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Knee Pain & The Helix

At a recent trade show for club owners, gyn managers, and trainers we were surprised by the number of attendees who stopped at the Helix exhibit (after a brief workout on either a Helix Upright or Recumbent) and mentioned how great the machine was for their knee pain.1  A sampling of comments from the video clip:

I have knee problems…I have trouble standing, walking, sitting…I didn’t feel ANYTHING with the Helix,,,NOTHING…It was FANTASTIC!

I was apprehensive b/c I have a problem with my knees…After I used the Helix my knees not only didn’t hurt but actually felt more flexible than when I started…(Helix lower body exercise) is actually what HELPS your knees by building strong quads, abductors, and adductors.

My right knee’s been bugging me,,,The Helix made my thighs burn and my butt burn and I felt it right away,,,and it didn’t make my knees hurt…Obviously no impact on your knees, so that’s cool.


Because of the unique, patented Helix Motion® built into all Helix Lateral Trainers, with proper form & usage Helix training activates your entire lower body musculature, i.e., 360° that includes the glutes, hamstrings, quads, inner thighs, and outer thighs.

Stated differently, ALL OF THE MUSCLE TISSUES THAT SUPPORT YOUR KNEES ARE ACTIVATED BY HELIX LATERAL TRAINERS!  This absolutely cannot be achieved with conventional treadmills, ellipticals, etc., and explains why Helix Motion® is currently being licensed by major manufacturers of specialized rehab & therapy equipment across the industry. When your entire lower body musculature is activated, it immediately impacts your knee pain and overall conditioning in several ways:

  • First, and beginning with that initial workout, the muscles begin to strengthen & develop your knees’ natural support structure which is suddenly turned into an internal knee brace that stabilizes your knees from the inside-out.
  • Second, this 360° muscle activation burns huge calories which, in turn, can help to address the second leading cause of knee pain/injury/re-injury – too much weight. Since Helix training is significantly more efficient – less time, more calories burned – than other cardio machines, with consistent use it helps achieve weight loss objectives at the same time it is developing the key muscles protecting your knees.
  • Third, as you begin to control/lessen your knee pain, your tolerance for increased cardio exercise & intensity increases because you feel better and…HELIX TRAINING IS FUN! In other words, with decreased knee pain you’re able to increase your training which, of course, improves your cardio conditioning & overall health.

There is, of course, a broad spectrum of knee injuries and you should always seek medical advice before undertaking any post-injury exercise.  In many cases, including those ranging from working through a sprain to undertaking intensive physical therapy, Helix Lateral Trainers can play an important role in accelerating recovery and, of course, decreasing knee pain.  One more reason why HELIX IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO MACHINE EVER BUILT!

1 It’s estimated that 100 million Americans currently suffer from chronic knee pain and that number is growing – millions more men & women incur a variety of serious knee injuries EVERY SINGLE YEAR!  Sprains, hyperextensions, damaged cartilage, torn ACLs, dislocations, patellar fractures – whatever the specifics of the injury, knee pain is the second most common source of chronic pain in Americans.

April 1, 2018

Recreation Management Magazine, April 2018

Showcasing The Helix HR3500 Recumbent Lateral Trainer¹

Recreation Management Magazine, the number one information resource for recreation, sports and fitness facility managers, featured the Helix HR3500 in its April 2018 edition of Product Showcase:


¹ “Product Showcase – Fitness & Exercise Equipment”, Recreation Management Magazine, April 2018, Article Link

March 19, 2018

Helix Revolutionizes the Recumbent Workout

Helix Lateral Trainer, the company that invented the cardio lateral training category with its upright lateral training models, has revolutionized the recumbent workout.

The Helix HR3500 Recumbent Commercial Lateral Trainer trains the body in multiple planes, a full 360°, in a seated position. Helix works the total lower body as it builds aerobic conditioning. Its intense focus on the Gluteus Maximus and Medius yield dramatic toning benefits, while providing a powerful Quad workout. The HR3500 does what traditional cardio machines can’t, creating up to 42% greater activation of the Adductor muscles. It targets the Abductor muscles, creating up to 43% more muscle activation than traditional cardio machines.

