The TorsoBurner® is an excellent tool for training through the complex Dynamic System Theory approach. Considered the core piece of the SpeedChain® family, It forces the athlete to constantly redirect movement which causes the agonist and antagonist muscles to continuously reverse roles against varying resistance. These small counter movements result in less muscle slack and leads to superior performance in sports requiring action under time pressure. This constant change is extremely important for athletes that must respond to the chaotic nature of their sport in a moment’s notice. The very nature of TorsoBurner exercises allow the athlete to overcome muscle imbalances aiding in the prevention of injury and leading to an overall healthier athlete.
An amazing tool for increasing rotational strength and full-body power, the TorsoBurner® uses the variable and dynamic resistance of two custom manufactured chains to strengthen and stabilize. The TorsoBurner® handlebar is gripped with both hands and attached to two Universal SpeedChain® Segments. The initial chain links of the Universal SpeedChain® Segments attached to the handlebar are small/lightweight and increase in size/mass as the chain links progress away from the handlebar; this construction allows the large chain links at the end to serve as movable ballast for the SpeedChains® during exercises. The design of the device provide for movement patterns that allow the muscles to fire faster and with more power, which translates into faster and more powerful athletic movements.
The TorsoBurner® allows the athlete to accelerate immediately from a stopped position with minimal resistance to top speed against the increasing resistance of the SpeedChains®. Then, at the end of the movement pattern, the direction is reversed working against the moving chains and their increasing resistance. These movement patterns typically are timed to last no more than eight seconds to insure the exercise stays within the ATP energy system. This forced movement against the unique and continuous resistance of the SpeedChains® is an efficient method for developing more torque, quicker pivots, and better lateral movements.
The flexibility of the TorsoBurner® design allow for training many athletic movement patterns facilitating blending and the transfer of efficient sport specific movement patterns. The device offers the athlete an opportunity to modify exercises to promote differential learning and prevent adaptation, i.e. doing an exercise movement while standing, sitting, kneeling, on one foot, on balance devices, while moving, etc. The tools variability of the resistance allow for more exercise patterns providing opportunity for increased motivation and less exercise monotony.
The following serves as a general guideline to aid in proper TorsoBurner® SpeedChain® selection:
Strong – Typically chosen by Entry Level and Senior Athletes. Designed for any age athlete from adolescent to senior with below to average strength when compared to their peer group, having no physical constraints, and capable of vigorous exercise Intensity. Sport Specific Selection Suggestions:
Baseball/Softball - Pitching Velocity: 60mph-75mph; Bat Speed: 45MPH- 75MPH
Golf – Club head speed under 90 MPH
Tennis - Serve Speed Under 80 MPH; NTRP 2.0-4.0; Juniors; Seniors
X-Strong – Typically chosen by Varsity Level High School and College Athletes. Designed for any age athlete from adolescent to adult with average strength when compared to their peer group, having no physical constraints, and capable of vigorous exercise Intensity. Sport Specific Selection Suggestions:
Baseball/Softball - Pitching Velocity: 75mph-90mph; Bat Speed: 65MPH- 85MPH
Golf – Club head speed 90 MPH - 105 MPH
Tennis - Serve Speed 80 – 100 MPH; NTRP 4.0-5.5; Tournament Players
PRO - Typically chosen by College and Professional Athletes. Designed for any age athlete from late adolescent to adult with average strength when compared to their peer group, having no physical constraints, and capable of vigorous exercise Intensity. Sport Specific Selection Suggestions:
Baseball/Softball - Pitching Velocity: Greater than 90mph; Bat Speed: 75MPH- 95MPH
Golf – Club head speed over 105 MPH
Tennis - Serve Speed over 100 MPH; NTRP 4.0-5.5; NTRP 5.5 - 7.0 ; NCAA, WTA, ATP
Muscularly mature athletes considered strong for their peer group, and athletes 6’4” and taller, should consider adding extensions to their selection. Always waggle the SpeedChain® through the anticipated full range of motion before beginning exercise; chain ends should never be allowed to come off the ground/floor or gather around the feet during exercises.
The TorsoBurner consist of a Handle Bar, Universal SpeedChain® Segments, and Chain Carrier. Either or both of the Universal SpeedChain® Segments used with the TorsoBurner® can be used alternately with any of the other SpeedChain® Sport Specific Quick-link Attachments. All components of the TorsoBurner are available and can be purchased individually.
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