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Key Elements of Fitness #4 - Balance

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Balance – the ability to control the body’s position, either stationary or while moving (eg a handstand or a gymnastics routine)

This training workbook devoted to understanding balance and training for balance is a part of our Essential Fitness series of nine workbooks, each dedicated to one crucial element of overall fitness and performance. These reports are available in convenient PDF format for immediate download. No waiting for delivery! The official price of this workbook is $15, but through our special offer, you'll pay only $8.99 (£5.57)!


Are you as light on your feet as you should be?

Balance is a dimension of fitness that is often overlooked, and seldom trained. It’s needed by runners when negotiating woodland, by tennis players when reaching for a drop shot and by footballers taking the ball on the volley from slightly behind them. Each of these situations requires the exercise of just the right amount of flexibility and agility at the right time and from the right areas of the body in order for us to execute the desired task, recover – and then be able to repeat the same or similar tasks without injury.

That’s why increasing numbers of athletes today use balance training as an integral part of their overall training programs, both for injury prevention and performance enhancement. The idea is to recreate and manipulate in a controlled environment what we do in an event or game situation.

In Balance there’s a big section on training with a balance board that explains how to improve your strength, co-ordination and flexibility. It describes in detail eleven different exercises you can do, some designed specifically for beginners, others for more advanced users of the balance board.

Don’t have easy access to a balance board? No problem. Balance also includes a section on hard-floor exercise drills specifically designed to enhance one’s balance, and that don’t require any specialised equipment. You can do them equally well at home or at the gym.

Finally, we describe a fitness test that enables you to determine how adequate your balance is, and whether you would benefit from focusing more on this area of fitness.

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