I’m lean (most of you would say way too light), and i like lifting, so it’s probably to be assumed I’m part of the “functional strength” crowd. I admit, it is sometimes more impressive for me to see a 145lb guy benching 400 than a 250 benching 500.
However, i can’t just argue that the strength isn’t functional. You’re less likely to use certain lifts, like the bench press, but you still do, any time you push something away from your chest.
Today i was working for my mom (landlord), moving tens of packs of shingles(bout a 100lbs each), and i was thinking, if this isnt functional, what is? I deadlifted some, cleaned some, hell, there was a 4x3(rough estimate) table we couldn’t get onto the trailer without it being incredibly awkward, and i snatched it overhead, and stepped up. The table was around a hundred fifteen pounds. Maybe that’s light weight to you all, but i never could have done it without weight training.
In conclusion, nothing can truly be argued as not functional, there’s always some application in everyday life that can be made. If you want to, share some “functional experiences” that you have done with the benefit of weight training.