Functional training is the buzz word these days when it comes to exercise prescription and training & conditioning. Functional training can literally mean anything and is dependent upon what we are describing functional as. If we relate functional training to upright movement such as walking and the activities that we perform on a daily basis (squat, step up and down, lunge, sit, push, pull etc), then training should reflect this. If we talk functional in relation to a particular sport, then the training and conditioning should reflect this in some way i.e. movement patterns, physical requirements of the sport i.e. agility, power, speed etc etc.

Here I have demonstrated how personal trainer (Matt) of Jon Weller Personal Training Studio is using the TRX Rip Trainer to mimic movement patterns of various stick/bat type sports i.e. hockey, cricket etc etc. He is integrating a step/lunge with that of the upper body to train this movement skill.

To find out more about what you can do to improve your sporting fitness or to integrate some sports specific training into your everyday workout, then contact Principle Four Osteopathy for an appointment. Principle Four Osteopathy is located within a fully equipped studio that allows for both in room and out of room consultations. Services provided include: Osteopathic consultations, Movement Screening Assessments, Exercise Prescription Consultations and Workplace Ergonomic Assessments. Principle Four Osteopathy is located in the heart of the Melbourne City CBD 3000 at 29 Somerset Place, Melbourne City CBD 3000. To speak to an Osteopath or make an appointment, please call 03 9670 9290 or email Check us out online at

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