As a group fitness instructor and a Master Educator for Savvier Fitness (the company that owns the Gliding Discs), I teach gliding exercises often. When gliding discs are involved in a workout, I have noticed that most participants focus on speed and not control. They rush through the movements, lose range of motion, and begin to use momentum to finish the exercise. When the body decreases the range of motion of a movement, the muscles involved in the movement have a lighter workload; this means, the exercise becomes less effective from a strength building aspect.
There are gliding exercises designed specifically for speed and there are workouts where strength is not the focus. However, these following exercises are better executed with intention and mindful slower movements. For your next workout, try these exercises while counting to 4 with each movement and completing the exercise for 30 seconds.
Single Leg Squat
Gliding Bulgarian Lunge
Remember, slow and steady wins the race!
Turn your focus to strength and control when executing these gliding exercises and you will immediately notice a difference in your workout!
Plus, counting to yourself while you move turns your workout into a more meditative experience. In the busy world we live in, it’s nice to slow down and turn our focus inward.
Have any questions? Email me at JessicaHMaurer@gmail.com for more information on gliding.