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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.

LATERAL STRENGTH & ENHANCED STABILITY FOR EVERYONE
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 BOTTOM LINE
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.

Makes Cardio Enjoyable

Have you ever heard the phrase, “it’s fun, it makes cardio enjoyable”? Probably not, since most folks view cardio as boring and a bit unpleasant. But when group fitness instructor Carolyn finished her first workout on the Helix Lateral Trainer, that’s how she described the experience.

“It’s a fun new piece of equipment that I’d definitely use…Right away I could feel my heart-rate picking up and I could definitely feel it in my quads, but it was also a really easy experience…it’s fun, it makes cardio enjoyable, it’s a break from your usual treadmill or elliptical…You’re getting a workout but it doesn’t feel like you’re putting a ton of effort in..”

The Helix is a revolutionary fitness machine that employs a side-to-side lateral motion that engages all your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner & outer thighs – plus your core. In addition to being a smooth, no-impact ride, it provides a workout experience that’s different from anything you’ve ever tried. In other words, it’s FUN and MAKES CARDIO ENJOYABLE!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – give it a test drive and enjoy some FUN CARDIO!

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!

A Real Booty Workout

New Year’s resolutions are great – but whether it’s a simple ‘tone my butt’ or a more serious ‘dump the junk in my trunk’, it’s going to require a real booty workout. But that’s the problem – diets help on the bulk, weights help on the arms, crunches help with the mid-drift, but how can you get at the REAL problem…your lower body?

This video shows you a series of takes from first-time users of the Helix Lateral Trainer – no filter, this is the real deal & their real reactions. THIS is the way you keep your resolution. And by the way, the cardio workout will help you blossom so you can really enjoy that shapely booty!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – take a test drive & try a real booty workout today!


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!

My Glutes My Glutes

If one of your primary fitness targets is the lower body, you’ll probably pay attention when you hear someone on an exercise machine saying, My Glutes My Glutes to their trainer when asked where they feel it.  Such was the case with Dolly, a trade show attendee who jumped on a Helix Lateral Trainer and couldn’t say enough about the experience after a brief workout.

When asked for some comments about the Helix, Dolly came up with two memorable observations that we could probably build an ad campaign around: “Ladies, that thing really kicks your butt!” and “It’s a total body workout, ladies!”.  Dolly reaction mirrors that of essentially everyone who tries the Helix because it is designed to engage, tone and shape the entire lower body – including all the gluteus muscles in addition to the quads and thighs.  From a woman’s perspective, it attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  And for men it quickly builds lower body strength & agility and provides an unmatched cardio workout in less time than anything else available.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – give the Helix a test drive and you’ll be hooked!

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!

No Pain No Gain

Some truths about fitness – such as No Pain No Gain – are simply undeniable.  No matter how unappealing this mantra is (can’t you just picture a Drill Sergeant yelling it into the ear of a wimpy recruit?) it contains much greater value than all the latest Starvation Diets, Miracle-Grow pharmaceuticals, and Electro-Magnetic muscle builders masquerading as quick fixes for the self-delusional.  Fitness takes serious work, serious work takes strenuous effort, and strenuous effort can unquestionably be painful.

In this video clip a trade show attendee, Amy, hopped on the Helix Lateral Trainer for an intro workout and couldn’t say enough about the results.  “This is the best workout.  I can’t feel my legs because they’re burning…they burn so good it hurts!  Good job, love it, great workout!!!”  Amy obviously gets it – No Pain No Gain.

Unlike any other exercise machine on the market, the Helix Lateral Trainer employs a revolutionary side-to-side motion designed to engage your entire lower body – quads, glutes, inner & outer thighs.  And since nothing else ever works these muscles, guess what…a Helix workout is tough, strenuous, and filled with the pain that comes from activating and developing muscles.  Not to mention the huge cardio workout that accompanies this wake-up call to your lower body.

While there most assuredly is some pain in a tough Helix workout, the gains are unmatched.  From a woman’s perspective, it attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  For men it provides the single best cardio workout available, plus develops the core & lower body much faster than weights.  And all athletes receive the benefits of enhanced lateral strength and agility unavailable with any other machine.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – give the Helix a test drive and you’ll be hooked!

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!

Danny & Real Athletes

In most sports, a hugely important factor that separates average participants from the A-Team’s Real Athletes is eyesight.  For folks on the A-Team, games slow down because they see things better which, in turn, enables them to react sooner.  Hitters get around on 100 mph fastballs, quarterbacks spot open receivers downfield, tennis players hit impossible returns, and goalies make incredible saves…because they are already reacting while we’re still trying to pick up the action.

