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$8000 for exercise equipment used just a few minutes a week, is it worth it?

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Bud Fox to Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street: “How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough?” It's not Bud’s call as to what is enough for Gordon.

If someone of limited means spent $8000 on a piece of exercise equipment to use just a few minutes a week some people might say it was an unwise investment. Again, it's not their call.

The purchaser of a $8000 MedX low back exercise machine was a baggage handler at Northwest Airlines. This was related to me by the man who delivered the equipment. Northwest airlines had a wellness program that incorporated the MedX low back exercise machine; due to cutbacks the program was eliminated. Some workers were helped so much by the program that they bought the low back machine for their homes.

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Leveraging workouts for more safely and productivity

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Demanding exercise is what stimulates positive change. Well designed exercise equipment will often use changes in leverage to make exercise more demanding and, interestly at the same time, safer.  

Wedge a crowbar under a heavy object and apply pressure. Your leverage decreases and difficulty level rises the closer you get to the heavy object. MedX exercise equipment (the kind we use at Austin Fitness Training and New Orleans Fitness Training) utilizes the same principle; while the weight stays the same throughout the range of motion, the leverage and difficulty level change.

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Heavy Weights with Minimal Force Can Be Safer than Light Resistance with a Lot of Force

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Care should be taken to minimize the likelyhood of injury when exercising. At New Orleans Personal Trainers and Austin Personal Trainers we use smooth controlled movement that minimize the ballistic forces that can cause injuries.  We also will use MedX medical rehab equipment that can be used by both athletes and those recovering from injury.

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Isolating and exercising the lumbar muscles can make the pain go away

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I first used the MedX lumbar exercise machine in a doctor’s office.  At the time I had been suffering for two years with constant back pain. I thought that I was destined to live that way the rest of my life.  Amazingly my pain went away.  Many of our clients have had similar results. Their stories and further explanation here and here.   

When attempting to exercise the lower back typically the more powerful muscles of the hips do much of the work while the lumbar muscles move through a limited range of motion and contribute little to the movement. The MedX Lumbar Machine safely addresses that problem by isolating and effectively working the lumbar muscles.  The video explain how that works.

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Avoiding hyper-extending the knees on the leg press

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Most leg press machines provide movement in a straight line. With straight line movement there is more shearing force at the end point of the movement, and if one locks out at the end point there is greater potential for hyper-extending the knee. As an example see here (warning graphic).  At Austin Fitness Trainers and at New Orleans Fitness Trainers  we use MedX equipment. The MedX leg press provides an arcing range of motion similar to the rotation of the knee, and it can be set so that there is no locking out at the end point.

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