Wind Tunnel Flying Fitness

Introduction

Welcome to the IBA Wind Tunnel Fitness Program. We have teamed up with muscle activation and fitness specialists Axis Performance to create a program designed specifically for body flight athletes. The program will help your body sustain and tolerate long-term exposure to the environment of the wind tunnel as well as strengthen key areas of your body that are considered injury prone for active wind tunnel participants (back, core, and knees from spotting, and shoulders from consistent flying).

If you are an avid exercise enthusiast and are working out three to four days a week, then this program should be easy. You can continue down your current workout path, but we encourage you to at least take a look at this program and its principals to make sure you are doing similar exercises. If you are not an avid exercise enthusiast, then this program is a great place to start.

General Guidelines

  • Be sure to warm up properly!
  • Do not “work” through the pain. If some pain is flaring up during your routine, please do not continue that exercise. Find a professional to address your issue. If you start training injured, there is greater chance that your training will not be as effective as it should be, or that you will be unable to complete your training.
  • Perform full Range of Motion (ROM), or at least as much as you can while avoiding any pain or injury. If you cannot perform the full ROM because of weight or pain, adjust the weight accordingly. Your body will be in many odd, extreme ranges in the wind tunnel; it is important to be strong in these extremes to avoid injury.
  • You do not have to be sore after every workout. The more sore you are after a workout, the longer it will take for you to recover. The less time you have for recovery, the greater your chance of injury.
  • Respect your body. Your body is your tool and your greatest asset. If you want a long-lived career, listen to it, and keep it in shape.

Warm Up Routine

This routine is designed to be fairly quick but thorough in warming up joints and multiple parts of the body in preparation for activity. Recommendation to be done before workout program, before tunnel training, or utilized several times during a work day to keep the body moving and prepared for activity in the tunnel.

Walking Warm Up Series

Knee Pulls

With every step wrap hands around knee or shin and pull thigh tightly to chest while remaining up right. Hold for a second or two then release and step forward and repeat with the other leg.

Quad Pull and Reach

With every step reach behind body and grab opposite foot. Pull foot comfortably towards butt. While standing tall reach high towards ceiling with opposite hand and raise up on toes. Release, step forward and repeat with other leg.

Lunge Rotations

Take a typical lunge step. While in lower position, rotate trunk toward the lead leg. Reach back behind with the same arm. Return to neutral, step up and repeat on the other side.

Inch Worms

Stand tall, bend over at waist and place hands on the ground in front of feet. Slowly walk hands forward on the ground while keeping legs as straight as possible until you end up in plank position. Then slowly step feet forward in small steps until feet reach hands. Stand up and repeat process.

Mat Warm Up Series

This group of exercises is to be on floor mat or on the floor. A mat will reduce fatigue on knees and other joints. All exercises are complete after 10-15 reps each side.

Fire Hydrants

On hands and knees. Keep core tight and back as flat as possible. Raise leg out to side as far as it will go while trying to keep back and hips flat then return leg to starting position.

Kick Backs

On hands and knees. Keep core tight and back as fl at as possible. Raise leg straight back while keeping knee bent. Return leg back to starting position.

Lateral Leg Kicks

Start on hands and knees. Lift straightened leg behind. Move the straight leg to the side while trying to maintain the straight leg, then return leg back to the rear position. Continue to move the straight leg from back to side without putting leg down.

Supermans

Lay on your stomach, arms out in front of you. Arch both of your arms and legs up at the same time hold for a 2 count.

Figure 4 Rockers

Lay on back, rock legs over head, then rock forward laying one leg out straight in front, while the other leg is bent creating a figure 4. Reach forward and touch extended foot, then rock backwards with feet over head again and repeat for the other leg.

Opposite Arm and Leg

On hands and knees. Lift arm and opposite leg straight out creating a flat plank. Hold for 2 count, then return to starting position. Repeat on remaining arm and leg.

Remaining Warm Ups

These are to be done in open space, standing up or where ever is accessible.

Overhead Squat series

Start standing with legs shoulder width apart. Squat down and touch fingers to the ground. Lift one arm above head, then lift the other above head. Stand up from squat.

Reverse Flutter Fly’s

Standing hook band around pole, door, hook on wall or any prepared area around chest height. Grab handles and pull arms back just under shoulder height. Create small oscillations of back and forth motions very quickly.

Reverse Band Fly Abduction

Standing hook band around pole, door, hook on wall or any prepared area around chest height. Grab handles and pulls arms back to sides of hips, palms facing forward. While holding arms back slowly lift arm away from body around and up till arms are above head. The key is to maintain arms back as much as possible throughout range, then slowly return arms down in the same arc back to sides. Repeat.

