The QuickGym / ROM machine provides a high intensity, short duration workout.
The QuickGym / ROM machine puts you through cardio performed at such an intense level that your body will spend the rest of the day expending energy to recover from the workout.
This is commonly referred to as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) and it means that you consume a great deal more oxygen recovering from the exercise than you would have if you´d just done a steady-state workout like jogging or walking.
This means that you will be burning up to nine times more fat while sitting on the couch later that night than you would have if you´d spent an hour on the treadmill at a moderate pace.
High intensity training, also known as HIT training, has a number of benefits in addition to the reduction in training time.
First of all, this type of training is far superior to steady-state exercises when it comes to increasing your VO2 max, which is the maximum amount of oxygen you can uptake during exercise.
The explanation of the physiology behind the efficacy of the QuickGym / ROM machine is slightly technical and requires thorough reading to fully comprehend.
Time requirement for a cardio workout
The time required for an effective cardiovascular exercise depends on the degree of oxygen consumption during the workout.
The greater the amount of oxygen consumption during the workout, the shorter the required duration of a cardio workout.
In other words, the quality of the workout determines the time required. More muscle cells involved means higher oxygen consumption means less time required.
In fact the time requirement is exponentially less when the oxygen consumption increases in a linear fashion.
The QuickGym / ROM machine enables even totally out of shape people and seniors to achieve much higher oxygen consumption levels than with any other form of conventional exercise and therefore they can shorten their exercise periods while getting superior results.
The Myth of 20 to 45 Minutes
Most everyone believes (incorrectly so) in the myth that a cardio workout requires at least 20 to 45 minutes per day.
The truth is that if you want to improve strength, flexibility and cardio vascular endurance, that you must do slight damage to each of these systems by putting a slight overload on them.
An overload on the muscles will create micro tears in the muscles that will cause the muscles to become stronger in the repair process.
An overload on the tendons will create small damage by creating a very mild tendonitis and that will create more flexibility during the healing process of the tendonitis.
An overload on the cardiovascular system is measured by way of total oxygen consumption during an exercise period. It can be low oxygen consumption during a long period of time or a very high oxygen consumption during a short period of time to reach the overload.
Increased Oxygen Consumption
An added advantage of a high oxygen consumption during a short time is that the length of time required for a cardiovascular workout becomes exponentially shorter with a linear increase of oxygen consumption.
Oxygen consumption is expressed in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute (mlO2/kg/min).
With conventional forms of exercise it is nearly impossible for the untrained general public to reach the high levels of oxygen consumption required for a short and effective cardio workout.
With the QuickGym / ROM machine untrained individuals will easily reach the very high levels of oxygen consumption that require only minutes for an effective aerobic workout that yields the same or
better cardiovascular benefits than the conventional 20 to 45 minute aerobic workouts practiced by the general public.
To understand this, you need to read and understand the following lengthy technical explanation:
Time required for other workouts to achieve cardiovascular benefits
Walking at a pace of 3 miles per hour consumes a low 7mlO2/kg/min and therefore requires about 85 minutes for significant benefits to the cardiovascular system.
Sprinting at a pace of 15 miles per hour consumes a high 50 to 60mlO2/kg/min (this is a 4 minute mile pace) and therefore requires only 3 minutes for significant benefits to the cardiovascular system.
Following is a table showing different activities walking, jogging, running and their oxygen consumption rates and number of minutes required for a good cardio-vascular result.
1. Walking at 3 miles per hour 7mlO2/kg/min ´ 85 minutes
2. Jogging at 4miles per hour 14mlO2/kg/min ´ 35 minutes
3. Running at 5.5 miles per hour 21mlO2/kg/min ´ 18 minutes
4. Running at 6.5 miles per hour 28mlO2/kg/min ´ 12 minutes
5. Running at 8 miles per hour 35mlO2/kg/min ´ 8 minutes
6. Running at 9 miles per hour 42mlO2/kg/min ´ 6.5 minutes
7. Running at 15 miles per hour 60mlO2/kg/min ´ 3 minutes
The amount of oxygen consumed during any activity is determined by 4 factors:
1. Total muscle mass involved in the activity.
2. Range of motion of the muscles determines the percentage of muscle cells involved.
3. Number of repetitions of muscle movement per minute.
4. Resistance or workload worked against by the muscles.
Walking is very time consuming
Walking involves 25% of the body´s muscles and those muscles are working only through an average of 15% of their full range of motion. This means that only 25%x15%=3.75%, or less than 4% of the body´s total muscle cells are involved in oxygen consumption during walking.
