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.
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!
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.
We’ve had our Helix Lateral Trainers in the club for over two years, and people genuinely like them. They seem to be generally popular across all our members, so there’s no particular group that gravitates to them.
For example, a lot of the people with knee problems like them because they are non-impact. And the ladies in general like them because the Helix works the inner and outer thighs, which can be a problem area for women. And of course, we have a lot of athletes involved in high school sports that really like using the Helix because it simulates lateral athletic motion and works those muscle groups that other machines don’t.
When we show club to prospective members, we always show the Helix because it promotes cross training, particularly for sports.
People like the Helix because it’s a different type of machine from our other equipment with its lateral movement that works on different muscles. Plus they don’t have to use it as long as other machines – they get as good a cardio workout in a shorter amount of time. It seems to be more popular with women and our athletic cross-fit folks – plus the skiers who are focused on exactly the muscles and range of motion worked on by the Helix.