Ka Pow! That’s my inner Batgirl speaking. But by training for combat, I don’t literally mean training to go to war!
Life however, is subjective the individual, and one could look at every day as a new challenge. Heading out onto the battlefield to take on new hurdles. Work, fitness, relationships, spirituality are just some of the things we deal with on a daily basis. Finding the balance in it all can sometimes seem quite overwhelming. One thing you can take a hold of in your life though, is your power to be fit, strong & healthy.
Now I am sure you have all heard of power lifting, cross fit, tough mudder, spartan training – the list goes on. What if I told you there was a way to train like a warrior without lifting olympic weights, climbing ropes and crawling through mud pits?
Image sourced from: www.ausfittorsionbars.com.au
Torsion Bars (torsion – meaning to twist) are the latest pieces of multipurpose functional exercise equipment from AUSFIT and can be used by anybody- anywhere! Torsion bars are long cylinders made from steel and range between 4kg and 20kg and can be used in circuit training, running and even for weapon stimulation.
Torsion bars originated in the Australian army, used as fitness equipment whilst out in the field to add resistance and power to regular day to day training. These bars were sourced from vehicles such as Armoured Personnel Carriers. (Pictured below). They were used in circuit and strength training and can perform most of the exercises done with normal free hand weights, kettle bells, dumb bells and barbells but with added grip strength and stability.
Image sourced from: http://www.army.gov.au
The torsion bar can be used in the privacy of your own home, in the park, for group training or in the gym. They can also be utilised by any age bracket and fitness level. If you are new to training, simply start at the lowest weight and work your way up!
You may be wondering, what sort of exercises can I do with the torsion bar and where do I start? How do I know this kind of training will be effective for me?
Functional training is becoming widely popular in many gyms and bootcamps around the world although having been around for a very long time. Functional meaning operational and for its intended purpose. What makes functional training so incredible for all ages and levels of fitness is it embodies actions undertaken in day to day activities. Thus building the strength to help you take on the battefield each day.
Functional training targets all muscle groups of the body as is especially great for your core. According to the Australian Institute of Health, approximately 3.7 million Australians will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. Having a strong foundation and core is key in managing back pain and quality of life. Torsion bars can also be used to perform all of your standard exercises from squats to thrusts but with added grip and range of movement. Muscle groups that can be targeted include but are not limited to hsoulders, chest, back, triceps and legs. Examples of these can be found at the AUSFIT Torsion Bars website: http://ausfittorsionbars.com.au/exercises/
Being a weapon on the gym floor never looked this easy! Ka Pow!