Recently, golf great Tiger Woods walked off the course at the Farmers Insurance Open after completing just 11 holes, citing a back injury. When asked to explain further, Tiger’s reason for his early exit came as a surprise:
“It’s just my glutes are shutting off,” he said. “Then they don’t activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back. So I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but it’s just they never stayed activated.”
For many, “deactivated glutes” seemed a suspicious culprit to Tiger’s withdrawal. But issues with glutes can be especially problematic for golfers; as the body’s strongest muscle group, they serve as a critical link in the body’s power center (see: quad dominance). Plus, glutes are particularly important for golfers, since hip extension (powered by glutes) is a primary source of power and distance off the tee.
One way that fitness facilities can pro-actively help their clients boost glute activation is to provide access to the Cybex Arc Trainer. An independent study, conducted by Florida Atlantic University , shows that the Cybex Arc trainer isn’t just a biomechanically efficient machine, it’s also better at activating the large muscles of the lower body than the leading elliptical. The Arc Trainer is also proven effective at knee, hip and glute muscle activation. It’s exactly this muscular activation that gives the Cybex Arc Trainer a significant effect on the body’s metabolic demands—leading to greater calorie burn and superior sport conditioning.
Of course, exacerbating Tiger’s glute deactivation no doubt was his lumbar microdiscectomy less than a year ago. (The procedure removed a disc from his lower back.) When glutes are weak (or inactive) due to injury, experts note that soft tissue around the lower back can overcompensate, causing pain and inflammation around the lumbar disc of the spine.
In the case of your clients, strength training using Arc Trainer is ideal. Aside from its cardio training results, the Arc Trainer is a terrific resource for lower body strength training. By increasing both the resistance and velocity at which the foot pedals are pushed, the Arc improves the rate at which work is performed. The result is increased power (and therefore improved strength) across all lower muscle groups—particularly hips and glutes.
To learn more about the latest Arc Trainer technology from Cybex, contact Gym Source today at (800) GYM SOURCE or visit Gym Source.