Who doesn't want more power and energy, a desirable body and robust health? The current trend for functional training helps everyone to achieve these aims.
This is intensive, varied and highly effective training for the whole body. The exercises include working with the own body weight or with special equipment such as kettle bells, sandbags or similar. It shapes the body and strengthens the muscles: ideal prerequisites so that one of these days we can say: "Backache? − that's just hearsay to me."
The workout procedures are performed standing, sitting and lying down, including many jumps and other dynamic movements. The cushioning properties of the floor covering are therefore highly significant.
This applies particularly to beginners or those returning to sporting activity, whose muscles are not so well developed yet, and also to those who are overweight. Their muscles are not yet capable of coping with what functional training refers to as passive peak forces. Only a good surface can provide ideal compensation for the load thus exerted on the body - and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
Ideally, this kind of floor consists of a permanently elastic material whose cushioning properties makes it capable of reducing the load on the joints, in all kinds of training situations. Furthermore, well cushioned flooring is also good for the bones and joints when exercising in a supine position or when lying on the side. Who wants to have their hips or shoulders resting on a floor that's as hard as a plank?
Many functional training exercises entail having the hands and lower arms in contact with the floor. Good cushioning properties then protect the delicate parts of the shoulder girdle together with the cervical and thoracic spine. Studies have shown that training on an elastic cushioning floor is far more effective.