In the January issue of InFlight I wrote about one of my favorite exercise machines, the NordicTrack Ski Machine.   In this post we are going to discuss my other favorite piece of training equipment – “the Crabsuit.”.

There are so many many different types of exercise machines, workout videos, and training products on the market today. Each one promising specific benefits like increase speed, vertical increase, core strength, increased stamina and endurance, total body toning or muscle strengthening.  However, no product promises overall improvements in all these areas, except for one….. the Flex Nimbo™ or as one of my guys calls it – “the Crabsuit.”

Recently hosting a training for a division of the armed forces, exhibited at the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NSCA) Conference in Orlando and seen being used by celebrity football playerslike Marvin Mitchell linebacker for the 2010 Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints, martial artists and professional boxers like “Bad” Chad Dawson on YouTube, Flex Nimbo™ is not just another exercise device, but is a full body, cross-training assister created for the serious athlete, but easy enough for the everyday workout.

The Flex Nimbo™ incorporates the  lightweight but powerful use of rubber band resistance training with the unique patented harness design that enables the wearer, regardless of their position or training goals, to work all of the muscles in their body simultaneously. Fully adjustable for a custom fit, the Flex uses foot straps and hand flex grips to allow the user a full body resistance workout. Providing up to 19 lbs. of resistance per arm and levels at 35, 50 and 75 lbs. of total body resistance, traditional weight training cannot push through the total body thresholds like Flex.  Another unique feature of the Flex is its neuro muscular training development and its excellence in promoting balance, coordination and agility with a full range of motion using both major and smaller muscle groups. This has been an excellent resource for chiropractics and rehabilitation therapists. The Flex has also been found to be excellent for improving explosive strength, increased flexibility, speed training, footwork, vertical jumps and starting strength while burning twice the calories of those other methods.

Completely portable and lightweight, Flex Nimbo™ goes with the athlete wherever they go, so no more conflicts with gym schedules or having to “go to” the workout. Flex Nimbo™ allows the workout to come to you! Featured in the March 2009 issue of Stack Magazine, Flex Nimbo™ shows itself adaptable to all sports and recreation such as football, soccer, lacrosse, boxing, mixed martial arts, basketball, track, running, hurdles, tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball and more.

Sean Robbins, Flex Nimbo trainer and two-time US Olympic track and field alternate in the long jump says “the Flex provides resistance with every movement you make, something you’re not typically used to dealing with.”   The Flex Nimbo says Robbins “forces you to stay in an upright position, giving you an activation in the lower back as well as the core.  If you’re doing a movement, then stop and stand, the Flex Nimbo is still being activated.  That helps you maintain your posture, even at rest.”

Geoff Kaplan, director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer for the Huston Texans, adds that the Flex “incorporates functional movement and multidirectional patterns much like sport.” When Kaplan was the athletic trainer for the Tennessee Titans he used the Flex for total body conditioning.  He explains, “When you’re working with athletes and doing a lot of sport-specific training, the legs have to work with the hips, the hips have to work with the trunk and the trunk has to work with the shoulders and the shoulder girdle.  The Flex Nimbo helps to activate and incorporate these different component to try to work more in unison.

We here at Flight101 Sport Speed Development have been using the Flex with some of our athletes for over two years now and I’m really impressed with the results.  Every athlete that we’ve trained with the Flex has shown significant improvement in their respective sport. I had one sprinter in particular who had difficulty maintaining forward momentum because he spent to much time in the air when he ran.  In the beginning of the 2010 season we had him perform all of our sprint drills with the Flex.  The Flex helped him add more power to his drive phase  while  allowing him to maintain good posture without floating or over striding during the sprint and lift phases of his race .  He finished the season placing third in the State Championships and anchored our sprint relay teams to 4th place finishes and 2 school records.

Like we did with this sprinter, the Flex allows you to increase the level of difficulty in your normal training program each week to continually stimulate your athlete in a progression that is appropriate for his or her sport and can be combined with other pieces equipment at the same time.

In conclusion, I am a firm believer in functional strength training to enhance over all athletic performance and there are many resistance training devices out there today.  However,  it takes imagination to devise a functional strength training device that mimics the particular movement of just about any sport.  The Flex is designed biomechanically to mimic the human musculoskeletal structure.  Because it is not used for static position movements only, the Flex offers the most accurate and realistic stimulus possible to lead to maximal gains in athletic speed performance.

For more information on the Flex Nimbo feel free to contact me at jmurdock@flight101ssd.com

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