Last post I introduced our new “Khaos” line of products and the first product in that line, the TAP Khaos Ball. As a refresher, the Oates Specialties Khaos line consists of uneven and/or unstable training products that challenge athletes and transform otherwise routine or ordinary workouts.

Today, I want to introduce to you the next product in Khaos line: the TAP Khaos Pivoter. The Pivoter is a training and conditioning tool based on the Asymmetrical Bar Training concept (“ABT”). ABT helps to train an athlete’s balance while simultaneously improving core strength and rotational power. ABT uses a bar with resistance on only one end to create an unbalanced load, which can be used in any number of exercises. The uneven load naturally forces an athlete’s body to rotate/move toward the loaded side. This requires the athlete to engage muscles throughout the shoulders, arms, core, and legs to help maintain a “normal” or “neutral” position.

The Pivoter is an incredible tool for baseball athletes because of its unique ability to train rotational movements. Because the Pivoter’s resistance is only on one end, it can be used in an array of rotational exercises. Moreover, the Pivoter allows athletes to perform these rotational exercises in an explosive and athletic manner, unlike most weight training equipment. During the rotational movements, the arms and shoulders have to constantly remain engaged in order to keep the Pivoter from pulling the athlete back to its anchor. Even more linear movements, such as bench press or row becomes much more difficult, as the athlete has to constantly stabilize while performing the movement.

The Pivoter is portable and sets up easily with any secure anchor point. The Pivoter bar comes in two pieces that can be screwed together. One end of the bar is connected to the resistance bungee that is attached to a chain length fence or other secure anchor. The other end of the Pivoter has a safety loop that goes around the athlete’s hand. The Pivoter can be used inside or outdoors.

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Below are a few exercises that can be performed with the TAP Khaos Pivoter.

(1) Low to High Swing:

Standing with your right shoulder to the Pivoter’s anchor and in a slightly bent-over position, explosively rotate your hips and torso and finish with the Pivoter up high. Notice that the hand closest to the anchor is turned over, with the palm facing the sky, while the hand furthest from the anchor is palm down.  The rotation is similar to that of a hitter's swing, but is on a different plane.

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(2) Rotation with Step:

This exercise is nearly identical to the exercise above, but instead of starting in a bent-over position and finishing high, the athlete starts in an upright athletic position with his knees slightly bent. The athlete then explosively rotates and takes a step, finishing in a full stride position. This exercise is great to mimic the stride and rotation taken by pitchers during their delivery.

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The exercise can be easily modified to mimic a hitter's swing as well, by reducing the stride. Additionally, the athlete can alter the exercise by maintaining the stride length and rotating from torque to extension.

(3) Row:

With your chest facing the anchor and your bottom hand on the Pivoter facing down while the other hand faces up, take the Pivoter over your shoulder and then explosively move it down past your side. Imagine you are in a canoe and are having to paddle as fast and hard as you can.

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(4) Wood Chopper:

Start in a stride position with your back toward the Pivoter’s anchor. Your hand closest to the anchor is palm up, while the opposite hand is palm down. The athlete will then rotate back toward the anchor, taking the Pivoter over his shoulder (like an ax in the air) and then explosively rotate and move down, taking the Pivoter across the “landing leg.” The end result looks like a pitcher who has just completed his follow through, or deceleration, pattern (and somewhat like an ax that has just struck a piece of wood on the ground).

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(5) Low to High Pivot (Pull):

Facing the Pivoter’s anchor, with both palm’s down, the athlete rotates against the Pivoter down and to the side of the knee followed by a rotation to the high opposite side. For those of you who know what the medicine ball wall series is, it is similar to the movement of down low to up high that is performed when against the wall.

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The above represents only a small fraction of the exercises that can be done with the TAP Khaos Pivoter. For example, each exercise can be reversed and done to each side. Additionally, by making slight movements to the angle of the torso and position of the bar, the rotational plane will change, which causes different muscles to engage. There are even more advanced exercises that can be done such as lunges with twists and jump lunges with a twist that really force the athlete to work against the resistance. And one of the more surprising things about the TAP Khaos Pivoter is how much of a shoulder and arm workout it is—every exercise requires the arms and shoulders to be engaged to control the Pivoter bar.

I encourage you all to give the new TAP Khaos Pivoter a try. It is a great, unique workout.   We also plan on posting a video of the TAP Khaos Pivoter being used, so check back soon to see live footage of the Pivoter.

Until next time,

Brian Oates