Throwback Thursday: Core Stix Stands Out (August 14, 2012)

This week’s Throwback Thursday piece is “Core Stix Stands Out”, written by Viju Mathew in August 14, 2012.

Sometimes serendipity turns a mundane moment into a milestone. Just ask Mike Kadar, strength and conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was digging fence post holes with his father on the family farm when perspiration lead to inspiration.

“I had to take a long metal bar that weighed roughly 30-35 pounds, drive it into the ground, and rotate it until the hole was big enough to place a post,” remembers Kadar. “It was then that the idea came to me. Why not fix the rod to the ground and have it flex in any direction?”
Flash forward twelve years, and from those humble beginnings comes Core Stix, an innovative training tool that truly stands apart.

Core Stix Stands Out

Sometimes serendipity turns a mundane moment into a milestone. Just ask Mike Kadar, strength and conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was digging fence post holes with his father on the family farm when perspiration lead to inspiration.

“I had to take a long metal bar that weighed roughly 30-35 pounds, drive it into the ground, and rotate it until the hole was big enough to place a post,” remembers Kadar. “It was then that the idea came to me. Why not fix the rod to the ground and have it flex in any direction?”
Flash forward twelve years, and from those humble beginnings comes Core Stix, an innovative training tool that truly stands apart.

“It trains your core in an upright position. Even when you’re working on isolated muscle groups, the core is constantly engaged through the low-impact exercises that are also easy on the joints,” explains Kadar. “I train professional hockey players that have an 82-game season. Core Stix gives them a demanding full-body workout with less stress on the body.”

A Brilliant IDEA

Forget Comic-Con. For those in the know, the convention to go to in San Diego occurred the week before. And while the city’s now infamous Fourth of July fireworks show may have been a fizzle, the successful launch of the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention—a four-day spectacular celebrating healthy living and the active lifestyle—was a true blast.

Set in San Diego’s 2.6 million-square-foot convention center, this year’s event—July 5-8—was also celebrating IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s thirtieth anniversary, attracting approximately 10,000 people from over fifty countries.

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