These 3.75% of all the body´s muscle cells will consume more oxygen if you walk faster (or jog or run) or if you walk uphill or if you carry two 50 pound suitcases while walking.
To get a high amount of oxygen consumption out of only 3.75% of your body´´s muscle cells those few cells will have to be extremely highly trained, such as in top athletes.
To get from A to B, walking is a very energy efficient activity and therefore does not consume large amounts of oxygen.
For a cardio workout you would like to engage in an energy wasting activity, an activity that needs a lot of energy to accomplish the task.
However, the problem is that most doctors keep recommending walking as their favorite exercise prescription and they don´t even expect their patients to follow their advice of spending 45 to 90 minutes a day walking.
They only keep recommending walking because it is advice that is immune to malpractice lawsuits.
As soon as doctors were to recommend anything more out of the ordinary they could be sued out of business by their colleagues in the legal profession with medical "experts" testifying in court against them.
If a person keels over during a 90 minute walk there will be no lawsuits.
The reason why people will not follow their doctors´ advice and why the doctors do not follow their own advice is because people will not do things that require a lot of time and have marginal results.
If doctors were to prescribe exercise that takes only 4 minutes per day they would be vastly more successful in getting their patients to do daily exercise.
Now the problem for the doctors would be to get their patients to sign a disclaimer for such good advice and they would have difficulty getting their patients to spend $14,615
toward their health for a QuickGym / ROM machine instead of spending a multiple of that amount toward their illnesses.
The Cleverly Engineered QuickGym / ROM machine
Through clever engineering the QuickGym / ROM machine enables even totally out of shape people and seniors to get significant aerobic benefits from a 4 minute workout,
because the QuickGym / ROM machine engages 44% of all your muscle cells in work performance.
Those 44% are 12 times as many cells as the 3.75% in walking or jogging. Even if those 44% are untrained cells of a 90 year old or totally out of shape people,
they will far exceed the oxygen consumption those people could otherwise get out of the 3.75% they could reach during walking.
Highly trained athletes on our QuickGym / ROM machine machine always want to quit after only 2 minutes in the workout because their highly trained muscle cells consume so much oxygen that it maxes out their cardio capacity very quickly.
These highly trained athletes are so overwhelmed that they believe that it is impossible for them to go another two minutes and finish the total 4 minutes if they are already exhausted at 2 minutes.
The QuickGym / ROM machine however will automatically reduce the workload when these athletes have reached their limit cardio capacity.
In fact the QuickGym / ROM machine will automatically adjust the workload every second during the 4 minute workout, exactly matching the user´s ability at every moment during the workout.
Its 85 pound flywheel has a centrifugal brake that applies more resistance to the flywheel the faster the flywheel spins.
The exercises done on the QuickGym / ROM machine make the flywheel spin, but elderly and unconditioned people cannot make the flywheel spin very fast before they meet the braking force that matches their low level of work capacity.
Highly trained athletes have enough strength to spin the flywheel very much faster before they also meet the braking force that matches their own ability to perform physical work.
When the highly trained athlete runs out of steam he will no longer have the strength to overcome the resistance of the centrifugal brake at high revolutions and the braking action will
automatically slow the flywheel down to lower revolutions at which the centrifugal brake will reduce the resistance to exactly match the diminished strength of the then drained athlete so he can finish the 4 minutes.
Weak people can finish the 4 minutes with much more ease than highly trained individuals but they get a much lower performance score at the end of the 4 minutes.
The QuickGym / ROM machine gives you a score at the end of the 4 minutes based on the average RPM (revolutions per minute) of the flywheel during the 4 minutes.
That score will gradually increase over weeks and months of using the QuickGym / ROM machine and the increase in the score reflects the improvement in your total physical condition.
The score reflects the improvement of the condition of the combination of your cardio system, your muscle strength and your flexibility.
When your total conditioning improves, the QuickGym / ROM machine 4 minute workout never gets easier.
It actually gets harder the more your total condition improves because you will be able to spin the flywheel faster and the centrifugal brake makes you work against higher resistance and you will get a higher QuickGym / ROM machine score.
