Monthly Archives: June 2012

Body Bar FLEX Program Update

We are beginning to shoot a series of instructional videos for the Body Bar FLEX.  The FLEX Basics DVD was a great start!  And, we have focused programming for our FIT 15 for KIDS, the OFFICE 10, SENIOR FIT, and the COLLEGIATE SERIES, as well as our new AquaFLEX, in the form of wall charts and files that can be downloaded from our website.

But, there are so many ways our creative professionals at Team Body Bar are using this versatile bar in show presentations, Group Ex, and for personal client training, we feel we need to show people the gazillion ways the Body Bar FLEX can be used.

The slideshow below includes screen captures from the video we shot at Evergreen (Colorado) Parks and Recreation Department’s beautiful Buchanan Park Center, with Michele Sodon (Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Coordinator, and Instructor – Evergreen Parks and Recreation District).  Thanks, Michele!

We plan to offer these Body Bar FLEX videos in numerous forms:  on our youtube channel, downloadable from our website, and on disk in mp4 format.  We will continually update and expand the series, so stay tuned!

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And, if there is a particular Body Bar FLEX move that YOU have come up with, send it our way in the form of a brief video and/or photos, and we will include it!


Autism Fitness and Body Bar

Body Bar, Inc. has been supporting the fitness industry with high-quality products and innovative programming for 25 years.

In addition to the typical uses of stretching, strengthening, and cardio for general fitness, our products are used for yoga, Pilates, flexibility, sport-specific training, with Parkinson’s patients, the wheelchair-bound, and for injury prehab/rehab – basically, anywhere our loyal and creative trainers and fitness professionals can use them to help their clients.

It is especially gratifying to see the wonderful work done by Eric Chessen of Autism Fitness, as he uses Body Bars to train his special athletes.

About Eric Chessen:

Eric Chessen, M.S., is the Founder of Autism Fitness, the Leading Authority in fitness for the Autism Population. Eric has spent a decade developing and delivering successful fitness programs for individuals on the autism spectrum. He is the creator of the Autism Fitness Toolbox, and in addition to working with his athletes, Eric consults, presents, and provides training worldwide to parents, educators, OT/PTs, behavior therapists, and fitness professionals.

Why and How Eric uses Body Bars:

“As my older athletes (10 years and up) progress in their strength and stability, I seek to broaden their physical abilities. The stronger and more capable they grow, the easier life’s daily physical challenges. If they are successful during out fitness session I am happy, but if they demonstrate a skill in a new environment or with a different person (instructor, parent), I am thrilled. The Body Bars offer just about everything I need in a piece of equipment; they are versatile, portable, safe, and can be adapted according to the ability of the athlete (whether I need a 4lb. or a 30lb. bar). The softer grip is great for younger athletes and those who have aversion to certain textures. All of my Autism Fitness athletes learn to squat in multiple ways, and I appreciate that during back squats the bars are comfortable for them to below the neck.

My athletes perform overhead squats, back squats, presses, and even hybrid Olympic lifts (power snatches and cleans), I am also a proponent of overhead carries. All of these we do with multiple objects to generalize the movement so it is not just performed with a single piece of equipment. The Body Bars have been an outstanding addition to my equipment selection, as they can be used for any of the previous exercises plus combo lifts, which not only develop strength endurance, but teach rhythm and provide a stimulus to the short-term memory center of the brain. The Body Bar is my go-to for teaching many of these exercises.”

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