You might have heard of neuromuscular training and its benefits, which include increased sports performance and injury prevention. However, many people don’t know much about the training method or which equipment to use during workouts. This article will help improve your understanding of neuromuscular exercise equipment and outline the benefits of using it.
What is neuromuscular exercise?
Neuromuscular exercise is a training method that improves the reactions and relationships between muscles and nerves. This exercise can help improve sporting performance, reduce the risk of injury and improve rehabilitation thanks to its focus on natural movement patterns. It is based on dynamic movements that individuals carry out within sports and in everyday life.
Neuromuscular exercise puts an emphasis on the quality of movement, which can improve an individual’s understanding of their unique movement patterns. This helps people develop their athletic capability while reducing their risk of suffering an injury.
Why should I use neuromuscular exercise equipment?
Injury prevention & rehabilitation
Unlike traditional weightlifting, one of the main benefits associated with neuromuscular training is injury prevention. Neuromuscular exercise is also highly effective during rehabilitation for existing injuries and can reduce the likelihood of them recurring.
In other training methods such as lifting heavy weights, the joints are subject to a large amount of pressure and strain which can lead to injury over time. By using neuromuscular fitness equipment, individuals ultimately benefit from increased training longevity and an improved lifestyle with fewer injury complications.
Purpose-built for neuromuscular activation
Neuromuscular fitness equipment is built specifically for neuromuscular activation. The equipment can be helpful for beginners, as it takes the guesswork out and they can be sure that they’re getting an effective neuromuscular workout. The purpose-built equipment can provide enhanced neuromuscular activation that wouldn’t be possible with standard gym equipment.
Gain a competitive edge
Neuromuscular exercise equipment can help individuals gain a competitive edge and maximize sporting performance. For example, when using cognitive light systems, athletes can improve their reflexes and participate in cognitive training when working out alone. Without this kind of cognitive training equipment, people would need to rely on group sessions to get a comparable cognitive workout. By using purpose-built technology such as cognitive fitness equipment, individuals can take their sporting performance to the next level without a dependency on others.
Reduced muscular imbalances
Neuromuscular fitness equipment engages supporting muscles used within natural movement patterns. The training methodology places a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and correct technique. By using neuromuscular training equipment individuals will be able to correct pre-existing muscular imbalances and prevent new ones from occurring.
What are the benefits of using Reaxxer and Reaxing equipment?
Although neuromuscular training equipment offers the benefits above, there are some more specific advantages for those that use Reax equipment. Here are a few of the benefits associated with using the Reax range of products:
Unlike much of the equipment released into the fitness industry, Reax neuro training equipment is truly unique and groundbreaking. The range of products frequently makes use of unique technology which is patented. This means that Reax is the only manufacturer who can supply such equipment which offers this technology and the associated benefits.
Whether it’s for personal use or being used in a commercial gym, exercise equipment needs to be built to last. Reax equipment is designed with a great eye for detail, using the best quality materials and is made to be durable. A great example of this is the Fluiball which has an innovative design that allows you to toss the ball safely, whilst being robust enough to stop it from breaking.
Versatile product range
Reax has developed a fantastic range of high-quality workout equipment to suit a variety of people. The options range from small neuromuscular training accessories to highly advanced multi-use training suites such as the Reax 1001. Whether you’re a world-class athlete, recreational gym user or going through rehabilitation, you will be able to find Reax neuro active training equipment that meets your needs.
With the versatility of the Reax range, individuals have the power to customize their equipment setups based on their exercise preferences. The modular nature of the equipment means that different products can be combined to create a training environment that’s truly tailored to the individual. There’s always scope to introduce additional Reax products to existing workout spaces, to make them more versatile, challenging and enhance the training experience.
What is the difference between Reaxxer soft chains and regular gym chains?
Reax chains share the conventional shape of regular gym chains, but offer far more versatility and flexibility. The Reax soft chains were developed using the human kinetic chain for inspiration, with the idea that humans were made to perform collective actions over isolated movements. This ideology makes Reax chains a perfect training tool for neuromuscular exercise. The chains are lightweight and comfortable to use, meaning you can use them safely when training with others.
What makes the chains unique is that they have patented Reax Flex Weights technology. The generation of sudden, unpredictable impulses and the flexibility of weight allow constant stimulation during workouts. This elevates the body’s response and improves an individual’s training.
Standard gym chains are made from metal, which can lead to safety concerns and discourage beginners from using them. The soft design of Reax chains makes them inviting to use and far safer than traditional chains. They can even be launched during training to achieve additional muscle activation. The softness also means that Reax chains can be used as an effective tool for stretching as shown in the image above.
What is the difference between slam balls and Fluiballs?
Exercise balls are a popular tool for neuromuscular training. The spherical shape makes them more challenging to lift than a conventional weighted bar. They’re also soft so can be thrown against walls, floors and even tossed to workout partners during group exercises. Traditional exercise balls are often referred to as slam balls or medicine balls. The Fluiball is an exercise ball that offers the same benefits as standard slam balls but provides users with enhanced neuromuscular stimulation.
The main difference between standard balls and Fluiballs is unpredictability. With standard balls, the weight remains constant and is evenly distributed. Once becoming familiar with the traditional ball, it’s easy to predict how it will respond during exercise movements.
