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The Science Explained

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Dr. John Figarelli

The Finisher aims for maximum strength, endurance, and coordination through various exercises, ranging from simple to complex. It targets deep neck flexors for improved muscular endurance and proper alignment. Shoulder girdle, including rotator cuff and serratus anterior, plays a crucial role, especially for overhead athletes. Scapular stabilizers and deltoid muscles contribute to effectiveness.

The core musculature is a primary focus, working on internal/external obliques, diaphragm, rectus/transverse abdominus, erector spinae, pelvic floor, and quadratus lumborum. This comprehensive approach builds core strength and endurance, vital for functional and high-level exercises, emphasizing the importance often overlooked in training.

The Finisher specifically engages ankle muscles like the tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius/soleus complex, crucial for propulsion in plank positions. These muscles work together and oppositely to generate power for forward or backward movements. This translates to sport by likening the gastrocnemius/soleus complex to a powerful spring, utilizing passive energy for explosiveness and force. The horizontal position during The Finisher mirrors athletic movements more than traditional standing exercises. Altering foot positions (toes in/out) targets smaller ankle and foot muscles, aiding in stabilization and injury prevention. Lastly, The Finisher recruits small foot muscles, enhancing toe spread for optimal push-off, improving foot stability and strength.

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Dr. William Ed Bull

"The Arete The Finisher™ workout, with a 14lb 35” exercise bar, activates nerves from C1-S1 during a high plank session. Muscles engaged include posterior cervical erectors, anterior cervical flexors, shoulder stabilizers (deltoids, trapezius, levator scapula, teres minor, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, rhomboids), biceps, triceps, forearm extensors, flexors, and core muscles. Cross-pattern exercise enhances brain function, benefiting cognition, coordination, speed, fine motor skills, balance, and proprioception.

Strenuous exercise aids neurological improvements, crucial for athletes with concussion history, addressing decompensation in affected brain areas. Decompensation negatively impacts synapse firing, potentially triggering the amygdala, affecting pain levels, balance, coordination, and overall function. The amygdala can induce the fight or flight response, diverting blood from the digestive to muscular system, hindering the body’s repair system. Arete tool motions, used in Parkinson's rehab like Rock Steady Boxing, enhance coordination. Studies show prolonged crawling with cross-lateral motion improves coordination and IQ in babies."

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Dr. Sean Wilkinson

"I am Dr. Sean Wilkinson, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Working with athletes across different age groups and fitness levels, I share a personal commitment to staying active and seeking competitive advantages. The core is the foundation for any physical activity, being central to its existence. Whether you're a collegiate wrestler or a weekend golfer, core strength enhances performance. Beyond isolating abs, it's crucial to engage all core muscles harmoniously for significant improvements and injury prevention.

Muscle recruitment is vital for body function, with different muscles activating and fatiguing at varied rates. The synergistic effects of these muscles, when strengthened together, unlock hidden potential. Enter the Finisher – a revolutionary piece of equipment utilizing body weight for maximal results. This minimizes joint stress, recruits the entire core, and induces isometric contractions for increased muscle gains and endurance. The routine demands full-body control, engaging multiple muscles simultaneously, leading to soreness and fatigue after just one session.

Consistent use of the Finisher yields significant gains, visible not only in the mirror but also in sports performance. Supported by medical science and physiological principles, the approach of utilizing multiple muscle groups together has proven to enhance athletic capabilities. I not only recommend the Finisher to my athletes but incorporate it into my own training, experiencing increased burst, endurance, and overall strength originating from the core."

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Maryta Weber

"For optimal muscle activation with The Finisher high plank walk exercise, start in a high plank position, gripping the 14lb, 35″ exercise bar. Maintain proper alignment and form throughout to maximize effectiveness.

The Finisher™ exercises engage deep cervical flexors for neck stability and alignment, activating the "upper core" and shoulder girdle muscles. Deltoids, rotator cuff, rhomboids, trapezii, brachioradialis, triceps, and wrist flexor/extensor groups stabilize joints. The unique bar design recruits "lower core" musculature, including pelvic floor muscles, rectus abdominis, erector spinae complex, and internal/external obliques.

This routine enhances muscle resilience for daily tasks and athletic movements, taking under 15 minutes with the versatile Finisher bar. Engaging core muscles improves balance, motor neuron pathways, absolute strength, and flexibility. Exercises involve holding the bar during push-ups, walking in a plank position, and full-body motions challenging cardiovascular and respiratory systems while improving anaerobic threshold."

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Dr. Bob Masci

"Exercise is the bodys most common physiologic stress. Exercise places major demands on the cardiopulmonary system. Vigorous exercise can increase the resting metabolic rate up to 20 times and cardiac output up to 6 times resting levels."

Cardiac Outout(CO) = Stroke Volume(SV x Heart Rate(HR)

Acute Cardiopulmonary Response to Exercise:

  1. Assure the muscles recieve a blood supply appropriate to their need
  2. Assure the heat generated by the muscles is dissipated.
  3. Assure the blood supply to the brain (stay alert and awake), and the heart (the pump) is maintained.
  4. A major way this is accomplished is by increasing cardiac output

Increasing Cardiac Output (CO) – Measured in liters/minute

Example: Normal at rest is 4-6 liters/minute. An elite athlete up to 35 liters/min. The two ways to increase CO are an increase in heart rate and/or by increasing stroke volume. Untrained or deconditioned individuals rely almost entirely on an increase in heart rate.

Stroke Volume (SV) is the difference in volume between when the main pumping chamber of the heart is “relaxed and filled with blood” (which is termed the end-diastolic volume or EDV) and after it has “contracted and pumped out blood” (which is termed the end-systolic volume or ESV)

EDV-ESV=SV for example 140ml-70ml=60ml (SV)

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