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A Good Standard Piece For Our Members

maria rigoMaria Rigo 
Oak Brook Racquet & Fitness Club, Westmont IL

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.

People Who Want A Good Cardio Workout Are Driven To It

Pat RosePat Rose 
Bodyworks Family Sports Center, Lubbock, TX

We’ve had the Helix for 2-3 years and our overall experience has been good.  We have six locations and the Helix is a really popular machine with our members.

People who want a good cardio workout are driven to the machine, primarily because it’s so different from what they’ve used in the past.  Each of our clubs has at least 100 pieces of cardio equipment – we have the AMT’s, the Precor Elliptical, the Life Fitness Elliptical, the Step Mills, the Climb Mills from Matrix, the Matrix Eliptical – just name it and we’ve got it.  But nothing else is like the Helix Lateral Trainer because it’s just a different type of movement that ends up targeting the lower body in a whole different way.

The Helix has fit into our clubs.  Anything you have that sets you apart from your competitors or other clubs is an advantage, particularly when showing prospective members the club.

The First Piece You See When You Come In The Door

gayle winegarGayle Winegar 
Sweat Shop Health Club, St. Paul, MN

We’re a boutique club that’s really focused on training, and the thing that we really love about the Helix is that, unlike our other cardio equipment, it works on the lateral plane which is absolutely fantastic.  A Helix workout can be intense, but that’s a good thing – people can use a treadmill for days and fool themselves into thinking that they’re having a good workout.

More than half of our members are working with trainers and the trainers incorporate the Helix into programs, either for warm-up or for part of the training program.  If you’re training for skiing, or you’re training for soccer, or for anything that’s using both lateral & cardio skills, it’s a great piece.  It’s popular with both men and women, but I think women are more conscious of the benefits of lateral training while men tend to focus on muscles that you can see.

It is the first piece that you see when you come in the door – it’s unusual and we love to put people on it as a sales tool as well.

Every Club Should Have It

Kathi DeresinskiKathi Deresinski 
Triton University, River, IL

I think the Helix is a great machine, and I think every club should have one or two.

The biggest challenge is getting people accustomed to it because it’s so different from what they’re used to.  But I really do like the Helix because it challenges users from a different point of motion.  I think once an individual tries it they have a tendency to go back to it, and I’d say the regular users of the Helix tend to be people who are fairly consistent in their physical exercise and are comfortable having a regular fitness regimen.

Still New But All Positive So Far

Kenneth EwertzKenneth Ewertz 
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

We’ve only had it for about a month, but we’re keeping track of the usage and we’re pleased that it’s being used quite a bit.  We put it in the front row which normally isn’t the best spot – nobody likes to be in the front row – but because of that, members are seeing the Helix being used and are curious about it because it’s such a different motion and workout than our other machines.

Members have also told me that it’s pretty intense and their workouts don’t need to last as long as with other aerobic equipment.  Overall, the comments and feedback I’ve heard from members so far has all been positive.