Fluiballs offer an added level of variability and unpredictability to workouts. They are the first medicine ball with a variable quantity of non-toxic colored fluid inside. Their “Sudden Dynamic Impulse” technology allows a monitored release of light, sound and tactile stimulations. The ball provides sudden motor interferences which forces users to activate quick motor reactions. As shown in the image above, the Fluiball can be applied to a variety of uses including functional exercise, personal training, rehabilitation and group workouts.
Despite the soft texture and the fact that the ball contains fluid, the Fluiball is reliably robust and allows users to throw and slam the ball without having to worry about damaging it. Ultimately, the Fluiball is the most technologically advanced exercise ball around for neuromuscular exercise.
What is the difference between hard standard barbells and water-filled barbells?
The primary difference between hard standard barbells and water-filled barbells is the predictability. Standard barbells use weight from solid constructions such as steel or rubber plates. The weight is constant in standard barbells, making the feeling of the weight and the barbell’s movement patterns predictable.
Water-filled barbells use weight that comes from liquid which has the freedom to move during exercise. With the weight distribution of the barbell being fluid, users will experience a much higher level of dynamic stimulation during their workouts. Using a water-filled barbell will require additional muscle activation for stabilization leading to a more intense neuromuscular workout.
As you can see in the image above, the athletes are performing the same exercise, but the user of the water-filled barbell is experiencing more intense stimulation. This is due to the fact that the athlete’s body weight is compressing the water-filled plates, forcing him to activate and engage additional supporting muscles. This illustrates the difference between a static movement with a traditional barbell and an intense dynamic movement with a Reax water-filled barbell.
Reaxx products VS regular equipment
The table below details some of the unique benefits on offer within the Reax product line when compared to standard gym equipment. To see the full range of Reax products click here.
|Reax Product||Unique benefits VS regular equipment|
|Reax Soft Chains||Safer than traditional gym chainsMore lightweight than metal chainsGreat for stretching and flexibility due to softness|
|Fluiballs||First ever training ball to enable working with a variable loadSudden dynamic impulse technology activates quick motor reactionsFar less predictable than regular slam balls|
|Reax Lift||Unpredictable weight distribution with water-filled barbellsIncreases dynamics of movement compared to standard barsImproves injury recovery in contrast to standard barbells|
|Reax 3D Mat||Engages additional stabilizing muscles during useHighly beneficial for rehabilitation compared to standard matsModular combination with other mats and equipment allows for customizable intensity|
|Reax Lights||The only system that includes mobile satellites Intuitive use via plug and play appProximity sensors for reaction without touch|
If you use Reaxxer products, will you gain strength and muscle?
Yes, using Reax products will allow you to gain strength and muscle. Just like traditional gym equipment, the Reax range of products allows you to add the resistance required during workouts for you to increase strength and promote muscle growth. The unpredictability factor of Reax equipment will allow you to use supporting muscles which may not be activated by traditional gym equipment. This helps to further promote the prevention of injury and muscular imbalances.
How to use Reaxxer accessories
The beauty of Reax equipment and accessories is that they are familiar. Those who have used traditional slam balls, barbells and gym chains would be very comfortable using Fluidballs, Reax Lift Barbells and Reax Soft Chains. They are as easy to use as the other gym equipment on the market, but offer the benefits of increased cognitive thinking, combined with improvements in mind-muscle connection, dynamic stimulation and muscle activation.
How do you care for and store Reaxxer accessories?
Hygiene should always be a priority when caring for your Reax products. If you use equipment in a shared environment you should always wipe down the equipment before and after every use. As with any exercise equipment, it should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or adverse weather conditions. You should always follow the manufacturer’s guide when learning how to care for your specific product.
Are there any risks with using Reaxxer and Reaxing products?
As with any exercise equipment, there is always a risk to the user if the product is misused. However, you will be glad to know that the intended use of Reax products (i.e. neuromuscular training) is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for injury prevention and rehabilitation. It’s been said that the exercises which develop neuromuscular control, as well as joint stability, are critical to conditioning and rehabilitation programs for the prevention of injury in sport.
Training with Reax products will ensure that you get the dynamic and stimulating workout that you’d expect when neuromuscular training, while helping you stay injury free. When using Reax products, you’re using top of the line neuromuscular equipment designed to help users prevent and recover from injuries. The products are well made and designed to keep people safe while using the equipment.
Do the Fluiballs explode or create tears if slammed?
No, Fluiballs will not explode or create tears if they are slammed or thrown. Fluiballs are designed to be used with force. You don’t need to worry about damaging the ball as it’s built to be robust. If it gives you peace of mind, you could even run the Fluiball over in your car without it exploding. However, It’s probably worth saving this level of dedication for your workouts!
Neuromuscular exercise equipment can be a great way to ensure you’re training with correct form, avoid injuries and help with rehabilitation. By investing in the high-end equipment offered by Reax, you will be able to step your workouts up. This equipment can help you reach excellent standards of neuromuscular activation that you can’t achieve with traditional workout equipment. With the innovative, durable and customizable product line, it’s clear to see why Reax neuromuscular equipment is held in such high regard.