Polly Dong, Outreach DirectorÂ at YMCA of San Diego County is making certain all their members get a great workout.
She conducts regular onsite training sessions for theÂ personal training and wellness staff to get them familiar with all the fitness equipment in their facilities. By keeping her staff informed, they can provide better workouts to their members by incorporating new training ideas and concepts into personal training workouts or simply by introducing members to new equipment they might otherwise forego without a friendly hand to guide them on how to use it.
We had the pleasure to join in on this training when we recently delivered two of our new Total Gym Core Trainersâ„¢Â to the Mission Valley location. As one of the first locations in the country to have our new Core Trainer, the YMCA staff were excited to discover what “planking our way” truly meant.
There’s no question that the plank is the mostÂ prescribed core strengthening exercise by fitness professionals, but sometimes, depending on the person, Â planking alone just isn’t enough and other times it’s too much.
By taking the plank position up on an incline, the Core Trainer makes this popular core exercise easier for those that don’t have enough strength to hold the position on the floor. But by adding a rolling glideboard, the Core Trainer allows users to progress the exercise by increasing the amount of instability in multiple ways and therefore increasing muscle recruitment and strengthening.Â
As we expected, the YMCA staff foundÂ themselves, and their entire cores, engaged.