‘Training your body to handle real life’
Are you struggling to spend time in the garden without “putting your back out”? Are you finding it difficult to lift your toddler in and out of the car? Wishing you could improve your balance and co-ordination on the sports field?
Whatever your everyday goals, our Rehab Gym provides the facilities for you to improve your ability.
Why would you use our Rehab Gym?
– General strength training
– Balance and agility training
– Pre and post surgical/operative conditions
– Sports Specific training
– Tendon rehabilitation
– Shoulder injuries
What is Functional Strength Training?
Functional strength training (FST) means training your body to move and perform better, to increase productivity, strength and efficiency in every day movements, whatever your lifestyle. Functional strength training focuses on building a body that can live life more easily. without pain or undue risk of injury.
FST differs from conventional weight training that isolates specific muscles. Common gym exercises are performed lying or sitting, which has limited carry-over to sports, leisure activities or manual work, which are usually performed in upright positions. FST teaches multiple muscle groups to work together, focusing on movement patterns.
Features of FST include:
- Improving coordination between nervous and musculoskeletal systems
- Improving effectiveness of our body, including posture, looks and well being
- Reducing the risk of injury
- Identifying and correcting ‘weak links’ in our bodies
- The ability to load your weight-bearing joints (meaning your hips, knees, and ankles) through a full range of motion without pain, stiffness or restriction
What equipment does our gym use?
- Free weights
- Machine weights
- Cable machines
- Medicine balls
- Exercise balls
How is a physiotherapist’s tailored gym program different form other gym programs?
“We’ll listen to your concerns and design a personalised exercise program”
Having your own personalised program is essential to fitness, strength and functionality. An assessment by our physiotherapists can identify the weak links in your body system and individualise a program to help improve your functional fitness
Your program will be based on:
- Functional tasks, within a specific environment. This means mimicking actual tasks that are important to you, such as digging in the garden, or improving agility on the sporting field.
- Your injury history
- Best available current evidence to achieve the best outcomes.
- An individualised and goal orientated approach. This will give meaning to your program as it will be specific to your needs and injury history.
- Flexibility, core control, endurance, strength and power requirements.
- Principles of dosage, frequency and periodization. Let your physiotherapist guide you through how many ‘reps’, ‘sets’, ‘duration’, and ‘times per week’ will achieve the best result.
- Feedback on your technique and program needs. We have the ability to rapidly make small alterations to your program which can make a big difference to your outcomes