The QuickGym / ROM machine Involves 12 times the muscle fibers
The QuickGym / ROM machine involves 12 times as many muscle cells as does walking or running.
Even very out of shape and weak people can get to very high oxygen consumption rates with the QuickGym / ROM machine because so very much more muscle cells are involved in oxygen metabolism while using the QuickGym / ROM machine.
It engages 55% of all your muscles through an average of 80% of their full range of motion. This means that 55% of 80% or 44% of all your muscle cells are involved in consuming oxygen.
That is 12 times as many muscle cells as the percentage of muscle cells involved in walking or running.
On the QuickGym / ROM machine the number of repetitions and the resistance/workload are always maximum for the user´s ability to perform work because the centrifugal brake on the
QuickGym / ROM machine´s flywheel regulates the resistance automatically to match the user´s diminishing strength during the workout.
The user´s strength determines how fast the flywheel spins, which in turn determines the number of repetitions per minute and the resistance/workload applied by the centrifugal brake.
Trained athletes get a tougher QuickGym / ROM machine Workout
Highly trained athletes can of course spin the flywheel extremely fast and therefore in 4 minutes will get cardio benefits that far exceed those of conventional aerobic workout routines
(except sprinters and competitive short distance runners who will get very high cardio benefit from their high intensity short distance activities).
Trained athletes will get a much higher performance score on the QuickGym / ROM machine and they will be more exhausted than totally out of shape people who get a low performance score.
The better shape people are in, the harder the 4 minute QuickGym / ROM machine workout is for them and the higher their performance score is at the end of the 4 minutes.
A person´s maximum aerobic capacity is measured as VO2max. This measurement expresses the maximum oxygen consumption a person is capable of during a maximum work demand.
This measurement expresses the combined effectiveness of function of the several individual components of the body´s cardio-vascular system comprising the following:
1. The effectiveness of oxygen transfer by the lungs into the blood.
2. The condition of the muscles that operate the lung breathing function.
3. The effectiveness to transfer CO2 out of the blood and to exhale it.
4. The ability of the heart to pump maximum volume of blood.
5. The condition of the blood vessels to transport the blood
6. The effectiveness to transfer oxygen and carbohydrates from the blood to the muscles
7. The effectiveness of transfer of CO2 from the muscles back into the blood.
The QuickGym / ROM machine machine gives a performance score at the end of the 4 minute workout and that score is a composite evaluation of the total work performed and therefore is a reflection of the average
VO2 measurement over the 4 minute period. When the QuickGym / ROM machine score increases, it is evidence that the combination of the 6 cardiovascular performance components listed above plus muscle strength and flexibility have improved.
You can see the gradual improvement of your health reflected in the gradual improvement of the QuickGym / ROM machine scores.
How Aerobic Capacity is Measured
The testing for this VO2max measurement is done in exercise physiology labs with a person hooked up with a facemask that allows the test subject to inhale a measured amount of fresh air while the exhaled air is captured and
sent through a device that measures the amount of CO2 exhaled. From the amount of CO2 exhaled the maximum oxygen consumption can be calculated during the activity.
The QuickGym / ROM machine does not measure VO2max, but it does create a score that reflects an increase of VO2max when the QuickGym / ROM machine score increases.
The QuickGym / ROM machine simply measures the total work performed during the 4 minute workout and expresses that into a score that reflects the ability of your body to perform work, which in turn is a direct reflection of the condition of your cardiovascular system.
The Merits of H.I.T. Exercise
The merits of short duration and high intensity training and high oxygen consuming exercise are being increasingly recognized by trainers of sports teams everywhere.
Our time has not yet come with the QuickGym / ROM machine because as yet too many so-called "exercise experts" are persisting with their mistaken beliefs.
The merits of H.I.T. have been recognized in several scientific studies. You can read a few of these studies on our Articles and Studies page.
Two Methods of Metabolizing Calories
There are two distinct methods to increase the body´s calorie consumption through exercise.
The one method that is known by most people is to engage in long duration repetitive motion work.
The other method is to increase muscle metabolism.
A pound of muscle can metabolize an average of about 55 calories per 24 hours but it will not do that unless stimulated to do so.
The muscles can be stimulated to metabolize by stretching them under resistance. The larger the range of motion of the exercise, the larger the amount of muscle cells stimulated.