This brings us to Danny Foppiano, a new Helix customer and someone who has made us re-think the definition of Real Athletes.  Danny is a huge conditioning enthusiast and excels at a game called Beep Baseball, so named because the ball beeps which allows blind & visually impaired players to follow it through sound.  In other words, Danny is a fitness & workout lover who plays sports at a high-level and just happens to be blind.  (Danny and some teammates on the West Coast Dawgs are 4-time World Series Champs featured in ESPN’s Best Stories in Sports last year.)

Needless to say, Danny’s fire and enthusiasm for doing the work in the gym and competing on the field is inspirational and a bit mortifying for those of us who, ahem, routinely employ excuses like ‘too tired’, ‘too cold outside’, ‘too busy’, ‘too sore’, ‘forgot my stuff’,  ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ but never ‘too blind’.

A guy like Danny isn’t trying to be an inspiration to us – he’s in it to push his own athletic boundaries as far as he can go because that’s who he is.  His back-story, of course, is fascinating albeit tragic.  At the age of eight, Danny attended a Little League try-out where a buddy struck out and, in frustration, swung a bat and accidentally hit Danny in the forehead.  Lights out, sight gone, game over.

But not so fast.  Thirty-five years later, Helix gets a call from this delightful guy who wants to buy a Lateral Trainer but has some special requirements.  Long story short, Danny is not simply a survivor, he’s a determined achiever.  And maybe better yet from Danny’s perspective, he’s not simply a fitness nut, he’s a Real Athlete.

Danny filmed a workout on his new Helix, and this clip shows his testimonial – we couldn’t have written the script better and we’re thrilled with his support.

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!

Breathless, Sweaty & Smiling

If you’re thinking about getting in shape, you’re probably interested in user experience with the fitness equipment that’s out there.  The most effective way to find this out isn’t to check focus-group-tested company ads, it’s to get feedback from actual new users, i.e., real people reacting, talking about their personal impressions after using a product for the first time.

And that is what’s so great about this short video compilation.  No script, no paid actors…just a group of fitness buffs at a trade show trying out new gear like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And, man, are we glad we didn’t pay for a copy writer to come up with an ad, because we absolutely couldn’t have said it better than these folks.  Glutes, quads, inner & outer thighs, core, and huge cardio – the Helix will get you in shape faster than you can imagine…but don’t believe us, just listen to these sweaty folks!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PROUCT EVER BUILT – take a test drive & you’ll be hooked…and sweaty!

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!

Full Body Workout

Wouldn’t it be great to get a concentrated full body workout – cardio, strength, core, upper & lower body – without spending all that time in the gym?  In other words, wouldn’t it be great if you could find a single machine that helped you reach a range of your fitness goals?

In this video clip, Lindsey reacts to her first test ride on a Helix Lateral Trainer with, “It was AWESOME!  I thought it would be similar to an elliptical but it’s way better…it’s really cool how you can engage all parts of your body.”  Lindsey’s initial ride only went for a few minutes, “but I could tell if I did it for 30 minutes it would probably kick my ass!”

Finding workout time can be a problem, so we all want to maximize results quickly.  And this is where the Helix stands out by providing the most intense and efficient workout available with any machine. All your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner & outer thighs – plus your core – are targeted by this unique machine.  And because it engages everything, not only does the Helix tone and shape your legs & booty, it provides an intense cardio workout that burns calories like no other machine.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PROUCT EVER BUILT – give the Helix a test drive and you’ll be hooked!

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!

Butt Workout

In spite of the high priority women place on an effective ‘butt workout’ that tones & shapes the lower body, until the Helix Lateral Trainer there simply was no way to quickly & easily target these muscles – the glutes, the quads, and inner & outer thighs.

In this video clip, Donna, a long-time Personal Trainer & Fitness instructor, reacts to her first Helix workout and there is no doubt about her verdict, “This is the BEST workout for your butt!”   As a trainer, she also gives the Helix high marks for its versatility.  “You can get an entire body workout…cardio as well as working on strength, lower body as well as upper body, and you’re working the core…”

The Helix is designed to engage, tone and shape the entire lower body – including all the gluteus muscles in addition to the quads and thighs.  From a woman’s perspective, it attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  In Donna’s words, “If you want your glutes looking Up-High & Tight, then you want to get on the Helix!”

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PROUCT EVER BUILT – take a test drive & try a REAL butt workout today!


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!

Celebrity Trainer Danny Musico Talks Helix

From the floor of IDEA World Fitness, Danny Musico, Celebrity Trainer and, as former World Super Middle Weight Champ, Hollywood’s “Go-To” trainer for boxing flicks [Stallone (Rocky), Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Walberg (The Fighter)] gives a rapid fire summary of why and how he uses the Helix Lateral Trainer with his clients and, importantly, why his “clients are in love with it.”.

Obliques, core, glutes, legs, lower back – Danny covers them all in record time.  And we love his final advice, “GET IT DONE!”

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – take a test drive & you’ll be hooked!

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!