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.