Because of the pelvic bones, we designed the IAP+ with larger pressure points than our original, all-purpose core360 belt. In addition, we added an over-strap to increase the amount of pressure placed on your low abdomen. This helps you improve lower intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and create the appropriate tension in the lower portion of your “core”, or abdominal muscles.
The IAP+, when added to the core360 belt original, helps to train and optimize breathing, IAP and overall core activation. When you are able to coordinate your core muscles properly, we see an expansion, all the way around the trunk as well as an expansion in the low abdominal area. Being able to feel expansion and pressure in all 6 points with both belts on, helps you quickly understand how to create optimal breathing and core activation. Once you have this ability, you can continue using only the core360 original belt in your rehab, training or as a performance tool.
IAP+ on it’s own: there are also instances where the IAP+ can be utilized on it’s own. For example, we have found it extremely beneficial with cycling, “dead bug” exercises and squatting, to name a few. However, a pre-requisite to using the IAP+ on its own is being able to get good 360 degree expansion (IAP) around your waist(think original core360 belt!) This 360 degree expansion that occurs with both breathing and core stabilization, is what the original core360 belt helps to train. Being able to expand into the part of your abdomen that is near your back (see “what does IAP look like” video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFoKWzXSoLg – and pictures below in “details” section) is necessary before using the IAP+ on it’s own.