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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Innovative Exercise

Brent Brookbush

Brent Brookbush


Panel Discussion: Innovative new additions to the fitness industry

What is the most innovative exercise or piece of equipment you have seen? Why was it so innovative, what void did it fill, what purpose does it serve? Links to videos and advertisements of the equipment are welcomed for this discussion.

Moderated by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

This Panel Discussion was originally posted on my facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/brent.brookbush - on April 8th, 2011.

Mikal Payne, April 8 at 4:35pm: Zumba class, cannot wait too try water Zumba. I also like and I am not sure when they came into existence TRX(?) bands.

Shawn Fears, April 8 at 5:00pm: The Shake Weight!! definitely has its uses lmao. Serious though, I haven't seen anything that has made me look twice at it.

Brent Brookbush, April 10 at 12:31pm, Great stuff kats… I know I am a little biased as a Master Instructor for the company, but I have to give a little shout out to the Power-Plate. I need to spend some more time with the product, but I see huge potential for self administered (SA) release, SA joint mobilization, agility and generalized muscle activation (preparation for unpredictable environments), huge stuff is also coming out about post-activation potentiation (max-strength/power supersets). Just need to get the word out about the product, and more education for fitness professionals using the product.

Shawn Fears, April 10 at 2:56pm: Could you post more info about the per plate Brent? It seems a few years ago it was scoffed at due to lack of proven research but as time goes by the tone of the attitude toward it seems to be changing. I don't really know anything about it but it seems like at first people just looked at it as an unstable surface to train on, has it

Brent Brookbush, April 10 at 6:38pm: http://www.powerplate.com/online-courses/online-courses/us/benefits/research

Brett Grossman, April 11 at 9:38pm: If you are curious about where the nearest power plate is the website has a "plate locator".http://www.powerplate.com/online-courses/online-courses/us/locations

Alex McLean, April 12 at 5:08pm: Have you had the chance to try the ViPR from Michol Dalcort

Brent Brookbush I haven't had the chance to use one yet, but I hope to soon. They look fun and versatile.

September 7th, 2010.

Panel Discussion: I seem to get an e-mail a day about a new product, program, or exercise routine. What have you tried, and what would you recommend to your fellow trainers?

Morgan Armitage, September 7, 2010 at 12:43pm: My friend did the Insanity workout and she brought it to school so I'm going to try it here! she said it really works and kicks your butt!!

Brent Brookbush, September 7, 2010 at 12:47pm: After you try it… let me know how you feel, what's sore, and how long it takes you to recover. Most importantly, did you enjoy the workout, and would you continue doing it.

Andrew Dianiska, September 7, 2010 at 1:07pm: Crossfit!

Every trainer should give it a go for a month, if not become certified as a CFL1 trainer.

lots of high end skills and coaching techniques.

No B.S. - this is not CES 'friendly' material-- they are very safety oriented and form is Always the primary focus-- you don't do it right it doesn't count-- but there is no attempt at isolative 'corrective' exercise.

different beast.

Brent Brookbush, September 7, 2010 at 1:31pm: I must admit Crossfit bothers me a bit, because of the lack of corrective exercise on any level. The movement prep/integrated warm-up/NASM-CES programming that has developed in the last decade has been a huge advance from the general warm-up, and absolutely improves performance and decreases the risk of injury. I believe that the dismissal of this type of work has more to do with laziness or lack of aptitude on the part of the trainer. That's not to say that the Crossfit cannot follow a good corrective warm-up, simply that we all have to try and integrate the best information.

Andrew Dianiska, September 7, 2010 at 1:37pm: you may want to try it before you comment on it.

Not Read about it second hand from critics who heard that someone that a friend knew … -- well, you get my drift.

it isn't what you may think- try it-- but you must bring an open mind and check your expertise at the door-- it is a different paradigm.


there are a ton of really qualified folk involved, including CSCS and Actual PTs , who swear by it. the box i attend is owned by a veteran physical therapist who oversees everyone-- and still everyone is usually working the daily WOD from CFHQ.

