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Stability Tools Keep Bodyweight Fitness Craze off Balance

from Reuters

New balance devices that improve stability have made shifting the new lifting of resistance training, fitness experts say, adding the challenge of instability to back-to-basic workouts.

Exercise balls, sandbags and load-shifting body bars are among the tools popping up in bodyweight training, the minimal-equipment exercise routine that the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) tagged as the top trend for 2015.

"The idea of bringing the body into an environment that challenges stability and balance is on the up rise," said Michigan-based trainer Derek Mikulski. "Shifting resistance constantly challenges the body's center of mass so the core has to work harder."

The core refers to the muscles of the abdominals and back that support the spine and keep the body stable and balanced.

Mikulski is the creator of a new balance device called ActivMotion Bar. It looks like a body bar but is hollow and filled with steel balls that shift back and forth when moved. more


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