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Have  you ever heard of “functional fitness”?

I learned about it the hard way… through injury and frustration.

I’ve tried all sorts of methods to get and stay in shape and nearly every approach that I tried left me injured and frustrated.

What I really wanted was to look fit and lean… to feel strong, confident, and capable… and to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor by doing all the activities that I love to do. Ultimately, I wanted my hard work to pay off in some way that made me happy and more fulfilled outside of the gym.

The problem was that everything I tried left me hurt, tired, or exasperated by a lack of results. And all of it demanded way too much of my time, time I simply don’t have as a coach, business owner, father and husband.

It left me wondering… “what’s the point???” There has got to be better way.

So, several years ago I really began to research the latest scientific evidence and writing from the industry’s top thought leaders. And I began to experiment with my own training to find methods that truly worked.

The result of my research and introspection was to refocus my efforts on developing fitness in a way that is solely dedicated to improving my life outside of the gym. I decided to pursue fitness that was completely functional.

Guess what? I feel absolutely AWESOME! I have never been stronger or more durable. Most days I feel strong enough to rip trees from the ground. I sleep sooo much better. I have also lost 25 pounds that had stubbornly refused to melt away regardless of what methodology I tried.

I feel like I am in better shape at the age of 51 than I was when I was 31. Now, I am committed to feeling even better when I’m 71 than I do now!

The same thing can be true for you.

Sure, your situation may be a little different. No doubt you’re also dealing with a host of frustrations and obstacles that have kept you from feeling your best. But, this approach to functional fitness can work for anybody. You are never too bad off, too far gone, too old, too broken, too fat, too skinny, too big or too small. Functional fitness works. For anybody!

Paul Reilly
Paul Reilly
Paul is the Owner, President, and Head Strength and Balance Coach of ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.