Originally Posted by Matt Thomas
In all fairness to the movements, I don't think it's a specific movement pattern that makes an exercise functional or not, rather the attributes that it trains. The movement of a snatch may not be something found in daily life, but the power that it develops can be applicable and thus "functional" (stupid word). I mean really I cant remember the last time I ever squatted something. If I wanted to train hip and leg strength in a way that only mimicked life I would do car push, yoke and farmers carries. However the overall strength (among other things) that the squat develops and trains is what makes it "functional.".
I think Crossfit loses sight of this sometimes which makes them discredit things like the curl and the bench press, which are actually really solid movements IMO.
Great post! If only everyone were as analytical as the minds in this forum...