Functional Training vs. Isolation Training

+Yuri Wolf asked me a very interesting question. I think this topic is so important in fitness, I decided to post it again here. I'm going to disable comments. Instead, please comment on my original post at

Yuri Wolf - +Vladimir Kelman - could you please comment on the following:

A few years ago I took a short fitness course at NIH. The trainer, an ex-army PT instructor by his words, put a lot of emphasis on two keywords: slow and isolation. Essentially, all motions (this includes all exercises with weights) should be as slow as possible and I should make sure to be able to stop the movement any time. Moreover, the whole body must be as static as possible with only target group of muscles involved - heavens forbid I pull the weights with my back muscles if I'm doing a biceps curl.

As far as I understand, kettlebells are the opposite of that - the exercise is highly dynamic and every motion involves many muscles from ankles to wrists.

Changing fashions? Or there is something more rational behind these different schools?

+yelena kann +Alexey Egorov

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