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Ok, I’ll admit it, my core has gone to mush! Well, I guess compared to the average Jo it would be still above average but I just haven’t been putting the focus I used to set outside for strengthening and improving it. That’s all about to change! We are getting back to basics using this alien-esque looking, brand spanking new functional exercise device,called the Oov.
I was keen to go along as a guest to the Oov movement class, held at one of my favourite outdoor pools in Sydney, Boy Charlton. It also reminded me I really need to dust off my googles and cap and get back in the water and chase that black line. Swimming laps aside, my core was here to be put through it paces.
|A steamy morning in a brilliant location! I’m on the blue mat near the glass fence trying not to fall off|
I describe The Oov as similar to a foam roller (here’s my How- to Foam Roller guide) but more high-tech though not designed for the same use as a roller. The exercise, rehabilitation and motor control device is made from highly durable, eco-friendly foam and has three curves to complement the natural curvature of the spine. Sporting swimming/golfing/tennis pros and even the Bondi Lifeguards are using the Oov as part of their training program. The Oov exercises I would describe as Pilates/corrective based in nature- stretching, lengthening and strengthening. Therabands and super light weights accompany many of the exercises also. The demand on the core is high, really taking you back to basics and forcing you to retrain muscles you may have let get tight and lazy over time. I have always had an interest in these types of exercise principles- back to basics/functional type movements. It’s not always about just lifting heavy and throwing weights around. This is an essential device if you work with “rehabing” clients or you are injured yourself.
|Anthony Carroll, is a machine on the Oov!|
For the Oov user, once you purchase, you’ll be able to download the app (Apple or Android) filled with exercises to transition you from wobbly beginner to rigid, strong pro. It’s always good to be guided through these movements because even though they look easy, it’s all happening deep in those core muscles.
I’m excited to add some of these exercises into my own training and with my 6 Week Challenge ladies. A strong core is key for injuries prevention and also spinal health. The Oov has got a big two thumbs up from me!
For purchasing details and to find out more head to www.oov.com.au
*Disclosure: I attended this event as a guest and was gifted product
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