The most common type of training that many people do, including myself, is using static loads. The weights we’re lifting never really shift or tilt without us making it do so. But this makes applying this type of training to real world scenarios rather difficult.
Imagine taking your dogs (who, if they’re anything like mine, pull like crazy) for a walk and trying to handle their leash. Or for you parents out there, imagine picking up a flailing or wiggling child. Imagine a police officer attempting to restrain an assailant, who is most definitely not just a static load.
In real world scenarios, the things we need to exert force on are often times not static. They are constantly moving and shifting in weight. So how do we train for that?
Cory Jones, creator of the Surge, found a way. In his occupation as a firefighter, he realized the need for training with dynamic resistance. Holding a water hose or pulling people out of burning buildings was not something that static strength training had really prepared him for.
The Surge is a hollow tubular structure with handles. You fill it with water to whatever level you want, so you decide how much you want it to weigh. The Surge uses active resistance, which “describes an exercise with a reactive shifting resistance, causing disruptions to the anticipated normal movement path of the exercise.”
Dynamic-Fluid Resistance (DFR)
Hang on now because we’re about to get all science-y up in here! We’re going to talk about the difference between water resistance training and other forms of active resistance training, like sandbags. Water molecules are strongly attracted to each other. “Unlike sandbags, the water in the Surge never truly settles.” The water is always in some kind of motion, which you, the user, has to counteract. “The participant must execute their specific exercise while also continuously adjusting to accommodate for the constantly shifting water mass inside the Surge.” With the surge, you are always working to stabilize the weight, in addition to performing the actual exercise.
Benefits of Training with the Surge
- Greater balance, stability and coordination
- Improved fundamental movement skills
- Greater body awareness and postural control and movement efficiency
- Improved performance and reduced injury risk.
Hedstrom Fitness, maker of the Surge, is offering us a discount code for 25% off all Surge/Kamagon products! The code is SPHF25, and it is valid from January 20th, 2017-February 28th, 2017.
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