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Training in Planes

Many trendy buzzwords and catch phrases are often used in fitness circles, with the phrase “training in planes” heard quite frequently. The concept, which has nothing to do with aviation, sounds interesting, but what does it really mean?

Simply put, every move we make involves one of the following three planes of motion in the body: the sagittal plane, which involves a flexion or extension, such as squatting, walking or pressing a weight overhead; the frontal plane, which is an abduction or side flexion, such as a lateral arm raise or a side bend; and the transverse plane, which involves a rotation, such as a golf swing, a swing of a baseball bat or a throw.

The benefits of training in planes are following:

  • exercises the body in a balanced manner
  • builds functional strength in virtually every major muscle group
  • keeps all movement in proper proportion
  • helps the body move more effectively because it emphasizes movement in three dimensions
  • Another important benefit is that training in planes usually benefits the core muscle group, also known as the midsection, which provides the basis for a person’s ability to move. This aids virtually everything we do, giving us strength, agility, balance and body control.

We will be happy to guide you to one of our trusted personal trainers in the local Paramus area for this or another type of training.  At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation we guide our patients to personal trainers who understand the needs of our friends and especially our patients after recovering from an injury.

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Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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