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BENEFITS OF THE FREESTYLER DEVICE
ELASTIC RESISTANCE WITH NO INERTIA
The adverse effect of inertia is caused by the forces that result when heavy weight changes direction or speed during an exercise movement. Not only does the adverse effect of inertia reduce workout benefits, inertia problems are also responsible for many weightlifting injuries.
Because of this property (no inertia), elastic bands have proven successful in the rehabilitation of athletes with a whole spectrum of injuries, especially those of the shoulder, knee and elbow joints. Some studies which included a number of exercises using elastic resistance when dealing with injuries of the shoulder joint reported excellent rehabilitation results. The essence of Functional dynamics is that with the help of elastic resistance, an injured person can engage in active and painless execution of exercises on different levels throughout the entire range of motion. This is achieved by effectively avoiding excess torque of limbs around the joints. In this way, stress on the joint ligaments is minimized, which is a unique advantage of the Freestyler elastic tubing. Studies offer statistically significant results which confirm the effectiveness of the Freestyler workout platform.
SIMPLE, SAFE AND EFFICIENT ROUTINES
While questioning what the market has to offer with regards to group fitness classes, one characteristic of exercise routines has continually been mentioned as problematic. People of different ages and different physical abilities stressed one and the same fundamental flaw in group exercise classes, namely the complexity of routines. This spurred us to create a system that enables simple and safe movements and still provides an effective calorie burn and good exercise benefits. Rather than developing a complex routine, our aim was to develop a complex execution of the movement. This results in better control of the motion, better concentration and precision, and it eliminates confusion and increases satisfaction with the workout.
ENDLESS EXERCISE AND FUTURE WORKOUT POSSIBILITIES
Why not just do the same exercise routine day in and day out? Because performing the exact exercise routine time and again actually hinders progress. According to the specific adaptations to imposed demands (S.A.I.D.) principle, the body adapts over time to the demands imposed on it. By repeating the same exercises, the neuromuscular system becomes stronger and better coordinated so that the body is eventually more energy-efficient. As efficiency increases, caloric expenditure can drop by as much as 25 percent, resulting in less effective workouts and plateaus. Therefore it is very important to continually challenge the body to achieve results.
The Freestyler development team is also preparing additional workouts to add to existing ones in order to meet the specific demands of group workout clients. New workouts will be developed using extensive customer satisfaction feedback and suggestions from freestyler instructors all over the world.
INCREASED MUSCULAR INERVATION
Among several possible options for sport training, the use of elastic resistance is on the rise as one of the most adequate and complete approaches to many rehabilitation programs as well as to programs for developing power. The use of elastic resistance enables a slow and controlled execution of exercises, with target muscle groups exercised in concentric as well as in eccentric conditions within every repetition. In contrast to exercising with free weights, the direction of the exercise does not depend on gravitation, but rather on the direction of the device straining the elastic band. This allows multidirectional and situational execution of exercises. Multi-axis movements employ not only prime movers but also a whole set of supporting muscle groups, which all adds up to increased muscle inervation. In addition, the quantity of force can easily be adjusted according to the capabilities of the individual. This is achieved by either increasing or decreasing the initial pre-straining of the elastic band, and in the case of Freestyler this is achieved with seven pairs of elastic bands of different strength.
ENABLED PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE
The quantity of force can easily be adjusted according to the capabilities of the individual. This is achieved with seven pairs of elastic bands of different strength. Progressive resistance is also achieved by either increasing or decreasing the initial straining (pre-stretch) of the elastic band. Progressive resistance is one of the most important rules in any physical activity and is defined as a strength training modality in which the overload is constantly increased to facilitate adaptation. Without this there would be no progress. There are many ways to achieve overload on the Freestyler. Different strength elastic bands can be selected or body positions can be changed to adjust the length of the tubes (pre-stretch).
INCREASED PERIPHERAL BLOOD FLOW
is the cardiovascular response to Freestyler programs. Increasing rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease in recent years are likely to lead to a greater prevalence of peripheral arterial disease. Peripheral arterial disease is a broad term for a range of diseases that affect the vasculature (veins and arteries) of the peripheral circulatory system. The peripheral vasculature is mainly responsible for blood flow to the extremities, such as the arms and legs. Peripheral arterial disease is caused primarily by atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in the arteries) and blood-clotting mechanisms that alter the normal structure and function of the aorta, the arterial branches and the arteries of the legs. The disease can lead to pain, decreased ability to walk, limb amputation and increased risk of death.
The most common symptom is leg discomfort during walking. The Freestyler offers unique resistance on all four limbs which in effect promotes increased peripheral blood flow. This effect is further increased with thoughtfull exercise sequences which force muscles to pump blood into different parts of the body. Studies have shown increased distance, speed and duration of walking with a decrease in symptoms such as leg pain.
OPTIMAL ELONGATION RANGE
Elastic resistance offers increasing force with elongation. All elastic products have characteristic force – elongation curves, which are typicallly three phased. The first phase is marked by an exponential increase in the first 25 % elongation. Next, there is a linear increase between 25 % and 250 % and finally a sharp exponential increase until failure. Therefore, it is recomended that exercise is performed between 25 % and 250 % elongation and resistance increased by progressing to the next tubing strength rather than increasing the stretch on the tubing. The Freestyler device solves this problem at its root. Its unique system of hyperboloid rollers distributes force evenly which enables all the exercises on the Freestyler device to be performed in the optimal elongation range.