In addition to the benefits of muscle activation and toning, the HR3500 provides a means of stability, fall prevention, confidence and performance to a broad audience of consumers from seniors to competitive athletes. In a recent study, in just four months of moderate use of the Helix recumbent, senior age adults were able to improve their lateral stability an average of 54 percent, greatly reducing their risk of falling. The patented lateral training motion provided by the Helix recumbent maintains and improves knee and hip functionality by safely targeting and strengthening the muscles that support these joints.

The Helix HR3500 Commercial Recumbent Lateral Trainer boasts a smooth, gear-driven, maintenance-free system and an oversized, state-of-the-art TFT Touchscreen computer with full color screen. Super-intuitive graphics show real-time feedback: time, calories, RPM, distance, pulse, activity level, mets and watts. Electricity is required.

About Helix

Helix Lateral Trainer is the World’s First Lateral Trainer. With lateral movement, you use more muscles and burn more fat than during a traditional workout. Helix’s patented motion tones your glutes, core and inner/outer thighs better than old-fashioned cardio machines.

To learn more or find an authorized Helix dealer near you contact us at or visit


Martial Arts and The Helix

We at Helix love that our Lateral Trainers are making an impact with athletes from all manner of team & individual sports, so we’ve been delighted to recently hear from Helix users in martial arts. And not only are the machines being used in martial arts for conditioning but, because of the ingenuity of one instructor in particular, custom Helix training techniques have been developed that are specifically targeted to the unique strength, agility, and quickness requirements of martial arts self-defense.

Meet Jerry Weible, resident Master at Weible Martial Arts (WMA) in Puyallup, WA. Jerry has been teaching martial arts since 1979 and is a recognized guru in the full spectrum of self-defense disciplines, ranging from Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Tae Kwan Do, Tang soo Do and Jui Jitsu, to European Sword Fighting (yikes).

Jerry is an exceptionally focused instructor whose hard-driving personal workouts had literally become a ‘war against the machines’ until he discovered the Helix. In his own words, here’s why Jerry has gravitated to the Helix:

The Helix is the most amazing cross-training machine I’ve ever encountered – 20 minutes on the Helix provides more core & lower body strength training than you’ll get from an hour on an elliptical…

The Helix adds to strength so quickly & efficiently that instead of doing seemingly endless basic training with repetitive drills, those same 20-25 minutes on the Helix are the equivalent of 3-4 hours of these basic workout drills. This directly frees up a lot of time that can then be devoted to more advanced techniques you want to impart to students…

As mentioned, Jerry has modified several of the basic Helix workout movements (surfing, grind, and squat) and introduced twisting variations on Helix push-ups to develop a curriculum focused specifically on Kung Fu stance, punching, coiling and blocking movements.

We are obviously thrilled that Jerry has not only incorporated the Helix into his instruction at WMA but also applied his expertise to develop applications that expand Helix utility for martial arts athletes in general. The name ‘Kung Fu’ means ‘Hark Work’ and Jerry’s efforts in this regard deservedly make him a Helix Fitness VIP. The following Snapshot video gives you a glimpse of his rigorous Helix workout.

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

September 5, 2017

Andrea Calle’s Booty Workout on Helix!

The MMA Woman of the Year Writes About – And Shows Us – Why She Loves The Results She Gets From Helix¹

When you picture an internationally recognized expert in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, we’re pretty sure an image of Andrea Calle doesn’t pop into your mind. However, the Colombian native is not only Andrea Calle beauty-contest stunning, she also was the 2015 MMA Woman of the Year and, through her work as MMA TV Host, Commentator, & Analyst for Fox Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Universal Sports, and Azteca, Andrea has quickly become one of the most recognized MMA personalities on the planet.

As an expert in the incredibly rough-and-tumble world of MMA – and as a former beauty contest winner – Andrea understands the crucial importance of training and fitness on physical performance and physical appearance.  We at Helix are delighted that she got her own H1000 Touch and has become a huge believer in, and blogger on, the incredible benefits of Helix Lateral Training.  The following video & Andrea’s blog speak for themselves.

Helix trains you in ways other machines literally can’t!  The Helix trains muscles that can’t be reached or trained by other cardio machines, such as inner/outer thigh, glutes, and even activates the core while also mobilizing and strengthening the low back. Helix training also gets your heart rate up fast, so you benefit by receiving the benefits of High Intensity Training. And, whoever heard of a cardio machine that trains your core?? What a great side benefit of Helix training!!!

