What materials can help us to work our core? Technically everything involving the muscles of the central zone of the body: from the kettlebell to the pulleys, passing by those who generate instability such as a foam roller or a fitball. But, how many of these are designed specifically to work our central control? This becomes a new training material directly from Australia: the Oov.
Oov is called because it responds to the initials of out of vocabulary or without vocabulary, and at the same time in which tests it you realize why that name. Just when we are standing our body always is making small microcorrecciones in our position automatically to keep us in the ideal position: the Oov does the same while we are working on it.
What is Oov?
Oov is a training material made with a patented form of Swan microfoam (pouring a little imagination). This microfoam is flexible and deformable, and It brings back us 50% of the pressure we exert on it, so he stands firm as we work with Oov.
Its form responds to our spine, offering support in the areas where we need to be braced against a wall or lying on the ground, and its arched base is responsible for generating a certain instability that puts to work all the muscles of our core.
Oov is available in three sizes: the small size, seating up to 1.70 meters, the midsize for people up to 1.80 meters and the large size for people of more than 1.80 meters. We must not only take into account our height when choosing the ideal Oov for us, but also our complexion.
How does work with Oov?
Oov is a very versatile material, since we can working with him in different positions: both prone and supine, prone as in lateral decubitus, cuadrupedia or directly stand supporting it on a wall. In its basic position we sit on the largest part of the Oov and tend our backs about the rest. In this way, the pelvis can be moved from three-dimensional shape and the blades are free to move in the space.
There are four principles of training with Oov: the central control (from the musculature of the central part of the body – internal muscles of the abdomen – is where we control our stability and all our movements), the axial elongation (which helps us to perform a diaphragmatic breathing and puts us in the safest position for the movement), the mobilization of the hip (because, as we have said, is moving in three dimensions, while with other single attachments we can move it in two of them) and the mobilization of the shoulders and thoracic spine (the blades are free and we can move them in space).
From these four principles we can work combining the Oov with Pilates exercises or other implements such as therabands or balls, being primary always maintain a posture of neutral column from which leave all the movements. It is also a very good tool to evaluate customers, in the event that we are personal trainers, from the first moment we can see corrections that perform or compensation from your body.
The experience of a class with Oov
I have been able to enjoy a master-class of Oov with the companions of Polestar Pilates directed by Belen Sanchez, to test this new material and experience first hand how it works. The first notes to lie on the Oov is how your body is constantly making corrections to keep you in proper posture, without that the Professor follow just nothing. Corrections are carried out our own body automatically, and the muscles of the core is in action all the time.
Once accustomed to be lying about the Oov we have begun with some simple Pilates exercises that, uploaded in this material, you become a real challenge. This is another advantage of this material: it is very challenging and, just as there are some exercises that can be assisted by the action of the Oov (as a roll-up, leaving almost without thinking and without any effort), others become much harder to perform on an unstable surface. A couple of times rolled on the ground, not I am going to cheat, but after making a couple of adjustments by my own body, I was able to finish the exercises.
We work in all positions, even upside down (a little uncomfortable until you find the ideal position) and cuadrupedia, placing the Oov under one of our knees. After a session of one hour I finished pretty tired, since she was one very intense session, but it is true that you may notice the benefits in a very short time: sales of the session feeling turned on and even with greater mobility especially in the area of the hip.
Many thanks to the friends of Polestar for welcoming us in their Center and for teaching us this so novel material.