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Pelvic Muscle Exercise versus Pelvic Muscle Training: What’s the Difference?

Pelvic Muscle Exercise versus Pelvic Muscle Training: What’s the Difference?

While the fitness terms are often used interchangeably, “exercising” and “training” are quite different. Exercising is more of a short view activity. In contrast, training is a long term, well-planned process with specific goals. A workout in a training program is an incremental step towards the goal of muscle adaption for improvement or enhancement.

Functional Fitness

A training program’s ultimate goal is to use functional fitness, the newly trained and toned muscles, in a practical way to achieve better performance. In particular, a training program like PelvicRx® For Men offers functional fitness to achieve better pelvic muscle function – and in turn, improve quality of life.

Muscle Adaptation

Muscle training is all about adaptation. Our muscles are remarkably adaptable to the stresses and loads placed upon them. Muscle growth will only occur in the presence of progressive overload, which causes compensatory structural and functional changes. That is why exercises get progressively easier in proportion to the effort put into doing them. As muscles adapt to the stresses placed upon them, a “new normal” level of fitness is achieved. Another term for adaptation is plasticity–our muscles are “plastic,” meaning they are capable of growth or shrinkage depending on the environment to which they are exposed.

Pelvic Muscle Training

One obvious difference between pelvic floor muscles and other skeletal muscles is that the pelvic muscles are internal and hidden, which adds an element of challenge not present when training the visible arm, shoulder and chest muscles. However, the pelvic floor muscles are similar to other skeletal muscles in terms of their response to training. In accordance with the adaptation principle, incrementally increasing contraction intensity and duration, number of repetitions and resistance will build pelvic muscle strength, power and endurance.

Functional Pelvic Fitness

The goal for pelvic floor muscle training is for fit pelvic muscles—strong yet flexible and equally capable of powerful contractions as well as full relaxation. The ultimate goal for pelvic floor muscle training is the achievement of “functional pelvic fitness."

Pelvic floor muscle training really is the essence of functional fitness, training that develops pelvic floor muscle strength, power, stamina and the skill set that can be used to improve and/or prevent specific pelvic functional impairments including those of a sexual, urinary, or bowel nature and those that involve weakened pelvic support resulting in pelvic organ prolapse.

How PelvicRx For Men Training Works

With occasional exceptions, most men are unable to perform a proper pelvic muscle contraction and have relatively weak pelvic floor strength. PelvicRx For Men focuses on ensuring the proper muscles are being contracted, as well as building muscle memory. The PelvicRx For Men training program begins with the simplest, briefest pelvic contractions, and then advances to the more challenging, longer duration contractions, gradually increasing exercise intensity and degree of difficulty.

Kegel Exercises versus Pelvic Muscle Training

Often, "Kegel exercises" are recommended for better pelvic floor function. However, a short-term exercise is not as effective as a long-term training program. PelvicRx For Men offers an easy-to-follow plan with the right level of focus and intensity on the end goal of improving pelvic floor function.

Learn more about the PelvicRx For Men Pelvic Training Program.

How to Order the PelvicRx® Program

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The PelvicRx® includes an interactive DVD and digital access to all the training videos.