Figure-8 to Figure Great

Nothing beats the feeling you get from a great workout, when your heart rate is up, your muscles are sore, and the endorphins kick in. Daily Grommet felt that high after a field trip to Revolution Fitness in Boston to test a new cross-trainer called the Helix.We got an intense cardiovascular workout – and engaged some muscle groups we didn’t realize were there. And that’s just what Lenny Snyderman intended when he invented the Helix. His machine delivers an intense cardio workout that’s low impact, fast paced, sculpts problem areas, and, as if that weren’t enough, it can be done in just 30 minutes.The Helix uses a patented sideways figure-eight motion to achieve core and aerobic conditioning, and it’s great for cross-training because the movement engages more muscles than traditional cardio equipment. Skiers, tennis players, golfers, ballet dancers, hockey players and other high performance athletes use the Helix as part of their cross-training workout. Still, you don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate the Helix. “It sculpts while you’re getting a rigorous cardio workout and that’s my style of workout,” says Daily Grommet friend Kara Butterfield, who told us about Helix. The Grommet team was challenged, engaged and slightly sore at the end. Plus, there’s no doubt this 30-minute workout could easily fit into a busy lifestyle, and in a home gym the Helix can be stored away when it’s not delivering your workout rush.

Helix

Low Impact Lateral Motion Trainer

Figure-8 to Figure Great

Nothing beats the feeling you get from a great workout, when your heart rate is up, your muscles are sore, and the endorphins kick in. Daily Grommet felt that high after a field trip to Revolution Fitness in Boston to test a new cross-trainer called the Helix.We got an intense cardiovascular workout – and engaged some muscle groups we didn’t realize were there. And that’s just what Lenny Snyderman intended when he invented the Helix. His machine delivers an intense cardio workout that’s low impact, fast paced, sculpts problem areas, and, as if that weren’t enough, it can be done in just 30 minutes.The Helix uses a patented sideways figure-eight motion to achieve core and aerobic conditioning, and it’s great for cross-training because the movement engages more muscles than traditional cardio equipment. Skiers, tennis players, golfers, ballet dancers, hockey players and other high performance athletes use the Helix as part of their cross-training workout. Still, you don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate the Helix. “It sculpts while you’re getting a rigorous cardio workout and that’s my style of workout,” says Daily Grommet friend Kara Butterfield, who told us about Helix. The Grommet team was challenged, engaged and slightly sore at the end. Plus, there’s no doubt this 30-minute workout could easily fit into a busy lifestyle, and in a home gym the Helix can be stored away when it’s not delivering your workout rush.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Lenny
    Lenny

    My name is Lenny Snyderman and I am so pleased that Grommet has taken a great interest in my fitness product, the Helix. The Helix is a lateral trainer that I believe will revolutionize how people train in the gym. Lateral training focuses 360 degrees on your legs, hips and thighs……and your butt too! It is fun to use and very effective in addressing the areas that most people are looking to “reduce, tone, shape and firm." And if you play any sports like hockey, skiing, tennis, golf, ….or just about any sport out there, the lateral motion of the Helix has to be the best “off the field” training you can get.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    3/15/2010 12:34 PM

    Many thanks to Derek Christensen and the whole team at Revolution Fitness. Check out this independently owned gym at www.revfitboston.com. The latest equipment, juice bar, beautiful locker rooms and a Helix studio.

  • Sue
    Sue
    3/15/2010 12:54 PM

    Today's video is one of the best ever! Looks like a great fitness product.

  • Claire
    Claire
    3/15/2010 2:28 PM

    What are the differences between the Helix and an Eliptical machine in terms of calorie burn?

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    3/15/2010 2:39 PM

    WOW! You know, I am pretty sure my legs, hips, thighs, and rear could use a little of that 360 degrees you got going on. This product looks amazing! And you Daily Grommet gals make it looks so easy :).

  • Katelyn
    Katelyn
    3/15/2010 2:45 PM

    Do you have any of these machines in national fitness chains where we could go and test them out? It looks like a wonderful way to tone the thighs and butt!

  • Amy S.
    Amy S.
    3/15/2010 3:03 PM

    Ok, 2 questions: Do you have to have excellent balance ... and good upper body strength to do this? Sometimes looks like you're really hanging on there!

  • Lenny
    Lenny – Special Guest
    3/15/2010 3:24 PM

    @Claire - it's hard to assess the true calorie burn of a machine because it varies according to the fitness level of each individual. The Helix was tested by a university in the SW and found to offer the equivalent workout as using a treadmill at an elite running pace. Therefore comparing to an elliptical machine, the Helix should burn a significantly greater number of calories per minute than an average elliptical machine.

