In Part 2 of the series we continue our discussion on athletes, whether they be prepping for the hockey, football, soccer, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, skiing or wrestling season, as a special group of clients for any health club or trainer.
Generally, athletes are a pretty independent bunch – they have a great work-ethic and simply require guidance on best practices and approaches. A persistent problem faced by clubs & trainers, however, is proving athletes with a training environment that addresses their specific requirement – lateral strength & mobility.
As discussed in Part 1, Helix provides just such a solution – we’ve even made it part of our name…the Helix Lateral Trainer. Lateral athletic training is not a fad, it’s a new direction. Health clubs & trainers give us a lot of feedback, and here’s another sample of what we’re hearing about athletes:
AFTER 50 YEARS, SOMEONE GOT IT RIGHT!
Mike D’Angelo, Boston’s Best Trainer, Allure Magazine
The Helix is the perfect way for the athlete to cross train to avoid long term over-use injuries. Stimulating the joints from lateral motion will aid in joint integrity, allowing them to last longer.
After 50 years of cardio machines, finally someone got it right! It’s a woman dream come true, probably the closest thing they are going to get to a magic pill for those trouble areas! From major muscle groups to minor ones, the Helix Lateral Trainer addresses them all.
UNIQUE MACHINE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Dan Boothby, Northeastern University Hockey, Boston, MA
I have used the Helix with my athletes and found it to be a unique machine unlike any other. We can provide extra conditioning and still target the muscles of the hip girdle with a tremendous amount of glute recruitment. More importantly it helps to correct muscle imbalances between the adductor and abductor muscle groups or adductor imbalances from the left and right leg. We have used the Helix for conditioning protocols to prepare athletes to return to the ice after injury.
CORNERS THE MARKET IN LATERAL TRAINING
Natalie Joslin, VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa, The Woodlands, TX
We originally started off with one unit on a 1-2 week trial basis, but we got such positive reviews from members that we bought the first one and have now added a second one.
Most of the members seem to be using the Helix for warm-up and cool-down, and I’ve seen as many men as women using it, maybe even more. Several of our athletes and the guys who were using our Cybex machines seem to have migrated to the Helix when they can get on them, which can be a challenge because they’re pretty popular. The Helix falls right in line with our functional training – we train in three dimensions, not just the frontal plane – and it definitely corners the market in terms of lateral athletic training. I love that we have two of them and eventually would like to have five in our club if we can find the space.
For more feedback on the role Helix can play in athletic training, check out Trainers Corner: Lateral Athletic Training & the Helix (Part 1). Or check out other categories & topics in our Testimonials