That is exactly what happens during Yoga or Pilates exercise, stretching under resistance through long ranges of motion.
People who practice yoga on a regular basis will always be lean. If you find a fat person who professes to do yoga on a regular basis, you found a liar who is talking yoga and who does not practice it.
Most yoga practitioners are also vegetarians, but that is not the reason why they are lean.
There are many fat vegetarians, but those fat vegetarians do not practice yoga.
Practicing yoga or Pilates requires many hours per week and therefore it is as impractical for the average public as 30 to 90 minute exercise routines.
The QuickGym / ROM machine is the 4 minute solution to stretch all your muscles through long ranges of motion and in addition it increases muscle strength and it yields significant cardio benefits.
Below is a comparison of calories burned during and after exercise from a 60 minute treadmill workout and from a 4 minute QuickGym / ROM machine workout:
Burning calories on a treadmill
A 180 pound person burns about 415 calories during a typical treadmill workout of 60 minutes.
They burn 350 calories during the 60 minutes on the treadmill (walking at 3 to 4 miles per hour).
During the treadmill workout you use 25% of the body´s muscles and you use them through only 15% of their range of motion.
This means that only 15% of 25% or only 3.75% of the body´s muscle cells are stretched and stimulated during the exercise.
These 3.75% of muscle cells that have been stimulated during a treadmill workout provide for an additional 25 calories of metabolism during the 2 hours immediately after the treadmill workout and another 40 calories for the remainder of a 24 hour period.
Total calories from 60 minutes walking on a treadmill then are 350 plus 25 plus 40 calories for a total of 415 calories burned as a result of 60 minutes of walking on a treadmill.
Burning Calories with the QuickGym / ROM machine
The same 180 pound person will burn 465 calories as a result of 4 minutes on the QuickGym / ROM machine machine.
How is it possible that more calories are burned as a result of 4 minutes on the QuickGym / ROM machine than from 60 minutes on a treadmill?
During the 4 minutes on the QuickGym / ROM machine you use 55% of your muscles and you use them through an average of 80% of their range of motion.
The total percentage of muscle cells involved in the QuickGym / ROM machine exercise are 12 times as many as the 3.75% used on a treadmill because 80% of 55% of your muscles is 44% of all your muscle cells that are stimulated to an increased metabolism.
During the 4 minute QuickGym / ROM machine workout the 180 pound person burns only 40 calories.
But those 44% of the body´s muscle cells that have been stimulated to increased metabolism will burn another 150 calories in the 2 hours after the 4 minute QuickGym / ROM machine exercise and they will burn another 275 calories in the remaining time of a 24 hour period.
More total metabolism from the QuickGym / ROM machine
Because of the long duration 60 minutes on a treadmill those 3.75% of muscles are stimulated to about their maximum capacity to metabolize.
During the much shorter 4 minute QuickGym / ROM machine workout the 44% of muscle cells that are stimulated to a higher metabolism are stimulated to only about 50% to 75% of their maximum ability to metabolize.
But since about 12 times as many muscle cells are stimulated on the QuickGym / ROM machine, the total calories burned from the 4 minute QuickGym / ROM machine exercise is higher than from an average 60 minute treadmill workout.
You can get the same results with $200 worth of equipment
You can get the same health and fitness benefits from doing various kinds of exercise with equipment costing less than $200.
The only difference between the QuickGym / ROM machine and other methods of exercise is TIME.
The QuickGym / ROM machine workout costs 4 minutes and at the end of the workout you get a score that tells you what shape you are in.
The other methods of exercise that can deliver the same benefits as a QuickGym / ROM machine 4 minute workout require from 45 to 90 minutes of time.
The big difference is that only 8% of people have the discipline to do 45 to 90 minutes of exercise per day and with the QuickGym / ROM machine more than 85% of people have enough discipline to do the QuickGym / ROM machine 4 minute exercise.
Believe it or not, there are still 10% to 15% of QuickGym / ROM machine owners that do not have the discipline to do 4 minutes of exercise per day.
But for many of these less disciplined QuickGym / ROM machine owners it is easy to get back on the 4 minute per day QuickGym / ROM machine exercise program because it does not take a lot of resolve to do a 4 minute workout.
This is an often asked question by people who have never used the ROM.