    @Katelyn - the Helix is being added to more gyms as it catches on. Right now you can find them at Gold's Gym in Wisconsin and Virginia. In the Boston area they are at Revolution Fitness, Healthworks, at Bodyscapes in Brookline, and Bodyscapes One2one personal training clubs in Westford and Wellesley.

    @Amy - I will let one of the Grommet team members in the video give her perspective on how much balance and strength you need.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    3/15/2010 4:00 PM

    @Amy - You can take this at your own pace, for sure, going slower if you don't have the best balance. We were hanging on to sit back far enough in the one sequence. Once you get stronger leg/bum strength from using the Helix, you probably wouldn't be gripping so hard. Several of us are spinners, which we think helped us a bit -- but you are still working competely different muscles than with traditional exercises. This was an experience where I felt like I wanted to do it again and again to 1) get better and 2) get the work out.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/15/2010 4:17 PM

    I love how little floor space this takes up for the amount of workout you get! This is perfect for an in-home gym.

  • Tori
    Tori
    3/15/2010 5:26 PM

    I am a runner, so I love that this machines would give me a different workout since it is not the typical "running" movement like an elliptical or a treadmill.

  • Lenny
    Lenny
    3/15/2010 5:57 PM

    Hey Tori,

    Yes,Really great for runners especially if you're a treadmill runner. Outside you get a little lateral movement when diving around bikes and baby strollers on the path but in the gym won't get any! On the Helix you'll get all the weight bearing benefits of running and the high aerobic experience while using more of the muscles in the legs and hips. Plus the Core Muscles that stabilize you on the Helix won't get used on any other aerobic machine.

  • Lenny
    Lenny
    3/15/2010 6:04 PM

    Hi Amy

    Upper body strength is completely "optional" on the Helix. If you want to take the Helix to an extreme, sure, you need to hold on tight as take the Helix to higher revolutions or try some of the advanced movements. But for regular daily use as a cardio and toning machine, one should rely more on their lower body to carry the weight and not upper body strength. The largest muscles are in the lower body so we want to rely on those because they are the strongest and because they are the largest they burn the most calories!! We really put the Grommet Team through "the ringer" so the video does appear on the extreme side. Hope that helps!

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    3/15/2010 9:02 PM

    How much height do you need to have one of these? My husband is 6'4" and our basement ceiling is about 7' - is that high enough?

  • Lenny
    Lenny – Special Guest
    3/15/2010 9:58 PM

    Hi M, No that is not high enough. One needs to add 15” to the height of the user to determine minimum ceiling height required to use the Helix. That is a bare minimum and not so comfortable because the ceiling feels confining.

    Sorry!

  • mona
    mona
    5/10/2010 7:38 PM

    Hi Lenny, are there any specs I can take to my doctor to get approval from him before I purchase? Thanks!

  • Lenny
    Lenny – Special Guest
    5/10/2010 9:25 PM

    Mona - I would recommend that you refer your doctor to the website to watch the video and then maybe your doc can ask us any relevant questions.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Helix

Low Impact Lateral Motion Trainer

Figure-8 to Figure Great

Nothing beats the feeling you get from a great workout, when your heart rate is up, your muscles are sore, and the endorphins kick in.

Daily Grommet felt that high after a field trip to Revolution Fitness in Boston to test a new cross-trainer called the Helix.We got an intense cardiovascular workout – and engaged some muscle groups we didn’t realize were there. And that’s just what Lenny Snyderman intended when he invented the Helix. His machine delivers an intense cardio workout that’s low impact, fast paced,
sculpts problem areas, and, as if that weren’t enough, it can be done in just 30 minutes.The Helix uses a patented sideways figure-eight motion to achieve core and aerobic conditioning, and it’s great for cross-training because the movement engages more muscles than traditional cardio equipment. Skiers, tennis players, golfers, ballet dancers, hockey players and other high performance athletes use the Helix as part of their cross-training workout.

Still, you don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate the Helix. “It sculpts while you’re getting a rigorous cardio workout and that’s my style of workout,” says Daily Grommet friend Kara Butterfield, who told us about Helix.

The Grommet team was challenged, engaged and slightly sore at the end. Plus, there’s no doubt this 30-minute workout could easily fit into a busy lifestyle, and in a home gym the Helix can be stored away when it’s not delivering your workout rush.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Lenny
    Lenny

    My name is Lenny Snyderman and I am so pleased that Grommet has taken a great interest in my fitness product, the Helix. The Helix is a lateral trainer that I believe will revolutionize how people train in the gym. Lateral training focuses 360 degrees on your legs, hips and thighs……and your butt too! It is fun to use and very effective in addressing the areas that most people are looking to “reduce, tone, shape and firm." And if you play any sports like hockey, skiing, tennis, golf, ….or just about any sport out there, the lateral motion of the Helix has to be the best “off the field” training you can get.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    3/15/2010 12:34 PM

    Many thanks to Derek Christensen and the whole team at Revolution Fitness. Check out this independently owned gym at www.revfitboston.com. The latest equipment, juice bar, beautiful locker rooms and a Helix studio.

