It’s a popular machine that seems to become more popular with members over time as they learn how to use it properly and get the full range of benefits it offers. In particular, the Helix is a popular machine with our athletes because it’s the only machine that simulates the full range of athletic motion rather than just the forward and backward plane. Also, of course, women like it because it works on the adductors, abductors, quads and glutes.
We’ll also use the Helix with members coming back from knee-related problems. While it’s important to make sure they are using it correctly, the Helix really helps in getting those folks back to full functioning more rapidly.
The members love the Helix – one of the most popular toys in here. For the women especially, they love it – it’s an outstanding machine. It provides them with an amazing leg/glut workout and of course they get their cardio up, but the women are really focused on the legs and gluts – it’s amazing watching them on the machines, they invent their own workout variations – getting down low, standing on their tip-toes, deep squats, tuning their knees out, working their thighs, they’re on there to fire their quads.
If I had more room I’d bring in 2-3 more machines because it’s so functional, there’s so much you can do with it. We’ve created some exercises with it using little 3-4 pound medicine balls so that folks are getting some upper body movement with it too. It definitely is very popular with both our members and trainers and a big plus for the club.
We’ve only had the Helix for a couple of months, but I’m seeing the trainers starting to use it because of the muscle groups it incorporates, and because it can get the heart rate up quickly in intervals between sets…I’ve also seen the Helix being used in particular by our more athletic and sports oriented clients and interestingly enough, I’ve noticed the trainers themselves using the Helix in their own workouts.
One way I know the members like the Helix is because it really gets used all the time – popular enough to cause some congestion in waiting to use it. I also think they like it because it really provides an intensive work-out in a short period of time – 15-20 minutes on the Helix is like 45-60 minutes on something else.
We’ve had the Helix for a couple of years and our overall experience has been great – we have two of them, our clients love them and they get used all the time. Helix is popular with all types of our members, ranging from girls to boys, men and women, older and younger.
I think members really like it because they can get their heart rate up faster with the Helix – they may only spend ten-minutes on it but it can really be challenging and they like this versus other machines like the ellipticals. They also like the fact that they can work their quads and glutes by sitting and standing and switching things up. With an elliptical they are just standing in the same position whereas the Helix offers a variety of ways to move around and work on different things, and the members seem to really like that.
When we’re showing the club to prospective members I’ve heard them say they’ve never seen anything like the Helix, so it nice to have something that’s different and that a lot of other clubs don’t have.
We’ve had the Helix for about a year now and we’ve had a really good experience – it doesn’t break down and our members really seem to like it. There really isn’t a particular group that gravitates to it – from what I’ve seen it’s a popular machine with pretty much everyone.
I think the primary thing that appeals to members is that the Helix provides a challenging no-impact cardio workout in a relatively short period of time, so this is particularly great for members that have knee or back issues because they can get their cardio work in without risking additional aggravation. We definitely show the Helix off to prospective customers because it’s new and different from what they might be used to seeing.
The workout you get with the Helix is amazing, it’s one of my favorite machines. I really like using it myself and, as a trainer, I incorporate it into the training I do with clients. It’s very popular with women in particular who are working on their inner & outer thighs. I think it’s a great machine, I really love it!
Tony Gray Gold's Gym, Knoxville, TN
The way I like to test a new piece of equipment is to install it then watch to see how intuitive it is for the members to use – how much the members gravitate towards it naturally – and with the Helix this really worked well. We have done the same thing with other equipment and sometimes you have to really push people to get on and try them out, but not the Helix – by the end of the first day it was already getting a lot of use.
Our members like it because it’s a different type of workout which is just what they are looking for – we have a younger crowd, our average age range is 25-45, and our challenge is to offer them new ways to keep engaged & enjoy their workout, so the Helix fits right in with that.