BAREFOOT Training: What’s NABOSO Technology?

By Francisco Flores

Naboso (meaning “barefoot” in Czech) is the first-ever small nerve proprioceptive material commercially available in the health and fitness industry. The skin on the bottom of the foot contains thousands of (small nerve) proprioceptors, which are sensitive to different stimuli including texture, vibration, skin stretch, deep pressure and light touch. When stimulated these proprioceptors play an important role in how we maintain upright stance, activate our postural muscles and dynamically control impact forces.

Naboso Technology was founded by Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Barefoot Science Leader Dr. Emily Splichal of New York City. Dr. Splichal has dedicated her medical career to teaching professionals and patients worldwide the power of activating the nervous system and establishing what she calls foot to core stability – from the ground up.

Throughout Dr. Splichal’s teachings she began to notice that as soon as people activated their nervous system they would then train on surfaces that would immediately de-activate the feet and delay the nervous system again. What we train on, whether it be a yoga mat or AstroTurf, ultimately influences how our foot activates and communicates with the rest of our nervous system. This is especially important when we are training barefoot or focusing on movements that require rapid stabilization.

No training surface to date has been designed to specifically target the small nerve proprioceptors on the bottom of the feet. Dr. Splichal knew that the time was right and the industry was ready for a material specific to the barefoot stimulation – and thus began the evolution of Naboso Technology.

References:

http://evidencebasedfitnessacademy.com/

About the Author:

Francisco is a 30 year experienced Fitness Professional certified in, Personal Training, Group Fitness Training, Pilates Training, Yoga Training, Zumba and Spinning Instructor. He is our Assistant Fitness Program Manager in our Fitness Facility. He enjoys teaching Group Fitness classes. Also, enjoys spending time gardening and riding his bike throughout the Berkeley Hills.

Rejuvenate Your Workout Routine for 2014!

By Sarah KolstadBack View of Man Running on Stairs

Corporate Fitness

Move over Zumba and Pilates. Hot fitness trends for 2014 include high-intensity interval training (think CrossFit and P90X) and “old-school” body weight training, such as push-ups, pull-ups, and planks. If you are looking for something new for 2014, this article is a great place to start your search!

The American College of Sports Medicine recently released its survey of the top 20 fitness trends that are sure to be huge next year. This year’s list is pretty well-rounded, but you won’t find past trends like spinning, kickboxing, barefoot running, or stability ball workouts. Instead, you’ll find several new ideas for your New Year’s Resolutions.

Here are some of the highlights of the list:

  1. High-Intensity Interval Training – This form of cardiovascular exercise typically involves short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery, and usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform.
  1. Body Weight Training – Body Weight Training uses minimal equipment, which makes it an inexpensive way to exercise effectively. Examples are push-ups, squats, planks and lunges.
  1. Functional Fitness – Functional Fitness is defined as using targeted strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to improve one’s ability to function on a daily basis. Functional Fitness programs replicate actual activities someone might do as a part of their daily life.
  1. Outdoor Activities – Health and fitness professionals are beginning to offer more outdoor activities to their clients. Outdoor activities often include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and games or sports.
  1. Group Personal Training – This trend lets the trainer continue to provide the personal service clients expect but in a small group of two to four, often resulting in lower costs to each member of the group.

If you have found yourself bored of your workout routine or have hit a plateau, try one or more of these hot activities in 2014. You may find yourself more motivated than ever!

Reference:

Thompson, Walter R. (2013). Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014. ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. 17 (6), 10-20.

About the Author:

Sarah Kolstad has her Masters in Kinesiology from Saint Mary’s College. She is one of BaySport’s Corporate Fitness program managers and is responsible for all aspects of her client’s onsite fitness centers, including group fitness, personal training, incentive programming, and health education. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, hiking and spending time with her fiancé and golden retriever.