Functional Training with the X3S Bench

While there are many types of workout routines designed for different kinds of athletes, an overall workout regimen that targets functional fitness should be at the core. When functional training is the foundation, focused workouts become easier, and whole body strength is magnified.

What is functional training?
Functional fitness exercises are designed to both develop individual muscles and train them to work together. The movements mimic things your body does naturally on a daily basis, and expands on them to create a stronger, more stable core and body.

Doing functional exercises as a base of your workout routine teaches all of your various body parts to work together smoothly. This helps to make you more efficient in your activities of daily living. A simple example would be a shoulder press movement. Many machines would have you do this while sitting down. However, is that how you would generally lift something in real life? No. Typically if you had to lift something overhead you would typically perform this while standing – as if putting something away on a high shelf. This requires all of your muscles to work synergistically to accomplish the task.

Another great example would be the squat. When you sit down or get up from a chair, dip to pick up something from the floor, or crouch down to speak to a child, you are working the same muscles that squats train. Therefore regularly performing a squat as opposed to a leg press would make you more efficient at the movement!

A simple way to incorporate functional training into your routine.
The X3S is an ideal machine for this kind of workout, since it already operates on the principle of full body workouts. It doesn’t take much tweaking of your exercise routine to thoroughly exercise every part of your body, adding strength, flexibility, and muscle mass.

Using the X3S Bench can help you blend a variety of functional exercises into one smooth motion, exercising your legs, abs, and core. You can add weights or dumbbells to enhance focused exercises, and workout with a trainer or without.

By using upper and lower body muscles at the same time, you build core stability, promote strength and flexibility, and increase endurance. This can have a terrific effect not just on your hours at the gym, but in your day to day activities.
Clubs across the country are getting great results with the X3S Bench. We’d love to help you bring the X3S Bench into your facility, or talk about other Core and Functional Training options. If we can be of assistance please contact us anytime!


Functional Training with the X3S Bench

While there are many types of workout routines designed for different kinds of athletes, an overall workout regimen that targets functional fitness should be at the core. When functional training is the foundation, focused workouts become easier, and whole body strength is magnified.

What is functional training?
Functional fitness exercises are designed to both develop individual muscles and train them to work together. The movements mimic things your body does naturally on a daily basis, and expands on them to create a stronger, more stable core and body.

Doing functional exercises as a base of your workout routine teaches all of your various body parts to work together smoothly. This helps to make you more efficient in your activities of daily living. A simple example would be a shoulder press movement. Many machines would have you do this while sitting down. However, is that how you would generally lift something in real life? No. Typically if you had to lift something overhead you would typically perform this while standing – as if putting something away on a high shelf. This requires all of your muscles to work synergistically to accomplish the task.

Another great example would be the squat. When you sit down or get up from a chair, dip to pick up something from the floor, or crouch down to speak to a child, you are working the same muscles that squats train. Therefore regularly performing a squat as opposed to a leg press would make you more efficient at the movement!

A simple way to incorporate functional training into your routine.
The X3S is an ideal machine for this kind of workout, since it already operates on the principle of full body workouts. It doesn’t take much tweaking of your exercise routine to thoroughly exercise every part of your body, adding strength, flexibility, and muscle mass.

Using the X3S Bench can help you blend a variety of functional exercises into one smooth motion, exercising your legs, abs, and core. You can add weights or dumbbells to enhance focused exercises, and workout with a trainer or without.

By using upper and lower body muscles at the same time, you build core stability, promote strength and flexibility, and increase endurance. This can have a terrific effect not just on your hours at the gym, but in your day to day activities.
Clubs across the country are getting great results with the X3S Bench. We’d love to help you bring the X3S Bench into your facility, or talk about other Core and Functional Training options. If we can be of assistance please contact us anytime!


As Fitness Gets Smarter, People are Getting Fatter. Why?

