In recent years fitness pro’s are increasingly viewing the body as an integrated structure that moves through inter-muscular coordination.
These sling systems criss cross the body and connect with web-like connective tissue allowing the muscles to communicate and work together to create movement.
- Anterior Oblique System
- Posterior Oblique System
- Deep Longitudinal System
- Lateral System
Rather than just training the traditional movement patterns such as;
- Vertical push
- Vertical pull
- Horizontal push
- Horizontal pull
- Hip hinge
- Trunk rotation with flexion
- Trunk rotation with extension
- Trunk antirotation
By making small adjustments to traditional exercises we activate a group of muscles along a particular sling that reinforces a movement that would be beneficial to any given sport or activity, such as;
One of my favourite exercises is the single arm staggered stance kettlebell swing. By staggering the stance slightly we can increase the glute activation on the rear leg and engage these sling systems. For more information regarding kettlebell sling training, check out our upcoming level 3 kettlebell certification.