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March 9, 2017

A LATERAL MOVE TO UP YOUR MOBILITY

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.

March 8, 2017

FIRST TIME EVER – HELIX INTRODUCES FITNESS IN THREE DIMENSIONS

Helix Announces Another Major Technological Breakthrough In Cardio Equipment

(Boston, MA – March 8, 2017)  The Helix Company has announced a new breakthrough technology with the potential to revolutionize the cardio training market—again. The Helix® 3D is a lateral trainer featuring a unique, patented technological advance that enables exercisers, for the very first time, to concurrently train their bodies in all three dimensions of human body movement. Stated more succinctly the Helix 3D works it all.

The Boston-based fitness firm is best known for pioneering  the “Lateral Training” category of cardio fitness following its introduction of the initial Helix® Lateral Trainer, an aerobic machine awarded multiple worldwide patents. With its 2008 debut, the Helix became the first-ever aerobic equipment that worked the body laterally, thus incorporating more muscles and burning more fat in less time than traditional gym equipment, an obvious benefit in a results-driven industry.

Helix is now introducing the Helix® 3D, a lateral trainer featuring a unique, patented technological advance that enables exercisers, for the very first time, to concurrently train their bodies in all three dimensions of human body movement, the most natural & comprehensive workout possible.

The human body has three dimensions, or anatomical planes:  the sagittal, the frontal, and the transverse.  Exercise equipment like treadmills, steppers, bikes and ellipticals – in fact, all traditional fitness equipment – work the body in one direction only: front to back, i.e., they activate the body’s ‘sagittal’ plane only.  Lateral trainers, by contrast, work front-to-back and side-to-side simultaneously, thus engaging both the sagittal and ‘frontal’ planes, accounting for greatly increased fitness gains (muscle activation, calorie burn, etc.).

The new Helix 3-D takes this progression one step further.  It works the body front-to-back, side-to-side, and up-and-down all at the same time, working the body in the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes and delivering results that no other fitness product can even imagine. Interestingly, while the three dimensional results are an advance that take lateral training further with regard to peak fitness, it is the bottom line potential of the new technology that has piqued the interest of the business community – 3-D is a game-changer in the fitness industry.

Because of its “Everybody On Board” design, the new technology opens the lateral training category to a huge demographic of exercisers.  “Superior fitness has always been what drives us, and this new modality delivers better results,” says company founder and CEO Lenny Snyderman.  “But it turns out that the new technology is able to solve a business challenge for us as well.”

Snyderman indicates that, “while avid fitness consumers immediately responded to lateral training, our core demographics have remained predominately the ‘fittest’ subgroups:  elite athletes, trainers, and serious exercisers.”  So now Snyderman’s business question becomes, “What about the rest of the world?”

“Because of the performance results, first generation Helix Lateral Trainers are in the training rooms of some of the most successful American sports franchises, and in the private gyms of the world’s best known trainers and highest-profile celebrities.  But we now know that a huge percentage of the market is interested in more moderate fitness options.  Our goal isn’t ‘fitness-for-the-elite’ but rather ‘fitness-for-everyone’.

“The beauty of the Helix 3-D is that it works well for elite athletes but also, somewhat paradoxically, it’s designed to be easier to use for a beginner because we have built-in ergonomics and ‘intensity controls’ that really work. In other words, it really works for everyone, regardless of conditioning, and that makes Helixing more accessible to the so-called average gym goer.  That is huge for us.”

The Helix 3-D will be officially launched at IHRSA Trade Show in March 2017. 

About Helix

Headquartered in Boston, MA, Helix is the world’s leading manufacturer of lateral training fitness equipment.  Established in 2006, the company’s revolutionary lateral fitness system has been awarded patents around the world, and its premiere fitness product, the Helix Lateral Trainer, has been installed in hundreds of diverse settings including health & fitness clubs, YMCAs, training studios, corporate gyms, rehabilitation facilities, multi-tenant fitness centers, colleges & universities, high-profile celebrities and multiple championship professional sports franchises.  The Helix Lateral Trainer is widely recognized as a revolutionary breakthrough in cardio training and is the pioneer of an entirely new category of fitness equipment – the lateral trainer.

For more information, contact Scott Logan, VP Sales & Marketing, at scott@helixco.com or (425)501-9966.

 

March 6, 2017

Helix Introduces Fitness Industry’s Only Recumbent Lateral Trainer

The Helix HR3500 Recumbent Lateral Trainer Breaks New Ground In Cardio Equipment

(Boston, MA – March 6, 2017)  The Helix Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of lateral training fitness equipment, today announced the introduction of the industry’s first & only recumbent lateral trainer, the HR3500. As a no-impact, non-weight bearing machine, the HR3500 opens up the enormous benefits of lateral cardio & lower body training to essentially all users – fitness neophytes, heavy/deconditioned users, rehabs from knee/hip/back injuries, seniors and, of course, mainstream fitness enthusiasts.

