- Suspension training not only builds up the large muscles of the body. The instability of the device ensures that you train the stabilizing muscles in the body, says sailor Kristian Ruth, who also receive sling exercise treatment for pain in a shoulder.
In the latest issue of the Norwegian Sail Magazine (No. 5), he explains how suspension training has changed his performance on the race track.
- The best effect I think is because of the strengthening of general stomach- and back muscles. Much of dinghy sailing consists of balance, and suspension training strengthens these muscles, says Ruth to the Sail Magazine.
Physiotherapist Gitle Kirkesola instructs Ruth in both the suspension training and pain treatment. He says it's important to hold back on the exercises so it does not hurt during the performance of the exercise.
- It should not hurt. Pain makes the brain stop sending signals to the muscles, and it may force other muscles to work harder than they should. It can cause stiffness, persistent pain and decreased function, says Kirkesola to the magazine.
Suspension Training, according to Sail Magazine, has had a major impact on several top athletes. Including world ski-champion Marit Bjoergen, who gives much of the credit for her success the last two years to Redcord suspension training. This type of exercise has resulted in far fewer hours of weight training, and more training of balance and coordination.
- This training enables me a better technical skier, Bjorgen says to langrenn.com.
The article in Sail Magazine refers to several basic exercises that are ideal for sailors.
Here you can see a wide range Redcord exercises that are adapted to athletes.