People who have used the ROM just once for 4 minutes do not ask that question.
Most people are glad when the 4 minutes are over.
Doing more than 4 minutes has only marginally more benefit.
For fat loss there is some merit in doing an extra 1 minute stretching sessions at several hour intervals to re-stimulate muscle metabolism.
When eventually the desired body condition has been established with the ROM the frequency of use can even be reduced to only 4 minutes 4 days per week for maintenance only.
The general ROM exercise routine is to do a 4 minute upper body workout one day and a 4 minute lower body workout the next day, or do both upper and lower body workouts the same day and skip the next day.
Muscles need 48 hour rest for recovery. Doing both upper and lower body ROM workouts every day is overdoing it for most people, it interferes with muscle recovery and can even result in strength loss.
THE EXPENSE OF EXERCISE
The expense of exercise must be measured in cost per use in terms of MONEY spent for equipment and in cost of TIME required for a complete workout.
Fact is that 92% of people who own exercise equipment do not exercise and 88% of people who own health club memberships do not go to their health club.
All of these people who do not exercise had no problem with spending the money toward the good intention of exercising to improve their health and fitness.
The main reason why they continue to allow their health to deteriorate is the tremendous cost of TIME and SELF DISCIPLINE that conventional forms of exercise require.
Many decades of media articles and television coverage on the importance of exercise to improve health and fitness have done absolutely nothing to overcome the TIME and SELF DISCIPLINE problem of exercise.
A QuickGym ROM machine WORKOUT IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ANY OTHER WORKOUT
Each ROM workout costs less than 20 cents in terms of money and it costs EXACTLY 4 minutes in terms of time.
The return on this small money and time investment is so very impressive that the QuickGym ROM machine is the absolute least expensive way to improving and maintaining health and fitness.
How do we know that the QuickGym ROM machine costs less than 20 cents per 4 minute workout?
ANSWER: Over 90% of ROM machines go to private residences, but we have a few ROM machines that have been in commercial use since 1991 and they have each endured over 80,000 uses and they are still not in need of repair or overhaul.
We do not know yet how many 4 minute uses our ROM machines will ultimately last, but dividing the $14,615 price of the ROM by at least 80,000 uses comes out to under 20 cents per use.
Of course it is a problem that it would take a single person over 250 years to use up 80,000 uses. The QuickGym ROM machine will become an heirloom passing from one generation to the next.
PROJECTED PERSONAL COST PER USE
The PROJECTED PERSONAL COST PER USE for the person who purchases the $14,615 ROM depends on the life expectancy of that person and the other people in the household that will be using the QuickGym ROM machine.
If there are two people who are going to use the QuickGym ROM machine and their average life expectancy without exercise is another 20 years each at ever declining quality,
then the average PERSONAL COST PER USE will have been $1.17 but the QuickGym ROM machine will have at least another 67500 uses in it that can be used up by someone else.
Of course by using the QuickGym ROM machine every day the quality of life during the 20 years will improve impressively and the longevity should increase several years as well.
See www.ExerciseAndHealth.com. Those extra years will decrease the PERSONAL COST PER USE even further.
On our free video you can see me, the manufacturer at age 60 (I am currently 67 years old),
showing off how the QuickGym ROM machine 4 minute per day exercise has increased my strength and flexibility and has captured back a few years on the aging process.
PUBLIC QuickGym ROM machine FACILITIES
A couple of people have opened up a small membership QuickGym health facility that only have our QuickGym ROM machines.
They charge about $50 per month membership. That makes the PERSONAL cost per use $2.50 and no big outlay of money to purchase a QuickGym ROM machine,
but the cost of TIME per use increases by the time required for commuting and that reduces again the likelihood for a person to go and do the exercise.
OTHER EXERCISE EQUIPMENT IS FAR MORE EXPENSIVE
Buying a treadmill of medium quality costs $1500 and it will last only 2000 uses until it needs to be replaced.
It costs $0.75 per use plus 30 to 45 minutes and the results are only cardiovascular benefits, no muscle toning/strengthening, no flexibility benefits.
A $5000 commercial grade treadmill may last 10.000 uses and costs about $0.50 per use and 30 to 45 minutes of time. Because of the high cost of time 92% of people who own treadmills do not use them.
Those treadmills of course last forever because they are not used by their owners and the owners gradually lose their health and fitness.
