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Martial Arts and The Helix

We at Helix love that our Lateral Trainers are making an impact with athletes from all manner of team & individual sports, so we’ve been delighted to recently hear from Helix users in martial arts. And not only are the machines being used in martial arts for conditioning but, because of the ingenuity of one instructor in particular, custom Helix training techniques have been developed that are specifically targeted to the unique strength, agility, and quickness requirements of martial arts self-defense.

Meet Jerry Weible, resident Master at Weible Martial Arts (WMA) in Puyallup, WA. Jerry has been teaching martial arts since 1979 and is a recognized guru in the full spectrum of self-defense disciplines, ranging from Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Tae Kwan Do, Tang soo Do and Jui Jitsu, to European Sword Fighting (yikes).

Jerry is an exceptionally focused instructor whose hard-driving personal workouts had literally become a ‘war against the machines’ until he discovered the Helix. In his own words, here’s why Jerry has gravitated to the Helix:

The Helix is the most amazing cross-training machine I’ve ever encountered – 20 minutes on the Helix provides more core & lower body strength training than you’ll get from an hour on an elliptical…

The Helix adds to strength so quickly & efficiently that instead of doing seemingly endless basic training with repetitive drills, those same 20-25 minutes on the Helix are the equivalent of 3-4 hours of these basic workout drills. This directly frees up a lot of time that can then be devoted to more advanced techniques you want to impart to students…

As mentioned, Jerry has modified several of the basic Helix workout movements (surfing, grind, and squat) and introduced twisting variations on Helix push-ups to develop a curriculum focused specifically on Kung Fu stance, punching, coiling and blocking movements.

We are obviously thrilled that Jerry has not only incorporated the Helix into his instruction at WMA but also applied his expertise to develop applications that expand Helix utility for martial arts athletes in general. The name ‘Kung Fu’ means ‘Hark Work’ and Jerry’s efforts in this regard deservedly make him a Helix Fitness VIP. The following Snapshot video gives you a glimpse of his rigorous Helix workout.


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!

Martial Arts and The Helix2019-06-05T10:10:06-04:00

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!

CPA, Bikini Model, Helix Lover2019-06-05T10:10:12-04:00

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

User Spotlight: Hockey Fitness Training

Hockey Fitness TrainingAs one of our first residential customers, Mike Betts is a veteran Helix user and a devoted Hockey Dad who has become a firm believer in the benefits of hockey fitness training for young players using the Helix.

We get a lot of positive feedback from athletes, trainers, and clubs involved with essentially all types of sports.  The unique requirement for athletes to constantly move laterally with speed and strength is a dead-on match with the benefits provided by the Helix Lateral Trainer.  Here’s what Mike had to say.

Helix:  What is your overall assessment of the Helix?

Betts:

The Helix Lateral Trainer is really PERFECT for hockey fitness training. 

First, it’s a solid, exercise machine that’s really well built – solid pedals, solid handles, heavy-duty machine.

Second, it gives you a great cardio workout.  And from a hockey fitness perspective, the motion on the Helix is similar to skating – which is what attracted me to it.  The push off the inner part of the foot is very similar to skating, and when you step-up the resistance the Helix becomes a great way to exercise all the lower body muscles used in hockey.

Helix:  What’s been your personal experience with the Helix?

Betts: 

My son is a youth hockey player, hence my interest in hockey fitness training. 

The Helix has really been good for him.  In particular, when he squats down to use the lower handles it really focuses in on strengthening his butt, thighs and lower hamstrings.  He uses it primarily in sprint mode for short bursts like you need in hockey, and whenever he uses it the benefits are pretty much immediate.

The Helix has definitely helped my son’s hockey fitness.  He started when he was pretty young, and as he moves into his upper teens the Helix will help him build strength for more advanced hockey.

Helix:  Anything you’d like to add?

Betts:

Just that my wife and I use it also, generally for about 15 minute sessions, which on the Helix gives you a good workout.

What I like best is that you really feel it right away.  The Helix is just more efficient than other equipment for getting a good workout.

User Spotlight: Hockey Fitness Training2019-06-05T10:11:39-04:00

User Spotlight: Renaissance Woman Meets the Helix

Think you’re busy? Try this: your’re a psychologist, you do stand-up comedy at clubs all around New York City, you write about sex, fitness, and health for news sites like Huffington Post, TIME Heartland, xo Jane and Psychology Standard, you write a personal blog on stuff that interests you, you write (and publish) books on stuff that REALLY interests you, you frequently appear on TV shows (because of the book thing), and YOU ARE A MANIAC ABOUT EXERCISING!

Sound familiar? Of course not. Welcome to the world of Katherine Schreiber, certainly one of the most fascinating Helix users we’ve ever encountered.

Perhaps the most interesting thing (from our perspective) is that Katherine is essentially the perfect fitness junkie. She is obsessive about getting in her workouts, but recognizes that she has a tendency to go overboard. Enter the Helix.

“Just to say…this new Helix is awesome…It’s so different from what I’ve been used to…I really enjoy the challenge it poses to my body, it’s so rare that I recruit those muscles… I specifically wanted the Helix for this purpose, and it’s great!…THANK YOU!!! Changed my life.”

Find out more on Kathrine at http://ktschreib.com/.

User Spotlight: Renaissance Woman Meets the Helix2019-06-05T10:11:40-04:00

User Spotlight: IT’S CHALLENGING AND DIFFERENT – I LOVE IT!

Introducing the Epitome of a Satisfied Helix User

Dr. Serita Gardner is a 5’8”, about-to-be-50 bundle of energy who lives in the Houston area, works as an eye doctor, and exercises like an absolute fiend on her own Helix Lateral Trainer that she purchased two years ago.

It was obvious during our interview that Serita has an unquenchable thirst for meeting life’s key challenges – looking & feeling younger, keeping in great shape, staying healthy & avoiding injuries – and we’re delighted she’s using her Helix to help reach her objectives.

WHY HELIX?

Serita:

The two things I like best about my Helix are it’s challenging and different.

Previously, I had an elliptical trainer that I used 5 days a week, but I was just tired of it and didn’t feel challenged anymore.  Then I saw the Helix on a TV show about a trainer who prepared contestants for beauty pageants, and I had to give it a try.  And two years later I couldn’t be happier because the Helix offers me a challenge every time I get on it.

I also love the lateral motion because it’s so different and offers so many more exercise options.  I can stand, I can squat, I can bend over, I can go at different angles – and all of these different options use different muscles, so I can really get a thorough workout.

ZERO IMPACT

Serita:

I had to give up street running in college so that’s another reason why I love the Helix – there is zero impact. 

I used to work out at a gym and if I did the stair stepper, my knees would hurt.  If it did the treadmill, my hips would hurt afterwards.  The Helix is great because of zero impact – and I’m talking about long workouts!  My knees don’t hurt, my hips don’t hurt…I’d say it is good for anybody, even people with arthritis or joint problems.  It gets cardio going without any actual impact.

NO EXCUSES

Serita:

People look at me and think I’m 39 but actually I’m almost 50.  I even had a patient who asked me how I get my legs so toned.  When I told her about the Helix – and told her she couldn’t buy mine – she sat there in the examination chair Googling it! 

It’s never too late to exercise, but there are just too many people who make excuses about it!   I exercise on my Helix from 6:00 in the morning to 7:40, it’s right there in my house, and I have floor and ceiling fans on.  I do it Monday through Friday, watching Netflix…how can you beat that?

User Spotlight: IT’S CHALLENGING AND DIFFERENT – I LOVE IT!2014-06-16T06:00:41-04:00