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If you don’t use it, you lose it! Derek Steveson shows you how to improve your tranverse plane
For an industry that’s always evolving, there are comparatively few really significant innovations in the way people challenge and improve muscle movement.
At Escape Fitness, we’re always keen to work with the true innovators, so when we heard about Derek Steveson, we had to find out more. With a background in functional biomechanics, Derek recognised a need for a new tool for exercise and rehabilitation. Teaming up with manufacturing expert, Mark Lashinski, they started on a journey to create their new device; something that would allow for spinal motions to be challenged in a safe and effective way. That was the key in creating the Core Momentum Trainer – a totally new concept tool for superb core and movement development.
The old saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” is true for so many aspects of human function, and for general mobility, it is true as well. Gravity affects our postures and mobility patterns. It naturally predisposes our bodies to lack mobility in certain ranges of motion - most specifically the transverse plane (rotational). If we don’t drive our spine to reach “end ranges” in the transverse plane, we gradually lose it. Most golfers would agree that their backswing and follow-through are much more limited in their 50-60s than they were in their 20-30s.
The Core Momentum Trainer (CMT) was initially designed to provide the user with a tool to naturally and functionally influence the body at end ranges of motion in the transverse plane. While not all of human activity is done in an upright and standing position, most of it is. When I developed this tool, it was primarily because there wasn’t anything on the market that I was aware of that was safe and functional. In other words, a tool that allowed the user to challenge their body/core in an upright, integrated way that can influence end ranges of motion, especially the transverse plane. So, 3 minutes a day of using the CMT, specifically at the end ranges of motion, can greatly enhance general spine mobility that can often diminish with age and/or inactivity in certain planes of motion. So, here are a few pictures of some exercises with the CMT that can help your spine maintain optimal and healthy mobility.
Standing end range right rotation:
Standing end range left rotation:
Standing end range right trunk side-bending:
Standing end range left trunk side-bending:
Gait simulation with pivot for trunk rotation and head rotation (look to the opposite side from where the CMT is moving):
Click on the video below to watch Derek using the CMT - listen to the sound. The shot hitting the cavity walls gives you instant audible feedback so you know if you are loosing focus or becoming fatigued.
Important: Before doing any of these exercises with the CMT, first do them with a stick, then go slowly at first with CMT and gradually work into higher speeds and more into the end ranges as your body will safely allow.
Find out more
Check out our CMT experience page to find out more. Or you can email us at [email protected] or call us on one of these numbers:
UK: +44 (0)1733 313 535
USA: +1 (614)-706-4462
Germany: +49 (0)2921 590 10 70
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