Kinetic Link Training: Move with Meaning
What is Kinetic Link Training (KLT)?
Kinetic Link Training (KLT) is a precise and comprehensive full-body functional strength and conditioning training system. It involves compound whole body exercises with a focus on movement. Many activities of daily living and most sports require full body movements with loading spread across various muscles and joints. The body and its movements are inter-related so movement of one part of your body will have an effect on the other parts. KLT focuses on full body integrated movements and internal stability. It’s designed to not only improve functional strength but also help improve your ability to perform recreational, occupational and sporting/physical tasks with ease, efficiency, strength and control.
What is the difference between KLT and other gym programming ?
Traditional gym training commonly contains isolation and focuses on individual muscles. Although this has a role to play in the rehab of a weak or injured muscle, traditional gym training often uses stability taken from external supports such as seats and benches. This does not always relate to everyday activity or sporting activities.
KLT utilises the use of various muscles and kinetic chains to develop strength and control in a functional position. Movements are broken up into their core function motions such as pushing, pulling, squatting or lunging. This way the exercises that are functional and will use groups of muscles rather than individual joints and movements. Whilst some movements will seem unique, it provides a functional advantage and unique change from your standard gym exercises.
How do I learn to do this?
The physios at South Melbourne Physio have a thorough knowledge of the KLT exercises and how to use them to aid with rehabilitation and exercise. However, you can always have a try yourself by visiting our YouTube channel and checking out a free playlist of these exercises.
Don’t use heavy weights or bands when trying out the exercises. It is recommended that you try these exercises with a trained professional before independently doing them. If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain doing these exercises, please stop and consult a South Melbourne Physio.
Who developed the program?
The KLT program was developed by Wayne Rodgers, an APA titled sports physiotherapist. All KLT exercises can be performed at home or in the gym and generally only require resistance bands and dumbells.
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