Workout Review: Flexi Bar Workouts
A flexi bar workout uses vibration to work the muscles. A process where the muscles are pushed out of the equilibrium is called Tonic Stretch Reflex. Whether the flexi bar workout compares with traditional or functional resistance training workouts or not is up for debate, but it does cater to major muscle groups such as the shoulders, biceps, abdominals, chest, triceps and lower body. Today a Mumbai based Reebok Master Trainer - Vinata Shetty helps us in reviewing this workout in detail.
What is a flexi bar workout? Flexi Bar is a pole like equipment which when shaken, allegedly vibrates at the same frequency as your body. The resulting rise in amplitude creates a de-stabilization force, thus causing your core muscles and stabilizers to be activated to counter balance the force.
Benefits of flexi bar workout. Benefits of flexi bar workout include increase in strength of your joint stabilizers and core muscles. This in turn improves joint health and the integrity of your spine, thereby improving your posture, your movement quality and prevents injuries.
Good Nutrition and flexi bar workout go hand-in-hand. Any fitness plan is complemented and indeed enhanced with a sound nutrition plan. A balanced diet will enable you to maximise the benefits of your workout and recover faster from the stress and strain. A sound nutrition plan in adjunct with a flexi bar workout will enable you to achieve your fitness goals.
What makes the flexi bar workout different from others? Flexi bar workouts are different from others, as they make use of vibration as a resistive force instead of load (weights) or/and gravity. It is apt for overweight people right at the beginning of their fitness plan as they have mobility problems. However, as their fitness level increase they must choose more difficult exercise and swinging ranges.
What does a typical flexi bar workout class look like: It may not look like a pretty intensive class. A basic class can be standing with the flexi bar in different positions. Progression can be using it while doing conventional exercises like lunges, squats etc.
Top 5 examples of flexi bar workouts: Mostly used by injured athletes and people who are trying to get a head start in their fitness plans, a flexi bar workout can be performed during your ab workouts, torso rotations, lunges, squats and standing with bar in hand.
Considerations when using flexi bars: The flexi bar workout is not popularly used and the research conducted by independent bodies does not endorse/substantiate the claims made by flexi bar. People with acute health conditions such as arthritis, back pain or injuries could whiplash.
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