The Tidal Tank is a revolutionary fitness product, that is designed to maximize the movement of the weight. It is essentially a container filled with water and air, in which the water can move freely. Certain advantages are always present, such as that it helps train your core, activates more muscles, enhances motor learning, and improves coordination. But how much of each is present, is ultimately dependent on the focus of your Tidal Tank exercise. We differentiate between four main focuses, each with their own unique phenomena, benefits, and use cases.
Before going into deep waters, it is helpful to realize what the water does, when your working out with the Tidal Tank. The water ..
There are four different focuses. Of these, the fourth one is especially unique and powerful:
The focuses, and their use, will be made as concrete as possible using the following use cases:
These exercises are great for getting the absolute maximum out of your workout in no time. There is no calorie burner like it. As your entire body is fighting the get the water under control, you will be using muscles you normally hardly use. Moreover, the muscles have to work together closely. And because of the moving water, no repetition is the same. This keeps the exercise fresh, and stimulates motor learning and muscle growth even more.
In these exercises, you try to balance the water. Depending on the degree of difficulty of the specific exercise, this requires a high level of concentration. It trains your coordination and mind to body connection. It activates the smaller muscles, which are required for balance and stability.
In rehab, it can shed to light muscle inbalance, or maladaptive movement patterns. As you can see in the second video: the water reacts to the client holding the Tidal Tank at an angle, caused by his maladaptive shoulder movement (due to pain he conditioned himself to lock his shoulder blade in, causing impingement)
"Be water my friend"
For many people, as soon as you pick up the Tidal Tank, it feels naturally to want to move in sync with the water! As a judoka that moves with their opponent, with this focus, you move with the water. You then use the natural momentum of the water to bend it to your will, rather then disrupting it by shear force.
This can be quite challenging, it trains your coordination, strengthens your entire body, especially your core, and is just really fun to do.
Most people who go to a physical therapist, go because they have pain. This often makes you move differently, which can actually be the cause of the pain to stay in the long term. Sadly this is often overlooked, but luckily, with the variable weights such as the Tidal Tank, this can almost always be fixed.
This is done not through explicitly telling the person how to move, but by giving the person assignments, and introducing the right constraints, so the person starts doing it the 'right' way, by them self.
This is called 'implicit learning'. Think of learning to ride a bike. You don't say: move your left arm a bit forward to steer right, as soon as you sway to the left. This obviously wouldn't work. Instead, you utilize our magnificent capacity of implicit learning by exposing the person to direct feedback of the moving bike, and automatically you learn.
With Tidal Tank rehab, it works the same way, and it is how the founder of Tidal Tank recovered from 10 years of shoulder impingement:
- Give external goals: touch this ring on the floor
- Add constraints that disrupt the rigid and maladaptive movement patterns: such as Tidal Tank where the sloshing water adds continuous perturbations, and shocks the system
These exercises are mostly for athletic performance. They have all the benefits of the static version, but with some major new benefits. They are:
1. Improving balance & stability
2. Trains co-contraction
3. Improves coordination through motor learning
The first speaks for itself, the last two I will explain further below.
Imagine a person only training their legs in machines and normal squats. Then, they want to use this strength to jump in a game of basketball. Does it matter that in the game of basketball you jump from different angles, while running, with an opponent pushing against you? Yes! Because now, in order for that leg muscle strength to translate in vertically generated power, you need to be able to actively stabilize your joints. This is where co-contraction comes in. It is the simultaneous contraction of small muscles around the joints, to force this active stabilization and make the transfer of power, possible.
It is proven that variable weight training stimulates and improves co-contraction (Tumer & Brainard 2007; Wu et al 2014; Dhaale et al 2017 ). So training with a highly unstable weight such as the Tidal Tank will improve your performance and also reduce your chance of injury
The Hand Tank, made of fully transparent material, can be filled with up to 10 liter of water. Includes free pump.
Dimensions: 16 cm x 60 cm.
✔ Tidal Tank 16 cm x 60 cm
✔ Blue Dye Bottle 10ml
✔ Free Air Pump
✔ User Manual
Standard 1 year warranty.