Functional training – should mean certain exercises that help a person to perform at their job or chosen sport better. So if you want to design someone a functional program you have to know what their goals are and identify what movement patterns are important to the clients work / sport. Basically you need to assess them, workout where and when they need to be at the ideal level and work back from there.
Many trainers have pretty much no idea – and are monkey see monkey do. They will tell their clients that an exercise is function but in actual fact it has nothing to do with help the client achieve there goals it is more about who’s clients can perform the best circus trick. I feel sorry for some trainers clients who hand over $$$ and never get anywhere…
I came across this video which makes a new little point in a humorous way – enjoy