Functional Eccentric Strength and Core Training with reACTBy heatherf posted in ABC News
- May 30th, 2012
Submitted By: Greg Maurer and Lee Guthrie
reACT™ (Rapid Eccentric Anaerobic Core Trainer) is not just another fitness product - it represents a truly revolutionary entry in a new category of physical training called functional eccentric Strength & Core training. reACT builds on 8 years of research and design that culminated in the creation of the QuadMill™, the first functional eccentric training system that won accolades from elite athletes to senior centers. The QuadMill has now evolved to the reACT, offering the functional benefits of the QuadMill, but featuring one of the most unique designs ever to be introduced into the fitness and rehabilitation markets.
As the world’s first functional eccentric strength & core conditioning system, reACT offers a remarkably time-efficient anaerobic workout resulting in rapid strength gains with absolutely no impact on joints. Two to three workouts per week, each lasting only 5-10 minutes, produce significant gains in average conditioned individuals. Click the link to view a brief video testimonial, http://youtu.be/S86Vx_4253Q
The Remarkable Efficiency of Eccentric Training.
All human movement involves eccentric contractions, which are used when we absorb forces and decelerate the body. Activities like walking downstairs or down a hill; landing from a jump; or the landing phase of running and walking are all eccentric movement patterns. Until now there has never been a way to easily and safely provide the benefits of functional eccentric training, particularly to user groups as varied as elite Athletes, de-conditioned seniors, typical gym members, and physical therapy patients.
The benefits of Eccentric Training or ‘negative training’ have been recognized since 1953, but existing methods of eccentric training have had several major challenges. Plyometrics training and heavy negative weight training has had high injury potential, and requires highly trained and experienced instructors. Eccentric training is beneficial for everyone, but until now it has been impractical, due to the potential of high-risk injury.
Other existing eccentric training methods require the use of extremely expensive equipment, yet none provides a truly functional eccentric training experience. reACT provides a safe and effective system to strengthen the body quickly with immediate results, improving the activities of daily living, functional movement patterns and athletic ability. Validated by professional sports teams, military services and renowned rehabilitation centers; the patented technology of reACT Trainer makes it the only safe and effective functional eccentric trainer available today. reACT improves strength, balance, and core stability in a time effective manner.
In the last 10 years additional research provided further insight into the importance of eccentric muscle strength and endurance. Improved Athletic Performance, Injury Prevention, Fall Prevention, and healthy aging, as well as the ability to more rapidly recover strength, muscle mass and functional abilities following injury or surgery, have been attributed to eccentric strength gains.
There is also growing awareness of the role that eccentric muscle contractions play in all types of human movement. Eccentric muscle actions are how the body decelerates and absorbs force. Eccentric contractions occur as the muscle lengthens under tension as opposed to concentric contractions, which are used to project force as the muscle shortens under tension or isometric contractions that are used to stabilize as the muscle contracts without movement.
Almost all fitness equipment available today emphasizes concentric muscle contractions and isometric muscle contractions despite the fact that eccentric contractions are a big part of all activities of daily living and virtually all sports. Effective eccentric training is completely neglected in most people’s training programs despite having significant health benefits documented through research.
reACT uses a platform that rotates in a reverse elliptical pattern, which forces the lower body to absorb the kinetic energy of the platform with no impact. By controlling the platform speed and posture, the level of intensity can be precisely matched to each particular individual. reACT provides functional exercise for an extremely wide range of fitness levels and abilities from seniors who are de-conditioned to professional athletes.
The specific proven benefits of reACT include:
- More rapid increases in muscle mass, strength, and power compared to other training methods.
- Improved balance, coordination, and kinesthetic awareness.
- Improved core strength and stability.
- Injury prevention by improving the ability to absorb forces safely and training the muscles to be able to produce more force at longer lengths.
- Increased tendon strength resulting in more injury-resistant tendons that can store more energy during the Stretch Shortening Cycle which allows increased force production during explosive movements.
- Low level of cardiovascular stress for a given workload so it is ideal for seniors with diminished cardiovascular capacity.
- Accelerated increases in strength, muscle mass and hopping ability compared to traditional forms of ACL rehabilitation.
Research has shown that a single thirty minute weekly routine of eccentric exercise done for eight weeks had produced the following:
- Significant improvements in Resting Energy Expenditure.
- Increased Fat Utilization.
- Improved Blood Lipid Profiles.
- Decreased Insulin Resistance.
Poised to be a paradigm shift in the health and fitness industries, reACT will provide a new tool set for Trainers and Therapists, enhancing the lives of elite athletes and vitality-oriented Baby Boomers alike. reACT provides the first truly revolutionary advance in the fitness industry in the 21st Century: rapid eccentric anaerobic core training that is safe, efficient and effective.
View testimonials and see the reACT Trainer in action at www.reacttrainer.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article originally printed in National Fitness Trade Journal Fall 2011