There are three exercises that are very important that are not only gym exercises, but also functional movements. Most people don’t realize they are already doing these exercises every day. The important thing is to do them correctly so you can avoid injury. These exercises include:
Squatting – this is a primary movement. You squat every day. It is not just a gym exercise, but a movement you do every day when you sit in a chair or get up and down off a toilet. The technique is the same.
Dead lift – this is something you do every day. Picking up a bag of groceries, a pet, a child or any time you pick something up off the floor. You are going to do a dead lift every day anyway, so learn to do them correctly.
Single leg squat – also very important to train. When you walk, run or stair climb, you are doing this movement. The only difference is what depth you are going to. You are still functioning on one leg, so you need to get this movement down correctly as well.
If you master these three movement patterns, either in the gym or at home, you will avoid injury.