Functional Trainers can lead to improved muscular balance and joint stability in athletes and overall increased function for individuals following debilitating injuries or life-threatening conditions such as stroke. Standard resistance training equipment is not as effective as functional trainers as their fixed patterns do not mimic natural muscle movement.
The cables of functional trainers allow users to move in multiple work planes while using all major muscle groups. Pulleys on these machines utilize smooth, continuous action and tension on muscles. Attachment increase the types of exercises that may be performed. Studies have shown that a functional trainer can provide a 58% increase in strength over fixed-form equipment.