Functional Training

Founded on principles of rehabilitation and injury prevention, West London Physiotherapy are experts in Functional Training, a discipline which focuses on specific exercises that improve your physical performance in everyday life and help you move effortlessly. Our physiotherapist led clinic in Kensington was one of the first to introduce functional training as a way of improving performance and reducing injury.

Functional training aims to improve your functional fitness to ensure you are as agile, well balanced, strong and flexible as possible.

As we get older, particularly over 35, we become less agile. We lose strength, our balance starts to decline. Our joints start to stiffen. ….We begin to de-condition. Functional training changes this.

Functional training aims to optimize the movement of your whole body, making you stronger, more flexible, more agile, and better balanced. It makes you fitter and prevents injury. It also reduces stress.

The aim is to make you move effortlessly. The side effect is that you will look great.

Exercise over and above the normal demands of daily living is essential to both develop and maintain an efficient, strong, flexible and well balanced body.

Functional training is whole body training. One can’t strengthen the arms and shoulders by exercising the legs. To improve the condition of the whole body, we need to work the whole body in a balanced and holistic way. This is functional training.

There is no age restriction, and equally benefits someone who is 35 as it will someone who is 70.

Drastic changes are seen within weeks and simple routines can maintain those changes for years.

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Functional training exercise:

  • 3 sets of 15 squat-to-shoulder press
  • 3 sets of 12 lunge-to-shoulder press with kettlebell (each leg and shoulder)
  • 3 sets of 12 suitcase deadlifts (each side)
  • 3 sets of 12 single-armed cable row
  • 3 sets of 20 sumo high pull with kettlebell
  • 3 one-minute rounds of lateral shuffle bar pickup

Functional training aims to optimise:

  • Movement of your whole body
  • Making you stronger
  • More flexible
  • More agile
  • Better balanced

Chris Bestwick

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Alessandro Poletto

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Liam McCloskey

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

David Wynne

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist



Kensington SW7

West London Physio is just a short 5 min walk from Gloucester Rd underground (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines) or a 10 min walk from High St Kensington underground (Circle and District lines).

Driving? There is resident parking available for Kensington and Chelsea residents, with meter parking on Queens Gate and Palace Gate, and limited meter parking on Gore St.