Monthly Archives: October 2012

Body Bar Monday Move : Ab Crunch in Chair

We don’t always have time after work for a full exercise routine.  Luckily, Body Bars don’t take up a lot of room so you can take them to the office to get in little workouts throughout the day.  We especially love using the Body Bar Flex in the office.

Today we’re going to focus on strengthening the abs using the Body Bar Flex.  This exercise will also target the shoulders, chest, and arms.

  • Sit at the edge of a sturdy chair, with feet hip width apart. Place the Body BarFLEX ®on top of the thighs and hold ends, palms facing down.
  • While exhaling, draw the abdominals tightly inwards, press down on bar, and curl the spine forward.
  • Maintain a soft grip with the hands, feet firmly on floor, and arms straight. Inhale and keep control while slowly returning to the upright position
  • Perform 15 to 20 repetitions.

 

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Body Bar Monday Move : Moderate Total Body Exercise

Last week we started off with the beginner version of this total body exercise.  This week we’re going to add a few elements to make this exercise a little more challenging for those who are in a more advanced stage of their fitness.

During each position, be sure to brace your core and concentrate on your shoulders.  At no time should they roll forward or be in a shrugging position.

Position 1: Single-Leg Deadlift (one-arm grip)

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Begin with your feet hip distance apart.  Place the Body Bar in one hand, down next to your thigh with the elbow extended.  With a slight bend in the knees, begin to move the hips back and the chest forward to drop the bar slightly below the knees.  Simultaneously, elevate one leg behind you as the chest is coming forward.  Return to starting positon.

Note: Keep your back long and make sure you are not rounding the spine as you lean forward.

Position 2: Bent Over Row

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With your feet still hip distance apart, position the bar to the side of your body hanging straight down.  Tilt from the hips and let the bar hang at your knees.  Bend the elbow and pull back to bring the bar in towards the crease of your hip.  Elbow should be tucked in close to the side.  Extend the elbow to return to the starting position.

Note: Concentrate on your shoulder blades, imagining that you’re pinching a quarter as you bring your elbow back.  Do not roll your shoulders forward.

Position 3: One Arm Bicep Curl

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The opposite hand can assist by holding lightly at the opposite end of the bar.  Start with the bar resting at the thighs with the elbows slightly in front of the body.  Bend the elbows to bring the bar up towards the shoulder without letting the elbows move behind the body.  Do not return to starting position

Position 4: Overhead One Arm Shoulder Press

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While still in the flexed position of the bicep curl, rotate your hand so the bar is on your shoulder lengthwise.  Extend the elbow and press the bar straight up from the shoulder.  Your bicep and ear should be in alignment while your shoulder blades are contracted together.  Bring the bar back down to your shoulder.  Rotate the bar so you are now in the end position of the bicep curl.  Extend the elbow so the bar is at the starting position of the bicep curl.

Repeat this sequence on one side 8-12 times and repeat on the other side.  You can perform 2-3 sets.

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Body Bar Monday Move : Beginner Total Body Exercise

This move is a great way to add in some weight lifting & burn extra calories without taking up a lot of time.  We’ve put together a full body move to target legs, biceps, shoulders and triceps.  This week we focus on a more beginner move to get down some basic exercises, gain some stability & build a good foundation:

Position 1: Squat

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Have your palms facing towards you with feet about hip distance apart and gripping at shoulder width.  Place the bar right above the knees.  Push the hips back while you bend the knees like you’re sitting on a chair.  Keep your wait on your heels, it helps to lift your toes a little.  Push through the heels and extend the knees.

Position 2 : Reverse Bicep Curl

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Raise the bar with the elbows slightly in front of the body.  Bring the bar up towards your shoulders without letting the elbows move behind the body.  You can also switch your grip for a regular bicep curl.

Position 3: Overhead Press

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While the bar is still in the curling position, lift the bar above your head.

Position 4: Triceps Extension

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Now that the bar is above your head, bend your elbow to allow the bar to drop behind your head.  Be sure to keep the elbows pointing straight forward.  Extend the elbows to return to the starting position.

To Finish

The bar will be back over your head in the shoulder press position, bring the bar back down to your chest so you are now in the bicep curl position.  Extend your elbows so the bar rest back on your thighs.  This is one rep.  Repeat 12-15 times 1-2 Sets.

Stay tuned for next week’s total body exercise, we’ll be adding some modifications to up the difficulty!

