On Thursday, October 24th, I paid a visit to Pure Fitness Training, a functional training studio in Louisville, Ky. I wanted to get some insight on what a functional, group class looked like in person.
Prior to class, a Pure Fitness member, John Thomas, gave me the opportunity to interview him on why he joined the studio, and the benefits he has reaped from functional fitness.
CS: Why did you want to join Pure Fitness Training?
JT: I had heard about CrossFit and boot camps, high intensity interval training (HITT) — I had wanted to do [functional training] for quite a while, saw some people in the gym doing it, and thought I’d give it a try.
CS: What benefits have you gotten from training here?
JT: My cardio is way up. I also mountain bike, road bike, and my biking is much better. I’m able to ride much farther, faster, and keep up with everyone — not get dropped.
CS: Do you have specific functional exercises you like best?
JT: I like the TRX®. I like the plyometrics, and I have a new exercise — a “plange pushup”, and that’s kind of set me up to the next level. I was plateaued for a while, but a “plange pushup” — I’ve gotten a lot of good results from that.
I like the camaraderie here. I like the group atmosphere … a group, there’s more intensity, more accountability. I think with one person, [it] tends to be low energy for me — a group of people, high intensity.
CS: What benefits have you gotten from functional training?
JT: I wish it had been around 20 years ago — 20, 30 years ago — when I was really into competitive sports. I think I would have been a whole lot better athlete. I know I would have. But things were different then — it was just lift a lot of heavy weights.
CS: What kind of competitive sports did you play?
JT: [I] played rugby for 15 years. I mountain bike now. Adventure racing. This doesn’t apply to the adventure racing as much as it would have to rugby. It would have been great for rugby.
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