Helix also supports your MMA training & conditioning. For example, Helix training improves lateral movement and strengthens your legs. Because of all the extra muscle activation, it should improve quickness and, because the glutes are the muscle group most responsible for generating explosive power, you’ll also receive that benefit.

I’ve attached a chart that shows the results from a study performed a few years ago at the U of Tampa Human Performance Lab. It compared Helix training to a traditional elliptical. In virtually every muscle group from “the core to the floor”, Helix training creates up to 44% MORE muscle activation than an elliptical. This is why Helix training is so effective and also why you don’t necessarily have to do it for 45 minutes to get the results you want. Even 15 to 20 minutes on a Helix, especially if you integrate high intensity intervals, will get you amazing benefits. You’ll literally see areas shaping up in record time. The average person using a Helix tends to get very motivated because they see results FAST and they see results in areas they’ve never been able to effectively train with cardio – the glutes, inner/outer thigh, and core.

We LOVE that Andrea did her research and has our latest Residential model in her home, so to check it out for yourself use the link to locate the Helix dealer nearest you!


¹ “Best Cardio Machine for Inner/Outer Thighs, Glutes, and Core” by Andrea Calle,, 8/31/2017, Article Link 

June 16, 2017

Changing Things Up With Helix

Recreation Management Magazine Showcases The Helix HR3500 Recumbent Lateral Trainer¹

The groundbreaking HR3500 Recumbent Lateral Trainer from Helix was spotlighted in the “Product Showcase – New Product Ideas” section of Recreation Management’s May Issue.  Recreation Management Magazine, the number one information resource for recreation, sports and fitness facility managers, reported:

Helix Lateral Trainers created the category of cardio-machine-based lateral training, which moves cardio training from single to multi-plane movement. The HR3500 Recumbent Trainer brings the benefits of lateral training to a wider audience, including seniors and less conditioned users. The 360-degree bidirectional motion provides complete training of the lower body, burns more calories than traditional recumbent modalities and engages the glutes, creating lateral stability, which is important for fall prevention.


¹ “Product Showcase – New Product Ideas”, Recreation Management Magazine, May 2017, Article Link

Senior Fitness & The Helix

We receive tons of positive feedback from Helix users, ranging from trainers and serious athletes, to gym & fitness club members staying in-shape, to folks coming back from injury or an extended period of inactivity.

Not surprisingly, some of the most informed and satisfying comments we get are those coming from older Helix users. These are often folks who have been athletically active for years, have experience in overcoming injuries, and clearly recognize the benefits Lateral Training can play in achieving their fitness goals.

The following comments from Dr. James Metz, a Columbus, OH, dentist, are representative of those from our highly-valued community of senior Helix-users across the country:

I will be 70 in 6 months and staying fit is important.  Injuries accumulate and age takes its toll, but low-impact exercise, diet, and weight training helps keep all of this at bay.

 The Helix has helped me train for my passion, mountaineering and other sports where you do more than walk in a straight line.  The step machine is good, but adding the circular motion is the best!  My knees are damaged; but by using the Helix, they are much stronger…you can feel it the first time you step on the machine.

 I highly recommend this machine over all others.  The first few sessions are a killer!  Hang in there, and you will be amazed at the improvement of the knees…and it makes your glutes rock hard.

If you are still mountaineering at age 70, clearly you’re doing something right!  ROCK ON, DOCTOR!

And with the introduction of the revolutionary Helix Recumbent this summer, the benefits of lateral training can be captured by users at any stage on the fitness spectrum including, of course, senior users and anyone coming back from an injury.  So if you want to tighten up and strengthen everything from the core to the floor, jump on a Helix or have a seat – it’ll be fun & effective either way – THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT!

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

May 15, 2017

Amy Schumer Shapes Up on Helix!

Excerpts from “Amy Schumer’s Trainer Shares Her Full-Body Workout—and It’s No Joke” by Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health Magazine¹ 

Svelte Amy in scene from Snatched

Amy Schumer, named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015, is blazing a remarkable and hilarious comedy trail that, so far, has included

  • major magazine articles, a New York Times best-selling memoir,  and a stand-up comedy album;
  • numerous TV appearances capped off by her own Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated sketch-comedy series Inside Amy Schumer;
  • and on the big screen, her lead role in Trainwreck which led to Writer’s Guild and Golden Globe nominations, plus her latest movie, Snatched, which hits theaters this week.

