Approachable Fitness & Physical Therapy

Anne Mercer
Studio Owner

The Studio Ingworth
The Cottage
The Street
NR11 6AE

Tel: 07957 173383

Regional Director

At Level 4


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Functional Fitness - Fit For Life

Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Exercises were developed to mimic patients' normal activities. This reduced the time it took them to return to their lives, following injury or surgery.

Functional Fitness is concerned with giving people the level of fitness that they need to cope with their normal every day life.
For example; if you are not a gymnast, why train for extreme flexibility? However, you do need to be able to reach your feet to tie your laces, which is often a cause of back injury.
We concentrate on those capabilities that you will use every day, initially core stability and subsequently more specific exercises e.g. for parents to combat back problems from lifting or carrying their children.

For more information on how flexible you need to be there is an article on
To find out more about the difference between strengthening a muscle or stretching it this article will be useful.
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Classic fitness training, often using machines and weights, restricts movements to a single plane of motion for safety reasons. However this is not the way we move in every day life, so can result in imbalanced muscle development, and hence, an increased risk of injury.

Functional Fitness ensures that we exercise the muscles we use in our life, to the level required. Our Functional Fitness coach will build a programme of exercises that target individual, and groups of, muscles to match your lifestyle.

In this way you can train your body to be capable of doing real life activities in real life positions, not just to lift a weight in an idealised position on a machine at the gym.