With more than 18 years experience in the fitness industry, both in Australia and the UK, Erin Splatt has an excellent grip on the challenges facing Personal Trainers. Erin owns and runs PD4PTs, a service that provides on-going education opportunities for PTs. I’ll hand over to Erin to introduce us all to the Wayflex..
In recent history we’ve seen a big growth in outdoor training, mobile PT and corporate on-site workouts – essentially bringing sessions directly to our ‘time poor’ clients.
Unfortunately, the challenge for non-gym based Trainers is the ability to provide progressive overload and adequate resistance options for clients, without lugging around a range of dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etc! As an outdoor trainer myself, I’m always on the lookout for training devices that support functional strength training, allow client progression and overload, and serve the needs of both a PT and a group training environment.
Recently I was introduced to the Wayflex Functional Training System and am happy to pass on my experience, as I’ve found it to be a great addition to my PT training tool kit.
What is the Wayflex FTS and how does it differ from a regular suspension device?
In short, the Wayflex Functional Training System integrates a suspension trainer with interchangeable resistance bands.
The combination of suspension based movements with dynamic resistance band options means you have a suspension trainer, a cable device PLUS the ability to pull it apart to replicate dumbbell and other free weight movements.
Beyond your conditioning exercises, the Wayflex can be pulled apart so that the bands can be used for mobility work and stretching.
What are the training benefits of Wayflex FTS?
- In both Suspension and Band mode, the Wayflex allows you to use your own weight as resistance and,
- Wayflex works well with multi-dimensional, compound movement patterns and is incredibly functional.
- Utilising your own weight as the load, it encourages clients to activate core and stabiliser muscles, and increases proprioception, balance and coordination.
- You’re able to progressively overload your clientele through stability as opposed to pure weighted load – a much more viable option for those working outdoors or in a mobile setting.
What are the benefits of Wayflex from a PT Business Perspective?
One of the most obvious benefits is that it’s portable and light weight. Although it can take a load of up to 600kg, the device itself only weight 1.2kg and stores easily in a carry bag. Another plus, I found it easy to set up in both a park environment, and also within a client home setting as you can anchor it to a door frame. The combination of suspension and bands definitely helped to increase the volume of exercise selection, and the ability to simply unlock between movements also meant it was quick and seamless – avoiding lost time faffing around with set up.
I also utilised it during a group training environment – again, this was an efficient way to add resistance training into the circuit program without having to carry weights in.
See the Wayflex in Action
From a training and development perspective…
Through PD4PTs I saw the potential for this fitness device to be a real asset in the fitness community. For the lovers of pure suspension training, it will take your programming to another level with a wider variety of exercise selection potential due to the addition of the resistance bands. For those that enjoy the minimalist approach to training and who advocate functional, relative strength, it’s a great training component to upskill on.
Our PD4PTs presenter, Roger Saheli, delivers a detailed and inspiring course on how you can add value into both your PT and group sessions with the Wayflex. The course is a practical based session covering all beginner, intermediate and advanced movements and will get you thinking outside the box for client resistance training and overload. For course details, please click here.
If you’re on the lookout for something new, different and convenient for your clientele, the Wayflex might be the tool you’ve been after.
Erin can be reached via the PD4PTs web site.