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Pulse used hi-tech


thermographic imaging to test the l-train’s exercise hotspots


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Pulse’s new lateral trainer offers a radically different cardiovascular workout, designed to target muscles other machines fail to reach. National sales manager Richard Sheen explains why the l-train has the power to shake up the gym floor


hile today’s cardio fitness equipment may be constantly upgraded and remodelled, there has been surprisingly limited innovation in CV equipment for


decades – until now, says leading equipment brand Pulse Fitness. Almost 20 years on from the arrival of the elliptical trainer,


Pulse Fitness has introduced a groundbreaking CV machine called the l-train (lateral trainer). When this newcomer gains traction in the market, Pulse Fitness believes it will revolutionise the way people train on the gym fl oor in the future. “After the Stairclimber in the mid-1980s, the industry had


to wait another decade for the arrival of the elliptical trainer,” says Richard Sheen, national sales manager for Pulse Fitness. He adds: “We identifi ed a need for an innovative training


product – something that was completely different compared to other products in the market, and that truly delivered on members’ goals of body conditioning and maximum calorie- burn, while being fun to use.” Most CV equipment, such as the treadmill and cross-trainer,


works on a front-to-back exercise motion, explains Sheen, and therefore has a limited training range. He continues: “The l-train works on a unique rotary principal, allowing for a fl uent 360-degree range of motion. Users can work out in a fi gure- of-eight motion, go clockwise or anti-clockwise, and there is greater targeting of the inner and outer thigh muscles and glutes for better lower body conditioning.” Visitors to FIBO in April 2012 and to LIW later that year had a


sneak preview of the l-train prototype in action. Extensive user testing is now underway at numerous operator sites in the UK, after which Pulse is expecting a steady roll out as operators and their members embrace how unique and effective the product is.


L-TRAIN RESEARCH Extensive research and development lies behind the l-train launch. It was first tested on subjects – and a report produced


– at Tampa University in Florida, US, and results were extremely impressive. “The l-train enabled users to reach their heart rate training


zone of 65 per cent – the training zone for ultimate fat-burning – 23 per cent faster than when using a cross-trainer,” says Sheen. The researchers also recorded 50 per cent increased muscle


use in the outer thighs, 37 per cent more in the inner thighs, and 55 per cent more in the oblique muscles, meaning the upper body and abs were also better engaged compared to a cross-trainer. Testing continued in conjunction with the BiMal Medical and


Sports Clinic in the UK, using thermographic imaging analysis to detect the hotspots where muscles were working harder. Those tests, in conjunction with kinematic (video) analysis, showed that by adopting a position only possible on the l-train, the gluteal and hip adductors were signifi cantly more engaged. In turn, the workout helped stabilise the pelvis, enabling more power for a host of sporting activities without overloading the joints. When no hand support was used, the core and spinal


stabilisers were also more active, aiding core stability and limiting the risk of spinal and pelvic conditions – making the l-train also suitable for rehab situations. Following testing, BiMal’s director, physiotherapist Alan


Watson, said: “In my view, the l-train offers more than any other piece of CV equipment, as it can progressively and extensively provide a total body workout in a unique and challenging way.” In addition, the l-train has been shown to burn calories twice as fast as a cross-trainer, so members need only spend


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