Before you Start
Setting your upper back
Before putting on the Bladeflex, you have to align your body for upcoming changes. This involves two important techniques: setting your upper back position and setting your lower back position. These techniques will help you maximize the Bladeflex posture training experience.
Setting your correct upper body position will determine the Bladeflex size adjustment you require.
With a wall
(1) Stand 6 to 9 inches away from the wall with your legs slightly bent.
(2) Lean against the wall and allow your head, upper back, shoulders, and lower back to touch the wall.
There should be a natural curvature of the spine at your neck and lower back. At first, you may not be able to touch the wall with your shoulders. Only bring your shoulders back to a comfortable level. This position will feel more natural as your training progresses.
Without a wall
(1) With your arms straight and at your sides, slowly rotate your arms and turn your thumbs out.
Keeping your chest up and shoulders down while rotating your arms will give you a correct upper body position that the Bladeflex will help you maintain.
Setting your lower back
This lower abdominal strengthening technique will help prevent an anterior hip tilt during training and reduce strain on your lower back. Use this technique while wearing the Bladeflex in a standing or seated position. You may also use this technique throughout the day.
Engage your lowest abdominal muscles by imagining someone is about to punch you just below the belt. This is lower than your navel and between your hip bones. The lowest abdominal muscles can also be engaged by doing a hip trust. This will neutralize your hip position.
- Knees are in a locked position.
- Lower abdominals are not engaged.
- Knees are slightly bent.
- Lower abdominal muscles are engaged.
Test Fitting Once you have read the manual and setup Bladeflex for the first time
Hold the Bladeflex out in front of you with the size adjustment clips pointing up, the screws facing out, and the release buckle in your right hand.
Place the padded strap in your right hand over your left shoulder so the release buckle is on your left shoulder.
With the Bladeflex hanging off of your left shoulder, reach your right arm behind your back and place it through the free hanging loop. Stretch the padded strap over your right shoulder as if putting on a backpack.
When the Bladeflex is adjusted to the proper size, ensure the torque clips are in contact with the blade disks.
Adjusting the Size
If Bladeflex is adjusted too tight, the torque adjusters will not be engaged with the body. Adjustable straps can be lengthened until desired size is achieved.
If Bladeflex is adjusted too loose it will not be providing adequate support. Shorten the adjustable straps until desired support is achieved.
Adjusting the Strength
A) (1) While keeping the Bladeflex on a flat and stable surface, hold tightly onto one of the torque clips with one hand and pull out the torque strap from under the elastic strength guides with the other.
B) (2) With a firm grip, pull straight up on the torque strap, allowing the torque clip lid to open to a 90-degree angle. ! Always hold firm on the torque strap while the torque clip lid is open
C) (3) Keeping the torque strap level with the padded strap, either pull straight out or allow the torque strap to retract to the desired strength.
D) (4) Once you have reached the desired strength, use the thumb holding the torque clip to close the lid, locking the resistance in place. (5) Tuck the remaining torque strap under the elastic strength guides.