Cross-Crawl movement

Cross-Crawl or Contra-Lateral Movement pattern replicates our natural primitive movement, which is intuitive for humans as we crawl, walk or run. It is otherwise known as our natural GAIT pattern. Contra-Lateral Movement motion is produced when the arm and leg approach each other on one side of the body while the opposite arm and leg separate on the other side. It has been demonstrated that this natural pattern will more safely and effectively strengthen the para-spinal musculature.

VersaClimber provides Contra-Lateral Movement, which replicates crawling. Crawling is a developmental movement pattern that ties everything about you together. Through this movement pattern, cross crawl neural connections and pathways are established in the brain that allow the brain to become more efficient at communication between left and right hemispheres. The better the brain can communicate and process the information, the better the body moves. Contra-Lateral Movement pattern also unites your sensory systems. It integrates your balance system, your proprioceptive system, and your visual system. Contra-Lateral Movement pattern can improve “hand – eye” coordination.

Explaining Cross-Crawl Climb Pattern on VersaClimber

With the VersaClimber, you are climbing vertically which forces the body to use the larger anti-gravity muscles – the user is pushing and pulling and using the core stabilizers to hold themselves up, and of course all in a non-impact movement. If you see your body as an “X” when climbing in a cross crawl pattern, you are transferring forces from right to left and top to the bottom of your body. The slight rotation in the torso creates power and helps strengthen the spin stabilizers. Keeping the core of the body strong is fundamental to any sport and helps with good posture.

What is VO2 max?

VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during exercise. It's commonly used to test the aerobic endurance or cardiovascular fitness of athletes before and at the end of a training cycle. VO2 max is measured in millilitres of oxygen consumed in one minute, per kilogram of body weight (mL/kg/min).
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