How To: Improve Symmetry Using The Loop Straps

Using the Gravity Ball's loop straps is fun, simple and gives you many ways of enhancing strength & mobility.

Loop straps provide two major benefits: 

  • Symmetry training due to the suspended weight between the two straps

  • Additional weight (resistance) to exercises that involve stretching and mobility training

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Basic Instructions For Loop Straps:

1 & 2. When not in use, the Gravity Ball's loop straps lie underneath the adjustable straps and secure to the ball's surface via a small patch of Velcro. To use the straps, undo the Velcro and slid the strap out from underneath the adjustable strap.

3. Slide your hand (or foot) through the strap (so it can hang freely from your wrist or ankle) and you are ready to begin!

 

 

Symmetry Training

To enhance symmetry between both sides of our body, insert one hand or foot through each strap and pull away from the ball's center to increase the resistance and strengthen opposing joints. Symmetry training is shown below for both the lower body and upper body:

 Dr. Chavez demonstrates how to improve symmetry of the hip joint through a partner exercise that involves the lying partner pulling their leg (and the weight) across them as the standing partner pulls it in the opposing direction. This strengthens the hip joint as it strengthens the muscles on each side of the joint.

Dr. Chavez demonstrates how to improve symmetry of the hip joint through a partner exercise that involves the lying partner pulling their leg (and the weight) across them as the standing partner pulls it in the opposing direction. This strengthens the hip joint as it strengthens the muscles on each side of the joint.

 Dr. Chavez demonstrates a symmetry enhancing exercise for the shoulders and upper back. This movement can be done while lying, sitting or standing. Sliding both arms through the loop straps and pulling away from the center of the weight, he is strengthening his shoulder joint and the muscles of the rotatory cuff. While keeping tension, he is able to raise or lower his arms and can also do lower body movements such as a squat or lunge if in a standing position.

Dr. Chavez demonstrates a symmetry enhancing exercise for the shoulders and upper back. This movement can be done while lying, sitting or standing. Sliding both arms through the loop straps and pulling away from the center of the weight, he is strengthening his shoulder joint and the muscles of the rotatory cuff. While keeping tension, he is able to raise or lower his arms and can also do lower body movements such as a squat or lunge if in a standing position.

The lunge arc is an example of symmetry training for the shoulder (as demonstrated by Dr. Chavez above) combined with the lower body movement of a lunge.

 

Enhanced resistance in mobility and stretching exercises

Through using both loop straps, the suspended weight provides additional resistance for stretching exercises or movements designed to enhance mobility in one or more joints as shown in the examples below.

 Dr. Chavez demonstrates an exercise for improved hip mobility in a seated position.

Dr. Chavez demonstrates an exercise for improved hip mobility in a seated position.

 Dr. Chavez demonstrates the same exercise for hip mobility in a lying position.

Dr. Chavez demonstrates the same exercise for hip mobility in a lying position.

These are just a few ways to use the Gravity Ball's pair of loop straps, a unique feature for balancing the body and enhancing strength. How will you use yours?

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