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September 5, 2017

Andrea Calle’s Booty Workout on Helix!

The MMA Woman of the Year Writes About – And Shows Us – Why She Loves The Results She Gets From Helix¹

When you picture an internationally recognized expert in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, we’re pretty sure an image of Andrea Calle doesn’t pop into your mind. However, the Colombian native is not only Andrea Calle beauty-contest stunning, she also was the 2015 MMA Woman of the Year and, through her work as MMA TV Host, Commentator, & Analyst for Fox Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Universal Sports, and Azteca, Andrea has quickly become one of the most recognized MMA personalities on the planet.

As an expert in the incredibly rough-and-tumble world of MMA – and as a former beauty contest winner – Andrea understands the crucial importance of training and fitness on physical performance and physical appearance.  We at Helix are delighted that she got her own H1000 Touch and has become a huge believer in, and blogger on, the incredible benefits of Helix Lateral Training.  The following video & Andrea’s blog speak for themselves.

Helix trains you in ways other machines literally can’t!  The Helix trains muscles that can’t be reached or trained by other cardio machines, such as inner/outer thigh, glutes, and even activates the core while also mobilizing and strengthening the low back. Helix training also gets your heart rate up fast, so you benefit by receiving the benefits of High Intensity Training. And, whoever heard of a cardio machine that trains your core?? What a great side benefit of Helix training!!!

Helix also supports your MMA training & conditioning. For example, Helix training improves lateral movement and strengthens your legs. Because of all the extra muscle activation, it should improve quickness and, because the glutes are the muscle group most responsible for generating explosive power, you’ll also receive that benefit.

I’ve attached a chart that shows the results from a study performed a few years ago at the U of Tampa Human Performance Lab. It compared Helix training to a traditional elliptical. In virtually every muscle group from “the core to the floor”, Helix training creates up to 44% MORE muscle activation than an elliptical. This is why Helix training is so effective and also why you don’t necessarily have to do it for 45 minutes to get the results you want. Even 15 to 20 minutes on a Helix, especially if you integrate high intensity intervals, will get you amazing benefits. You’ll literally see areas shaping up in record time. The average person using a Helix tends to get very motivated because they see results FAST and they see results in areas they’ve never been able to effectively train with cardio – the glutes, inner/outer thigh, and core.

We LOVE that Andrea did her research and has our latest Residential model in her home, so to check it out for yourself use the link https://helixco.com/helix-locator/authorized-dealers/ to locate the Helix dealer nearest you, and use promo code Andrea200 for $200 off MSRP on a Helix H1000 Touch!

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¹ “Best Cardio Machine for Inner/Outer Thighs, Glutes, and Core” by Andrea Calle, AndreaCalleBlog.com, 8/31/2017, Article Link 

The Helix Recumbent, Demographics and Science

At the IHRSA 2017 Trade Show, Helix introduced its revolutionary Helix Recumbent, thereby also unveiling an entirely new category of fitness – Recumbent Lateral Training. This groundbreaking advance in fitness training focusses on two outcomes and one very large demographic: building lateral strength & increasing stability for everyone.

Many of you know Helix as the company that created the category of cardio machine-based lateral trainers and, if you’ve tried one, you understand that it’s a pretty cool product. By moving beyond linear forward-and-back motion to incorporate lateral, multi-plane movement, Helix training results in significantly greater muscle activation in about 2/3 of your body.

Because of this remarkable effectiveness at muscle activation, however, workouts on upright Helix models are inherently more intense than certain classes of users desire. For example, deconditioned users, users recovering from injury, seniors and even some mainstream gym members have found Helix training to be an intense, albeit low impact, workout.

Enter the Helix Recumbent Trainer, designed to provide smooth recumbent training that captures the signature Helix benefits of significantly greater lower-body muscle activation while providing users more control over pace, intensity and comfort.

LATERAL STRENGTH & ENHANCED STABILITY FOR EVERYONE
In simplified terms, the basic principle behind the Helix Recumbent is that more lower-body muscles need to be activated to increase lateral strength & stability. This has been accomplished by designing a recumbent cardio machine that, unlike all other recumbent options, provides lateral, multi-plane movement.

