Exercises with the Tsunami Bar® can be tailored to specific sports.
What is great about Tsunami Bars® is that you can train for force and speed with the same bar which develops power and power is the foundation of athletic performance in most sports. Lifting a traditional barbell involves lifting "dead weight". Once a lifter finds "the groove" on any particular lift the traditional steel bar can be moved in a very predictable manner. Valdimir Zatsiorsky, in his book "Science and Practice of Strength Training", identifies a phenomenon called "Explosive Strength Deficit (ESD)" which can limit an athlete's ability to generate power despite his or her ability to generate absolute strength. Maximum strength (force development) takes more time than most sports performances allow.There has been a long standing desire to convert the potential for generating force and train our bodies to generate as much of that force or power as possible. Many training systems are designed to do this such as plyometric training, weighted implements and through the use of lifting submaximal weights very rapidly. These methods have their limitations. Lifting weights rapidly or using weighted implements often requires deceleration at the end of the motion which does not often carry over to the sport performance.The Tsunami Bar® greatly enhances the training regimen of athletes by converting strength of the muscles to power by neuromuscular training.
There are many ways in which the Tsunami Bar® can enhance training of football players. Football lineman keep their elbows in a bent position and their hands 6-8 inches from their chest. They move their hands and arms , using concentric muscle contractions to full extension that will make contact with the opposing player. A football player wants to move the arms as fast as possible so he can be the first to make contact and gain advantage over the opposing player. Training for speed with the Tsunami Bar® trains the muscles to contract faster. When training for speed with the Tsunami Bar® in a lift such as the bench press the lifter begins the concentric phase before the weights bottom-out. The lifter moves and pushes against a force that is still increasing to the point where the weight bottoms out. This places increasing stress on the skeletal muscular system. The focus of this type of movement is to enhance the ability of the targeted muscles to fire faster so the net result is the lifter's ability to move their hands and arms faster.
The Zercher Push Pull is an outstanding exercise for football linemen. The Tsunami Bar® gives the resistance of a push-pull movement that can develop balance and coordination. The Tsunami Bar® sits in the cuff of the lifters elbows and as the lifter moves back and forth in a power position the ends of the Tsunami Bar® move back and forth giving the sensation of a push-pull movement which is counter to the movement of the athlete.
The flexibility of the Tsunami Bar® makes the Jammer movement so much more demanding than any machine. Instead of moving in one plane the movement is in multiple planes as the bar oscillates throughout the entire movement. This replicates the action experienced by the football player on the field.