Learning the Ropes
Redcord is a unique and effective concept for functional training. Carefully designed exercises using your own body weight as resistance is at the core of the concept. A unique blend of applied scientific knowledge (Neurac®), patented equipment and guided advice from a certified professional ensures the Redcord system gives results.
Bridging the gap between performance oriented training and rehabilitation from injury is characteristic of Redcord’s total and holistic approach.
Redcord is more than just sling exercise therapy. Comprehensive knowledge of physical medicine and exercise science underlies a unique active training method. Several published scientific articles in reputable journals such as Spine have reported positive results.
As an industry leader, Redcord continues to pave the path for new ideas and innovative products in functional training and rehabilitation.
LEARNING THE ROPES
This time, though, I was indoors, at Pilates on Fifth in Manhattan, strapped into a contraption with lipstick-red ropes and slings hanging from the ceiling. The setup resembled a sleekly designed medieval torture chamber, but I wasn’t deterred: I’ve done my time in the gym. I can out-rep (usually) and outrun (at times) most. Yet I found myself flat on my back, legs splayed, at a loss, as my trainer asked me to lift my hips off the ground.
“Lift? With what?” This was my first attempt at Redcord, the Norwegian workout offered in more than 80 percent of gyms in Norway and a favorite of Swedish models. Not that I’m expecting to get Elin Nordegren’s physique, but the fact that the latest fitness import is a go-to for top athletes who’ve trained on it at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, means it’s no joke.
At least in my total initial failure, I was in good company. “The first time I tried it, I did only five reps,” confesses Sara Studebaker, America’s top-ranked biathlete, with a laugh. According to her trainer, Peter Toohey, “Every Olympian, the strongest, the fastest — they all fail on the system initially. Guaranteed.”
The reason, explains Redcord guru Michael Torres, is that most exercises let us cheat. It’s easy to churn out reps without engaging our core or using a stronger side to compensate for a weaker one. Over time, the neglected muscles weaken and can’t respond when the brain signals them to move. When life throws us a curveball like a wet sidewalk, which requires a strong core to avoid injury, our brain screams, “Help!” but our muscles are too slow to respond. Redcord sharpens the brain-body connection.
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