I keep seeing arguments upon arguments about “functional strength.” Most of it I see usually comes from the CrossFit side of the internet (not always though). Now, I’m not a fan of it but whatever floats your boat right? Most of those people that rattle off about functional or function rattle on and on about doing X amount of weight for X amount of sets but really are just projecting inadequacies on other people.
Sorry to say but no one cares if you can AMRAP light weight (relative to each athlete, obviously). Don’t sit there and preach things to someone who is stronger than you and project your limitations on them. Functions are different for each sport.
A bodybuilder is going to specialize in aesthetics in terms of symmetry and lean body mass reveal. A Powerlifter is going to specialize in strength in terms of moving maximum amount of weight with the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. Weight Lifters will focus on technique in the Snatch and the Cleaning movements. Everyone has different versions of “functional strength.”
But don’t be that douchebag who goes up to someone squatting 400 or 500 for a 1RM and brag about doing 95lbs for like 20 reps and then tell them their lift is not “functional” strength.