  • Sue
    Sue
    3/15/2010 12:54 PM

    Today's video is one of the best ever! Looks like a great fitness product.

  • Claire
    Claire
    3/15/2010 2:28 PM

    What are the differences between the Helix and an Eliptical machine in terms of calorie burn?

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    3/15/2010 2:39 PM

    WOW! You know, I am pretty sure my legs, hips, thighs, and rear could use a little of that 360 degrees you got going on. This product looks amazing! And you Daily Grommet gals make it looks so easy :).

  • Katelyn
    Katelyn
    3/15/2010 2:45 PM

    Do you have any of these machines in national fitness chains where we could go and test them out? It looks like a wonderful way to tone the thighs and butt!

  • Amy S.
    Amy S.
    3/15/2010 3:03 PM

    Ok, 2 questions: Do you have to have excellent balance ... and good upper body strength to do this? Sometimes looks like you're really hanging on there!

  • Lenny
    Lenny – Special Guest
    3/15/2010 3:24 PM

    @Claire - it's hard to assess the true calorie burn of a machine because it varies according to the fitness level of each individual. The Helix was tested by a university in the SW and found to offer the equivalent workout as using a treadmill at an elite running pace. Therefore comparing to an elliptical machine, the Helix should burn a significantly greater number of calories per minute than an average elliptical machine.

    @Katelyn - the Helix is being added to more gyms as it catches on. Right now you can find them at Gold's Gym in Wisconsin and Virginia. In the Boston area they are at Revolution Fitness, Healthworks, at Bodyscapes in Brookline, and Bodyscapes One2one personal training clubs in Westford and Wellesley.

    @Amy - I will let one of the Grommet team members in the video give her perspective on how much balance and strength you need.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    3/15/2010 4:00 PM

    @Amy - You can take this at your own pace, for sure, going slower if you don't have the best balance. We were hanging on to sit back far enough in the one sequence. Once you get stronger leg/bum strength from using the Helix, you probably wouldn't be gripping so hard. Several of us are spinners, which we think helped us a bit -- but you are still working competely different muscles than with traditional exercises. This was an experience where I felt like I wanted to do it again and again to 1) get better and 2) get the work out.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/15/2010 4:17 PM

    I love how little floor space this takes up for the amount of workout you get! This is perfect for an in-home gym.

  • Tori
    Tori
    3/15/2010 5:26 PM

    I am a runner, so I love that this machines would give me a different workout since it is not the typical "running" movement like an elliptical or a treadmill.

  • Lenny
    Lenny
    3/15/2010 5:57 PM

    Hey Tori,

    Yes,Really great for runners especially if you're a treadmill runner. Outside you get a little lateral movement when diving around bikes and baby strollers on the path but in the gym won't get any! On the Helix you'll get all the weight bearing benefits of running and the high aerobic experience while using more of the muscles in the legs and hips. Plus the Core Muscles that stabilize you on the Helix won't get used on any other aerobic machine.

  • Lenny
    Lenny
    3/15/2010 6:04 PM

    Hi Amy

    Upper body strength is completely "optional" on the Helix. If you want to take the Helix to an extreme, sure, you need to hold on tight as take the Helix to higher revolutions or try some of the advanced movements. But for regular daily use as a cardio and toning machine, one should rely more on their lower body to carry the weight and not upper body strength. The largest muscles are in the lower body so we want to rely on those because they are the strongest and because they are the largest they burn the most calories!! We really put the Grommet Team through "the ringer" so the video does appear on the extreme side. Hope that helps!

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    3/15/2010 9:02 PM

    How much height do you need to have one of these? My husband is 6'4" and our basement ceiling is about 7' - is that high enough?

  • Lenny
    Lenny – Special Guest
    3/15/2010 9:58 PM

    Hi M, No that is not high enough. One needs to add 15” to the height of the user to determine minimum ceiling height required to use the Helix. That is a bare minimum and not so comfortable because the ceiling feels confining.

    Sorry!

  • mona
    mona
    5/10/2010 7:38 PM

    Hi Lenny, are there any specs I can take to my doctor to get approval from him before I purchase? Thanks!

  • Lenny
    Lenny – Special Guest
    5/10/2010 9:25 PM

    Mona - I would recommend that you refer your doctor to the website to watch the video and then maybe your doc can ask us any relevant questions.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.