Stabilization training isn’t just another fad style of training. It is an integral part of total body health and fitness and should be a part of your fitness program. It is essential for enhancing sports performance and injury prevention, and has become a huge part of mainstream fitness and weight loss programs for all levels. Working out in an unstable environment provides stimulation to the nervous system and muscles in a way that cannot be duplicated with traditional floor, bench or seated exercises, and an excellent tool for creating this stimulation is the Reebok Core Board.
The Reebok Core Board is a versatile platform that tilts, rocks and swivels in multiple directions and has three levels of resistance so a beginner can work their way up to an advanced workout. Integrated training allows you to engage muscles in unison to work as they should in real life. Rather than isolating muscles while sitting or lying down, this type of training will engage small deep musculature that protects the spine and joints, resulting in improved balance, stability, reduced injury occurrence, and you certainly can burn a lot of calories too.
Here is how familiar exercises work on a core board.
Assuming the squat position of feet shoulder width apart, slowly bend the hips and knees until a comfortable angle of between 45-90 degrees is reached. Having an unbalanced surface will stimulate the nervous to engage your muscles to hold the board steady. The righting reflex in the body’s natural desire to keep the body in a normal position while resisting forces that will push/pull or displace the body out of normal position. The exercise will work every muscle at the ankle, knee, and hip joint, while also engaging core and spinal musculature as it tries to hold the body steady while performing the squat.
With your feet on the floor, place your hands on opposite edges of the board and perform pushups. Again, as you do the exercise you’ll notice your shoulders, back and core muscles working to hold the board steady.
While lying on your back, trying to bring your elbows and knees together is very difficult and you can feel that your back and abs have very little support while doing the exercise making it a lot more challenging.
These are just a few of the exercises you can do on the core board. In fact, any exercise you can think of doing while standing can be done on the board, it will make any exercise much more challenging. It allows you to take what exercises are already familiar, and take them to the next level. Lunges, single leg squats, shoulder press, bicep curl, are just a few of the dozens of exercises you can do on a core board and its an excellent addition for your home gym.
The added benefits of improved balance and stability, when applied to the real world, means you can function and perform better. By improving joint integrity and core strength, you will reduce the risk of injury, and be stronger when lifting and performing in a stable environment and in your everyday activities.