into your routine.



While there are many types of suspension training devices, none have taken the fitness world by storm the way the TRX Suspension Trainer has. The concept originated in the Navy SEALS, but it wasn’t long before other organisations caught wind of this invention and immediately saw the benefits it has.

It uses your own body weight as leverage to challenge yourself. You set the level of difficulty depending on the angle in which you perform one of the hundreds of exercises available on this apparatus. It simultaneously strengthens your major muscles and supports muscles and core muscles. It is a versatile piece of equipment that can be attached to a door in the home or hung up on a pull-up bar outside.

If you’re looking for a great way to switch up your training, TRX suspension training is a great option to consider.


The kettlebell itself is made of cast-iron or cast steel. It looks sort of like a small bowling ball with a handle (without the holes). The training combines strength, cardio, and flexibility; and it can be used in a variety of movements depending on the body part or parts you want to focus on.

However, the most fundamental kettlebell exercises will always force your body to work more than one body part at once. This makes it an awesome functional training tool to incorporate into your fitness routine.


The stability ball is a versatile piece of equipment that is found in almost every modern gyms but is relatively cheap so it can be a part of your home gym as well. It’s also known as Swiss ball or physioball. Training with a stability ball is extremely effective in building your balance and support muscles. They come in various sizes and, depending on the exercise you’re performing, you may want to switch between bigger and smaller ones.

It’s not uncommon to see people perform crunching movements on a stability ball. This not only works your abdominals, but it also forces your external obliques to balance your body throughout the entire movement. Stability balls are made to absorb a lot of weight so incorporating dumbbell exercises with the stability ball is also a great idea to stimulate your muscles in a different way.

While functional training has only started picking up steam over the past few years, it has reached the headquarters of the most elite athletes in the world. With all the popularity surrounding it, it might be time for you to consider what this kind of training can do for you.


Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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