HOW DOES THE QuickGym ROM machine 4 MINUTE WORKOUT AFFECT DIABETES?
If you are looking for Type 2 diabetes sugar control with diet and exercise, the QuickGym ROM machine is the perfect exercise for you.
Most late onset diabetes results from loss of total muscle mass all over the body.
Muscles act as a reservoir to absorb and store excess glucose in the form of glycogen.
When the glucose level in the blood is too high they absorb and store the excess blood-sugar.
They release that glucose again when the level of glucose in the blood is too low.
When people gradually lose muscle as a result of a sedentary lifestyle, that glycogen storage reservoir becomes smaller and the glucose level in the blood can no longer be properly regulated with the smaller muscle mass.
This results in erratic swings of blood-sugar levels. The body now must resort to emergency measures to try to balance the blood-sugar level.
The body will use the insulin made by the pancreas to help restore the blood-sugar balance.
When people gradually lose muscle mass the pancreas will be called upon ever more often during the course of the day and at some point will not be able to keep up with insulin production. At that point people will need artificial insulin supplementation.
OF COURSE THEY COULD START EXERCISING TO RESTORE SOME OR ALL OF THE MUSCLE MASS THEY HAVE LOST OVER THE YEARS AND GET RID OF THE PROBLEM.
Rebuilding the lost muscle mass will slowly and gradually improve blood-sugar imbalance problems.
In Type 1 diabetes it will help balance blood-sugar but cannot solve the pancreas deficiency and all insulin dependency.
In Type 2 diabetes it will gradually decrease insulin dependency and can eventually totally eliminate insulin dependency.
The ROM machine provides a good diabetes exercise.
Read our Testimonials to see how some ROM users eliminated their need for insulin.
HOW THE ROM WORKS
The 85 pound flywheel of the ROM machine has a centrifugal brake on it.
This means that even a very weak 100 year old person can get the flywheel in motion by using either the upper body workout or the lower body workout,
because there is zero resistance from the centrifugal brake until the flywheel has attained a speed of around 20 revolutions per minute.
The centrifugal brake gradually engages and places resistance on the flywheel, making the exercise harder the faster the flywheel turns.
A very weak person cannot spin the flywheel very fast before the centrifugal brake creates resistance exactly matching their ability.
RESISTANCE MATCHES USER´S STRENGTH
The centrifugal brake always matches the users´ work ability every second throughout the entire 4 minute exercise.
A highly trained athlete can spin the flywheel very fast and therefore will be subject to a much higher workload than a weak elderly person.
No matter how strong or weak a person is, the ROM will always apply the exact maximum workload a person is capable of.
You will always meet your match and you will never be required to do more than what you are capable of.
The ROM performance computer keeps track of the total work performed during the 4 minutes and calculates a score at the end of the 4 minute exercise.
The weak person will wind up with a low score and the highly trained athlete will get a much higher score.
The score will gradually increase during the weeks and month following your first 4 minute exercise on the ROM.
The increase in the scores is a good motivator and an indication that you are gradually getting stronger and that you are attaining greater cardio-vascular health.
And at the same time you will become more limber because of the very large ranges of motion that your arms and legs go through. The range of motion is under your complete control.
The machine does not make you go through ranges of motion you are not capable of.
The QuickGym ROM machine has been manufactured and sold here in Southern California since 1990.
When we were able to manufacture more ROM machines than we sold in Southern California we slowly added limited advertising in nationwide magazines.
In November 2002 we moved into larger manufacturing facilities and were able to increase manufacturing.
Since then we have increased our national advertising budget as well and sales have increased accordingly.
KEEP THE DUST OFF IT, DON´T LUBRICATE THE CHAINS. 90% of machines go to private homes and 10% to commercial use.
So far commercial machines dating back to 1993 have racked up over 160,000 uses and still humming along without need of repair.
We have most likely sent out 150 to 200 replacement parts since 1993 (the machines before 1993 were only 62 in number and a different design and we have sent out 6 parts for those.
Most of these problems are as a result of lost muscle tissue and the lack of muscle assistance for the cartilage and joints in those areas.
The lower back needs the abdominal muscles and lower back muscles as support for the lower part of the spinal column and its vertebrae and disks.
