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Suspension Fitness: Total Body Conditioning

by / Friday, 29 November 2013 / Published in Exercise, Instruction, Latest posts

Traditional strength training tends to focus on one specific muscle or muscle group at a time. Taking your exercise routine off the floor engages and integrates multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Suspension in space opens the body to all movement possibilities. When we are free of the two dimensional space of the floor we find a whole new range of movements with unlimited possibilities. Our center of gravity is challenged in the air so we can bring into focus our body core, serving to learn and rewire a whole range of new movements and openings. Through suspension fitness one can reacquaint oneself with a strong and limber body like a child playing in a playground or in a tree.

We develop muscles depending on the tasks we are active in. The body-mind connection becomes increasingly patterned through consistency of use. How difficult it is to write with your less dominate hand or swing a golf club or tennis racket with your less dominate arm? We become conditioned by repeating the same movements over and over. Specific neuromuscular pathways dominate. While engaged in strenuous movements or weight lifting larger muscles in the body tend to override and weaken the use of smaller stabilizer muscles and ligaments. Over dominant use of certain muscles from years of habitual patterns of activity denies comprehensive strengthening and conditioning of every aspect of our body and mind. Well-formed grooves in the calcified programmed muscles makes learning anything new difficult or impossible. This limits full performance and optimum conditioning. As we age it is generally harder to learn new things, physically and mentally.

Experiencing the fountain of youth at any age is possible by unwinding the clock of age, depression and addictions. While in suspension and using gravity to elongate the body one can be pleasantly surprised how pleasurable and easy it is to open and move in new ways that were previously not well explored. One will be surprised how many areas have been neglected once they explore moving in all directions while in suspension. New neuromuscular pathways can be rapidly activated with the aid of suspension slings and gravity. Suspended slings with hand and feet grips give support with holding points to experience gentle explorative ways to move and open in three dimensional space. This is not possible using fitness machines or free weights. Swing training helps a body regenerate its flexibility and youth. Reeducating neuromuscular pathways is achieved through multiple ways of hanging. Elongating muscles, tissues and bones lead to increased flexibility and ease of movement. Elongating in traction and gyrating to the full range of motion loosens stiff joints and muscles. Joints revive by stimulating synovial fluid to flow properly to lubricate the interior areas of the joints. Aches, pains and stiff joints can become a thing of the past.

To achieve total fitness it is key to move in all ways and directions. Suspension training engages and stretches muscles, bones, and joints in all directions for optimum health benefits for the whole body. Suspension Fitness works the entire body in a gentle and balanced way.

• Unless we elongate in traction and gyrate the mobility potential to the full range of motion we will encounter stiff joints and muscles.

• While in suspension and using gravity to elongate the body one will be pleasantly surprised how pleasurable and easy it is to open and move in new ways that were previously not well explored.

• Suspension Fitness works the entire body in a gentle and balanced way.

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