At the heart of functional training is the understanding that our bodies are designed to move. If we have spent many years of our lives sitting, or if we have only tended to use particular muscles while ignoring others, we may not even realize how good it can feel to have well-balanced fitness.
Unquestionably endurance sport leads to an improvement in health. But why? Basically, a daily workout of at least 10 minutes, no more than an hour, has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The cardiovascular system is stimulated by the sport and prevents heart attacks and strokes.
Studies show that squats and deadlifts with body-adjusted weights stimulate the production of many important hormones. These two exercises are often referred to together with the bench press, as "basic exercises" of long bar and barbell training...