As trainers we encounter the classic task of helping our clients reach their goals. In order to do this, there is the understanding that the potential for performance rests on our ability to assess imbalance and create corrective movement strategies in order to have a more functional platform of symmetry, to then get specific about the exercise program designs to hit the common targets of health, wellness, fitness and performance.

We now have a tool to help us answer the relevant question, “Can you feel what I see?” It is the reactive and multifunctional ActivMotion Bar partnered with ActivMotion Training protocols.

The beauty of ActivMotion training is, that unlike formalized or even clinical assessments, the client will feel like they are simply performing a variety of exercises to work all the major muscle groups and multi-planar movement patterns they would typically encounter. The secret is that the ability to activate, stabilize, and move with the rolling weight inside the bar will have them working on corrective patterns just by the willingness and necessity to stay in control while in motion. At the same time, you and the client will be able to see, feel, and hear the sensory overload created and thereby assess and correct as a team.

ActivMotion Training in assessment has three distinct strategies:

  1. The ActivMotion Bar used to recognize the need for activation and recruitment- the Bar against the body.
  2. The ActivMotion Bar placed or remaining level and parallel with the floor- the bar moves with the Body in a pattern.
  3. The ActivMotion Bar to Time (has Rhythm)- move the bar with momentum as we tip and tilt.

Each of these strategies can quickly display the imbalances that exist and at the same time provide the feedback necessary to correct, activate, integrate, and mobilize synergistic functional performance creating efficiency.

Here are two corrective Sequences to provide access to the ideas and benefits to using the ActivMotion Bar in training. (Please find all these exercises in the ActivMotion Bar Library in DVD’s or in live workshops found at www.activmotionbar.com)

  1. Lower Body Focus based on correcting potential imbalances seen with the hip, knee or ankle asymmetries, weaknesses or overuse.
  2. Torso Rotations (bar against body)
  3. Bridge Progression (bar against body)
  4. Side Plank Hip Lifts (bar with body)
  5. Hinge Point and Reach (bar with momentum)
  6. Skater Swing (bar with momentum)
  7. Upper Body Focus based on correcting potential imbalances seen with spinal, scapula-thoracic or arm asymmetries, weaknesses or overuse.
  8. Heel Taps (bar against body)
  9. Back Extension (bar against body)
  10. Side Bend (bar with body)
  11. Arc Swing Lunge (bar with momentum)
  12. Combined Steering Wheel (bar with momentum)

Finally, the way to turn on the “light bulb” and feel the success is to practice and use these sequences after performing traditional movements like a squat, a lunge, or a plank (sometimes connected to traditional functional assessments). Then assess the range of motion, symmetry, and efficiency (did it get easier) of the original movements after working with the ActivMotion Bar sequences and you and your clients will find the “a-ha” moment and will want to have more.

If you would like to learn more about this and other ActivMotion Bar trainings and workshops go to www.activmotionbar.com. If you do not see one near you, please write in and request one in your area.

ASSESSMENT AND CORRECTIVE EXERCISE WITH THE ACTIVMOTION BAR

As trainers we encounter the classic task of helping our clients reach their goals. In order to do this, there is the understanding that the potential for performance rests on our ability to assess imbalance and create corrective movement strategies in order to have a more functional platform of symmetry, to then get specific about the exercise program designs to hit the common targets of health, wellness, fitness and performance.

We now have a tool to help us answer the relevant question, “Can you feel what I see?” It is the reactive and multifunctional ActivMotion Bar partnered with ActivMotion Training protocols.

The beauty of ActivMotion training is, that unlike formalized or even clinical assessments, the client will feel like they are simply performing a variety of exercises to work all the major muscle groups and multi-planar movement patterns they would typically encounter. The secret is that the ability to activate, stabilize, and move with the rolling weight inside the bar will have them working on corrective patterns just by the willingness and necessity to stay in control while in motion. At the same time, you and the client will be able to see, feel, and hear the sensory overload created and thereby assess and correct as a team.

ActivMotion Training in assessment has three distinct strategies:

  1. The ActivMotion Bar used to recognize the need for activation and recruitment- the Bar against the body.
  2. The ActivMotion Bar placed or remaining level and parallel with the floor- the bar moves with the Body in a pattern.
  3. The ActivMotion Bar to Time (has Rhythm)- move the bar with momentum.

Each of these strategies can quickly display the imbalances that exist and at the same time provide the feedback necessary to correct, activate, integrate, and mobilize synergistic functional performance creating efficiency.

Here are two corrective Sequences to provide access to the ideas and benefits to using the ActivMotion Bar in training. (Please find all these exercises in the ActivMotion Bar Library in DVD’s or in live workshops found at www.activmotionbar.com)

  1. Lower Body Focus based on correcting potential imbalances seen with the hip, knee or ankle asymmetries, weaknesses or overuse.
  2. Torso Rotations (bar against body)
  3. Bridge Progression (bar against body)
  4. Side Plank Hip Lifts (bar with body)
  5. Hinge Point and Reach (bar with momentum)
  6. Skater Swing (bar with momentum)
  7. Upper Body Focus based on correcting potential imbalances seen with spinal, scapula-thoracic or arm asymmetries, weaknesses or overuse.
  8. Heel Taps (bar against body)
  9. Back Extension (bar against body)
  10. Side Bend (bar with body)
  11. Arc Swing Lunge (bar with momentum)
  12. Combined Steering Wheel (bar with momentum)

Finally, the way to turn on the “light bulb” and feel the success is to practice and use these sequences after performing traditional movements like a squat, a lunge, or a plank (sometimes connected to traditional functional assessments). Then assess the range of motion, symmetry, and efficiency (did it get easier) of the original movements after working with the ActivMotion Bar sequences and you and your clients will find the “a-ha” moment and will want to have more.

If you would like to learn more about this and other ActivMotion Bar trainings and workshops go to www.activmotionbar.com. If you do not see one near you, please write in and request one in your area.

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