There are tremendous benefits to patients doing band work. For years we have had tubing, tubing with handles, Thera-bands, loops, the Stretch strap, and now the Consecutive Loop (CLX) Theraband. In my office patients are being introduced to the CLX along with bodyweight exercises before using free weights or Kettlebells. Patients are instructed to perform bodyweight workouts and then they try doing it with the new CLX Thera-bands. There is a difference between the CLX movement and bodyweight only maneuvers and I notice patients are surprised at the difference between the two sensations. The obvious things patients notice when training with CLX is a difference in the sensation of more muscle recruitment, breathing becomes deeper, and heart beats go up. The CLX creates more intensity and it seems obvious that the energy expenditure of the CLX workout is greater than the bodyweight workout alone.
One of the biggest advantages of using CLX is the way I can cue patients to apply compressive forces (increases muscular response and promotes stability) as well as traction (increases muscular response and promotes movement) forces to act on the body while having it wrapped around a foot or hand. Wrapping a CLX band around the feet and hands while performing a squat or lunge is a fun challenge and causes the body to increase more muscle activation.
All rehab and exercise tools are not the same. If space is an issue in your office, all you need to get started with the CLX is about a 6’x 6’ space. Patients can benefit from CLX training without ever graduating to free weights or Kettlebell drills. One-arm CLX training is great unto itself. Further, many classic band exercises, such as pushes and pulls are great for flexibility, strength and cardio fitness. Static holding of poses with CLX resistance is a great way to increase strength through the upper body and trunk.
The new CLX Theraband is different and it provides patients with the variety they need to stay engaged in therapy. After a few sessions you will see very different results and realize the unique attributes the CLX can bring to your in-office rehab training. CLX bands are absolutely the first place Doctors and patients can apply themselves to learning proper band technique. For in office training and at home follow up therapy the CLX is definitely the way to go! Bottom line? You can certainly get fit and strong with one single 3-5 foot long CLX Theraband.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker on the new Thera-band CLX:
“I like CLX bridging for the glut muscles, at least 3-5 times a week. If you have back pain, sit-ups are taken out of the program and I teach patients exercises that do a better job of ab work anyway, like planks or core engagement leg raises with the CLX. These get the job done!
With CLX, patients gain decrease pain, increase flexibility and gain strength. They understand that it requires lots of reps and volume. In my class we do bouts of 30-60 seconds. Athletes understand they need volume if they want to build endurance. My patients in pain understand movements with CLX improves recovery ability. A little soreness and stiffness after the first CLX workout is normal. That’s normal in any new training – it eases in a few days and then you are ready for more reps and sets.
I highly recommend you add CLX to your regular training. Try it as part of your correctives or dynamic warm up. Start with your bird dogs, squats, pushups, and knee raises.”
Doctors and patients will not be disappointed. You’ll enjoy time-tested “old school” movements with a new twist – the CLX band. I am all in!
CLX workouts are completely complimentary and synergistic with all other training approaches and styles such as yoga, free weights, kettlebells, ropes, and cardio. CLX bands provide flexibility and conditioning that are another Thera-band tool at my disposal.
If you are currently working out through an old injury, or feel injured after a workout, or experiencing pain with certain movements l recommend improving flexibility, building core strength, and neuromuscular control using the new CLX.
Dr. Tucker focuses on the basics. Planks, pushups, and squats. Lots of variety with the CLX! These three will go a long way to strengthening your entire body. Dr. Tucker’s approach is hands on, your bodyweight, consistent short work outs that stress the “core”.
In January 2015 Thera-Band will launch the CLX.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker requested that Thera-band make a continuous loop band like the Stretch Strap and in 2014 they gave Dr. Tucker a prototype. He has been beta testing the CLX for a year before the ‘launch’ in his private practice in Los Angeles, CA. He put together routines based on traditional band and bodyweight training.
Dr. Tucker says “I combined my knowledge of anatomy and movement into progressive CLX training” for my patients”. Dr. Tucker has 30 years of experience teaching patients flexibility and strength training. CLX represents an evolved fusion of the Thera-band Stretch Strap and Dr. Tucker’s fascial knowledge and bodyweight strength methods.
Many techniques are combined using the CLX – fascial stretch, PNF, muscle release techniques, static stretch techniques along with proper form and progressions.
“Those doctors, patients and athletes familiar with CLX will be ahead of the pack. Come in and visit me to learn bleeding-edge exercises, new approaches, next-gen thinking in band training and therapy.”