HR3500Helix, the creator of the cardio machine-based Lateral Training Category, provides both Commercial & Residential options which have, heretofore, offered only “upright” Lateral Trainers, where users stand on the pedals in a weight-bearing manner. By adapting the patented 360 degree motion of these upright Helix Lateral Trainers to a recumbent/sitting machine, the HR3500 offers distinct, and scientifically proven, advantages over traditional “linear”-based recumbent cardio products, e.g., recumbent bikes and steppers.

While all other traditional cardio products – upright or recumbent – train in the sagittal-plane, all Helix Lateral Trainers provide multi-planar activation, engaging both the sagittal and frontal planes of movement. This multi-plane engagement by Helix machines creates dramatically more muscle activation in approximately 2/3 of the body.

Specifically, when compared to the leading club elliptical trainer, upright Helix lateral trainers create 44% more activation of the obliques, 38% more activation in the gluteus maximums, 36% more activation of the gluteus medius, and 43% more activation of the inner/outer thigh. This dramatically increased muscle activation technology is incorporated into the HR3500 Recumbent, meaning the HR3500 will deliver similar benefits to users – real results such as greater calorie burn and muscle activation – in a shorter amount of time.

Importantly, the HR3500 Recumbent not only provides complete training of the lower body but also specifically targets the glutes, i.e., the primary focus of many athletes and female users.  Aside from lateral strength/flexibility & body toning, however, this muscle group is most responsible for creating lateral stability, and therefore the HR3500 has the potential to deliver enhanced fall-prevention for both seniors and deconditioned users. Since the recumbent design is non weight-bearing, its benefits can be enjoyed by essentially all users regardless of conditioning or age.

IHRSA 2017 will be the official launch-site of the all-new HR3500 Commercial Recumbent Lateral Trainer. For more information, email info@helixco.com, or visit IHRSA Booth 2106 March 9 and 10, 2017.

About Helix

Headquartered in Boston, MA, Helix is the world’s leading manufacturer of lateral training fitness equipment.  Established in 2006, the company’s revolutionary lateral fitness system has been awarded patents around the world, and its premiere fitness product, the Helix Lateral Trainer, has been installed in hundreds of diverse settings including health & fitness clubs, YMCAs, training studios, corporate gyms, rehabilitation facilities, multi-tenant fitness centers, colleges & universities, high-profile celebrities and multiple championship professional sports franchises.  The Helix Lateral Trainer is widely recognized as a revolutionary breakthrough in cardio training and is the pioneer of an entirely new category of fitness equipment – the lateral trainer.

For more information, contact Scott Logan, VP Sales & Marketing, at scott@helixco.com or (425)501-9966.

 

 

The Complete Helix Workout Guides

Complete GuidesIf you own a Helix Lateral Trainer or use one at your club, having a copy of the Complete Helix Workout Guides is a must. The Guides provide detailed directions for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced users covering a range of fitness objectives.

Whether you’re new to the Helix or have been using one for years, there’s something for everyone. Just click on the image next to the workout you’d like to try and download it or, if you’d like to take a look at all 6 workouts, click and download the Complete Helix Workout Guides.

GOOD LUCK – we promise a cardio and lower body workout like no other!

01-Intro aIntro Workout On The Helix (11-25 minutes)
The Helix Intro Workout is designed to familiarize users with the motion & rhythm of the machine, introduce the range of base moves that can be utilized during a workout, and become aware of the muscles that can be engaged by alternating base moves, speed, resistance, directionality, and duration.

 

02-Endurance a

Endurance Workout On The Helix (14-30 minutes)
Endurance is the ability to maintain physical work over a sustained period of time. Endurance or volume training helps improve cardiovascular, muscular and ventilatory endurance during aerobic or anaerobic activity.

 

 

03-Strength aStrength Workout On The Helix (16-29 minutes)
Strength training is a type of physical activity that specializes in the use of bodyweight or external resistance to induce muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance, efficiency, and size of skeletal muscles.

 

 

04-Speed aSpeed Workout on The Helix (19-34 minutes)
Speed is work/time. The ability to produce a maximal amount of work in minimal amounts of time requires speed or power. Speed can enhance reaction time, motor unit recruitment, strength, and muscular efficiency. The speed or power workout involves numerous short bursts of work with low intensity output between each burst. Developing true speed or power requires maximal effort and focus.

05-Tabata aTabata Workout On The Helix (8-10 minutes)
Developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata at Tokyo’s National Institute of Fitness and Sports to induce aerobic and anaerobic conditioning simultaneously, this workout has been widely adopted by the mixed martial arts community and fitness enthusiasts seeking to develop supreme fitness levels and physical development.

 

06-HIIT aHIIT Workout On The Helix (20-55 minutes)
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a system of organizing cardiorespiratory training which calls for repeated bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery. On a 1-10 scale of perceived exertion, high intensity can be considered anything over an effort level of 7.

 


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

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!