Lateral Strength Specifically, the Helix Recumbent effectively engages the Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Helix Recumbent User1Maximus, Vatsus Lateralis, and all quadrants of the Quadriceps. This glute engagement has multiple fitness impacts across essentially all demographics:

  • For all levels of athlete – backyard, high school, college and elite – it creates both linear/lateral power and speed
  • For average gym members, it provides superior training of the entire lower body at a greater metabolic cost (i.e., burns more calories) than other recumbent options plus, of course, it firms, strengthens & defines the entire lower body
  • For all populations, it contributes to stabilizing the knees, making it a no-impact alternative for rehab and senior clients

While the power, speed, cardio & metabolic benefits are highly correlated to those of the Helix upright machines, the potential contribution of the less-intensive Helix Recumbent during rehabilitation of lower body injuries is particularly promising. During early testing, one expert found that ACL rehab patients exhibited measurably more glute firing while using the Helix, even when at the lowest possible resistance. The medial glute plays a significant role in gait integrity when the knee is unstable.

This result is consistent with on-going studies involving the upright Helix. In one such instance a Helix associate, Dr. Cyd Charisse Williams, has developed an advanced rehab protocol for ACL reconstruction patients. She now has 37 case studies of athletes she has rehabbed returning to competition in as little as 3 months, without re-injury. She is now lecturing at universities and symposiums about this protocol.

Helix Recumbent User3Stability The muscle group providing the benefits listed above is also most responsible for providing lateral stability, i.e., the glutes. Stated differently, lateral strength in these muscles equals lateral stability, a benefit of particular importance to seniors who constitute the population most at-risk from falls and fall-related injuries. The Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University had these observations:

“An impaired ability to control postural balance stability in the lateral plane of motion appears to be particularly relevant to the problem of falling among older people. Moreover, falls often involve lateral body motion, and hip fractures occur most frequently in association with lateral falls.
“Further, atrophy of the gluteus medius is an independent risk factor for hip fractures resulting from falls. Specific attention to intervention strategies focused on the problem of lateral instability has not been forthcoming.”

Improving lateral stability is the single biggest factor in fall prevention, yet traditional cardio fitness modalities – recumbent or upright – do virtually nothing to enhance lateral stability.

In a defining study on the Helix Recumbent, deconditioned seniors went through a Side Step Study (testing strength & lateral stability to successfully execute a side step, thus reducing the risk of falling). In just 4 months of using the Helix, these seniors, ranging in age from 73 to 93, improved their power factor an average of 54%, with several showing improvements in excess of 100%!

THE BOTTOM LINE
The outcomes provided by the Helix Recumbent unquestionably break entirely new ground in the recumbent fitness market – but the most exciting aspect of this revolutionary machine is the breadth of user populations that will benefit. Truly revolutionary.

Solving the Booty Problem

Solving the ‘booty problem’ is a challenge – diets help reduce ‘non-booty’ bulk, weights help on the arms, crunches help with the mid-drift, but how can you effectively get at the REAL problem…your lower body?

This video shows you a series of takes from first-time users of the Helix Lateral Trainer – no filter, this is the real deal & their real reactions. THIS is the way you can effectively attack your ‘booty problem’.  And by the way, the cardio workout that comes with it will make you feel great all over so you can really enjoy that shapely booty!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – take a test drive & try a real booty workout today!


The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

Makes Cardio Enjoyable

Have you ever heard the phrase, “it’s fun, it makes cardio enjoyable”? Probably not, since most folks view cardio as boring and a bit unpleasant. But when group fitness instructor Carolyn finished her first workout on the Helix Lateral Trainer, that’s how she described the experience.

“It’s a fun new piece of equipment that I’d definitely use…Right away I could feel my heart-rate picking up and I could definitely feel it in my quads, but it was also a really easy experience…it’s fun, it makes cardio enjoyable, it’s a break from your usual treadmill or elliptical…You’re getting a workout but it doesn’t feel like you’re putting a ton of effort in..”

