Every human is an athlete. Sounds weird and unfamiliar, but it’s like that.
All people have to perform movements and need an appropriately “pronounced musculature” – the hallmark of an athlete in the ancient sense. Some people “only” to take part in everyday life. Others to achieve goals in sport. Still others are happy when they return to a normal life after an operation or trauma.
So, we all need the “appropriate fitness” for our living conditions and goals – New English: Functional Fitness. The athlete must be fit for his special sport, the patient wants to play with his grandchildren again, the office person must be able to survive the long sitting unscathed. Fitness keeps us all powerful, painless and satisfied (stress-free).
But how do you get this Functional Fitness? Quite simply: through a functional training. Functional training is modern and strong on the rise. And rightly so.
Functional Training is a needs-oriented training for all requirements and performances. It is also often used as a preventive measure. It is optimally suited to be able to cope with the stresses of everyday life, but also that of a specific sport. In this way, every “athlete” – the sport, the everyday life, the hospital – can benefit from it, no matter how old, good and fit he/she is.
In contrast to isolated training, which usually aims at the “defined” muscle, a movement is learned (again) during Functional Training. Here, several muscle groups are usually stressed over several joints, so that one also speaks of “training in muscle chains”. Movements thus become more economical, safer and therefore also more stress-free.
In addition to the restoration, maintenance and enhancement of performance, the aim of the modern training is the holistic nature of the training. Therefore, not only the fitness component strength is addressed, but also the stamina (and strength endurance), mobility, mobility, balance and coordination as well as the stability.
Stability in particular plays a central role in functional training. Appropriate fitness is not conceivable without stable joints and a stable core muscles (core muscles). In the classic strength training on machines, the linear movement guidance also takes over a large part of the stabilizing tasks. The perhaps extremities are strengthened (e.g. biceps), but not the “holder”. Risky leverage ratios thus become the cause of injuries, misalignments and ultimately pain.
Few movements in everyday life and in sport are linear and one-dimensional. Functional training takes this into account and is therefore usually carried out multidirectional (in all directions), multiplanar (on all movement levels) as well as with the 3 physical key movements (pressing, pulling, rotating) alternately or in combination.
For a high-quality and adequate training, no large additional equipment is necessary, especially no machines. They are often even counterproductive. A workout with your own body weight is usually enough.
However, the use of small devices can increase the variety of exercises and further support the training goals. In addition, exercises can be made easier (regression) or heavier (progression).
In recent years, small devices such as dumbbells (dumbbell/short dumbbell, kettlebell/ ball dumbbells), sandbags (Bulgarian bags), chains and ropes, medicine balls, etc. have been rediscovered. Most have existed in a similar form since antiquity. With the choice of appropriate materials and colors, they have been adapted to modern requirements.
However, elastic bands play an important and exceptional role among the small devices used. Unlike most other devices, training with them is independent of gravity. The desired resistance for training arises “in itself” (by stretching) and not “with itself” (earth attraction of the mass).
In addition, multi-directional and multiplanar training can be carried out, i.e. suitable for everyday use.
Unconcerned, fitness bands are lighter than dumbbells, medicine balls, etc. and can therefore be easily transported and used anywhere. No gym required!
With their use, not only strength components can be trained, but also the improvement of stability, flexibility, mobility and coordination, which is difficult to achieve, for example, with a sandbag (and if only at the place of sandbag storage).
Elastic bands have also been around for a while. In modern times, Erich Deuser, the masseur of the German national football team in the 1960s, can probably be regarded as the inventor. Together with the then company Schmidt Sports (now Deuser Sports) he developed the Deuserband named after him and certainly used it. In the 1980s, Thera-Band developed the concept on finer and more coloured rubber bands, introduced various other band categories and justified great success with them. Nowadays they can be found in many households, training groups, rehabilitation facilities and physiotherapy practices. Only: they are all made of rubber.
We, too, who are behind Flexible Sports, have used these tapes in our work as trainers. However, we quickly noticed that it is not only the material that has certain disadvantages. In addition, we saw in the design still unused potential for increase. Not to mention the type of production and the widespread latex allergy many users.
The rest is told relatively quickly, but was by no means a short and easy undertaking. After months of development work, which included the production of prototypes, testing and feedback of several athletic trainers and physiotherapists from the top sports as well as from the fitness and rehabilitation sector, we launched our first FLEXVIT collection in autumn 2015.
Since then, our tapes have also enjoyed an unexpected but growing success. They are already used from Canada to China and from South Africa to Norway, from primary care after surgery to world and Olympic champions, wheelchair athletes, table tennis players or lugers. A madness. But it’s a confirmation that the concept is coming.
Our FLEXVIT tapes are characterized above all by the completely new material. It is not only skin-friendly and fresh in appearance, but also incomparably robust and durable.
Due to various design elements, they have a very high utility value, which both recreational athletes, ambitious Weekend Warrior and professional athletes appreciate.
Last but not least, they set new standards in terms of hygiene through their washability.
The seal „Designed, Developed and Made in Germany“ testifies to quality and regional connection.
Depending on the band type – Mini, Multi, Resist, Revolve – and the training method used, all components of Functional Fitness can be trained (strength, endurance, speed, agility, coordination and stability). If you want, always and everywhere. The possibilities of a band-supported training are limited by the own creativity (or that of the trainer). A (r)evolutionary training device for the modern, functional training.
What began as a private search of trainers for better, more robust and more skin-friendly fitness bands developed into an attractive portfolio of such. The possibilities are almost endless, the further development continues. Be curious!
We look forward to working together and your feedback.