The Core-Tex: Reactive Training & Reactive Variability

by Anthony Carey |  Date Released : 30 Jun 2016

As an industry, we are continually striving to find the best science and systems to enhance client performance, reduce injury, engage the client and maximize time commitments. This was the motivation behind the training environment created with the Core-Tex®. The Core-Tex was designed with the purpose of creating a reactive training environment that, through its use, produced reactive variability.

What Is Reactive Training?

Reactive (adjective): Readily responsive to a stimulus (Merriam-Webster, 2016).

Training that challenges the body to successfully respond to imposed stimuli with minimal or no conscious thought involved for the purpose of:

  1. Maintaining postural equilibrium
  2. Improving timing, coordination and force production of muscular contractions
  3. Providing optimal joint stability.

Conscious vs. Unconscious Reactive Training

Drills or activities that require a rapid response from verbal, visual or tactile cues involve conscious processing of the information prior to the reaction. Conscious reactive training is slower because the information must travel to higher levels in the brain where a decision for an output must be made and then executed. A tennis player playing up at the net who gets her racket on the ball just before it flies past her had to first see the ball, determine its trajectory and even approximate the speed the ball is traveling to direct the racket. This is conscious reactive training.

Unconscious reaction in this example occurs at all the muscles that stabilize the joints from the hand through the body and all the way to the feet for the purpose of stiffening the racket at impact. As the racket contacts the ball and vibration and force is sensed via the proprioceptive pathways in the hand and arm, there is a reflexive increase in stiffness on the hands grip, the elbow and shoulder joints to keep the racket fixed with impact.  The information to stabilize with impact does not have to go to the brain to be processed before a response occurs. It need only travel to the spinal cord and back, skipping the decision making process.  It should be acknowledged that, prior to this reflexive response, there is potentially some anticipatory (conscious) stiffness of the core and lower body to brace for the impact of the ball that results from practice.

Reactive training with the Core-Tex in fitness, rehab or performance produces an environment not available with other equipment The patented design of the Core-Tex creates a simultaneous tilt, translation and rotation all at the same time.... Read the entire article here.

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Anthony Carey

About the author: Anthony Carey

Anthony Carey M.A., CSCS, MES is PFP Magazine’s 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year and owner of Function First in San Diego, California and an international presenter on biomechanics, corrective exercise, functional anatomy and motor control and their relationships to pain and function. Anthony has developed the Pain Free Movement Specialist certification and is the inventor of the Core-Tex®.

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