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Functional Training

So why Functional fitness?
Is it just a Buzz word in gyms today? Why should you be interested?

It's about training your body to handle real-life situations, not being obsessed with six packs and guns and how much you can bench.

So let’s say you had a great workout at the gym today. You're bench-pressing bigger dumbbells than ever before, your pulling enough weight on the seated rowing machine to try out for the local row team, but when did you last go rowing? when did you last have to push something off when laying on your back?! Conventional weight training isolates muscle groups, but it doesn't teach the muscle groups you're isolating to work with others.

So let’s say you pick the milk off the doorstep and put your back out. What happened? You can bench heavy, the probable reason is you're not paying enough attention to functional fitness. You might be toned, tight, and ready for the beach, but are you ready to lift your child out of the car seat or hoist them into the high chair? You can get tight, toned, and “beach ready” with functional exercise, but you won’t be stiff, you won’t be sore and in pain. What you will be is looking, feeling and performing great.

So how do Optimal Performance get such great results with clients?

Applied Movement Neurology (AMN) and Functional Patterns. These are the world leaders in training the body the way it was designed to move.

Applied Movement Neurology

AMN are opening the fitness industries eyes wide open to the huge impact we can have on people by “Training the Brain”. The brain runs EVERYTHING, without it we don’t function. Biceps and six packs cannot be without the influence and control of the brain and nervous system.

Through a technique called touch testing Optimal Performance can re-calibrate the brain / body links creating a human body able to perform to its optimal ability. Alleviate balance issues, Mobility issues, Painful movement, and many other everyday pain complaints. Optimal Performance are alleviating issues that many other forms of treatment have not been able to on a daily basis and changing people’s lives for the better.

Functional Patterns

Quickly being recognised world over and gaining a huge following in fitness as THE way to achieve amazing results. Functional Patterns are changing the fitness industries idea of what the human body is designed to do. No fixed machines, no isolated muscle movements leading to pain & dysfunction. Functional Patterns are creating amazing results with such things a scoliosis, a condition of the spine previously only thought of correcting by surgical procedures with little success.

As Certified Functional Patterns Practitioners Optimal Performance can show you a type of training you have never experienced before, but one that will make you never want to enter a gym and get on a treadmill again.

View some of the Functional Patterns Optimal Performance offers.

Functional fitness and functional exercise will burn huge amounts of calories compared to traditional single muscle group exercise. They focus on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine, and moreover it’s way more fun! Kettlebells, Power-bags, Trx, Medicine balls, Slam balls, Cables, Bands etc. (see exercises) create limitless routines with multiple options of combinations making for a more enjoyable workout.

View these amazing videos of fantastic functional training exercises:


Having spent £1000's on physio, chiropractic treatments & several trainers over the years I'd given up & resigned myself to pain when I moved. A friend recommended James & i have been forever grateful. James's Neuro Skeletal work has been a revelation. My pain has gone, my Movement is hugely better & more comfortable. James is the only person I would trust with my training. His knowledge of the body and what it does is second to none. Thank you so much James