This completes the warm up portion of the IBA Wind Tunnel Fitness Program. Remember to warm up properly every time before working out.

Exercise Regimen

5 Min Abs

Set a clock for 5 min, change core exercise every 30 seconds for the duration of the time. No rest.

Ab Heel Touches

Lay on back in crunch position, pick head up, lean side to side, touch finger tips to heels or sides of feet. Touch one foot then the other foot = 1 rep.

Band Walks

Method 1: Thera-band: Put band around ankles and side step, focus on lifting leg out before placing it down.

Method 2: Rubber tubing: Stand on tubing hold both ends to create tension, and side step. Do not let foot drag on ground as this will strip the tubing and bust it very quickly.

Box Jumps

Use box, bench or platform of a safe attainable height. Squat low, and jump onto the box, step down.

Cable/Band Crunches

Method 1: Use a cable machine, hook up the rope, or 2 single soft handles. Kneel on the ground, hold the handles next to head and crunch down. Focus on pulling ribs down to your pelvis.

Method 2: Hang thick tubing over a bar and grab each end. Kneel on the ground, hold the handles next to head and crunch down. Focus on pulling ribs down to your pelvis.

Bell Rows

Place one hand on bench, get a stable foot base. Grab weight and pull the weight from the floor to your side. Focus on not letting your trunk move up and down.

Dead Lifts

Pick weight up off the floor. Stay steady controlled and keep your back as fl at and straight as possible.

Glute Bridges

Lay on back, place heels up on a box or bench. Pick butt up off the floor leaving your body straight and stiff like a board. Keep toes pointing straight up in the air.

Hyper Extensions

or

Several machines do this. If no machine is available, find a way to brace feet or ankles in a way that allows you to bend over and arch up using your back and glute muscles.

Lunges

Typical lunge. Can hold weights. If no weights are used, then give an extended pause at the top, with leg held high.

Lunge Jumps

Start in lunge position, kneel down and jump up in the air, switching feet and landing. Repeat switching back and forth.

Planks

Plank on elbows, do not let butt sag.

Plate Raises

Grab a weight. Keep arms fairly straight and lift weight above head.

Pull Downs

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Use the pull down bar, or use two single handles and pull arms down mimicking a pullup.

Push/Pull

Grab two dumbbells and do a push up holding them. At the top of the push up, balance body and pick up one of the dumbbells in a rowing motion. Do another push up and row the other side. One side then the other side =1 rep.

Reverse Crunches

Lay on back, with legs and knees at 90 degree’s. Pull knees into chest, lifting pelvis/butt off the floor. Try not to swing or create momentum.

Reverse Flys

Lay face down on an incline bench, grab two weights, and pull arms back, keeping arms as straight as possible. Try not to swing or create momentum.

Rows

Many variations to this. Grab two handles and pull to your chest. Cable machine, TRX, or grab a bar bend over slightly and pull to chest.

Shoulder Raises

Single or double arms. Use weight that you do not have to swing. Keep arms straight. Try to keep shoulders down as much as possible.

Side Planks

Lay on side, on elbow, and plank body straight. Focus on keeping hips forward and chest out.

Squats

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Many variations. Dumbbells, barbell or front squats.

Squat Jumps

Deep squat and jump up high. When landing try to land quiet, and absorb the force. Create a rhythm and try not to rest.

Straight Leg Dead Lifts

Grab bar, stand up tall. Keep legs straight, and back tight, bend over at waist and let weight hang, then return to standing position. It is important to keep back as straight as possible. Use appropriate weight.

Tabata Drill

A cardio based interval exercise. 20 sec. sprint, 10 sec. rest = 1 set. This can be done on a treadmill, a bike, or just running.

You have now completed the IBA Wind Tunnel Fitness Program. Use this course at regular intervals to develop the strength, endurance and cardio you will need to pass your course and become a proficient tunnel instructor.