As pointed out in a recent Health magazine article, however, one thing this talented comedian takes very seriously is her physical fitness and workout regimen.  Working with the world’s number one celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak, Amy’s challenging routine is the real thing. 

“First of all, Amy’s naturally an athlete,” notes Pasternak who says Schumer has an effortless humor that lights up the room  and makes everyone around her smile. “She played sports at a high-level through high school and college, and was an aerobics instructor. So she’s very coordinated, and easy to

Amy Helixing to Sade2

Harley’s Instagram video of Amy Helixing

push in the gym.”

So how exactly does Pasternak help keep Schumer looking her best? The simple seven, he says—that is, a circuit of seven strength moves that target the entire body. “The exercises sometimes vary, but I usually pick one exercise for each of the seven major body parts,” explains Pasternak…

Pasternak also has Schumer hit the Helix, a gym machine that works the body on a lateral plane. “Most of what we do is forward and back, so to find something that works us more side to side I think is really helpful for those under-worked muscles like the abductors and obliques, while still hitting the glutes and quads,” he says. “I mainly use the Helix as a cardio burst when doing a circuit, but it can easily be used for more prolonged bouts of cardio.”¹

Harley is a long-time aficionado of Helix and the benefits of Lateral Training – for more on what he has to say click here. And for the full story on Amy’s rigorous workouts, click the Health magazine article link below.


¹ “Amy Schumer’s Trainer Shares Her Full-Body Workout—and It’s No Joke” by Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health Magazine, 5/9/2017, Article Link

The Helix Recumbent, Demographics and Science

At the IHRSA 2017 Trade Show, Helix introduced its revolutionary Helix Recumbent, thereby also unveiling an entirely new category of fitness – Recumbent Lateral Training. This groundbreaking advance in fitness training focusses on two outcomes and one very large demographic: building lateral strength & increasing stability for everyone.

Many of you know Helix as the company that created the category of cardio machine-based lateral trainers and, if you’ve tried one, you understand that it’s a pretty cool product. By moving beyond linear forward-and-back motion to incorporate lateral, multi-plane movement, Helix training results in significantly greater muscle activation in about 2/3 of your body.

Because of this remarkable effectiveness at muscle activation, however, workouts on upright Helix models are inherently more intense than certain classes of users desire. For example, deconditioned users, users recovering from injury, seniors and even some mainstream gym members have found Helix training to be an intense, albeit low impact, workout.

Enter the Helix Recumbent Trainer, designed to provide smooth recumbent training that captures the signature Helix benefits of significantly greater lower-body muscle activation while providing users more control over pace, intensity and comfort.

In simplified terms, the basic principle behind the Helix Recumbent is that more lower-body muscles need to be activated to increase lateral strength & stability. This has been accomplished by designing a recumbent cardio machine that, unlike all other recumbent options, provides lateral, multi-plane movement.

Lateral Strength Specifically, the Helix Recumbent effectively engages the Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Helix Recumbent User1Maximus, Vatsus Lateralis, and all quadrants of the Quadriceps. This glute engagement has multiple fitness impacts across essentially all demographics:

  • For all levels of athlete – backyard, high school, college and elite – it creates both linear/lateral power and speed
  • For average gym members, it provides superior training of the entire lower body at a greater metabolic cost (i.e., burns more calories) than other recumbent options plus, of course, it firms, strengthens & defines the entire lower body
  • For all populations, it contributes to stabilizing the knees, making it a no-impact alternative for rehab and senior clients

While the power, speed, cardio & metabolic benefits are highly correlated to those of the Helix upright machines, the potential contribution of the less-intensive Helix Recumbent during rehabilitation of lower body injuries is particularly promising. During early testing, one expert found that ACL rehab patients exhibited measurably more glute firing while using the Helix, even when at the lowest possible resistance. The medial glute plays a significant role in gait integrity when the knee is unstable.

This result is consistent with on-going studies involving the upright Helix. In one such instance a Helix associate, Dr. Cyd Charisse Williams, has developed an advanced rehab protocol for ACL reconstruction patients. She now has 37 case studies of athletes she has rehabbed returning to competition in as little as 3 months, without re-injury. She is now lecturing at universities and symposiums about this protocol.

