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Knee Pain & The Helix

One of the most common issue facing many exercisers is knee pain during a workout or, in more serious cases, pretty much all the time.  At a recent trade show for club owners, gym managers, and trainers, therefore, we were gratified 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.

SO WHAT’S GOING ON WITH HELIX & KNEE PAIN?

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!
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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.

Knee Pain & The Helix2019-06-05T10:10:03-04:00

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!

Senior Fitness & The Helix2019-06-05T10:10:07-04:00

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 Helix Recumbent, Demographics and Science2019-06-05T10:10:09-04:00

Fun Fitness Without Re-Injury

Anyone with a chronic knee problem understands the challenge of achieving fitness without re-injury.  The key to success involves getting an intense, total body workout that engages a broad range of muscles while avoiding damaging impact or stress.

In this video a fitness club manager, Amanda, reacts to her first test ride on the Helix Lateral Trainer.  “It went right to my glutes, I felt nothing on my knees…that’s really important, I want to target my glutes but I don’t want to work my knees…within 5 minutes my butt was burning & my heart was jumping out of my chest – it was FUN!”  And, of course, because of its intensity, it’s a real time-saver, “20 minutes is equivalent to an hour of weight training!”

The Helix Lateral Trainer is a revolutionary fitness machine that provides a smooth, no-impact ride that provides an absolute MONSTER CARDIO FITNESS WORKOUT.  Employing a side-to-side lateral motion, the Helix engages your core and all your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner & outer thighs – enabling you to achieve fitness without re-injury.  In addition, it provides a workout experience that’s different from anything you’ve ever tried…it really is FUN!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PROUCT EVER BUILT – give it a test drive and have some 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!

Fun Fitness Without Re-Injury2019-06-05T10:11:34-04:00

User Spotlight: Rehabbing Athletes

Rehabbing AthletesCorporate world to entrepreneur to rehabbing athletes.  After spending her career in clinical oncology with a major pharma company and as the Chief Science Officer for a major diagnostic firm, Alane Koki retired four years ago and began to concentrate on her independent interests: forming her own company, BioFitRx, and becoming a fitness trainer specializing in pre/rehabilitation and functional training.

During the process of focusing her considerable skills & expertise on fitness training in general and athletic rehab in particular, Alane has become quite an advocate for the role the Helix Lateral Trainer can play as an integral part of any well rounded fitness program. Here are some of her comments when we had a chance to catch up with her for a brief interview.

Helix: How did you discover the Helix?

Koki:
In the summer of 2013 I attended the IDEA World Convention. My mission was to identiy and evaluate exercise equipment to recommend to the gym I train out of, AmeriFit in Pittsburgh PA.. It’s a pretty special gym – its full repertoire of equipment enables trainers to do everything from pre/rehabilitation to sport specific conditioning for both athletes and mature adults.

Anyway, I was looking for the next generation of equipment, and immediately became interested in the Helix trainer because it was the first piece of equipment I’d seen that trains on the lateral plane.

I was absolutely sold on it – I wanted to get it into the gym right away, and when I came back from IDEA I told the owner that “we need these machines!” They already had 60 pieces of equipment, and actually had to remove some of them to make room for the Helix.

Helix: How…and why…are you using the Helix?

Koki:
I’m a trainer and I’ve integrated the Helix into workouts with my clients. I do sport specific training with athletes from multiple sports, and I’ve found that the Helix effectively develops the strength and endurance of their stabilizing muscles.

In addition, it reinforces the “athletic position”, and teaches them to push through their hips instead of their quads. For all athletes, regardless of their sport, hip power is key. The Helix is perfect for this!

Also, many of my clients have injuries of the spine, knees, and hips, and the Helix has enabled me to teach clients to be more hip-centric vs quad-centric. For example, knee issues often stem from the hip, and other equipment – ellipticals, arc trainers, etc. – simply can’t teach spinal/pelvic control or positioning the way the Helix does.

Helix: Any other experiences with the Helix?

Koki:
I personally had a bilateral hip replacement last year and the Helix has played an integral part in my own rehabilitation. As it would happen, the owner of my gym also had a hip replacement, and without the Helix neither of us would be as far along as we are.

I use the Helix extensively with my clients, and I’m continuing to find new ways to use it – it’s unique and effective, and will continue to be an integral part of my client training & rehab.

User Spotlight: Rehabbing Athletes2019-11-11T11:48:41-05:00