Exercise Schedule Table

  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Day 1 Day 1
Push ups 3x12 3x12 3x15 3x15 Push ups 3x18 3x18 3x20 3x20
Planks 3x35sec 3x35sec 3x40 sec 3x40 sec Planks 3x45 sec 3x45 sec 3x45 sec 3x45 sec
Pull Downs 3x10 3x10 3x8 3x8 Pull Downs 3x12 3x8 3x15 3x8
Hyper Ex tensions 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 Hyper Ex tensions 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25
Curls 3x8 3x8 3x12 3x12 Curls 3x8 3x8 3x12 3x12
Tricep Push Downs 3x8 3x8 3x12 3x12 Tricep Push Downs 3x8 3x8 3x12 3x12
Side Planks 3x15 sec 3x15 sec 3x15 sec 3x15 sec Side Planks 3x20 sec 3x20 sec 3x25 sec 3x25 sec
Pull ups 25 25 30 30 Pull ups 30 30 35 35
Ab Heel Touches 25 /set 25 /set 25 /set 25 /set Ab Heel Touches 25 /set 25 /set 25 /set 25 /set
Shoulder Raises 3x8 3x8 3x10 3x10 Shoulder Raises 3x12 3x12 3x15 3x15
Reverse Fly’s 3x8 3x8 3x10 3x10 Reverse Fly’s 3x12 3x12 3x15 3x15
Cable/Band Crunches 3x30 3x30 3x30 3x30 Cable/Band Crunches 3x30 3x30 3x30 3x30
Cardio 20 min 20 min 25 min 25 min Cardio 30 min 30 min 30 min 30 min
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Day 2 Day 2
Leg Press 3x12 3x12 3x8 3x8 Leg Press 3x15 3x15 3x10 3x10
Rows 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15 Rows 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15
Tabata Drill 5 sets 5 sets 6 sets 6 sets Tabata Drill 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets
Pull-ups 3 sets 3 sets 3 sets 3 sets Pull-ups 3 sets 3 sets 3 sets 3 sets
Plyo-push ups 3x6 3x6 3x6 3x6 Plyo-push ups 3x6 3x6 3x6 3x6
Squat Jumps 3x8 3x8 3x10 3x10 Squat Jumps 3x12 3x12 3x15 3x15
Step ups 3x8/leg 3x8/leg 3x8/leg 3x8/leg Step ups 3x10/leg 3x10/leg 3x10/leg 3x10/leg
Tabata Drill 5 sets 5 sets 6 sets 6 sets Tabata Drill 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets
Dead Lifts 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8 Dead Lifts 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8
5 min Abs 5 min Abs
  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Day 3 Day 3
Squats 3x10 3x10 3x8 3x8 Squats 3x10 3x12 3x10 3x8
Hyper Ex tensions 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 Hyper Ex tensions 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25
Lunges 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg Lunges 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg
Straight Leg Deadlifts 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8 Straight Leg Deadlifts 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8
Cable/Band Crunches 3x30 3x30 3x30 3x30 Cable/Band Crunches 3x30 3x30 3x30 3x30
Hamstring Curls 3x10 3x10 3x8 3x8 Hamstring Curls 3x10 3x12 3x10 3x8
Leg Exten sions 3x10 3x10 3x8 3x8 Leg Exten sions 3x10 3x12 3x10 3x8
Box Jumps 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8 Box Jumps 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8
Glute Bridges 3x45sec 3x45sec 3x45sec 3x45sec Glute Bridges 3x1min 3x1min 3x1min 3x1min
Squat Jumps 3x8 3x8 3x10 3x10 Squat Jumps 3x12 3x12 3x15 3x15
Band Walks 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg Band Walks 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg 3x12/leg
Side Planks 3x15/side 3x15/side 3x15/side 3x15/side Side Planks 3x20/side 3x20/side 3x25/side 3x25/side
Cardio 20 min 20 min 20 min 20 min Cardio 20 min 20 min 20 min 20 min
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Day 4 Day 4
Dead Lifts 3x8 3x8 3x10 3x10 Dead Lifts 3x12 3x12 3x12 3x12
Supermans 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15 Supermans 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15
Lunge Jumps 3x10/leg 3x10/leg 3x10/leg 3x10/leg Lunge Jumps 3x10/leg 3x10/leg 3x10/leg 3x10/leg
Reverse Crunches 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15 Reverse Crunches 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15
Tabata 5 sets 5 sets 6 sets 6 sets Tabata 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets
Push/pull 3x6/side 3x6/side 3x6/side 3x6/side Push/pull 3x8/side 3x8/side 3x8/side 3x8/side
Planks 3x35 sec 3x35 sec 3x40 sec 3x40 sec Planks 3x45 sec 3x45 sec 3x45 sec 3x45 sec
Straight leg Deadlifts 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8 Straight leg Deadlifts 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8
Hyper extensions 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 Hyper extensions 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25 3x15-25
Tabata 5 sets 5 sets 6 sets 6 sets Tabata 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets 7 sets
Reverse Fly’s 3x10 3x10 3x10 3x10 Reverse Fly’s 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15
Plate Raises 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8 Plate Raises 3x8 3x8 3x8 3x8
Glute Bridges 3x45 sec 3x45 sec 3x45 sec 3x45 sec Glute Bridges 3x1 min 3x1 min 3x1 min 3x1 min
5 min Abs 5 min Abs