Mostly because our bodies were not designed to move in one plane of motion. We twist, turn, stretch and rotate everyday to accomplish normal tasks. The benefits of incorporating rotational exercises into your workout range from enhancing core stability to improving athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury providing a transformative impact on not only your fitness journey but your daily life.
1. Core Strength & Stability
Rotational exercises engage the deep muscles of the core, including the obliques and transverse abdominis building a strong stable core, which is essential for maintaining proper posture, preventing lower back pain, and improving balance.
2. Improved Athletic Performance
Whether you're an athlete or a fitness enthusiast, rotational exercises can enhance your performance in various sports and activities. By mimicking the rotational movements required in sports like tennis, these exercises help to improve rotational power, speed, and coordination.
3. Injury Prevention
Weakness in the core and surrounding muscles can lead to an increased risk of injury. By strengthening the core and improving stability, rotational exercises help to correct these imbalances, reducing the likelihood of strains, and other common injuries.
4. Functional Fitness
Rotational exercises closely mimic real-life movements, making them highly functional for everyday activities. An example is the rotating curl in this week's TOTW “We Own it” and how it mimics scenarios such as you lifting an item and rotating to place it on the counter. Whether you're reaching for an object on a high shelf or twisting to grab something from the backseat of your car, rotational strength and flexibility are crucial and can improve your ability to perform these movements with ease and efficiency.
5. Increased Range of Motion
Regularly performing rotational exercises can improve joint mobility and flexibility increasing range of motion allowing for greater freedom of movement in everyday activities and exercise.
The benefits are too valuable to ignore! So unlock a new level of strength, flexibility and functional fitness try adding rotational exercises or come try out a Surge class where you are sure to find multiple rotational exercises through out the class!
By Pet McCall (September 2023); “The Surprising Benefits of Performing Daily Mobility Exercises”; American Council on Exercise; https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/certified/september-2023/8429/the-surprising-benefits-of-performing-daily-mobility-exercises/
“Rotational Moverment Exercises for Building Strength” (2021) International Sports Sciences Association; https://www.issaonline.com/blog/post/rotational-movement-exercises-for-building-strength
AI Chat, personal communication, December 3, 2023