The Raw Challenge 2016

The Body Hub decided to enter into the Raw Challenge in March 2006 for a day of fitness, fun and mud everywhere!

This event is a great way to challenge yourself through a range of epic courses with varying 5km length and terrain and includes more than 30 obstacles designed to challenge all fitness levels, provide a sense of achievement and create awesome experiences. Which is certainly what happened at the end of the day! It was a fantastic day for competitors, friends and supporters alike. 

See you again next year!

The Team!

What is Functional Training?

What is Functional Training?

To fully understand what functional training is and how it is used in a fitness environment, we first need to understand exactly what the word functional means.

According to the Macmillan Dictionary functional is defined as:

  • operating in the correct way
  • relating to the purpose or function of something
  • helping something to operate well or correctly

So we can take from this that functional training applies to improving how things function. And if we apply it to fitness, in simple terms it’s improving how the body functions.

On a day to day basis we use functional movement patterns such as pushing, rotating, sitting, hinging, carrying, walking, jumping and so on. As an example, some of the activities involved would be, playing basketball with the kids, carrying groceries, walking to work and going for a swim. These are all natural movements that the muscles in your body carry out hundreds of times a day. It therefore makes sense to train in a way that will improve all of these functional components.

Why is functional training important?

The goal of functional training is to help you move, look and feel fantastic by using multi-joints and multi-muscle exercises. Core strength and stability is another great result of functional training, because when you train you use a variety of muscles at the same time from the upper and lower body, such as elbows, spine, ankles and knees.

This type of training, properly applied, can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.

How is functional training applied?

The functional movements you make every day are unpredictable and varied. Therefore your functional training should also be varied and practical.

Functional training is often incorporated into bootcamp style classes or group fitness classes. Equipment such as swiss balls, steps, balance discs, medicine balls, weights and resistance ropes are often used in functional training workouts.

Benefits

Functional training is a holistic way of training your body, and improving your quality of life. It will limit the possibility of future injuries as it’s improving the whole body in everyday activities.

In summary, training to improve specific parts of the body (i.e. body building) will indeed improve the look of your body but it won’t improve the functionality of it. You need to evaluate your specific needs and exercise accordingly.

Healthy Food Substitues

Being healthy doesn't mean being boring!

Small, basic changes can make all the difference to getting healthy and losing weight. For instance substituting fresh fruit on your cereal instead of sugar, or changing from whole milk to semi- skimmed.

With some changes you won't event notice, you'll be doing your waistline a favour and help prevent or delay some nasty diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

  • Here are some quick fix swapsies...
  • Soft drink to water
  • Mashed potato to sweet potato
  • Sugar coated cereal to a wholegrain wheat cerial
  • White breads for wholegrain varieties
  • Iced coffee to a fruit frappe
  • Salted nuts to unsalted nuts

For even more great swapsies, check out healthy food swaps