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  • One Anchor Good. Two Anchors Better.

    One of the major differentiators for the CoreVYO versus other resistance bands or harness systems is the two points of attachment – one at either hip. This was sparked by Rick Celebrini’s work with an NHL player – a beautiful skater with a deep and powerful stride, he’d had several injuries in his right hip, groin, and lower abdominal area.

    They used to do a drill skating between the blue lines where the athlete would typically experience pain during the exercise. Rick experimented by sticking a hockey stick in the side of his pants, at his waist, essentially waterskiing. He did so carefully, with variable and minimal resistance as to not affect the biomechanics of the skater. With that point of resistance, he was able to help the player keep his injured side square and engaged. The result: no pain for the skater.

    This was a starting point. Ensuring athletes stay square and engaged through the core is the principle that the CoreVYO is based on. But Rick wanted more, he wanted to work with his athletes and challenge their core in 3 planes – a single attachment point didn’t allow him to do that, but two points of attachment would. These 2 anchor points turn CoreVYO into a device that can both resist and assist movement, while challenging rotational control and power.

    Because that’s what athletes do: they constantly change direction and move in 360 degrees. Utilizing a tool that can train them to resist and assist stimuli while they maintain a deep athletic position is a huge X factor in training.

    Here are a couple of our favourite exercises that really utilize the rotational component of CoreVYO:

    1. Hockey – Dissociation stick handling – work on dissociating the upper and lower body to help evade defenders with the puck. Here’s an example.
    2. Soccer – Jockeying with ball – force defenders to stay low and balanced so they can react and move in any direction. Watch how it’s done here.
    3. Basketball – Off-Screen shooting – challenge the athlete to keep square to the hoop as they come hard off a screen. Check out the exercise here.

    Try out your favorite rotational exercise with your next CoreVYO workout!

  • From Isolation to Coordination

    When Rick Celebrini got his start, he was working with many NHL players. In those days rehab was all about the table, rebuilding the injured body through isolation exercises. Therapists would say: You absolutely cannot get this guy moving until you have the transversus firing correctly – he has to do his dead bug perfectly.

    But sports is no different from real life, in the sense that both involve coordinated movements. As soon as people leave the physio clinic, they’re out there picking up their kids, lifting groceries out of the car, etc. Shouldn’t rehab look similar? Shouldn’t it also be dynamic?

    A critical realization was made: we had to get from isolation to coordination. The approach Rick focused on was a proximal to distal movement strategy – in other words, moving from the middle outward. The key for him was being able to initiate movement from the core. He found when athletes maintained this movement strategy it could increase muscle activity and often decrease pain.

    For many athletes this movement strategy is the opposite of what they are taught growing up. A great example of this is in basketball. When we’re young and doing defensive slide drills, players are taught to reach for a spot with their lead leg. They reach for a spot and have the rest of their body follow. This distal to proximal movement strategy is common, but it’s less powerful and puts athletes in a vulnerable position if they need to quickly change direction again.

    Being able to re-teach and perfect these movement strategies is an important element at CoreVYO. You’ll see this in our Foundations Movements; at their base level these exercises are all about moving effectively and building following solid principles that translate to more dynamic movement.

    Check out our Foundations Videos to see these strategies in action.

  • The CoreVYO Origin Story

    It all started one off-season while Rick Celebrini and Steve Nash were discussing their training plan. At the time Steve was playing with the Dallas Mavericks.

    Steve and Rick were focused on core strength, stabilization, and control. However, a lot of their work was done in a static, controlled environment on the side of the court or in a clinic. They knew how important these concepts were but wished there was a way to transfer that training directly onto the court, allowing them to have similar control and focus on the core during the demands of the sport – i.e. shooting, cutting, dribbling.

    They started sketching concepts and ideas in a notebook. What they came up with looked like a web, with all the lines and scribbles. But the idea was relatively simple: they wanted to create an extension of Rick, a tool that would allow for manual manipulation of the athlete.

    Even when they started rigging things together into the first prototype, it was always just an experiment, a way for them to extend their training into a sports-specific environment. It wasn’t until later, when they showed others and listened to their positive feedback, that they realized there was merit in sharing this with the rest of the world.

    The CoreVYO was something neither of them had experienced before, a tool that allowed for a continual stimulus that created a demand throughout the core and the whole body while playing and training. And it changed everything for the two of them, especially Nash, as he regards the work he and Rick did and utilizing tools like CoreVYO, ultimately helped him add 10 years to his highly impressive career.

    Whether it’s prehab, rehab or performance, we’re excited to share CoreVYO for all of your training needs.