So why swap traditional stacked weights for the unseen?
We firmly believe that air resistance technology is beneficial not just for athletes but for the over 40’s too and this is the reason have adopted in our clubs, here is the rationale behind it:-
Over thirty years ago in a small factory, a pair of brothers set out to make pumping iron passé. The product that emerged had no weights, pins, or pulleys; the resistance came entirely from compressed air, or pneumatics.
To no surprise, the technology’s earliest adopters included Olympic and professional sports teams, along with some of the country’s leading performance training facilities. Today most professional sports teams, including the likes of Manchester United, have adopted the technology.
Of course, moving a barbell or a stack of weights might appear to accomplish the same thing, but there’s actually a whole lot more at play. Inertia, acceleration, and other factors (like friction from cams and pulleys) can cause the amount of force on the body to change at various points throughout the movement. For a barbell bench press, for example, if you push the weight fast for the first half of the move, the barbell will become lighter, perhaps even weightless, during the second half of the motion due to momentum. By comparison, with pneumatic resistance, no matter how fast you move, the resistance stays the same.
Don’t expect an easy-workout, though. Because pneumatic resistance is uniform, key stabilisers can’t go to sleep as the weight begins to accelerate. Those muscles must remain active and engaged throughout the entire range of motion, throughout a range of velocities. In the long-term that can set you up for a reduced incidence of injury. (though, because all training involves a certain amount of stress on the body, no form of training is entirely injury-proof, of course).
But perhaps the biggest benefit of air training is speed.
“Athletes can suddenly train [closer to] the speed they would perform at,” says Dan Taylor, Director of Global Communications at Keiser Corporation. With pneumatic resistance, explosive movements can be replicated at game-speed, conditioning the muscles to fire faster. “Train slow, be slow,” as the saying goes.
So while a golfer might try to strengthen their stroke with a woodchopper exercise, moving a traditional stack of weights up the cable column can only happen so quickly. Pneumatic resistance, on the other hand, would allow that same athlete to reach speeds closer to what they’d hit on the fairway.
Keiser has some safety benefits, too, such as being able to hit the ( – ) button mid-rep if the load feels too heavy.
Ask our team of fitness professionals to show you how to use the machines before you get started to make sure you get the most out of the program and using this new type of machine!