TRX And Swiss Ball Planks

swiss ball plank

TRX is a simple training device, which is basically a nylon parachute cord that you attach to a bar, doorjamb or tree limb. It provides instability in a range of motions that overload the core muscles.

Swiss balls are reminiscent of large beach balls that are used to provide instability during workout.

Core muscle stability is essential for back health and spinal stabilization during exercise. American researchers discovered that doing planks with the TRX device or Swiss balls provided greater loads to the core muscles than traditional stable planks. Loading was measured with electromyography, which measures the electrical activation of muscles. TRX and Swiss balls are practical ways of improving spinal stability and core fitness.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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