*Corresponding author:Steve C Glass, Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Movement Science, USA
Received: November 15, 2018; Published: November 28, 2018
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Background: Functional strength training often employs the use of elastic materials that allow for versatile movement. New materials have been developed to provide more options for functional resistance training. Core Stix™ is a new technology that utilizes fiberglass polymer resistance poles flexed through a range of motion, creating tension. This study quantified the tension of Core Stix™ poles across different pole colors and degrees of flexion. Furthermore, the influence of hand position on tension within each pole was assessed.
Methods: A basic Core Stix Fitness System was utilized for research and consisted of a platform with socket inserts and 5 different resistance pole intensities. Each pole intensity was assessed for tension at 10 degree increments, from 0-60º as per the suggested manufacturing limits of use. Additionally, the large foam resistance handle was divided into 4 equal segments (hand positions), and force measures were taken at each position across poles and degrees of flexion. Tension was measured 4 times, and the mean used for analysis. Repeated measures ANOVAs with Tukey post hoc comparisons assessed differences across pole types and hand position.
Results: A linear relationship between pole flexion and resistance was observed. A significant difference in loading was shown between each of the pole colors, while hand placement became a significant factor between the top and bottom position.
Conclusion: Resistance loading across poles and degrees of flexion is linear and graduated. Resistance can be varied by changing hand position or poles. Practitioners can use these values for more precise exercise programming.
Keywords : Elastic Resistance; Functional Training; Fiberglass Pole; Exercise Prescription; Strength Training; Strength RehabilitationIntroduction| Materials and Methods| Results and Observations| Discussion| Conclusion| Acknowledgement| References|