The Helix is the only lateral trainer we have and I think it’s a really nice piece of equipment. The members in general seem to like the Helix and there is a specific group of people – primarily women – who use it regularly. These regular users, of course, are concerned about working on the specific muscles that the Helix targets, but our trainers also tell other members that are working on cardio to mix the Helix into their routines because even if they only use it for 10-15 minutes we feel they’ll benefit.
As far as the intensity of the Helix workout, I personally have found that if I get on and really kick it up I’ll only last for 5 minutes while if I was on a treadmill I could do it for an hour – and that’s because it’s hitting those unused muscle groups where our endurance is low so in a way the fatigue is a good thing.
None of our other cardio machines work on the lateral muscles, and I think the Helix is a good standard piece to offer our members and I’m happy we have it – because it’s so unique we do point it out when we’re doing tours with prospective members.