The fitness industry has been exploding with innovation in recent years. Advances in the areas of Wearables, Artificial Intelligence Training programs, Smart Devices, Fitness Apps and  a range of new training methods such as Cross Fit, HIIT, and functional exercise have taken the industry by storm!Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 1.57.05 PM

With all these advances, you would think Americans must be losing weight and obesity rates are going down.

Sadly, the reverse is true.  Recent studies show that American obesity trends are holding steady for men, while obesity trends are actually growing for women.

The million or billion dollar question obviously is WHY? How can there be so many advances in fitness and fitness technology yet the collective results are worse?

As with most research you have to look at it with a critical eye. The major issue – as always – is that most people are simply still sedentary. They aren’t using the advances and therefore are not getting the results.

So much of the fitness industry is dedicated to chasing the minority percentage of people that actually enjoy exercise, enjoy sweating and really are motivated to obtain results. These people are the ones drawn to the HIIT Training, fitness wearables and the latest forms of group training.

What about the beginners, those that feel uncomfortable or self conscious in an exercise setting? What is being done to help these people. Far too often fitness facilities don’t treat them any differently than the seasoned exerciser. They show them the same equipment, or worse yet , the same classes and training routines.  Research from the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) clearly shows that when beginners are exposed to HIIT type training, the majority quit within 3 months. Why? Quite simply it wasn’t enjoyable and in most cases it was just too difficult.

Another solution that is popular today is the growing trend of Small Group Training. This is evident in the explosive growth of the fitness studio market. Whether it be strength training, group cycling, or yoga, you can find a new studio on virtually every street corner. Many health clubs are also starting to put separate studios within their facilities. There is strong evidence that the group dynamics can lead to increased adherence but there is no getting around the fact that if a person doesn’t feel comfortable within the group, they won’t stay.

At the end of the day fitness professionals need to decide what business they want to be in. Are they in it to help all people change lives through fitness? Or do they want to specialize in the ultra fit and highly motivated? There is nothing wrong with either approach but the evidence is clear that trying to live in both worlds with no distinction is failing!

At The Abs Company our purpose is to Change Lives From the Core and we firmly believe that Fitness Changes Lives. In order to accomplish this we offer solutions that are appealing to the beginner and advanced exerciser alike. It is important to give all exercisers the chance to ‘win’ and be successful regardless of fitness level and allow them to progress along the lifelong journey to fitness. By doing this we hope to play our small part in reversing the obesity trend. We’d love to show you how our solutions can help your facility or you personally. Reach out and we’d be happy to discuss your needs!


As Fitness Gets Smarter, People are Getting Fatter. Why?

The fitness industry has been exploding with innovation in recent years. Advances in the areas of Wearables, Artificial Intelligence Training programs, Smart Devices, Fitness Apps and  a range of new training methods such as Cross Fit, HIIT, and functional exercise have taken the industry by storm!Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 1.57.05 PM

With all these advances, you would think Americans must be losing weight and obesity rates are going down.

Sadly, the reverse is true.  Recent studies show that American obesity trends are holding steady for men, while obesity trends are actually growing for women.

The million or billion dollar question obviously is WHY? How can there be so many advances in fitness and fitness technology yet the collective results are worse?

As with most research you have to look at it with a critical eye. The major issue – as always – is that most people are simply still sedentary. They aren’t using the advances and therefore are not getting the results.

So much of the fitness industry is dedicated to chasing the minority percentage of people that actually enjoy exercise, enjoy sweating and really are motivated to obtain results. These people are the ones drawn to the HIIT Training, fitness wearables and the latest forms of group training.

What about the beginners, those that feel uncomfortable or self conscious in an exercise setting? What is being done to help these people. Far too often fitness facilities don’t treat them any differently than the seasoned exerciser. They show them the same equipment, or worse yet , the same classes and training routines.  Research from the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) clearly shows that when beginners are exposed to HIIT type training, the majority quit within 3 months. Why? Quite simply it wasn’t enjoyable and in most cases it was just too difficult.

