Functional Fitness vs. Bodybuilding

Typically, bodybuilders rest too long between sets, often experience plateaus, and are confused of what to do, why, and when.  Like a kick in the behind, they often don't see any changes in their physiques until they start taking drugs supplements. 

Here is a great article from Conditioning Research to help you understand how to naturally release growth hormone through high intensity training and shed fat simultaneously.  All you need to remember is to eat right and "get enough sleep in the dark and work out intensely with short rests between sets."You must forgo that boring, unchallenging workout in exchange for one that incorporates multi-joint exercises to recruit the maximal amount of muscle and create the greatest hormonal response.  You will recruit the greatest amount of muscle fibers that will allow you to make consistent strength gains and turn your body into a fat burning machine.

I tried these burpees today and they revved up my engine something terrific.  More conventional exercises would be clean and presses, deadlifts, squats, or jumping (plyometric) lunges.

Here is where functional fitness challenges the bodybuilder.  Can the typical bodybuilder excel in performance and athleticism? How fit and healthy are they really? And what does this all mean?

"One of the most important things in Parkour is overcoming personal fears and personal limitations."

What in the world is Parkour, you ask?
Parkour is the art of moving through your environment using only your body and the surroundings to propel yourself. It can include running, jumping, climbing, even crawling, if that is the most suitable movement for the situation. Parkour could be grasped by imagining a race through an obstacle course, the goal is to overcome obstacles quickly and efficiently, without using extraneous movement...

...Parkour as defined by the intention instead of the movements themselves. If the intention is to get somewhere using the most effective movements with the least loss of momentum, then it could probably be considered Parkour.