When people do too little or no exercise to maintain their abdominal and lower back muscles,
the disks must do all the load bearing of the upper body themselves and thereby they get squeezed flat to a point where they will create pinched nerves (the nerves run on top of and under the disks and get pinched by the disks if the disks alone have to do all the load bearing).
Rebuilding the abdominal muscles and lower back muscles will give renewed support to the spine and take part of the load off the disks and will take the pressure off the pinched nerves. Neck problems are similar and are mainly as a result of lost neck and upper back muscles.
The disks in the neck get the full weight of the head to support without help of the neck and upper back muscles.
Rebuilding the lost muscles will take the load off the neck disks and that takes the pressure off the pinched nerves in the neck.
Bad knees are as a result of lost muscles and too much load and impact on the knee joints and cartilage.
Rebuilding the muscle and tendons around the knees with exercise will take load off the joints and will improve alignment of the knee joints.
Shoulder problems are of a similar nature as knee problems in that rebuilding of shoulder muscles and tendons will align them better and take the load off the joints.
The QuickGym rebuilds the muscles and tendons in all areas of the body including these critical areas mentioned.
The QuickGym ROM machine combines all 3 aspects of a complete and well rounded exercise regimen, cardio training, resistance training, flexibility training, and no other exercise equipment or method of exercise does that.
And then the QuickGym ROM machine does all of that in only 4 minutes per day and no other method of exercise can do that either.
Let us compare some of the more popular forms of exercise with:
4 minute cross-training on the QuickGym ROM machine:
First again a list of the results (cardio, muscle, flexibility) from a single 4 minute QuickGym ROM machine exercise:
1. The results are equal to those of 20 to 45 minutes aerobic exercises for conditioning of the cardio-vascular and respiratory system.
2. The results are equal to those of 20 to 45 minutes resistance training for muscle toning and strength of all the body´s major muscle groups.
3. The results are equal to those of 20 minutes of conventional stretching exercises for flexibility of all major muscles, tendons and joints.
Overall evaluation: Extremely time efficient. Requires only a few minutes of initial instruction. Non-impact exercise. Total cross-training in 4 minutes per day.
Walking 85 minutes, jogging 35 minutes or running for 20 minutes:
1. No results for flexibility. Actual damage to joints and connective tissue from too much repetitive movement and impact
2. Good results for toning and strengthening in leg muscles but through only short ranges of motion.
3. Good results for heart, lungs and a small range of motion in leg muscles.
Overall evaluation: Not very time efficient and no flexibility results. Loss of upper body muscle as a result of jogging or running (look at the emaciated upper bodies of long distance runners or long distance bicyclists)
Yoga and Pilates:
1. Good results for flexibility.
2. Good results for toning and strengthening of all major muscle groups.
3. Some results for respiratory system because of breathing routines.
Overall evaluation: Very time consuming.
Yoga has meditative aspects to it that cannot be expected from a 4 minute QuickGym ROM machine exercise.
Pilates is currently the chic exercise du jour.
Both Yoga and Pilates require substantial instruction.
Moderate cardio benefits. Extra aerobic exercises should be added to get good overall cross training results.
Weight training with free weights or weight lifting machines
1. Limited and often adverse results for flexibility.
2. Good results for muscle toning and strengthening of the muscles that are used, but only through the ranges of motion used during the exercise.
3. Limited aerobic results if repetitions are frequent and without pauses.
Overall evaluation: Should be supplemented with stretching and aerobic exercises to get good overall cross training results.
1. Good results for flexibility of the muscles and ranges of motions used in the different types of swimming strokes.
2. Good results for muscle toning and strengthening of the muscles used.
3. Good cardio results depending on the intensity and duration.
Overall evaluation: Good all-round cross-training results.
One should alternate between various different swim strokes to condition as many different muscle groups as possible and try to use as large a range of motion of those strokes to maximize flexibility.
Not remotely as time efficient as the 4 minute QuickGym ROM machine exercise but definitely one of the best exercises for general health maintenance and improvement.
1. A little more results for flexibility than walking and running. Non-impact exercise and therefore better than running for joints and tendons.
2. Good results for toning and strengthening in leg muscles.
3. Good results for heart, lungs and leg muscle metabolism.
Overall evaluation: Not very time efficient Upper body muscles will atrophy if not supplemented with upper body strength training (see upper bodies of long distance bicyclists).