Another solution that is popular today is the growing trend of Small Group Training. This is evident in the explosive growth of the fitness studio market. Whether it be strength training, group cycling, or yoga, you can find a new studio on virtually every street corner. Many health clubs are also starting to put separate studios within their facilities. There is strong evidence that the group dynamics can lead to increased adherence but there is no getting around the fact that if a person doesn’t feel comfortable within the group, they won’t stay.

At the end of the day fitness professionals need to decide what business they want to be in. Are they in it to help all people change lives through fitness? Or do they want to specialize in the ultra fit and highly motivated? There is nothing wrong with either approach but the evidence is clear that trying to live in both worlds with no distinction is failing!

At The Abs Company our purpose is to Change Lives From the Core and we firmly believe that Fitness Changes Lives. In order to accomplish this we offer solutions that are appealing to the beginner and advanced exerciser alike. It is important to give all exercisers the chance to ‘win’ and be successful regardless of fitness level and allow them to progress along the lifelong journey to fitness. By doing this we hope to play our small part in reversing the obesity trend. We’d love to show you how our solutions can help your facility or you personally. Reach out and we’d be happy to discuss your needs!


Snap Fitness Showcase - Snap Fitness Wyoming

Look What Snap Fitness Wyoming, MI is doing to help retain membersScreen Shot 2016-08-06 at 1.42.51 PM

Understanding the importance of what members really want, Snap Fitness Wyoming created this Core Strength Zone in their club. A dedicated area where members can go to do their entire core workout. Hear what trainers and members are saying about The Core Strength Zone in this interview with trainer Russell Fox:

Interview with Snap Fitness Trainer, Russell Fox

 

TAC: What do your personal trainers think of the Core Strength Zone?

Fox: My trainers love it, its been a huge hit with both my members and my trainers. I really like the Ab Solo because it takes the boredom out of doing crunches. I also really like the Ab Coaster CS3000 because it really targets the lower and middle abs and the obliques. It is a great piece of equipment in my opinion. My members like the fact that they can do all their core work in one designated ab area.

TAC: How did you implement the new Core strength Zone into you club?

Fox: Instead of putting the equipment all over the floor, I put them in one dedicated area of my club. My members love it! We use it as an ab circuit, and I also use the Core Strength Zone as part of my club tour for prospects.

TAC: Anything else you would like to share with other club owners about the benefit of a Core Strength Zone?

Fox: Now our new members know exactly where to go to work their abs. The Core Strength Zone is easy and fun to use, especially the Ab Solo. It’s like a game for your abs and it never gets old!!
Let us help you design a solution for your core training area and take take your gym to the next level!  


Snap Fitness Showcase - Snap Fitness Wyoming

Look What Snap Fitness Wyoming, MI is doing to help retain membersScreen Shot 2016-08-06 at 1.42.51 PM

Understanding the importance of what members really want, Snap Fitness Wyoming created this Core Strength Zone in their club. A dedicated area where members can go to do their entire core workout. Hear what trainers and members are saying about The Core Strength Zone in this interview with trainer Russell Fox:

Interview with Snap Fitness Trainer, Russell Fox

 

TAC: What do your personal trainers think of the Core Strength Zone?

Fox: My trainers love it, its been a huge hit with both my members and my trainers. I really like the Ab Solo because it takes the boredom out of doing crunches. I also really like the Ab Coaster CS3000 because it really targets the lower and middle abs and the obliques. It is a great piece of equipment in my opinion. My members like the fact that they can do all their core work in one designated ab area.

TAC: How did you implement the new Core strength Zone into you club?

Fox: Instead of putting the equipment all over the floor, I put them in one dedicated area of my club. My members love it! We use it as an ab circuit, and I also use the Core Strength Zone as part of my club tour for prospects.

TAC: Anything else you would like to share with other club owners about the benefit of a Core Strength Zone?

Fox: Now our new members know exactly where to go to work their abs. The Core Strength Zone is easy and fun to use, especially the Ab Solo. It’s like a game for your abs and it never gets old!!
Let us help you design a solution for your core training area and take take your gym to the next level!