I’ve had the opportunity to use the Helix and think it has great application. It is difficult to move cardiovascular training out of the sagittal plane and the Helix does just that.
I have had my clients slideboard for years to take advantage of frontal plane movement, but until Helix, there has never been a machine that could provide that. I highly recommend the Helix Lateral Trainer.
Our overall experience with the Helix has been awesome, the members love it! A lot of members used to use the elliptical but they like the different motion and the work it does on the lower body.
As far as what the gym is offering, the Helix helps give us variety by being one more piece that helps members from getting bored with their workouts. We show prospective members the Helix and it helps show the range of things we offer, so it’s a plus in attracting new members. Once they join people love it and I think the Helix definitely helps in satisfying & retaining members.
We’ve had the Helix for about 3 years and our overall experience has been very good. From the maintenance side, it doesn’t break and from the functional side it really accesses the muscles that you can’t get to on any of the other cardio machines.
I’d say it’s used mostly by women that are already in athletic shape. I think that the members using the Helix regularly already have a good understanding of their bodies and realize that this is a motion that you can’t get on any other machine because of the planes you are moving in. When I train people on it I actually tell them you can do two different things: you can go fast and get a nice cardio workout or you can use it as more of a resistance trainer where you’re able to train and tone the muscles it targets.
The Helix has proven to be a good selling point with potential members – I’ve worked in several facilities and I tell people that we are the only one I’ve seen with a Helix, and that really does kind of draw them into the advantages of our club.
It really ‘tours’ well with prospective clients because it’s so divergently different…It also conditions the body nicely, and it says a lot about the Helix that almost everyone has a smile on their face when they’re using it, so there’s a playfulness to it that’s pretty unique
The Helix is always being used, so the members really do like it. From the club’s perspective, I like it because it gives us another piece of cardio equipment, it’s different, and a lot of the other clubs in the area don’t have one. So it’s nice to switch it up and also it’s nice to see the surprised look in people’s faces when they do see something that’s so different.
Men and women both use it – I think a lot of people like to use it for a warm-up, it takes less time on the Helix than on a treadmill, and for the women it just feels good to be doing a different movement – they get a different feel in their legs because they’re using different muscle groups, and maybe they get a little sore so they’re happy to use it. We definitely show the Helix off to prospective members because it’s something that separates us from the competition. People like to use it, they’re comfortable using it, so yes, I think the Helix is a positive factor in retaining members.
The Helix fits in well in our club and it gives us something different from most other clubs in our area. It’s a popular machine with all our members, but seems to really attract members that are more focused on a challenging cardio workout – more endurance and stamina stuff.
We explain the Helix as a compliment to the traditional elliptical and treadmill, and we emphasize that the more ways you can train your body the better. When we do an intro to the Helix, the members begin to understand the uniqueness – that they’re hitting a whole different range of muscles and are really doing something different for their bodies when they’re working out on the Helix. When we’re touring the club with prospective members, we point out the more unique things that we have and the Helix is pretty prominent on our back wall, so if someone’s on it when we walk past it pops out more than anything else and they’ll ask. “What’s that?” and we go from there.
Summit Fitness, Chester Springs, PA
I go out of my way to show the Helix to prospective members when they’re touring the club because it’s such a different piece of equipment and I think it really helps keep the club fresh and on the leading edge. It’s very popular with our members – once people have been introduced to it and gotten over their initial hesitation to try a new type of machine, they start using it and they love it.
I think people like using the Helix because it’s such a different motion that’s working on muscles you never get to with other machines. And it can really provide an intense cardio workout, so you can get a great workout quickly and it’s just such a different feel than you can get with any of our other machines. I love it, love it, love it!
I actually love the Helix, and my members love it too. I wish I had more of them. The members just love the machine because it’s so different from anything else we have – it’s just a great machine. I would say that more women seem to gravitate to it because it works the inner and outer legs and they tend to work on that more than men, but men like it too.
When we show the club to prospective members, the Helix is definitely one of our selling points. It’s different than anything else in terms of how it looks and what it does with the different muscle groups so it’s very persuasive when we’re talking about the features of our club.
Victory Lady Fitness Centers, Richmond, VA
What I tell members and/or prospective members about the Helix Lateral Trainer:
Every piece of cardio is great, however, they all have forward movement, which makes it traditional cardio.
The Helix Lateral Trainer is different because it works your inner and outer thighs while increasing your heart rate and cardio intensity. The only other way to get this “Lateral Movement” is in Group Ex Cardio Class. Not everybody likes or wants to take Group Ex Class. I ask my members to combine the two for a well-rounded cardio workout.
Our overall experience with the Helix has been great. A wide variety of our members are using it and everyone’s been pleased. We train a lot of athletes, and we’ve been using it in sports-specific training – field hockey, lacrosse, ice hockey, football. These sports require a lot of lateral movement and typical cardio equipment just doesn’t help, so the Helix is certainly unique.
I’d say it’s helpful in attracting & retaining members – a lot of people walk in and have never seen it before, so that in-and-of itself is a positive since we have a lot of competition in the area and the Helix is definitely a unique piece for us to have.