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Calisthenics

Calisthenics is a form of exercise regime with the goal of increased conditioning (Personal Training), restoring function (REHAB) or preventing injuries (PREHAB). It consists of a variety of gross motor movements—running, standing, grasping, pushing, etc.—often performed rhythmically and with minimal equipment, as bodyweight exercises. They are intended to increase strength, fitness and flexibility, through movements such as pulling, pushing, bending, jumping, or swinging, using one's bodyweight for resistance. Calisthenics can provide the benefits of muscular and aerobic conditioning, in addition to improving psychomotor skills such as balance, agility and coordination. 


What is Prehab?

I know you have heard of Personal Training and REHAB but Prehab short for prehabilitation may be somewhat new to you. The word prehab may sound like something reserved for athletes, but it’s actually something we all should be doing, regardless of fitness level or training goals. Unlike Rehabilitation which comes after surgery, prehab comes before surgery or before the injury even happens. While the exact protocols may take different forms from one individual to the next, the ultimate goal of prehab remains the same—to improve the body’s overall function and prevent injuries. 
At the center of prehab is a focus on enhancing core function, something that helps to mitigate the muscle imbalances and postural deviations that increase one’s risk of injury when external loads—whether it be equipment used while working out in the gym or things we encounter in everyday life—are applied to movements. Muscle imbalances can alter normal functions in the body, changing both the way joints are loaded and the mechanics of our movements. This can trigger compensations throughout the entire body, which can cause dysfunction in other areas because the body is one kinetic chain. Prehab can also be applied to people awaiting orthopaedic surgery. The intention is that the fitter they are when they have surgery the quicker they will recover from surgery.