People come to Pelayo Fitness to achieve goals. Usually, it is something like “lose weight,” “build muscle,” or “get in shape.” Our most important goal is to help our clients live a healthier lifestyle overall. Our fitness is functional because we want everyone to be able to live their life as fully as they possibly can.
Strengthen your weak points,
not your strengths.
We want to help our clients gain strength, both in their bodies and their minds. That journey to your goals begins with working on your weaknesses. That top photo is me, George, challenging you to work on your body’s weakest areas and turn them into the strongest. This process helps your physical and your mental game.
What does “Functional Fitness” mean?
The Mayo Clinic describes functional fitness as “exercises that train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work, or in sports.” Functional fitness emphasizes core stability, flexibility, and endurance. This type of workout plan allows you to do everything you dream of doing physically, whether it’s hiking boxing, or playing ball with your kids or grandkids.
During this pandemic, when people are spending so much time at home, functional fitness is more important than ever. Squats mimic sitting down and getting up, resistance bands keep muscles strong, push-ups and burpees build the strength needed to get up when you fall down.
Benefits of Pelayo-style Functional Fitness
Anyone who has worked out with us knows that no two workouts are the same. There’s good reason for that. Balance and flexibility are just as important as strength and endurance. The body gets used to a routine, so it’s important to change things up as often as you can.
There are people who come to us who want to bench press hundreds of pounds, and yet they cannot touch their toes. While there’s nothing wrong with bench pressing, life requires that you be able to touch your toes and pick yourself up off the floor. Living life to the fullest requires that you stretch – not just your body, but your capabilities.
Side planks, squats, push-ups, balance and core exercises…they all help strengthen the muscles you use for “life activities.” As you integrate more and more functional exercises into your workout, you should see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities and in your quality of life.
That’s what we call a return on your exercise investment!