Strength Training

War Fitness

WAR Fitness is for everyone from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior-ANYTIME, ANY AGE, ANYWHERE!

All sessions are focused on an overall functional body workout directly translating to improving strength for any sporting discipline with a very low injury risk.

The training philosophy behind WAR Fitness is all about resistance band training.

What are resistance bands?

WAR Fitness Resistance bands are continuous loops of latex rubber with a circumference of 41 inches, and varying thickness. The thickness will determine the amount of resistance a band can offer.

Planes of motion

Probably the biggest benefit of resistance bands is that they do not rely on gravity to provide resistance. As free weights rely on gravity to provide resistance, they can only provide this resistance in a vertical plane, which is the direction of gravity. This limits the amount of resistance providing movements you can do with free weights. Resistance bands can be used in a full 360 degree range of motion, meaning they provide resistance in the vertical, horizontal and rotational planes. Most of the other benefits of resistance bands stem from this ability to work in a multitude of movement planes simultaneously.

Replication of movements

The ability to use resistance bands in multiple planes means that you can perform exercises that directly mimic movements that occur naturally day to day, as well as those that occur while playing sports. For example, working in the horizontal plane, you can twist your body from side to side, you can run with resistance, punch with resistance, or even replicate the movement of swinging a cricket bat or tennis racket. Training in these different planes prepares an individual for performing everyday tasks, such as turning your body while carrying something heavy, with greater ease and much less risk of injury.

Joint strength in preventing injury

The versatility of resistance band training allows you to shift the emphasis on to certain muscles. This cannot be done with free weights as they can only be used in the vertical plane, making a shift of muscular emphasis virtually impossible. Doing this can help protect associated joints. For example, placing greater emphasis on hamstrings during squatting helps protect certain ligament and tendon structures around the knee joint, making the knee much more resistant to injury (Schulthies, S. S., et al. 1998). Joints are most commonly the parts of the body that get injured first or most severely, especially due to the fact that no emphasis is placed on strengthening them.

Getting more functional and leaner faster

Training with bands in a standing position causes postural stabilizing muscles to work harder therefore enhancing posture

Make a booking

To book a class, please email Wesley Roberts or visit warfitness.co.za for more information.

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