Jackie Wright: Fantastic fitness tools
June 21, 2012
For many years the fitness industry has been steadily moving from use of fixed, heavy equipment where you spend the vast majority of your time seated, toward equipment which requires more functional engagement of our muscular system. This applies to larger equipment, with numerous stations enabling the user to perform dozens of exercises with and without the cable/pulley system as well as super stations which are designed to offer multiple attachment/anchor points for the use of various suspension systems and resistive tubing, and “jungle gym” bars simulating climbing, hanging, swinging, pushing and pulling motions engaging the entire body. Other options are the Mixed Martial Arts circuit systems which provide the user with the opportunity to master their punches/kicks and leverage type equipment which is plate loaded creating challenging pushing and pulling variations.
Additionally, there are several smaller fitness tools that we will highlight today. The three we will feature are the power or battling training rope, the TRX Rip Trainer (love the TRX Suspension Trainer too, but we have previously discussed this great training system) and the Lifeline Pull-up Revolution PRO. Each tool has individual merits and specific uses but all uniquely train the body to improve strength, stability, functional movements across all three planes of the body and stamina. Prior to purchasing or utilizing any of this equipment, take the time for expert instruction so that you may safely and effectively perform the suggested exercises. And, as always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
*No one tool does it all! But, these are a great addition to your tool box!
Power or Battling Training Ropes
The rope has reappeared since it has actually been around as a training tool for decades. There are various lengths and diameters which will challenge your stamina, strength (particularly your grip strength) and, when performing a wide variety of skills/drills, may provide you with an amazing total body workout experience.
The weight of the ropes will depend upon the length and diameter which creates various challenges for the body. The core is engaged throughout, the lower body must create stability while allowing applicable movement and the upper body works diligently to move that rope through space and time.
TRX Rip Trainer
TRX has struck another home run with this innovative training tool. Their lever bar and resistance cord system provides the user with a variable and asymmetric level of external resistance. Dozens of exercises may be performed with this tool. Rotational and anti-rotational skills/drills are integrated throughout this training program which simulate sport’s specific and activities of daily living.
Lifeline Pull-up Revolution PRO
This fitness tool is a little different than the rope training or the TRX Rip Trainer in that it assists the user in the proper performance of pull ups and push up variations. It provides 125 pounds of adjustable power resistance enabling the user to improve their pull up and push up strength and the quality of those exercises.
All three of these featured fitness tools are available through http://www.powersystems.com, some through http://www.performbetter.com and http://www.SPRI.com as well as the websites for each product. Each may come with a written guidebook, DVD and the basic equipment set up.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net , her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook Page at Never Summer Fitness.