Functional fitness training was high on the list of the top 10 global fitness trends for 2018 — and it looks set to stay there over the next few years. Functional fitness training is not new, it is not rocket science nor is it a passing fad. London-based SA personal trainer Morné Welgemoed is a big fan of functional training and incorporates it regularly into fitness programmes for his clients. He qualified as a master personal trainer in 1999 under the late Peter Loots, who is acknowledged as one of the early pioneers of personal training in SA. “Functional training was all the rage in London in the early 2000s,” Welgemoed says. Its popularity has since spread across the globe and shows no sign of slowing down. Welgemoed says functional training has proved its worth over the years for elite athletes as well as couch-potato types. “As a physical fitness concept, functional training is still misunderstood,” he says. It simply means a form of exercise that trains people’s muscles to h...

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