When you stretch an elastic band, the force you applied to gain that length is stored as potential mechanical energy inside that band.
So, the cool thing about using resistance bands for training, is not just that the muscle has to work to stretch the band, it’s what you can do with that stored energy afterwards.
Let’s touch on three cool benefits:
- Stronger isometrics. The end of a movement is often mechanically and neurologically the most challenging. If you’re training using bands, the end of the movement also happens to be when the elastic is stretched the most. So, holding that end position for a few seconds, resisting the mechanical energy pulling you back is so tough! And so effective!
- Mechanical support. When we exercise, sometimes the toughest part of a lift or movement is accompanied by not so pretty mechanics. The stored energy in a band can literally give you a lift. A perfect example is pull ups. The toughest part of the pull up is the bottom. Struggling to begin your ascent towards the bar can create nasty torque around your shoulders, encourage your low back to arch, and your neck to strain. You can loop a band so that it is anchored on the pull-up bar and wraps under your knees or feet. It is most stretched at the bottom of the lift – where you’re struggling – and can give you a literal lift up. It will help you engage your muscles in a smooth, efficient manner. Your pull ups will be safer, prettier, and you gain the training advantage of being able to do more of them!
- Elastic Explosions. Athletes (I’m talking about you and me here!) can optimize strength, speed, and performance by programming bouts of training where they work on explosive power. Explosive training requires an acceleration at the beginning of the movement and a deceleration at the end. This slowing down and speeding up of a movement can really amplify the neuromuscular quality of a movement. Using bands offers a degree of movement control, will require the muscles to generate more power at both ends and can help facilitate slightly larger ranges of motion.
Inspiration of the Day
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
Live Workouts of the Day
Today we’ve got a couple of live workouts on the schedule.
MOBILITY & MUSCLE WITH MATT
Today, Matt’s back to bring you your lunchtime pick-me-up! This workout will focus on the shoulder, hip, and ankle, moving you through a full range of motion. There will be additional stability work for the glutes and core included!
No equipment needed this week!
Join Matt at 12:00pm (35 minutes) from your own living room.
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Meeting ID: 892 2779 8538
ON CORE WITH GARTH
Garth’s back with another week of On Core, where you’ll challenge your core and stabilize your trunk in just 30 minutes!
Recommended equipment: light/medium dumbbell or weighted object (water bottle, book, etc.)
Join Garth at 5:30pm (30 minutes) from your own living room.
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Meeting ID: 868 1155 7138
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If you have any questions about our virtual live workouts, please reach out to Lauren.
Trainer Moves of the Day
Gavin spent last week at the cottage with some friends, but that didn’t stop him from leading one of my favourite live workouts! Join him and his amazing group for a Rip It Up workout today.
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