Most people that are new to training with us are pretty unfamiliar with much of the equipment we utilize to train our athletes and clients. The equipment we utilize supports the sophisticated design of our programs for all of our clients.
There is a lot of equipment out there for sale and as a purchaser of the equipment you have to evaluate what is useful and what is not. When you come into our center it does not resemble a typical gym. Of course you will have dumbbells and weight plates, squat racks, and bars etc. However you will see very little else that resembles what you see in most fitness centers. This is a result of our focus on movement and function and athletic performance.
I thought it may be interesting for the reader to discuss the benefits of the equipment.
2 MVP Shuttle Jumper: The MVP is used mostly in rehabilitation settings. It is used in rehab because a client can be completely unweighted in a lower extremity exercise. We like this equipment because we can execute a number of athletic movements under both lighter loads for power to heavy loads for strength. We can perform unilateral (one leg) work and also perform jumps and different angled jumps and landings. Because we are able to completely unweight the client we can utilize this equipment for any level of fitness. http://www.shuttlesystems.com/product_listing/1/shuttle-mvp
18 Versaclimber: This is one of my personal favorites. I think it is the best piece of cardio equipment available today. There is zero impact and is perfect for both intervals and long cardio. It is metabolically taxing because you are carrying your entire body weight and incorporating both legs and arms in the movement. It will tax you more than treadmills, elliptical, bikes etc. It burns up to 23 calories per minute.
In our evaluations of new clients we have a one minute fitness test which gives us a snapshot into a client’s overall cardio baselines. http://versaclimber5.reachlocal.net/
2 Slideboards by Ultraslide, http://www.ultraslide.com/ we utilize this piece of equipment for all types of exercises. Great for core cardio, legs, shoulders. The slideboard is great for lateral movements and has great versatility.
1 Go2Altitude Simulated High Altitude http://www.go2altitude.com/ this is a wonderful piece of equipment for improving cardio capabilities. It can simulate over 20,000 feet of altitude. You intermittently put a mask on and off breathing hypoxic air. Great for endurance athletes and before you go to altitude for climbers. It is great when an injury takes place and the client wants to maintain cardio fitness while the injury heals.
Westside Barbell Reverse Hyperextension: Louie Simmons and Westside Barbell is the mecca for the strongest lifters. http://www.westside-barbell.com/index.php/professional-health-care-reverse-hyper . This equipment is wonderful for improving and minimizing lower back risk and allowing heavy lifters to lift with less lower back issues. We like to get clients to lift heavier loads and this equipment allows us to minimize the risk for injury.
Versa Pulley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozvT_WcdXrc . This is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment for training athletes and movement for all our client’s. It allows us to get eccentric loads in almost any plane or movement. The machine is a wonderful addition for training all levels of fitness. http://versaclimber.com/versapulley/
This is a great posterior chain exercise machine. Posterior chain is lower back, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. We combine this with bands and weights to increase or decrease the load. It is also great for clients that have knee issues and still want to train strength and power in the posterior chain.
Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) - http://d-m-s.com/
The DMS provides deep muscle tissue with kinetic forms of deep, rapid, short-duration percussion vibration, which allows the client, patient or athlete experience a number of benefits: pain relief, increased circulation and lymphatic flow, the break-up of muscular scar tissue, soft tissue release and regeneration, and reduced lactic acid build-up. This, in turn, increases recovery, allowing you to maintain your active lifestyle.
The DMS can also be effective in managing acute and chronic pain from tendonitis, bursitis, edema, frozen joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even migraines.
This group of unique equipment, coupled with great program design and nutritional coaching brings rapid results for both athlete and non-athlete alike.
Truth in Fitness
Jacques DeVore, CSCS