Core Activation With Suspended Fitness

Why does Suspended Fitness elicit such a great core response?

Most exercise professionals and athletes understand that you must have a strong core in order to be able to excel in the majority of athletic activities. We must also have a strong core to safely perform our regular daily activities and movements. In fact we are all athletes to some extent – our lives require us to perform a wide variety of exercises encompassing strength, endurance, flexibility, power and speed.

Our core is the centre for all of our movement, and is critical to our movement function. The way Suspended Fitness exercises are performed results in superior core activation by destabilising the athletes contact point and moving the centre of gravity outside the support base, which creates the demand for constant core activation.

So when you perform a Suspended Fitness exercise in a leaning position, with your centre outside your support base (your hands or feet), it demands pelvic and spinal stabilisation during the entire exercise. This causes your core muscles to activate in order to keep your body in the correct position, and avoid “sagging”.

Usually training your core means lying down on your front, or back. But in real life, you need a strong core while STANDING UP. So maybe we should doing more standing core training also…

Thanks to the ability to change the angle of every exercise from super light-weight to highly advanced, there are Suspended Fitness exercises that you can do at any fitness level, and that will enhance your level of core strength and stability.

Postural strength and control are directly affected by core strength. With a number of exercises designed to increase thoracic extension and postural strength, CrankIt Straps training can provide an effective solution for improving posture.

The “posture squat” is a great example, requiring thoracic extension throughout the movement and providing immediate body feedback upon a loss of control/extension. Increasing strength in this exercise can result in increase thoracic extension and strength at the end range of extension, as well as postural flexibility improvements and an increase in overall postural strength (not to mention increased leg strength!)

By integrating Suspended Fitness into your core routines, you can gain the benefits from targeted core training that specifically matches your demands, and meets you at your level and helps progress you towards peak core strength, stability and power.

 

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Author: Owen Bowling

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