Rehab & Post-Rehab

//Rehab & Post-Rehab

Unmatched Rehab Benefits

Julian SellesJulien Selles 
Anatomic Fitness, Bedford, NH

Our users’ experience with the Helix is fabulous – traditional equipment you find in most clubs is all linear, up-and-down, but the Helix provides lateral rotation which sets it apart and really changes the experience and benefits you get from it.

It’s a popular machine with the members, pretty much everyone uses it – our average members all the way through our athletes playing sports where lateral movement is important.  The reason we encourage members to use the Helix – and why they like it – is the belief that you should workout in all the ways that your body is meant to move and, unlike other equipment, Helix can provide that with its lateral rotation.

I personally just had hip-replacement surgery.  While this may be a pretty steep rehab curve because I’ve been active & in-shape my whole life, I’m working out on the Helix six weeks after that operation and it has been unbelievable for me to have access to that technology.  In a rehab setting, the Helix has benefits that you simply can’t match with conventional equipment – I’m  working on the abductors and adductors which you just can’t do on anything else, so it’s really a great piece of equipment.

Unique Machine, Unlike Any Other

dan boothbyDan Boothby 
Northeastern University Hockey, Boston, MA

I have used the Helix with my athletes and found it to be a unique machine unlike any other. We can provide extra conditioning and still target the muscles of the hip girdle with a tremendous amount of glute recruitment. More importantly it helps to correct muscle imbalances between the adductor and abductor muscle groups or adductor imbalances from the left and right leg. We have used the Helix for conditioning protocols to prepare athletes to return to the ice after injury.

Only Machine That Simulates Full Range Of Athletic Motion

John LanzottiJohn Lanzotti 
Landmark Health Club, Peoria, IL

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.

Aerobic And Anaerobic Benefits

NEILWOLKODOFFNeil Wolkodoff, PhD 
Rose Center for Health & Sport Science, Denver, CO

One of the long standing challenges in conditioning has been to find an exercise mode that would provide aerobic and anaerobic benefit to the lateral leg muscles. The Helix Lateral Trainer is the first device that I feel provides this unique blend not only for fitness, but for sports like golf, tennis and skiing as well.

Challenging No-Impact Cardio

Rob GundersonRob Gunderson 
Goosetown Health Club, Anaconda, MT

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.

Overall Experience Is A ‘10’

Julio RomeroJulio Romero 
CFO (retired), IDEA Health & Fitness Association, San Diego, CA

I bought a Helix for my personal use at the IDEA Convention last year.  I’ve been working with a personal trainer to address a lower back condition I have, so after my wife mentioned that she really liked the machine I asked the trainer to check it out for my situation.  His response was that it not only wouldn’t cause me problems but, in fact, could really help me out.

My overall experience with the Helix has been a “10”.  It’s keeping me strong & gives me a tremendous cardio workout.  I’d say that it’s preventative for people that don’t have any injury issues and it’s really beneficial for folks who have some damage like myself.

I just retired so I’m real interested in return on investment, and I’ve gotten more ROI from the Helix than anything else.  I would absolutely recommend the Helix.

On A Scale Of 10, Helix Rates 9-10

Dr. Eric Goodwin, RPT 
Eagle Pass Physical Therapy, Eagle Pass, TX

We’ve had the Helix for about a year and I think it’s great.  It’s a unique machine – it exercises the hip abductors and adductors and in a nutshell I really like it.  It’s used a whole lot in our fitness center – there is always someone using it, and people really seem to enjoy it.

The Helix can be challenging for our therapy patients because of issues they might have with balance and co-ordination.  For example, with patients rehabbing from knee issues the Helix would be employed during the more advanced stage of the protocols – say, 6 months out after an ACL or something like that.

As far as the users’ experience goes, the Helix is a really popular machine and they use it.  The Helix seems to catch the eye of individuals who are more oriented and motivated to doing aerobic exercise – probably our more fit individuals.  On a scale of 10, I’d rate the Helix as a 9 or 10.

Everyone Who Uses It Loves It

Wendy HollandWendy Holland 
Mattoon YMCA, Mattoon, IL

We’ve only had the Helix for about three months but we love it – everyone who uses it loves it.  People like the left-and-right motion rather than front & back, so working on those different muscles is a factor in attracting users.  Members have commented that it doesn’t bother their knees and I know they like being able to adjust it to the fitness level that they want, so I think there’s going to be a lot of reasons that people like it.

Helix Is The Spawn Of Satan – But In A Good Way

andrew-williamsAndrew Williams 
Athletic Sports Medicine, St. Charles, MO

We’re a non-surgical doctor’s office specializing in sports medicine, and our patients are athletes ranging from amateur on up to college athletes.  We’ve had the Helix for about 2 years and our overall experience has been great.  The patients swear the Helix is the Spawn of Satan himself because of how it tortures them during their rehab & recovery – in a good way, of course.

What we try to do is turn on people’s glutes because the glutes are kind of the key to the whole human body in terms of injuries, especially back and knee and hip injuries.  So your whole body is connected and the glutes are the biggest muscles so they play a key role in treating injuries.  All our patients use the Helix and we’ve found it to be extremely effective in activating and developing someone’s glutes.

A Different Type Of Workout

Dr. Joseph Galletti 
Ultimate Gym, Farmingville, NY

The Helix is a popular machine with our members, and I’d say that women in particular tend to gravitate towards it.  Based on feedback, I’d say the primary reason people are using it relates to the different type of workout it gives you, and we try to pique members’ interest in using the machine for this reason.

We point out to members that the important benefits Helix provides relate to its focus on effectively working a range of different lower body muscle groups – abductors, adductors, hams and glutes – that other machines don’t impact.  I’d also agree that the Helix is an intense workout compared to other cardio machine, and I think people find the Helix to be a challenge in that regard.  We are definitely happy with the machine.