In martial arts, flywheel training on the kBox is used in the regular training protocols by strength & conditioning coaches of many elite athletes.
Martial artists need to develop a wide array of physical capacities besides their sport-specific techniques and often have a very high training volume in the elite and pro leagues which put high demands on efficacy and safety in their training.
The kBox is a valued tool for athletes in many martial arts ranging from striking arts such as Boxing, Taekwondo and Karate; grappling arts such as Wrestling, Judo and Jiu-jitsu to traditional martial arts such as Wushu, Kung fu and Thai Chi.
The benefits of flywheel training in martial arts, as compared to traditional training with gravity-based equipment, include:
- The kBox offers the martial artist a number of diverse drills to improve overall strength and increase muscle mass but also more specific drills – drills for core and rotational drills.
Since the martial artists compete in weight classes a pro team can consist of athletes with very varying size and shapes and using the kBox eliminates a lot of practical issues in the team training. Effective sessions due to the short time in shifts between users.
- Besides this upper limb injuries are rather common and with the kBox a lot of the heavy lifting can still be done by even by athletes with more severe injuries to arms and hands which shortens the time for return-to-competition.
- Safe training, less technique dependant.
- More effective in building functional strength and increase performance than weight stacked machines and traditional free weights.
- With the kBox ability to work both with high loads and dropping variable resistance in metabolic training and the motion freedom, the martial artist has a great tool to increase strength and local metabolic capacity in sport-specific angles and motions.