Intricately intertwined and inseparable in the design and development of art and structure, so the concept of form and function hold true in the design and development of the human body.
In the world-of-fitness, the problem lies in the failure of the personal trainer to recognize this most paramount-of–parallels. Whether in ignorance or misunderstanding, inexperience or incompetence, the failure to draw the line between form and function in exercise leads to strain and injury; function and safety are key.
The body must have the correct form in order to obtain the desired results and, thus, the desired function. By changing the form in which the body performs the exercise, you then decrease the opportunity for injury due to unwanted stress and strain on the body inversely increasing positive results—muscle gain, flexibility and cardio vascular stamina. Over the continuum-of-time exercise, if done properly, can change the shape-of-the-body which will, in turn, increase the body’s ability to function more efficiently and effectively.
Increasing flexibility and muscle strength so that the body stays within the boundaries of proper form reduces strain in all areas of the body especially those prone to injury due to overuse—the back, joints and ligaments. Thus, all training should be performed considering the boundaries and parameters of the body in which you are working in order to improve the overall fitness of that body. In essence, conditioning and influencing the proper development of the body is based heavily on how the body is designed to work; working against the way the body is designed to work leads to strain and injury – wasted motion and time.
Safety is key. Form and Function are key.
An experienced, educated, intuitive personal trainer is key!