Functional fitness would be using various muscles together. For example, a dumbbell row where you're standing, abs in, knees bent, back straight, leaning slightly forward, and your arm down (holding the dumbbell). And then you bend your arm raising your elbow toward the ceiling. You've engaged a bunch of different muscles during the exercise. As opposed to sitting down on a machine at the gym that just works one muscle/muscle group at a time.
Edited to add: When I first started out, I didn't "worry" about it per se. But it's a more efficient way to strength train-- since you're engaging lots of muscles at the same time, you can do more in less time.
Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/9/2013 (09:44)
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