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Body Bar AquaFLEX Raises the Bar on Water Fitness

Press Release via Globe Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Body Bar® Inc., a premier fitness company specializing in products and educational tools for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, today announced Body Bar AquaFLEX. AquaFLEX is the same award-winning, versatile Body Bar FLEX, but modified for use in water fitness classes. The bar is very lightweight, flexible, and buoyant, plus its variable resistance adds to the natural resistance of the body’s movement through the water for a very effective workout.

Created by MaryAnn Briggs, a Boulder, Colorado-based water fitness instructor and personal trainer, the AquaFLEX Program is an effective low-impact workout for developing muscular strength and endurance, core conditioning, and dynamic flexibility, as well as being a fun and unique way to exercise in the water. The AquaFLEX Workout is a series of 20 moves that can be incorporated into existing shallow or deep water fitness classes. The exercises are designed to target all major muscle groups and because most of the moves are compound in nature, functional fitness is enhanced and improved agility and coordination are a positive side effect. Performing these moves with standard water fitness traveling movements can increase the cardiovascular benefits.

The AquaFLEX Bar comes in three sizes:

BBFlex-10(AquaFLEX):  10 lbs of resistance, 48 inches in length, weighs 25 ounces

BBFlex-20(AquaFLEX):  20 lbs of resistance, 48 inches in length, weighs 27 ounces

BBFlex-40P(AquaFLEX): 40 lbs of resistance, 48 inches in length, weighs 36 ounces

Click here to see a brief video on the AquaFLEX Program.

Our goal was to provide a unique and fun way to address muscular strength and endurance in the aquatic fitness environment, and that’s what we did,” commented Craig Williams, president and owner, Body Bar Inc. “We are proud to provide the AquaFLEX Program to water fitness instructors who want new ways to motivate and encourage their students.”

About Body Bar Inc.

Founded in 1987, Body Bar® Inc. provides the infinite workouts and solid educational tools that fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities still choose after 24 years – because they work. Body Bar Inc. provides quality products and innovative educational tools with a commitment to changing lives worldwide through functional fitness. We consider passion, integrity and fun to be essential elements of our content and community.

Body Bar products can be purchased online through (www.bodybar.com) or 1-800-500-2030. Join Body Bar Inc. onFacebook and Twitter.

About the Body Bar FLEX

The award-winning Body Bar FLEX is a flexible composite rod with easy-grip durable rubber casing and end caps. Weighing approximately one pound, the original 4-foot Body Bar FLEX can be used for balance and stretching when straight, but offers resistance ranging from 0 to 20 pounds when bent into an arc. Its ergonomically tailored flexibility allows full joint range of motion and works the entire body in simple or compound movements to develop strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.  According to Sherry Catlin, nationally-recognized trainer, it is “just possibly the single most versatile, user-friendly, piece of exercise equipment you will own.”  (www.bodybar.com/Body-Bar-Store/Body-Bar-Flex) or call 800-500-2030.

Body Bar and the Body Bar FLEX are registered trademarks of Body Bar Inc. in the United States and other countries. All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.

The Body Bar FLEX® Exercise Device. Patents 7,951,051; 7,704,198; and 7,112,166.

Marilyn R. Kroner
Kroner Communications
303-478-3044

Body Bar’s Review of FitnessFest 2012 in Tuscon, AZ

The fitness shows are a very important part of the Body Bar marketing program.  We always bring in first-class presenters to show the latest programming for Body Bars and the Body Bar FLEX…and now our new AquaFLEX bar!  Once again, the FitnessFest Show in Tucson was a great success for us.

We generated a lot of enthusiasm, through excellent participation in classes given by Sherry Catlin, June Kahn, and MaryAnn Briggs.  Sherry showed how one can get a great workout using both the Body Bar and the Body Bar FLEX, in her ‘Lean Mean Legs’ and ‘Tabata’ sessions.  June presented her ‘Senior Fit’ programming, giving lots of moves for the FLEX that can be used by our actively aging population to improve strength, balance, and flexibility.  Then, we (well…MaryAnn actually) dove into the pool to present our brand new AquaFLEX bar and workout for water fitness.

Once again, Janice, Gretchen, Libby and the entire FitnessFest crew made us feel welcome and valued as a part of their show.  And, it didn’t hurt that it snowed in Boulder while we were hanging out in warm, sunny Tucson!

Body Bar is Going to Fitness Fest!

Check out our post on Ultimate Sports Equipment’s page about our up coming trade show in Arizona!

Body Bar is Going to Fitness Fest!.