Derrick Price, September 7, 2010 at 1:43pm: I'll give the simple recommendation of try everything. Keep an open mind and explore what the world has to offer. Once you try something ask yourself:

1) How does this product/service fit with my training style and methodologies

2) How will this product/service enhance my business/service?

3) Which one of my clients may benefit or enjoy this product or service?

4) What are the risks of using this product or service with my clients?

5) How can I learn more about this product or service to better serve my community?

Gabriel Martinez, September 7, 2010 at 1:47pm: Noxedge is the worst pre-workout supplement you can buy (try "Caution"). Crossfit will get you strong and shredded.. But you can't be a lazy trainer and teach crap form also do more than just sagital-sagital-sagital. Integrated warm ups are the best. But don't have to take all day. P90x will give you a rotator cuff problem but leave you with the best abs ever. Insanity workouts are for the insane. And go to gdmfitness.com to train with yours truly. That Is all of Gabe's wisdom.

Brent Brookbush, September 7, 2010 at 1:50pm: Derrick I love your questions… really great.

Thanks for all that stuff Gabe… Integrated workouts are the best, and do not have to take all day… very important point.

All exercise has risks and benefits.

Gabriel Martinez: One more thing! oatmeal, tuna sardines, shakes, potatoes, fruit and eggs every day in addition to regular meals keeps muscles sexy :-D

Liana Araiza, September 7, 2010 at 2:03pm: Shovelglove makes me feel productive and useful :). I've noticed a huge increase of overall health by following the 'rules' of the Primal Blueprint…and a severe decrease when I don't adhere to the principals in the form of unexplained anxiety, insomnia, and decreased mental clarity. I also prefer practical exercise to 'on purpose' any day (my favorite being backyard overhauling, house painting, and good game of chase with the kids).

Brent Brookbush September 7, 2010 at 7:15pm: Cool stuff Liana, I have not seen this stuff before, I will have to do some more research. Thanks!!!

Brian Sutton, September 8, 2010: Shake Weight baby :)

Brent Brookbush, September 8, 2010 at 10:42am: At the very least that is good for a laugh

Andrew Dianiska, September 8, 2010 at 2:04pm: Hadn't seen the shovelglove stuff, but I've played with a lot of sledge work-- in fact all the old school/ strongman/ true functional training gear can be picked up for little more than a song at home depot and tucked into the closet for quick and dirty use.

in re: the shake weight-- did you know they now make one for men too?… and here I thought we came equipped with one.

Brent Brookbush, September 8, 2010 at 2:15pm: The jokes just keep comin… Love it

Andrew Dianiska, September 8, 2010 at 3:03pm: Ironically, one of my clients had had one prior to our meeting and actually brought it in for my perusal.

I couldn't actually bring myself to use it as designed in front of her … .

November 28th 2010

Panel Discussion: A call for new ideas… What is the most original, relevant, or substantial fitness idea or technique you have been introduced to this year.

Derrick Price November 28, 2010 at 10:29am Great question, hard to choose just one for me, it's been a great year with lots of learning. If I had to choose just one, it would have to be an often overlooked component to fitness: Behavior Modification and Communication. I now have a powerful System at my disposal I can use that develops a great deal of rapport while giving me all of the necessary information to meet them on an mental/emotional level. Plus the neuroscience that supports this system is fascinating and brand new for me.

So now personal training has become much more than just the physical aspect (exercise) of training, we can now tie in the entire human being.

Brent Brookbush, November 28, 2010 at 12:20pm: Great thoughts DP,

There is nothing more important than behavior modification. If we can discover a way to motivate the other 85% who do not belong to a gym, and the near 80% who are not physically active enough we could make some serious change. Great stuff DP,

I am glad the industry is finally trying to integrate the expert knowledge of behavioral psychologists and making it available to personal trainers.

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