FUNCTION VS ISOLATION
BY NEIL DU PLESSIS
The endocrine system is responsible for distributing certain amounts of growth hormone, testosterone and adrenaline into the body. This system will distribute certain amounts of each substance depending on the demands that each person puts on their body. Genetics play a role in the base line measurement that an individual will have of each of these substances at rest. Beyond this, stress and activity level a person puts their body through will determine the response from the endocrine system. For an individual to get a certain result from training, a certain amount and type of workload must be done to achieve the specific goal. For this article, I will consider an individual that wants to increase their strength, metabloic rate and body shape.
“Joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments must all do their job correctly in order to cope with the demands functional movements put on the body”
Functional training triggers a response from the endocrine and central nervous system that helps achieve these goals. The main contributing factor is, all functional lifts fall under the multi-joint exercise category. This triggers a higher neurological response from an individual as muscles need to be coordinated to work together in order to perform a specific functional exercise. Joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments must all do their job correctly in order to cope with the demands functional movements put on the body. The demand, combined with multiple muscles working together, stimulates the endocrine system. Extra amounts of each substance will release to cope with the movements and get you through each training session free of injuries. When performing most finctional exercises, the largest muscle groups in the body are trained. Training predominately leg, back and core muscles will produce the fastest results.
Functional training movements are almost always multi-joint exercises. Isolation exercises rarely fall in that category. The less levers or joints that an individual uses while performing a certain movement, the fewer muscles and connective tissue will be activated. The response of the endocrine system will reduce. The less hormone response, the harder and longer it will take to make progress with any body goal you are looking to achieve. Looking to increase your metabolism? You will need to create a lean mass building environment. To achieve this, your body needs to respond to the type of training you are putting it through. Isolation exercises fall short in stimulation and activation of the endocrine system.
“Looking to increase your metabolism? You will need to create a lean mass building environment.”