So I have alluded to this post for a while now and now it’s finally time to get down to the nitty gritty about the Activmotion Bar!
I was lucky enough to receive a bar for review as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and affiliation with FitApproach. As usual all opinions are my own!
So as you all know I’m a runner. And if you didn’t know that, well…then you probably stumbled onto my blog by accident, but now that you are here you really should stay awhile. It’s kind of a fun place to be! Anyhooo, as you all know, core is a huge part of staying a healthy runner.
A strong core is something that a lot of women struggle with after having babies.
I am one of those people.
I miss my rock hard abs of yesteryear when I was a spring chicken with not a care in the world except what bar I was going to on Friday night. And my only form of exercise was lifting a
beer bottle *ahem* wine glass up to my lips. And we all know that isn’t happening anymore….well, the rock hard abs and the bar part.
A women’s core is one of the hardest things to get back after childbirth and it’s one of the most important things post-partum female runners should work on in my opinion (note I am not a personal trainer, so take my word at your own risk, but I only have personal experience in this department.) If you recall, I did a post about my favorite core exercises not too long ago. If you haven’t checked it out, you really should.
I’ve been getting serious about working on my core, and I’ll be honest, for some reason I am very inconsistent with it… BUT I’m getting better and putting more of an emphasis on the importance and treating it just like I would a run during my training.
So, I love trying new workouts and love new things that will spice my workouts a bit more and keep me excited and motivated. I was super excited when I had the opportunity to try out this ActivMotion bar.
The Activmotion bar is geared around the premise of disruptive training.
What the heck is that you ask?
That’s what I wanted to know!
According to Activmotion, Disruptive training “is training that is based on utilizing the body’s experience of an unstable disruptive training stimulus.”
Interesting right? So make the body unstable and you are forced to engage your core.
Sure, but how is a single bar going to make me unstable?
The essence of Disruptive Training is change. During Disruptive Training, we change the external exercising environment by challenging the body with a completely novel training stimulus–the unstable and dynamic ActivMotion Bar. Disruptive Training progresses people through three phases of training, with the end results being increased core strength, improved mind-muscle activation and awareness, and smart muscles that will protect and perform.
Three phases of training:
- Disrupt: During this phase you are focused on activating those tiny muscles that aren’t typically engaged and underactive. You will be on the floor doing exercises to try and keep the bar level and “quiet” with little movement to the bar.
- Discover: transition to active movements while lying on the floor and standing.
- Define: bigger dynamic movements that cause your muscles to really engage while doing movements that require momentum and velocity.
The Activmotion bar is filled with rolling steel weights inside that move back and forth within the bar to create an unstable stimulus. The bar comes in different 5 different weights as well…. 6, 8, 10, 15 and 18 lbs.
Each bar comes with a set of DVD’s to include a Foundation Builder video (showing basic movements) and Progressive Movement videos as well. The DVD’s take you from a beginner through advanced movements in 30 minute workouts.
Ok, so let’s get to the important stuff.
I was sent the 6 lb bar to test out. I’ll be honest, I opened the box and really didn’t have any idea on what to expect. I didn’t know anything about the product but when I saw the 6 lb bar I was like “what?! ONLY 6 lbs? I’m a badass mother runner, I can lift more than 6 lbs!” Ha. I was wrong. I immediately ripped open the DVD’s and did the Foundation Builder workout. Although the bar was light, some of the exercises were definitely challenging. This is not your typical workout bar that’s for sure. It took me maybe 2 times to master the foundation exercises and I decided to move up to the next one. The difficulty increased a bit and I could feel my core engaged almost the entire time. So this bar not only challenges your core but helps with balance and stability……THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPTS IN TRAINING FOR RUNNERS!!
So I decided to put together a little video to show you the bar and some of my favorite moves. I am not a professional videographer and can not promise that there won’t be screaming children in the background, but hey, that’s why ya’ll keep coming back because I am OH SO professional, right? 😉 Oh and I am NOT a personal trainer so I won’t explain how to do the exercises specifically, this is just to give you an idea of what you can do with the bar.
So overall, I really enjoyed the ActivMotion bar! I can definitely see myself using this to add an extra dynamic into my strength and core work at home! It’s a bit on the pricey side starting at $119 all the way up to $200 for different packages and weights. But probably pretty comparable to other home gym equipment.Work on your #core with the @ActivMotionBar and @suzy399 #fitapproach #sweatpink #activmotion Click To Tweet
What are your favorite ways to work your core?
Have you ever tried a piece of equipment like this?