No other training tool is as simple and, at the same time, complete as the Flying. It is suitable for everyone, in every situation, and every training need. It can undoubtedly be considered one of the most versatile tools for functional training. Nevertheless, suppose you want to get the best from it and to avoid unnecessary injuries. In that case, you have to know its base rules and principles of use entirely.
The Features of the Flying
Having it a weight of just 1kg and a volume of 20 x 20cm (when the two straps are rolled up), it can be carried almost everywhere. Its weight makes it perfect for traveling or for Personal Trainers who work in different gyms or houses.
Being easily adjustable to different workloads, the Flying is suitable for all sorts of users, from beginners to advanced athletes.
Every exercise can be performed at different degrees of difficulty by changing the body’s inclination concerning the anchor point or by varying the support base’s stability. As a result, this versatility allows to easily set the tool based on the user’s real possibilities.
The versatility of the Flying
Thanks to the two straps’ incredible freedom of movement, the Flying can also be adapted to the user’s specific requests or needs. Indeed, it is possible to use it for aesthetic goals, health, or wellness, including general physical conditioning and specific sports preparation.
The Flying, giving freedom from restrictions in the three planes of movement (sagittal, frontal, and transversal), makes it possible to perform a great variety of exercises. This makes it very useful for fitness, bodybuilding, postural and post-traumatic rehabilitation, and sports physical preparation.
Further confirmation of the Flying versatility is that it is currently one of the “most understood” and most appreciated functional training tools among all the sports and fitness professionals and also everyday enthusiasts. Indeed, suppose a kettlebell or a Si-Club can seem intimidating to those who do not know their characteristics and applications. The Flying is undoubtedly more attractive, with its straps and handles that invite you to try it even just for the sake of performing a row or a push-up with it.
From one side, this is undoubtedly a point in favor of this tool. Nevertheless, if you want to optimize its technical features, it is essential to know its base principles. Only in this way can you obtain real physical benefits, avoiding joints overloads that can be dangerous in the long term.
Useful advices about using this tool:
1) Keep the correct posture from the beginning to the end of every exercise
To guarantee the correct muscle activation and avoid tendons inflammations, it is essential to keep the joints’ neutral position. Consequently, when you realize that you are losing stability in the shoulders, in the pelvis, or the knees, you should stop, rest, and get back to the correct posture before continuing the exercise.
2) Do not lose the tension of the Flying’s straps during the performance of the exercises
In every suspension training exercise with the Flying, the straps’ constant tension results in muscular work. If you lose this tension, the exercises are less effective in terms of muscle activation and strength training.
3) Avoid rubbing or having a direct contact with the straps of the Flying while performing the exercises
This refers to the exercises performed with your back to the anchor point, for example, the Chest Press. The straps should always be outdistanced from the shoulders and the arms to constantly tense while performing the exercise (and to avoid abrading your skin).
4) Correctly position your feet during the exercises performed on the ground
When working on the ground (in supine, prone or lateral positions), the feet’ correct positioning allows you to stabilize your ankles and knees and obtain an optimal involvement of the relative muscle chains. Indeed, the muscle chains link the eyes with all the upper and lower extremities. Wrong positioning of the hands or the feet creates a dispersion of the strength along these muscles’ activation lines. Also, you lose stability in the involved joints (in this case, the ankles and the knees).
Watch a part of the vast range of exercises performed with the Flying in the following video.
by Emilio Troiano
WTA International Functional Training Academy Master Trainer
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