The Effectiveness of resistance training using unstable surfaces and devices for rehabilitation ( Words from Megan)

Training on unstable surfaces allows for greater trunk muscle  activation and therefore provides greater stabilizing function for those muscles.

Training on an unstable surface also provides a training mechanism to improve on co-ordination and other motor control issues and this is very important in the rehabilitation of lower back pain.

From research it has shown that resistance training on unstable surfaces will be beneficial to one’s postural stability.

Examples of unstable surfaces that are available to train on are the swiss ball, foam rollers, BOSU ball and wobble boards.

An example of resistance training on unstable surfaces would be doing bicep curls with dumbbells while standing on a BOSU ball.

D. Behm & J.C. Colado. The Effectiveness of resistance training using unstable surfaces and devices for rehabilitation. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 7, Number 2, 2012, 226-241

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Words from Karen

Professor Tim Noakes from the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town is one of my favourite lecturer's. Over the past year or so he has created a talking point with his theories on the low carb high fat  (LCHF) diet. Follow the link below to a podcast to listen to Tim Noakes talk about his LCHF diet including:

What it is all about?

  • His take on the sports supplement  industry
  • The LCHF diet and your cholesterol

I found it to be a very interesting discussion with valid arguments, although I'm not too keen on his ideas for breakfast :-)

Listen to the podcast here: http//www.runtalksa.co.za/12