SMART Straps are a strap-based, bodyweight training system that leverages gravity and resistance to train your body. The heavy-duty strap and pulley system is one of the best ways to fire up your core and strength your mid section because every single exercise requires your core to be the main focus for stability.
In general, your core should be a central focus when creating an exercise program. Strong core muscles create the foundation for efficient movement patterns in the body. A strong mid-section can enhance mobility and help prevent injury.
Having a strong core is about much more than the aesthetic aspect. Keeping these muscles strong helps stabilize your body, support your spine, and enhance your overall fitness.
Specifically, exercises that mimic everyday life movements, such as reaching and twisting, should be included as part of an exercise routine.
Using a SMART Strap system forces your center to keep the body stable as you move and constantly challenges the core strength to generate and transfer power throughout the body.
Try these four moves to fire up your core, improve your posture, and tone your midsection.
1. Oblique Core Crunches
Start in a suspended plank position with your shoulders directly over your hands. Put your feet in the handles with your toes facing down. Bend both of your knees and bring them toward your elbow. Return to plank and repeat on the other side.
2. Knee Tuck to Pikes
Start in a suspended plank position with your shoulders directly over your hands. Put your feet in the handles with your toes facing down. Bend both of your knees and bring them toward your chest. Slowly lift your hips towards the ceiling, creating an inverted V. Lower down and return to the start position.
3. Hamstring Bicycles
Lie on your back and place your heels into the handles, arms alongside your body. Lift your pelvis and bring one heel back toward your bottom while keeping the body straight. Alternate legs as though you were pedaling a bike.
4. Side Core Planks
Start in a suspended plank position with your shoulders directly over your hands. Reach one hand to the ceiling as you slowly turn your body to open to the front. Keep your hip lifted and your hand underneath the shoulder to keep your body stabilized. Return to suspended plank and repeat on the other side.
Perfect way to fire up your core for an at-home workout or on the go!
With more people designing at-home space for workouts, this system is perfect. It doesn’t take up much space, easily secures to your door frame, and can be put away for easy storage. If you have an area dedicated to fitness, consider installing our ceiling/wall mount, which is designed to give you a place to secure your straps when the door mount isn’t ideal.
SMART STRAPS also makes for the perfect on-the-go bodyweight training tool. Toss them in your workout bag and bring them to the park to create an on-the-spot, outdoor functional training system. They can easily be secured to park equipment or even a sturdy tree.