IS WOBBLING WORTH THE RISK?
Truth on Fitness: Exercising on Unstable Surfaces
Dr. Paul Juris, Executive Director of CYBEX Institute for Exercise Science
One of the most popular trends in fitness centers is exercise on physioballs, balance boards, tilt disks, foam rollers and pads, inflated rubber disks, and Bosu’s™, collectively thought of as unstable surfaces. The rationale behind this approach is that the inconsistent motion increases muscle activity, leading to enhanced joint stability, balance, and functional strength.
But while patients with chronic joint instability have benefitted from unstable training, normal healthy individuals seeking real strength and power improvements have not. Read full article here...
Stabilized Training for Building Muscle
Ben Wilde, CYBEX International Training and Education Director
We've all been bombarded with the need for our exercise programs to be 'functional' haven't we? But what are your specific goals? If your goals include shaping/developing muscles then be wary of programs which are entirely based on standing ('ground based') cable exercises. Some recent evidence from the University of Massachusetts showed that we are limited in some of these standing cable-based exercises to a maximum of 40% of our body weight. For many of you, even if you've only recently started or resumed your strength programs, you will find this load insufficient to effectively stimulate muscular development. Read full article here...
Get Your Customized Bravo Workout
The CYBEX Bravo™ has revolutionized the art of functional training by adding two very distinct functions that enable more users to perform more exercises more effectively than ever before. These functions are the adjustable width of the pulleys and Progressive Stabilization.
Download the Bravo Guide to aid you in setting up the Bravo for 20 basic movements. By entering your height on the web page, a Customized Setup is created with each adjustment calculated based on your height. Get your Customized Setup Guide here...