Flexibility training is an integral part of conditioning for any sport. Optimum flexibility helps the athlete to perform better and makes the body more resilient to the physical demands placed upon it.
Range3D combines with cardiovascular and strength training equipment and is suitable for levels from recreational to elite. Range3D is appropriate for every sport and accommodates almost all sizes and body types of user.
Dynamic mobility exercises are preferred for warming-up before training and competition, so they are typically done outdoors on the pitch or track. These exercises increase body temperature and joint flexibility, and prepare muscles for movements specific to the sport.
The ideal environment for static stretching exercises is the gym, where the athlete will be warm, comfortable and relaxed. Range3D can be used for a post-exercise cool-down or a dedicated session to improve range of motion. Static stretching aids recovery, allowing muscles to return to normal resting length. Range3D especially assists the user with maintaining position and control for the longer duration developmental stretch.
Range3D offers a standardised, reproducible, measurable regimen, whereby the athletes are all able to perform the same exercises in the same way.
Muscle imbalance often occurs in sport, and may not only impair athletic performance but also lead to chronic injury. It can go unidentified and the athlete could be unaware that it is present.
An imbalance is created when those muscles which have a tendency to shorten are allowed to do so, thereby inhibiting the opposing muscle group. With Range3D as flexibility equipment, range of motion can be monitored and exercises prescribed to avoid muscle shortening.
Sports such as tennis and golf involve rotational movements which require a large degree of flexibility in the shoulders, spine and hips. The power for the stroke or swing is developed in this kinetic chain, and there must be adequate mobility throughout the whole chain. Restricted hip rotation alters the biomechanics and puts strain on other joints, above and below the hip. Using Range3D the athlete will detect any restriction and can stretch the medial and lateral rotator muscles accordingly.
Gymnasts, martial artists and ballet dancers are examples of athletes who need a particularly high level of hip mobility. Range3D has been designed so that the leg supports can be moved beyond the normal ranges of motion, enabling the user to progress towards much greater flexibility.
These special groups also tend to emphasise stretching the hamstrings and the adductors. Range3D provides a complete exercise routine, ensuring that the other hip and thigh muscles are not overlooked.