The Helix is a revolutionary fitness machine that employs a side-to-side lateral motion that engages all your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner & outer thighs – plus your core. In addition to being a smooth, no-impact ride, it provides a workout experience that’s different from anything you’ve ever tried. In other words, it’s FUN and MAKES CARDIO ENJOYABLE!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – give it a test drive and enjoy some FUN CARDIO!

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of cardio fitness training and weight loss by providing both an intense workout PLUS huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

Feeling The Burn

Feeling the burn during a workout is a sure sign that you are actually giving your muscles a bigger workload than normal.  And when you start feeling the burn early in a workout, it’s a sure sign that you are activating muscles that normally don’t get any work.

Take fitness coach Lunden – who is already in great shape, by the way – as an example. After jumping on the Helix Lateral Trainer for a quick test-drive at a recent trade show, her response was, “To get moving in that frontal plane side-to-side is really a different feeling…I’m feeling the burn in glute muscles & hamstrings for sure…I want one of these!”

Unlike any other exercise machine on the market, the Helix Lateral Trainer employs a revolutionary side-to-side motion designed to engage your entire lower body – quads, glutes, inner & outer thighs.  And since nothing else ever works these muscles, guess what…a Helix workout is tough, strenuous, and filled with the pain that comes from activating and developing muscles.

From a woman’s perspective, the Helix attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  For men it provides the single best cardio workout available, plus develops the core & lower body much faster than weights.  And all athletes receive the benefits of enhanced lateral strength and agility unavailable with any other machine.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – test drive a Helix & FEEL THE BURN – you’ll love it!

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

Targeting The Problem Areas

For most women, improved physical fitness revolves around targeting the problem areas.  And, for most women, the problem areas are all in the lower body. In this video, trade show attendee Kathy jumped on the Helix Lateral Trainer for a quick test drive and stated, “It’s an AWESOME machine…if you want to target your hips, buns, and thighs the Helix does it…it also targets the quads, hamstrings & calves, so it totally gets all the problem areas women have!”

The Helix is designed to engage, tone and shape the entire lower body – including all the gluteus muscles in addition to the quads and thighs.  From a woman’s perspective, it attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  And for men it provides an unmatched cardio workout in less time than anything else available.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – targeting your problem areas…and it’s FUN!


The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

 

A Real Booty Workout

New Year’s resolutions are great – but whether it’s a simple ‘tone my butt’ or a more serious ‘dump the junk in my trunk’, it’s going to require a real booty workout. But that’s the problem – diets help on the bulk, weights help on the arms, crunches help with the mid-drift, but how can you get at the REAL problem…your lower body?

This video shows you a series of takes from first-time users of the Helix Lateral Trainer – no filter, this is the real deal & their real reactions. THIS is the way you keep your resolution. And by the way, the cardio workout will help you blossom so you can really enjoy that shapely booty!

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – take a test drive & try a real booty workout today!


The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

My Glutes My Glutes

If one of your primary fitness targets is the lower body, you’ll probably pay attention when you hear someone on an exercise machine saying, My Glutes My Glutes to their trainer when asked where they feel it.  Such was the case with Dolly, a trade show attendee who jumped on a Helix Lateral Trainer and couldn’t say enough about the experience after a brief workout.

When asked for some comments about the Helix, Dolly came up with two memorable observations that we could probably build an ad campaign around: “Ladies, that thing really kicks your butt!” and “It’s a total body workout, ladies!”.  Dolly reaction mirrors that of essentially everyone who tries the Helix because it is designed to engage, tone and shape the entire lower body – including all the gluteus muscles in addition to the quads and thighs.  From a woman’s perspective, it attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  And for men it quickly builds lower body strength & agility and provides an unmatched cardio workout in less time than anything else available.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – give the Helix a test drive and you’ll be hooked!

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

No Pain No Gain

Some truths about fitness – such as No Pain No Gain – are simply undeniable.  No matter how unappealing this mantra is (can’t you just picture a Drill Sergeant yelling it into the ear of a wimpy recruit?) it contains much greater value than all the latest Starvation Diets, Miracle-Grow pharmaceuticals, and Electro-Magnetic muscle builders masquerading as quick fixes for the self-delusional.  Fitness takes serious work, serious work takes strenuous effort, and strenuous effort can unquestionably be painful.

