Coach Airnel Abarra, Director of Sports Science Research of Adrenaline Solutions (AS), takes time off his post-graduate studies and directorship to cover the World Functional Fitness Championships as the media delegate for the Hungarian Functional Fitness Federation (Nemzeti Funkcionális Fitneszversenyzési Sportági Szövetség – Neffisz). The event was held on November 26-28 2021 in Norrköping, Sweden.
Coach Airnel volunteered for the position because of his relationship with the Hungarian Federation. The organization is an important partner and resource for his dissertation on female bodybuilding and functional fitness.
The World Functional Fitness Championships is organized by the International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3). It is the nonprofit independent international governing body for functional fitness as a competitive sport and it is aiming to be recognized as an Olympic sport. 51 national federations have already joined to advance the sport worldwide.
Functional fitness trains movements which simulate daily tasks that a person might do at home, at work, or in sports. It’s a beneficial program that can improve daily life and athlete development.
As a sport, participants undergo a series of physical fitness tests that assess their abilities in set categories like Endurance, Strength, Bodyweight, Skill, Power, and Mixed. While these categories stay constant, the specific movements, repetitions, loads, etc. associated with them change at each competition.
The Championship was won by the Norwegian team with Eivind Dahl Ringard, Ingrid Hodnemyr, Lena Richter, and Nicolay Billaudel. Find the rest of the results here.