Podcasts and Interviews on the Ki-RO Core Trainer

It’s been a busy couple of months at Ki-RO Concepts! We hope you, your family, and your businesses have weathered the economic shut down and are doing well. Despite the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we tried to maintain a positive attitude and continued to reach out to the community. In this blog we are sharing the latest interviews and podcasts we were asked to be a part of.


April 27, 2020

ZOOMIN WITH COACH: KIKA MELA TALKS CORE STRENGTH

In this YouTube interview by Coach Armond Willis of Willis Performance Training we discuss:

  • How does the core work?

  • Can hamstring pulls happen because of the core?

  • How does the body compensate for a weak core?


Coach Willis is a Strength and Conditioning Coach based in Atlanta and is also a Fitness Coach, writer, author, and founder of a Podcast entitled Real Talk with Coach Willis. He can be found at https://willisperformance.com/




May 27, 2020

Think Fit. Be Fit Podcast

We were invited on the Think Fit. Be Fit Podcast hosted by Jennifer Schwartz. Jenn is the founder of Impact Your Fitness and Impact Sport Science Group. She has helped hundreds of athletes and people around Washington DC move without pain and exercise to their fullest potential


Think Fit. Be Fit. is a podcast dedicated to creating a new conversation about your exercise. Her podcast helps “to uncover how the fitness industry has misled us and it will show you that if you believe in your ability to improve your body through exercise, you don’t need to rely on diluted or shallow information. From there, you can then educate yourself about the thing you are trying to change – your body! Then, by engaging in a process of self-mastery, you will discover the secrets of exercise.”


Throughout the month of May Think Fit. Be Fit. went on a deep dive of the core. This is the 6th episode in that series.


Topics that we cover:

  • How the Ki-RO was developed and how it helps my clients

  • A discussion on a universal definition of ‘the core’

  • How athletes can benefit from this device

  • Exercises that are more precise than crunches or swinging our legs

  • How this part of the body is related to movement and athletic performance

  • Getting specific with exercises using the Ki-RO Core Trainer

  • Pelvic motion and hamstrings in relation to the core

The episode can be found here online or on Spotify and Apple Podcasts


May 31, 2020

Health & Performance for Military & Veterans


Richard Buehn from the YouTube channel Health & Performance for Military & Veterans interviewed me to discuss the Ki-RO Core Trainer, how it’s used, and how it can be applied in a military setting or for veterans.


Rich is a U.S. Army Veteran with a passion to help the military and Veteran population. He has a bachelor's in Exercise and Sports Science, a master's in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in Human Performance, and has his CSCS and CISSN.


Everything on his channel is to help out the military and Veterans.


Because it is such a long and in depth discussion, below I have broken it down into topics and where you can find them.


  • Intro

  • 4:09 Discussion on defining the core based on findings after interviewing close to 100 professionals about the core

  • 7:38 Discussion on dynamic and static stability

  • 8:44 Importance of posture and how posture can effect effectiveness of extremities

  • 12:00 Specificity of Ki-RO for when you have an injury, missing limb, or unable to do traditional exercises for the core

  • 13:50 Challenging other exercises using the Ki-RO (lower body, lunges, doing squats, scapular specific work)

  • 15:45 Choosing the correct size, style, and quality of Ki-RO Core Trainer as well as working load based on amount of Velcro overlap

  • 22:46 Putting on the Ki-RO, adjusting it to fit, how the extensor strap works, and using the Ki-RO 360 around the body

  • 26:10 How the different levels of the Ki-RO can alter torque, resistance, and muscular recruitment

  • 26:50 What the rotational resistance will target and how to use it in different positions/goals

  • 28:00 Reducing hip contribution to trunk rotation exercise and how to skew the resistance to particular muscles

  • 31:05 Adding resistance to end range deadlift, doing squats, how to use as belt squat, and adding anti-rotation to squats

  • 33:30 Adding dynamic core stability to an exercise

  • 34:56 Using the Ki-RO with bear crawls

  • 36:41 Targeting and opening up the hips for running and squats: Internal rotators, External rotators, AB/ADDuctors

  • 40:00 Importance of a good fit

  • 41:41 Using the the Ki-RO for military and Special Ops: application for the low back (ruck sack runs, etc) and travel

  • 46:03 Improving the Dead Lift with the Ki-RO and addressing the weak link of the core


Click here or on the picture to be directed to the YouTube video.



We hope that you have time to listen! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Ki-RO Core Trainer and the core.


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I hope you have benefited from this information!

Kika Mela, BSE, LMT, MATCSm


Kika Mela is Co-Owner of Mela Therapeutics, Inc. and the creator of the Ki-RO Core Trainer. She has a degree in Exercise Science, is a Master Level MAT Specialist, MAT Rx Specialist, and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 25 yrs. She has worked extensively with professional and elite athletes, consults on exercise, and is a contributor to the training processes at Bommarito Performance Systems as part of their medical team.

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