Functional Strength Classes
Sometimes ‘treatment’ of the offending muscles or joints is not enough and strengthening/corrective exercises are recommended or prescribed by your physiotherapist.
At PPP we personally guide your rehabilitation and optimise this treatment approach for you.
Functional strength classes (4-8 clients per class) are offered multiple times a week at set times. Please visit our website “Class Timetable”.
What exactly are Functional Strength classes at PPP?
- Functional Strength training is a resistance training program designed by PPP physiotherapists.
- It is a biomechanically balanced, full-body training program designed to develop a strong, toned, energised body which moves with ease, efficiency, and control.
What should I expect from a Functional Strength class?
- Our physiotherapists teach a series of full body movements over the course of weeks/months; coaching and challenging you to execute these movements with correct technique and with increasing difficulty.
- Exercises are performed with handheld weights like dumbbells and/or with resistance band tubing, allowing you to continue training in your own home. Exercises can also be trained extensively in a gym.
I already go to the gym, I practice strengthening exercises, why should I practice Functional Strength training?
- Often pain and injuries occur due to a biomechanical weakness or imbalance which a regular strength program is unlikely to address. Our functional strength training is a biomechanically balanced resistance training program, complex in nature, incorporating multi-directional movements requiring balance and co-ordination.
- If we train functionally, correct and maintain biomechanical balance, we help to manage and prevent injury.
I’m not fit, I don’t exercise and I’ve never been to a gym!
- All exercises are customised to your individual level. Our physiotherapists at PPP take your current abilities into consideration and tailor your program to suit.
- We don’t all need to bench press 100kg, (in fact no one needs to!). Strength training can be undertaken simply to help one climb the stairs to their front door without pain.
I have sore knees … I seem to always get pain when I exercise!
- Pain can often be experienced because the body is not functioning correctly. An imbalance of tight and weak muscles can place a lot of stress on joints as they move.
- Physiotherapists at PPP modify your movements to avoid, as well as reduce pain. Our clients often leave their training session with lessened and sometimes without, the pain they might have been experiencing when they arrived!
How does PPP Functional Strength training differ from regular strength training?
- Traditional strength training is generally performed with a focus on individual muscles, for example the bicep curl or the knee extension. Functional strength training differs in that it involves whole body exercises, movement is not limited to one joint, (such as the elbow or the knee) at a time.
- We often rely on the use of external supports when we exercise traditionally in a gym setting; we’ll sit on a seat or use a bench to provide a stable base. Functional strength training relies on internal stability. This approach challenges the body to create our own balance and in doing so we get stronger, as well as improve our stability.
- Functional strength training mimics or supports activities we perform on a daily basis and with our sporting endeavours. By practicing these movements with correct form and technique, we can improve our potential to perform them.
NEW CLIENTS ARE WELCOME, HOWEVER, WE DO REQUIRE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION TO ALLOW US TO FULLY UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY AND GOALS.
EXISTING PPP CLIENTS ARE ABLE TO JOIN THIS CLASS AT ANY TIME!
One of our friendly reception staff can book you into a FS Class, or have a chat with one of our physios: Barbara, Karina, Nikki or Thomas