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Posted on 2/3/2017 at 7:04:00 AM
"Change is the end result of all true learning." -Leo Buscaglia
A new year brings changes we can all adapt to. January is a time where the gym is a little more crowded, but aside from that, it's business as usual. 2016, for some of us, was a year of routine. We counted reps, pushed hard, and felt the satisfaction of putting in a good workout. Inevitably, with all this focus, certain trends might have slipped under our radar. Luckily, we can give you a heads up for what can be expected in 2017.
While Flyte Fitness continues to pave the way for mechanical ball transfer gym technology, computerized gym-tech will also have a huge role to play in the coming year. It's hard to imagine computers in the gym. However, over the past few years, they have been steadily entering the exercise room. In 2017, we can be sure that trend will continue to effect the lifestyle of gym-goers - but how exactly?
According to The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the biggest exercise science and medicine organization in the world, wearable computer tech will dominate 2017. Their survey, which gathers information from fitness professionals of all types, examines new technology and how it will influence the way we train. Wearable tech includes GPS devices, heart-rate monitors, and smart watches. These devices tend to be more geared toward cardiovascular exercises. For our workout routines, monitoring progress in terms of time and exertion is important. Wearable tech lets us do just that. Now, we can measure steps, heart-rate, reps, time (that one's easy), and location via these devices. Experts in the industry are working to integrate AI too. By capturing data from your workout and comparing it to your existing health patterns a computer will, in the not so distant future, be able to suggest the right workout schedule to meet your goals.
All this change is happening so quickly. Fortunately, our gyms aren't run by super-humanoids (yet). But in the meantime, here are 4 more trending workout related topics for 2017:
Body Weight Training
In addition to computer tech, another emerging gym trend is body weight training. This type of training requires little equipment, leading to convenient and less expensive workouts. Although humans have been using this method for a while, only recently has it really started to catch on. We recommend adding instability into these workouts with Core Flyte. This works more muscle groups, adds an extra creative challenge, as well as improves balance. When creating Core Flyte, portability was also a goal of ours. We wanted to keep the convenience of body weight training, but give the results of a multi-machine gym workout.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
It can be good to speed things up from time to time. High-Intensity Interval Training uses short bursts of energy with limited recovery time. This workout style will continue to make headlines in 2017. It's tiring, but effective. HIIT has both cardio and muscular benefits, which is one of the reasons it's become so popular. In addition to that, we've also noticed people tend to be more satisfied with their workouts after HIIT sessions.
Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
If you're interested in a fitness career, we have good news. ASCM predicts that fitness education and certification programs will continue to grow. Because the health and wellness field is becoming more complex, there is an increasing need for professionals to lend their advice. Speaking to a fitness professional (or just a fellow gym member) helps to open our eyes to new exercises and muscle groups.
Although we can all appreciate a good cardio, there's nothing like hitting the heavy weights.
Linking low-reps strength training without adding too much weight by adding instability is what we love! Instability can mean that by only adding a little more weight, the exercise can become exponentially more difficult. In the coming year, we hope to discover new strength challenging options that integrate Flyte Fitness with all types of other gym equipment.
It's thrilling to see the volume of customer videos with newly discovered Core Flyte applications! And it's great to communicate those innovative ideas back to the Flyte Community. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for daily updates! Send us your unique Core Flyte applications - you might set the next big trend in fitness!
Be Flyte Fit,
Marketing and Customer Engagement Manager
Posted on 2/3/2017 at 6:42:00 AM
We are excited to announce the launch of Core Flyte V2!
Inspired by NASA, the V2 takes Core Flytes to the next level, with:
- Less friction on ball transfer units for more fluid movement
- Re-engineered top for more comfort
- A new carrying case
Order your Core Flyte V2 training tools now! (Note: the V2 is only available on our website. Our partners, including Amazon, do not yet offer it).
Posted on 10/16/2016 at 3:11:00 PM
“Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” - Joseph Campbell
During my 28 years in the fitness industry, my body has undergone significant demands. I was a competitive bodybuilder for over two decades and I've been a spin instructor for 12 years.
I train hard. I ride fast. Without making excuses, I know that I often haven’t taken the time to provide proper self-care for my body.
As a result of my aggressive exercise regimen, I have had a serious left hip impingement for the last five years. I am a corrective exercise specialist. I have employed many techniques to address my pain and discomfort.