Helix Recumbent User3Stability The muscle group providing the benefits listed above is also most responsible for providing lateral stability, i.e., the glutes. Stated differently, lateral strength in these muscles equals lateral stability, a benefit of particular importance to seniors who constitute the population most at-risk from falls and fall-related injuries. The Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University had these observations:

“An impaired ability to control postural balance stability in the lateral plane of motion appears to be particularly relevant to the problem of falling among older people. Moreover, falls often involve lateral body motion, and hip fractures occur most frequently in association with lateral falls.
“Further, atrophy of the gluteus medius is an independent risk factor for hip fractures resulting from falls. Specific attention to intervention strategies focused on the problem of lateral instability has not been forthcoming.”

Improving lateral stability is the single biggest factor in fall prevention, yet traditional cardio fitness modalities – recumbent or upright – do virtually nothing to enhance lateral stability.

In a defining study on the Helix Recumbent, deconditioned seniors went through a Side Step Study (testing strength & lateral stability to successfully execute a side step, thus reducing the risk of falling). In just 4 months of using the Helix, these seniors, ranging in age from 73 to 93, improved their power factor an average of 54%, with several showing improvements in excess of 100%!

The outcomes provided by the Helix Recumbent unquestionably break entirely new ground in the recumbent fitness market – but the most exciting aspect of this revolutionary machine is the breadth of user populations that will benefit. Truly revolutionary.

March 9, 2017


By Patrick Netter, the Gear Guru®

We all know that 76 million Baby Boomers represent a generation that did not go quietly into middle age.  And don’t tell them they’re now smack in the middle of their golden years!

While tens of millions have stayed more active and enjoyed improved quality of life in later years than previous generations, eventually the risk of falling becomes a fact of life. But, does it have to?

Loss of function, strength, flexibility, and lateral stability are going to happen at some point. Obviously, the longer one can maintain vigorous exercise and activity (assuming it’s “safe”) the longer one can put off functional decline.

That said, everyone will eventually experience some degree of functional decline. Even those who exercise regularly in later life will eventually experience diminished lateral stability, which includes reduced balance.  They must train in a specific way to enhance it.  Traditional cardio fitness products typically only train in the sagittal “front-to-back” plane.  They do little to nothing for improving lateral stability. That’s a potentially major problem.

The more deconditioned people become, the more they rely on non-weight bearing recumbent cardio products. These do virtually nothing for improving balance or lateral stability.  Even someone who commits to consistent recumbent-based training will continue losing lateral stability. One of the main reasons for this is that the lower body muscle group, responsible for creating lateral stability, are the glutes.

There is now a piece of cardio equipment that addresses these concerns and the science seems to back up claims made by the manufacturer.

Helix Company, who created the world’s first cardio machine-based lateral trainers, partnered with SciFit, a leading supplier of medical and PT-based fitness products. They’ve developed a machine they call a Recumbent Lateral Trainer, “RLT.”

Ok, here are the uber nerd aspects to all this:  It’s taken from the technical explanation provided by researcher Andy Baxter, MES PRCS, in his summation of the Recumbent Lateral Trainer:

“Research indicates that these RLT’s offer several and specific benefits. First, the RLT is a closed chain (meaning the feet are grounded), compound (displacing the load across two joint/muscle systems) movement that is also bi-directional for enhanced neuro-muscular adaptation (neurogenesis). Because of these properties, this movement is designed to safely and effectively integrate the movement of the joint arthrokinematics (joint surface and connecting tissue relationships) with the larger gross motor movement osteokinematics (large muscles of the leg and butt).”

In addition to creating glute activation throughout the entire range of motion, the RLT has additional benefits. It creates no hip adduction and actually helps strengthen the hip joint because it creates activation of the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the hip joint. Conversely, regarding abduction, the RLT allows the hip joint to open externally improving ROM, with all four muscle quadrants of the quads firing AND the medial glute fires throughout the entire rotation on the RLT.

In only slightly more layperson-friendly terms, I am not aware of other traditional recumbent exercise modalities that create the multi-planar stimulus delivered by the Helix RLT. The RLT focuses on engaging the Glute Medius, Glute Maximus, Vatsus Lateralis, and all quadrants of the Quadriceps. This glute engagement helps create power and speed in elite athletes.   For this and other populations, it also contributes to stabilizing the knees and improves lateral stability.

For the average gym member, I see it producing training of the lower body and greater metabolic cost than other recumbent modalities.  The idea of course, is the more muscle groups engaged and activated will lead to greater metabolic value.