The overall experience of the members with the Helix has been good, people love it. People seem to like it because it’s a different form of cardio workout that really kicks their bootay. Women seem to use the machine a lot because of the muscle groups that it works on but I think it’s the intense cardio workout that really attracts people because that’s what they are looking for.
Sonya Price Anytime Fitness, Smithville, MO
My members LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Helix. Matter of fact, I should post something on our AF roundtables to let other owners know how much our members are loving the Helix. Guys are even using it, although, the women use it more than the guys. Some of the comments I hear:
- It’s nice to have an option of doing lateral and not just using an ordinary elliptical.
- This really kicks your butt.
- I could only do this 5 minutes the first time.
- This really works your inner and outer thighs……..much more than the elliptical.
- I love this machine.
- I’m thrilled we purchased the Helix, especially while it is so new on the market.
Both trainers & individual members find it a great warm-up tool at the beginning of a workout. It’s rare to see someone use it for more than 15-20 minutes because it’s so intensive, but it’s great for multiple 5-10 minute hits during a workout.
Because of the muscle groups the Helix targets, a lot of users seem to be women, but men are using it also. We really enjoy the Helix.
Our overall experience with the Helix has been really good, and our members like it a lot. There’s a group of faithful users who like to cross-train with the ellipticals and treadmills, and it seems like some of the more dedicated users are women and some of our more athletic folks in the 20-30 age range. Its attraction is the lateral motion that hits different muscles than our other machines, plus I think members like the intensity of the workout it gives you too.
From my perspective, I like to provide more variety than other gyms and Helix is part of that variety.
We have a mixture of both personal training clients and athletic clients and the Helix is popular across the board: for athletic clients it’s really great because it helps with the lateral movement, and with the personal training clients – women in particular – they love it because they’re looking to tone the outer and inner thighs and the Helix really targets those areas.
Clients also like the Helix because they feel it quickly – once they get into the correct position, they feel a burn and the intensity of the workout goes from there, so they love it. All types of different athletes – from basketball to soccer to football to tennis – like the Helix because they all move laterally in their sport, and the Helix works directly on all those muscle groups.
When talking to prospective members we do mention the Helix because it’s a unique piece of equipment and we’re one of the few clubs in the area that has it – in that regard the uniqueness is also a positive factor in retaining clients.
I’ve used just about all the standard equipment and one of my objectives for Aquus was to bring in equipment that that would set us apart from the normal gyms. When I saw the Helix it fell right into what I was looking for, and this is also why my clients like it, because it’s not your everyday standard equipment.
Our members really use the Helix a lot. I think they really like the fact that they can work on their ‘saddlebags’ and get a strong cardio workout in at the same time. Rather than having to go to multiple machines, the Helix lets members focus on toning muscle groups they’re concerned with plus gives them the cardio so in that regard they are able to save time.
The Helix is considered one of our specialty machines, which means that it helps make us different & unique from other clubs – which, of course, can be an important factor in attracting and retaining members. Our trainers like to utilize a variety of equipment and our members like to do a lot of cross-training, so the Helix fits right in and helps us create a unique environment in both those areas.
Over the two years we’ve had the Helix our experience has been excellent. It offers variety not only for our club members but for our trainers as well. By variety I mean how it offers the lateral movement and also, for most members, that’s not a machine that they see every day.
It’s a popular machine particularly with women and athletes. We show all our members how to use the Helix, and the ones who gravitate to it use it pretty frequently. I think members also appreciate the efficiency of the machine, both in terms of proving a challenging workout in minimal time and also saving their body because of its low impact. When we’re touring the club with prospective members, the Helix is definitely one of the items we show primarily because of its uniqueness.
We’ve only had the Helix for around 4 months – we originally started off with one unit on a 1-2 week trial basis, but we got such positive reviews from members that we bought the first one and have now added a second one. At the very beginning things were pretty quiet – people seemed a bit unsure about the machine but as they’ve watched other folks try it, it’s become increasingly popular.
Most of the members seem to be using the Helix for warm-up and cool-down, and I’ve seen as many men as women using it, maybe even more. Several of our athletes and the guys who were using our Cybex machines seem to have migrated to the Helix when they can get on them, which can be a challenge because they’re pretty popular. The Helix falls right in line with our functional training – we train in three dimensions, not just the frontal plane – and it definitely corners the market in terms of lateral training. I love that we have two of them and eventually would like to have five in our club if we can find the space.