Myoforce Versus Training System Review
At Fitness Workout Ideas, I love to check out all kinds of different training methods. I’ve been talking about suspension training a lot lately and recently the Myoforce Versus Training System has been receiving a lot of attention in the fitness community for its versatility and effectiveness. The Variable Resistance Strength Training System (VERSUS) provides variable resistance for both eccentric and concentric muscle movements. The Versus design also allows you to improve core stability while increasing strength and power. In the review below you can learn more about how the Versus works along with some of its key benefits.
Key Features Of The Versus System
- Enables both partner and single training
- Excellent for improving core strength
- Wide range of exercises can be performed on single piece of equipment
- Can be used for group, circuit and high intensity training
- Competitive aspect makes you work harder while having more fun
- Corrects imbalances in the body
- User can increase or decrease speed
Background Of The Myoforce And Inventor Erin Brooks
The Moyoforce Versus was invented by Erin Brooks. Erin Brooks is an exercise physiologist who has been helping people with movement restrictions or pain problems for more than seventeen years. He has worked with a wide range of clients from everyday people to Olympic athletes.
Erin Brooks was previously part owner in a business called Function First which was focused on correctional and functional exercises. After being involved with Function First for ten years, he sold out of the business and later started his own company Myoforce which is the brand responsible for Versus.
The Versus is based on the principle of suspension training. With the system the user can move in space and will orient their body. The system involves a set of handles which are hanging on a very strong pulley system. This pulley system means that user can move each arm one at a time, rather than simply doing a single hanging motion. This differentiates it from other forms of suspension training.
Advantages Of The Versus Training System
One of the key advantages of the Versus training system is that the pulley system allows two people to use the Versus at the same time. This enables it to pit two peoples strength and force against one another. As one person pulls in one direction, the other person is forced to pull in the other. The more force that one person applies, the harder the other person works. Conversely if one person applies little force, then the other person needs to apply a countervailing force to match. This creates variable resistance training. The advantage of variable resistance training is that your body is forced to adapt to the level of stimulus.
For Training Partners
When you train with a partner your chances of blowing off the workout or dogging it is much less. Tell me this — are you going to let your training partner beat you? I don’t think so. Not if you are a competitor. You will not believe how much harder you will train with Versus while having a great time. You can not dog it by just going through the motions anymore when using Versus. You will push yourself to new levels. Guaranteed. – from the makers of Myoforce Versus
By having two people use the same piece of equipment the element of competition is added into the training. This forces the users to push themselves harder than they otherwise would. The benefits of competition that can be experienced with other sports are not typically available with standard weight training and exercise equipment. With the Versus the benefits and fun of competition are an intrinsic part of the design. In addition to using the versus with a partner the system can also be used for single person training.
Another of the key principles of the Versus training is the idea of activation before participation. This means that you are recruiting as many of the muscle fibers as possible before you begin the exercise. Another benefit that the Versus has over traditional exercise equipment is that corrects any imbalances in the body. A machine is typically on a fixed range of motion. Therefore it is unable to adapt to any of these types of imbalances. Because the versus system uses a pulley those imbalances show themselves and the body is forced to correct those imbalances while the exercise is being executed.
Another remarkable feature of the Myoforce Versus is the ability to perform a wide range of exercises with a single piece of equipment. Using the Myoforce Versus you can do exercises including presses, lunges, squats and curls. The pulley system allows you to execute a full range of motion for each of these exercises.
The Myoforce is a deceptively simple looking piece of equipment. It provides an amazingly versatile range of workouts and will push even seasoned athletes. One of the best features of the Myoforce Versus is the competitive aspect. Working the Versus with a partner adds a fun element as you push yourself to out do the other person. There is also no other piece of equipment that can develop core strength as quickly and as effectively as the Versus. If you are looking to correct imbalances in your body and improve core strength while getting a workout that will kick your butt, then the Myoforce Versus is hard to beat.
For more info and to compare suspension trainer models, check out http://www.thebestsuspensiontrainers.com
We’re gettin’ ready to kick the year 2013 to the curb.
Gone forever. Another year older, stronger, wiser, and more grateful. Grateful for life, for you, our clients and for those who don’t know that they need us and our fitness services…yet.
The end of the year means lists. This year, my wife and I created our favorite top 10 movie lists. Lists are fun. They’re a way to share a little about yourself with others and learn a little about others. Lists make us slow down and reflect. They make us smile.
Try it. Next time you’re in a comfortable setting with a friend, ask them to give you their top 10 movies.
I’ll bet they smile.
Here then, are my top 3 fitness related random things from 2013.
- Strength training with free weights
- Kettlebell training
- Cardio (sprints, plyo jumps, burpees)
- Green smoothies (spinach, frozen mango, blueberries, stevia, water) made in a nutribullet
- Grilled chicken with green salad. Olive oil and cherry balsamic vinegar salad dressing
- Weight Control by William Hay, MD
- Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
- SuperFit, SuperFast by Scott York (hey, I’m proud of it!)
