If you are a gymnast, a lateral trainer slideboard from UltraSlide could be just what you need to take your workout to the next level. A lateral trainer slideboard can be used for a variety of purposes, from improving flexibility to strengthening core muscle groups.
The Basics of a Lateral Trainer
UltraSlide gives athletes several slideboard selections to choose from, whether you are looking for a portable option or a new piece of equipment to add to your weight room. Finding the right slideboard to meet your needs is easy with our quick guide below.
- UltraSlide 5 – If you are looking to take your slideboard with you on the go, the UltraSlide 5 may be right for you. This particular model does not have a bumper and is constructed to be lightweight and portable. It is ideal for side-lunges, push-ups, and a variety of other functional exercises.
- UltraSlide 6 – In as little as 15 minutes, you can complete a high-intensity workout with this model, made completely from recycled and reclaimed materials. It is perfect for group and circuit use in a fitness center or for your pre-workout warm-up.
- UltraSlide 8H – As the newest member of the UltraSlide lineup, this model was created as a more affordable alternative to the popular UltraSlide 8. It offers a solid baseboard as well as a removable slide surface. The bumpers are also fully adjustable.
- UltraSlide 8 – The UltraSlide 8 is our best-selling model, and it’s easy to see why. It has been crafted to stand up to institutional use and is popular with performance training centers as well as hospitals and physical therapy clinics. Depending on your needs, it can be easily shortened to five, six, or seven feet.
- UltraSlide 10 – A popular pick for training gyms, you will likely see this model in the weight room or athletic training room of professional athletes around the country. Entirely handmade, it was built to last, even when put through heavy institutional use.
- UltraSlide Octagon – The UltraSlide Octagon allows athletes to change direction as well as use multiple different angles when sliding across the board. It can also be easily reconfigured to create two lateral slideboards.
How Can a Lateral Trainer Help Gymnasts?
Many exercises gymnasts perform everyday can be easily adapted using a slideboard, but how can a slideboard benefit gymnasts? The use of a lateral trainer allows gymnasts to isolate and work on key muscle groups, as well as enhance flexibility.
- Increase Balance – Good balance is necessary to a wide range of gymnastics disciplines, whether you need to perform flawless turns as part of a floor routine, hold a perfect handstand on the uneven bars, or remain steady on the beam. The key to good balance is a strong core. You can use a slideboard for a variety of core exercises such as planks and single-leg mountain climbers.
- Improve Flexibility – You can perform a variety of stretching exercises on a slideboard that not only increase flexibility, but strengthen muscles as well. For example, inchworm stretches your hamstrings, chest, and hips as wells as builds muscle in the arms, legs, glutes, shoulders, abs, and back.
- Turns – Turns are essential for both floor and beam routines. The smooth surface of an UltraSlide board is ideal for practicing turns with precision.
Best Lateral Trainer Exercises for Gymnasts
- Skater Squat with Circles – You don’t have to be a skater to benefit from this exercise. Skater squats with circles not only strengthen the legs, but also create mobility around the hip area. Begin at one side of the board with your feet together. Sink into a squat, slide one leg out, and bring it forward like you are drawing a circle with your foot. Then bring the leg forward and out to the side before bringing it around and back near your standing leg. Stay low in the squat and create as big of a circle as possible with your leg. Do not hunch the back or shoulders, and complete your reps on one side before switching legs.
- Double Leg Pike – If you are looking to strengthen your core, this is one of the best exercises you can do. Begin on the board in a push-up position. Your feet should remain together. Try to keep your legs as straight as possible while you lift your hips up. Try to get your feet as close to flat as possible. Slowly reverse the movement, and return to your starting position.
- Reverse Lunges – To strengthen your legs for leaps and tumbling passes, try reverse lunges. Begin by standing at one end of the board while you face away from it. Take your left foot off of the board and place your right foot on the board. When you slide your right foot across the board in a lunge, bring your right hand back as you bring your left hand up. Your arms will be at a 90 degree angle – forward hand at chin height and back hand extending past the hip.
Improve Your Performance With UltraSlide
If you are wondering how a lateral trainer can help enhance your strength, balance, and flexibility, contact UltraSlide for more information about our products or with any questions you may have.