Pierre loves the Connexus Home Functional Training system:
The Connexus Home Functional Training system is a great progressive platform for reconditioning!!! Why? Let’s start dissecting its functionality in reconditioning part by part…
Training Bar and Cradles:
The Weighted training bar can be used for basic movement preparation squat, push, pull, hinge or rotation exercises right through to highly progressive functional reconditioning by just adding the selection of three progressive elastics (2 light, 2 medium, 2 heavy).
The Training bar cradles, make it easy to secure the bar at a variety of heights for a more stable yet effective upper body pushing actions (exercise examples: Push-ups, dips, or triceps press-outs) as well as pulling actions (exercise examples: horizontal pull-ups and chin- ups) in the horizontal plane.
The Pull-up bar allows for a full range of pulling actions in the vertical plane, one can do pull ups to chin on this sturdy bar with ease.
What makes pull-ups epic you ask? Well it’s a great tool for any fitness specialist to test relative upper body strength (very reliable test to compare functional upper body strength from youth to professional athletes).
Do you need to stretch the Latissimus dorsi or maybe need to train it in a retrogressive state? No problem! The overhead pull-up bar makes a good anchor attachment for a variety of overhead elastic exercises (Exercise examples: straight arm Lat pull downs, Lat pull downs, face pulls, scarecrows, overhead wood chops etc.), but that same attached elastic can also be assistive in nature by supporting the unconditioned user when performing a sometimes hard as hell pull-up.
Power grid provides a wide range of attachment points for resistance bands, thus being a platform where the user can utilize multiple angles for muscular activation and joint movement capabilities but also accentuating an endless variety of exercises from rehab conditioning to high performance power movements (exercise examples: elastic internal shoulder rotation to elastic resisted sprinting marches).
The wide range of angles to work from makes the power grid also a stable platform where the user can either stretch the different joint angles and specific muscle pennations (stretching examples: standing quad stretch, adductor stretch, hamstring stretch, gluteal stretch, pectoral stretch, shoulder stretch, lat stretch etc.) or activate them through a variety of exercises (exercises examples: Bulgarian split squats, hand stand push-ups, elevated plank variations or gluteal bridges)
Suspension Trainer and Anchor
Do you want to provide the user with a new progressed stimuli, well guess what you can – The gravity resisted training with less stability (promoting proprioceptive markers) for new adaptations; the Suspension Trainer and Anchor allows for hundreds of body-weight and
gravity-based exercises from static and dynamic core work as well as powerful movements to cardio suspension trainer burpees, OUCH! But so gooooooooooooood!!!
Progression lines on the activity base, I call it the progressive platform, help users maintain proper form and serves as markers for the user to complete full range of motion when performing unilateral lower body exercises and tests (exercise examples: lunges variations, modified star excursion test, floor hamstring slides etc.). This makes it easy for rehab and reconditioning professionals to correlate any movement compensation patterns (stiffness vs. greater range in certain joints).
Smart Storage Chalkboard
Smart storage chalkboard attaches anywhere on the power grid to keep your smartphone or tablet in view, while the chalkboard offers a convenient place to make workout notes, one can also hook the clipboard at multiple levels and use it to video record your Patient/ client/ athletes form and to provide visual cues and feedback on form, technique or injury prone compensation patterns.
Solid base anchors offer unique attachment points for resistance bands, providing a great base for vertical, horizontal and diagonal trajectory of elastic resisted exercises. Imperative for sport performance but also reconditioning.
Suspension Strap Hooks
The suspension strap hooks on the Connexus Home Trainer keep suspension straps conveniently out of the way when not in use, but can also be used for a variety of upper body conditioning and reconditioning exercises in a unilateral fashion (exercise examples: T-pulls, back fly’s, rows to external rotations to press, decline chest presses to fly’s).
The Connexus Home does not only provide a platform for Cardio training, General strength training, Speed training, Power training, Flexibility training, Reconditioning and Functional testing, wow that was a mouthful, but also includes a foam roller for improving mobility and range of motion by releasing adhesions, trigger points and promoting positive remodeling of unwanted granulation.
The Connexus Home is a wonderful tool, it caters for not only the home user but athlete, patient and unconditioned individuals.
P.S This piece of equipment is a progressive platform for functional testing, reconditioning, fitness and performance training all in one package!
This article was written by: Pierre Spies, Director at Pierre Spies International Sport Institute
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