- Starbucks coffee
- Digestion (paying closer attention)
- Nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazlenuts
- Protein powder
- Fish oil
- Source Naturals Life Force Multiple Vitamins
- Barbell Squats
- Power Cleans
- Kettlebell Snatch
- GHD situps touching the floor each rep
- Medicine Ball Jack Knife
BEST FITNESS PRACTICES
- Workout before logging onto my computer in the morning (if I log on, I’m probably not getting off again)
- Sleep 7+ hours a night
- Rumble roller for tightness
BEST WORK PRACTICES
- Focus on no more than 3 things at a time
- Never promote others work, without trying it first and liking it
- Seek balance. Don’t spend too much time in one area. Do group training, video, blogs, books, software, training programs, mentor, be mentored. Take walks. Visit friends. Drink wine with wife.
That’s it guys. Random top things in the fitness world. Wonder what yours are?
Have a great 2014 and let’s kick some ass next year!
People don’t make eye contact as much anymore.
Their heads are down, peering into their smart phones as they go about their day. They’re like zombies. Too busy in their own world to be interacting in yours.
They don’t seem to be having fun or getting much enjoyment out of life. One way to add fun and enjoyment to their lives is to introduce them to Fitness Games. You’ll immediately notice a boost in motivation and enthusiasm. They’ll relearn teamwork. They’ll relearn interaction.
It seems to me that if you can make fitness fun, then most of the “work” is done. In my bootcamp world, fun doesn’t mean that my clients are just standing around, cracking jokes and doing a few hula hoops. No, to me it means you implement fun from the start, in the warm ups, in the dynamic warm ups, maybe in the workout and definitely during the end of the class.
I just finished my workout for today. I did the Crossfit workout called, Fight Gone Bad. My version went like this:
3 Rounds, 5 stations, 60 seconds at each station, 60 second rest, after each round (5 stations = 1 round). The exercises were:
Box Jumps 24″
Barbell Push Press 95lbs
Medicine Ball Slams
Kettlebell Squat With High Pull
My “score” was 256 points.
At the end of the workout, I was wiped out, my heart rate was screaming. Once my heart rate got down to around 90 BPM, I was ready for the next activity. This is a great time to implement fitness games into the workout. You’re already toast, but you still have enough energy to finish up the workout and play something fun. Here’s a game that you can try with your clients. All it requires is a deck of cards for each team and a bowl (or something similar).
This game can be played with a regular deck of cards. The goal is for each team to get the most points. Each team has one bowl about 6 feet in front of them. You can split the group up into teams of 3 players in order to avoid chaos by using just one bowl.
Shuffle the cards and deal the deck evenly among the players on each team. Now try and flick the cards into the bowl. After your cards are all thrown, count your points. The team with the most points wins (count the points on the cards or just the total number of cards). Each team must do the exercises that they missed. The exercise that you choose is up to you. Do up to 10 reps per exercise so if you have 40 cards that didn’t make it into the bowl, you would do a total of 400 reps. Use your creativity as to how you want to go about doing the 400 reps of various exercises. Make it a race to see which team finishes their exercises first. This game has a built in rest period while throwing the cards – a great way to recover after a workout.
By the way, this game (the original version) comes from a product called Strength Stack 52.
Here’s the video explaining more:
And here’s the kickstarter project for this product -> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1172471035/strength-stack-52-playing-cards-the-game-of-fit?ref=live
For more fun fitness games like this, check out Bootcamp Fitness Games!
P.S. The suspension trainer is a great tool for bootcamp training. It’s portable, light and has tons of uses. You can see my review of the product and grab it for only $27 (regularly $47). The special sale is over in less than 10 hours -> Suspension Revolution!
I reviewed Suspension Revolution personally myself yesterday and was impressed that there are several components to the product. I’m always looking for new fitness workout ideas so I love to get them, try them and review them for others.
If you’ve never used rings or trx style suspension trainers in your fitness bootcamp, then I think you’ll like the depth and quality that went into the making of this product. Starting off with the videos (see my review below), you can tell it’s got high production values with great lighting and sound. Dan Long is the go to guy for this type of training. He looks to be in his 40’s and keeps himself in great shape (another check mark in my book) and boy does Dan have ENERGY!
I showed my wife the intro video (see my review below) and she thought she was watching an infomercial for a second. I like his style, though, I think it works for him. Nothing wrong with being passionate and energetic about what you do.
The product is made up of:
- Suspension Revolution eBook – Beginner (49 pages)
- Suspension Revolution Intermediate (49 pages)
- Suspension Revolution Advanced (125 pages)
- Bonus! Strap Finishers 2.0
There is a table of contents in each eBook, a little about the author and the Workouts. There are high quality color pictures of the exercises with good written descriptions. You don’t have to use TRX suspension straps, you can use Jungle Gym XT or SBT (Suspended Bodyweight Training). If you have a pair of rings, you’ll be able to do a lot of these exercises (or a modified version of them).
I always get a different type of soreness in my muscles when I use rings in my own fitness workouts. I recommend this type of training and I love the portability of the rings or straps. Below is my video review of Suspension Revolution!