In this video clip a trade show attendee, Amy, hopped on the Helix Lateral Trainer for an intro workout and couldn’t say enough about the results.  “This is the best workout.  I can’t feel my legs because they’re burning…they burn so good it hurts!  Good job, love it, great workout!!!”  Amy obviously gets it – No Pain No Gain.

Unlike any other exercise machine on the market, the Helix Lateral Trainer employs a revolutionary side-to-side motion designed to engage your entire lower body – quads, glutes, inner & outer thighs.  And since nothing else ever works these muscles, guess what…a Helix workout is tough, strenuous, and filled with the pain that comes from activating and developing muscles.  Not to mention the huge cardio workout that accompanies this wake-up call to your lower body.

While there most assuredly is some pain in a tough Helix workout, the gains are unmatched.  From a woman’s perspective, it attacks EXACTLY those areas that traditionally have been the biggest trouble spots.  For men it provides the single best cardio workout available, plus develops the core & lower body much faster than weights.  And all athletes receive the benefits of enhanced lateral strength and agility unavailable with any other machine.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE CARDIO PRODUCT EVER BUILT – give the Helix a test drive and you’ll be hooked!

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!

Danny & Real Athletes

In most sports, a hugely important factor that separates average participants from the A-Team’s Real Athletes is eyesight.  For folks on the A-Team, games slow down because they see things better which, in turn, enables them to react sooner.  Hitters get around on 100 mph fastballs, quarterbacks spot open receivers downfield, tennis players hit impossible returns, and goalies make incredible saves…because they are already reacting while we’re still trying to pick up the action.

This brings us to Danny Foppiano, a new Helix customer and someone who has made us re-think the definition of Real Athletes.  Danny is a huge conditioning enthusiast and excels at a game called Beep Baseball, so named because the ball beeps which allows blind & visually impaired players to follow it through sound.  In other words, Danny is a fitness & workout lover who plays sports at a high-level and just happens to be blind.  (Danny and some teammates on the West Coast Dawgs are 4-time World Series Champs featured in ESPN’s Best Stories in Sports last year.)

Needless to say, Danny’s fire and enthusiasm for doing the work in the gym and competing on the field is inspirational and a bit mortifying for those of us who, ahem, routinely employ excuses like ‘too tired’, ‘too cold outside’, ‘too busy’, ‘too sore’, ‘forgot my stuff’,  ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ but never ‘too blind’.

A guy like Danny isn’t trying to be an inspiration to us – he’s in it to push his own athletic boundaries as far as he can go because that’s who he is.  His back-story, of course, is fascinating albeit tragic.  At the age of eight, Danny attended a Little League try-out where a buddy struck out and, in frustration, swung a bat and accidentally hit Danny in the forehead.  Lights out, sight gone, game over.

But not so fast.  Thirty-five years later, Helix gets a call from this delightful guy who wants to buy a Lateral Trainer but has some special requirements.  Long story short, Danny is not simply a survivor, he’s a determined achiever.  And maybe better yet from Danny’s perspective, he’s not simply a fitness nut, he’s a Real Athlete.

Danny filmed a workout on his new Helix, and this clip shows his testimonial – we couldn’t have written the script better and we’re thrilled with his support.

The Helix Lateral Trainer blows away traditional concepts of lower body training by providing both huge benefits to your core and all of your lower body muscles – glutes, quads, inner thighs & outer thighs, PLUS gives you an intense cardio workout.

FOR ALL WOMEN – the Helix directly addresses those areas that worry you most – hips, butt & thighs – plus gives you the cardio workout that keeps you going.

FOR ALL MEN – cardio, cardio, cardio!  NOTHING will work your cardio like the Helix Lateral Trainer.  And by-the-way, watch out…your core & lower body will NEVER be in better shape.

FOR ALL ATHLETES – the only machine designed to focus on your specific requirements – LATERAL STRENGTH & AGILITY.  And the cardio benefits are huge.

FOR  NEOPHYTES – fitness training can be intimidating, but the Helix Lateral Trainer is designed to be inviting for everyone.  Jump on – it’s intuitive & within 2 minutes you’ll get it…THIS is how to get in shape!