I would apply a post-surgery hip replacement regime to my workouts weekly to open up the external and internal rotation of my hip. This process would allow for me to move freely through my workouts, as well as my spin classes. I have also used a range of foam-rolling devices on the target area.
Nothing I tried would provide proper relief, however.
My wife, a massage therapist, would administer massage techniques along with Thai stretching which would provide temporary relief. Inevitably and quickly, the pain returned.
I continued to feel a strong sensation of tightness due to over-activity and had chalked it up to the demand being placed on my body.
Rachel Stinar, Core Flyte Master Instructor
I was impressed when I watched some Core Flyte videos on Facebook and Instagram. The product appeared to be one that virtually anyone could use. The fact that Core Flytes work in a transverse plane of motion was super-appealing to me as this was the plane I would mostly try to accomplish to repair my hip challenges. I took the liberty of reposting the videos onto my pages of both social media platforms as I wanted to share the amazing display of exercise with my clients, colleagues, and friends.
A couple of months ago, I saw the Core Flyte Master Instructor application postings on social media. I had been thinking for a while, “How long am I going to count reps and ride bikes for a living?” I've been a Master Trainer for a long time and the thought of leaving the weight floor and spin bike frightens me, but I thought the end might be near as I was having so many complications with my hip. I thought by applying for another instructing avenue I might be able to age gracefully through the end of my career.
After applying to become one of the first Core Flyte Master Instructors, I received an email requesting an interview. I was shocked and excited! I had my interview, and was invited to join the Flyte Team! My excitement was through the roof! However, I was a little hesitant coming to the instruction weekend with my injury. I knew that I had to not only sit for long periods of time, but also perform various exercises using Core Flytes.
At the end of the first day of our workshop, we performed a challenging series of Core Flyte exercises in an intense workout. It was demanding for all nine of us, but it also moved my body in ways that were new to me. As I was sitting during a discussion on the second day of our workshop, it suddenly occurred to me that my hip was pain-free. Then, before I performed the Core Flyte plank pike for my chosen exercise, I thought, "Oh boy, this is going to be good...I can't ever get any height with this exercise!" To my astonishment, I was able to perform the exercise with a considerably larger range of motion.
I returned to my club this week and I noticed that I was pain-free a couple of hours after my spin class and training clients. The worst for me is sitting for long periods of time, then spinning, then standing still. The aching I would have is unbearable at times. The Core Flyte exercises help alleviate my pain… I believe for good.
I know so many people who have hip problems such as mine from the demand they place on themselves physically. I cannot wait to share my experience with them. I'm very grateful to be able to have my hip feel normal again.
A valuable component in my training life as a Master Trainer or Master Instructor is to be a "product of a product." The fact that I can speak with heartfelt conviction and personal experience with such an amazing piece of equipment is remarkable.
Before going to the Core Flyte Master Instructor workshop, I was planning to taper down my activities in my career, but now I feel as if I've been given the greatest gift: additional years added to do the things I love in the world of health and fitness.
Be Flyte Fit,
Core Flyte Master Instructor, Flyte Fitness
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Posted on 10/4/2016 at 7:44:00 AM
Core Flyte Master Instructor Kristina demonstrates the Core Flyte Bird Dog Crunch at our Master Instructor workshop in Minneapolis.
Posted on 9/25/2016 at 6:34:00 PM
"Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavor." - Poet William Cowper
One of the things I absolutely love about our Core Flytes is seeing all the new and creative exercises that our customers come up with. Each day, I see new social media posts of videos, images, and ideas for Core Flyte exercises I had never seen nor thought of. That's pretty cool. And, our customers love discovering new ways to use their stability training tools.
Developing powerful exercise and nutritious habits are critical to living healthy lives. Yet it is important to keep in mind that these habits should not get us into a monotonous routine. Mixing up our exercises is important for our body and to keep us interested and challenged. So, this week I wanted to share some fun, cool videos that show a wide range of body weight exercises. Some are basic and may seem boring to you... and some are insanely challenging. Take a look at each of the videos below and see if you can (safely!) do these variations of push-ups, pull-ups, and jumping jacks!
Posted on 8/22/2016 at 3:00:00 AM
Every time I visit my doctor for my annual checkup I receive an official body mass index (BMI) that is documented in my files. I’m pretty sure you do too. But what exactly does BMI mean and what does it measure? Should we blindly trust BMI because doctors use it on both children and adults? Let’s take a closer look.
Posted on 8/16/2016 at 9:09:00 AM