We have a new “toy” at the Hockessin Athletic Club where I train part-time. It’s called the , developed by a yoga teacher named Tony Susnjara. It looks like a plate on wheels. Have you ever had a plant in a pot that was so big you couldn’t lift it? You may have put it on a wheeled platform to move the plant from room to room. That’s basically what this looks like!
It’s a “multi-directional rolling platform”, which means it rolls through all planes of motion. It moves as you move, it changes direction as your body does. It lets you push, pull, twist and balance. It flows around the body, and with it, you can make almost all basic moves more challenging…lunges, push ups, stretches and more.
Most of the moves involve core activation—you can -really- feel your abs engage as you hold yourself still, or upright, or pull through a movement. Check out HAC member Rush Fisher moving through a complete body series:
Anytime you can challenge your body to work as it does in real life, you are “teaching” it to do what you want, when you want. We all have to stand on one leg sometimes to pick up a pencil. We must reach way overhead while leaning over a counter to reach something in our kitchen cupboards. We need to get up and down from chairs, often quickly. helps to train the body to move “functionally”.
I’m a fan. So the next time you hear me say, “I’m rolling through the gym”, I’m REALLY rolling through the gym!