Lower Body

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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!

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.

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!

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!

Solving the Booty Problem

Solving the ‘booty problem’ is a challenge – diets help reduce ‘non-booty’ bulk, weights help on the arms, crunches help with the mid-drift, but how can you effectively 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 can effectively attack your ‘booty problem’.  And by the way, the cardio workout that comes with it will make you feel great all over 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!

Feeling The Burn

Feeling the burn during a workout is a sure sign that you are actually giving your muscles a bigger workload than normal.  And when you start feeling the burn early in a workout, it’s a sure sign that you are activating muscles that normally don’t get any work.

Take fitness coach Lunden – who is already in great shape, by the way – as an example. After jumping on the Helix Lateral Trainer for a quick test-drive at a recent trade show, her response was, “To get moving in that frontal plane side-to-side is really a different feeling…I’m feeling the burn in glute muscles & hamstrings for sure…I want one of these!”

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.

From a woman’s perspective, the Helix 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 – test drive a Helix & FEEL THE BURN – you’ll love it!

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!

Targeting The Problem Areas

For most women, improved physical fitness revolves around targeting the problem areas.  And, for most women, the problem areas are all in the lower body. In this video, trade show attendee Kathy jumped on the Helix Lateral Trainer for a quick test drive and stated, “It’s an AWESOME machine…if you want to target your hips, buns, and thighs the Helix does it…it also targets the quads, hamstrings & calves, so it totally gets all the problem areas women have!”

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.  And for men it provides an unmatched cardio workout in less time than anything else available.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – targeting your problem areas…and it’s FUN!


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!

 

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!