TABATA Workout On The Helix

Tabata2Tabata Conditioning

In addition to our guide for the HIIT Workout, we thought it appropriate to publish a companion guide for the Tabata Workout on the Helix.  Tabata is essentially HIIT on steroids – shorter and more compressed than HIIT, Tabata is designed to offer maximum fitness and weight loss benefits in a very brief (8-10 minutes) time.  An important caveat with this type of intensive training, of course, is to treat it with caution & respect based on your health and fitness level.

Developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata at Tokyo’s National Institute of Fitness and Sports to induce aerobic and anaerobic conditioning simultaneously, this workout has been widely adopted by the mixed martial arts community and fitness enthusiasts seeking to develop supreme fitness levels and physical development.

Specific benefits from Tabata include:

  • Increased fat loss (increased metabolic rate = increased potential for fat loss)
  • Increased conditioning and stamina
  • Time saving and super-efficient (10 minutes including warm up)
  • Increased ability to perform high intensity exercise
  • Increased mental toughness due to the exercise intensity involvedTabata3

Helpful tips:

  • All-out effort during Interval I in each round
  • Do nothing but breathe during Interval II, stick strictly to the 10 second rest period – NO LONGER
  • Have a clock plainly visible (Helix Monitor or Tabata timer available online)
  • During the rest period, stay put, and breathe
  • It’s 4 minutes, it’s not forever – although it will feel like it at the time
  • This training is incredibly demanding, and as such should be treated with respect and performed at most 2-3 times a week with a day of recovery in between.

Tabata Workout On The Helix (click to download)

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

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!

 

HIIT Workout On The Helix

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

One of the most popular cardio workouts to emerge in recent times is called High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, and the Helix Lateral Trainer provides the perfect machine to capture the benefits of this intensive fitness technique.  Among the most appealing benefits attributed to HIIT are shorter, albeit much more intense, workouts, more effective fat-burn rates, and post-workout increases in metabolism.

HIIT on the Helix is a system of organizing cardio-respiratory training that calls for repeated bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery.  In other words, alternating intervals of max-exertion and light exertion.

On a 1-10 scale of perceived exertion, high intensity can be considered anything over an effort level of 7. When using max heart rate (MHR) as a guide, high intensity can be considered exercising above 80% of MHR.  HIIT on the Helix calls for challenging work-rates such as sprints for short time frames lasting from thirty seconds to two minutes.

Specific benefits from HIIT include:HIIT !

  • Trains the body to become efficient at producing and using energy from the anaerobic energy system
  • Trains the body to effectively remove metabolic waste from the muscles between the work intervals
  • Provides an effective way to increase VO2 max without having to run for long distances or periods of time

Suggested Schedule:

  • Due to the high level of intensity and the amount of time necessary to appropriately recover from the exercise session, it is recommended to do no more than two days of HIIT on the Helix per week, allowing at least one full day of recovery between training sessions.

HIIT Workout On The Helix (click to download)

HIIT on the Helix


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

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!

CPA, Bikini Model, Helix Lover

Tina Mattis Bikini ModelHow many folks can say that their CPA competes as a Bikini Model?  Okay…how about that their CPA is over 50 years old and WINS Bikini Contests?  Meet Tina Mattis from San Pedro, CA, owner of a successful CPA practice for the past two decades and competitive bikini model for the past couple of years.

“I recommitted to working out in about 2012, went back to the gym & started working with trainers.  After about a year though I wasn’t seeing the results I’d hoped for, so I joined a boot camp at the gym run by a trainer who competed in Bikini Contests…I interviewed a coach online and began to think that maybe I could compete.”

Because of her work commitments plus her 6 days-a-week training schedule, Tina concluded that she needed to get some in-home equipment.  When she walked into California Fitness to shop for equipment, they showed her the Helix Lateral Trainer and her initial reaction was, “Oh Wow”.

“I already had a treadmill at home and the Helix seemed like a perfect compliment. What I really liked about the Helix was Tina Mattis Bikini Modelthat I could focus on my glutes and hamstrings.  What I had learned was that bikini competitions are won from the back…The judges look at the glutes and hamstrings so, the Helix was just perfect for this.”

In her first competition, Tina competed in the 35+ and 45+ categories and was thrilled with the outcome.  “I won Second Place in the 45+ category for my 1st competition!  The Helix helped me bring a really good package to the stage and, for me at least, it was like no other machine I had seen.”

Tina shortly went on to other competitions and was quickly rewarded with a First Place finish (40+ category) in a regional show that qualified her for the nationals competition (her team is called Team Edge).  And, of course, when not training or competing she’s back at her day-job running her family-owned CPA practice in San Pedro.

“I really love the working out and competing…it has helped my overall well-being and confidence level.  Like other areas in my life, I really thrive by conquering one goal and then the next and next.  So, for me at my age, especially, I am pretty proud of myself!”

And so are we – man, do we LOVE success stories like this!

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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!

I need one of these!!!

Ashlee Gomes

This machine is amazing! My job’s gym has it and I love it! My butt loves it too

Ana Wong

Looks like salsa dancing in the air!

Sheila J Faura