All of us were saddened by the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy last week. SCIFIT came across a benefit outreach called Socks for Sandy.
Socks for Sandy, powered by a group of creative bloggers, was started by Laura Kuhlmann, a resident of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in her area. What they need most are socks, gloves, mittens, hats, and new packages of underwear, for babies up to the elderly and every shape and size and age in between. These can be sent to:
Socks for Sandy
P.O. Box 520
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
More information can be found here bit.ly/socksforsandy
We know the victims will appreciate your support!
The special needs market is one SCIFIT understands best since being involved with the IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) since 2005.
What is defined as special needs? In the past, the answer would have been someone who has an impairment in movement or mobility, spinal cord, hearing, brain or a vision disability. After reading the article, An Inclusive Future by HCM, featuring Bob Whitlock, SCIFIT UK’s Sales Director; we learn that the special needs population could be considered even further if the market, suppliers and facilities take into account the growing rate of obesity and senior markets. We also learn that inclusive and mainstream products may merge seamlessly in the future making facilities and equipment accessible for all to use in one place, not just in a defined area of a facility.
SCIFIT’s current IFI product range includes the PRO1 Upper Body Exerciser, PRO2 All Body Exerciser, ISO7000R Recumbent Bike and the AC5000 Treadmill.
Read the entire article, An Inclusive Future, in the Health Club Management September 2012 issue, http://bit.ly/NRTuZF.
Learn more about Inclusive Fitness and English Federation of Disability Sport, http://www.efds.co.uk/
The World Congress on Active Ageing was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland last month. Only hosted every four years, it brings together the world's leading experts in Active Ageing and others who understand the needs for this growing market.
The congress, like many others, was a mix of seminars and workshops and drew in approximately 1,200 delegates each day. There were 50 stands but SCIFIT was only one of three of fitness equipment suppliers while partnering with HUR.
This elevated the markets brand awareness for SCIFIT, those understanding the benefits of SCIFIT's products and programs as a cardio specialist supplier. With features like low starting resistance, easy access and different seating options, SCIFIT equipment provides opportunities for people of all ages to stay active.
Maybe we are a bit biased, but this is the coolest video we've seen in a while. Not only does it feature Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryan Lochte, but he is using the SCIFIT PRO1 Upper Body Exerciser.
This really isn't surprising in a sport like swimming where upper body is king. In fact, it makes perfect sense to use the PRO1 to strengthen and condition shoulders, arms, chest and upper back. That's why we make it.
We are also not surprised to see our products being used by elite athletes. Our products are tough and durable, just like the athletes who use them. No, we are not surprised, but we are more than a little flattered.
Want to know the best part? Ryan Lochte is not a paid spokesperson for SCIFIT, neither is the University of Florida. Why do they use it? Well, we can't say for sure, but we are guessing it has a lot to do with results...and gold medals.Click here to see the video
Video Source: BBC Sport
Friday, August 10 SCIFIT enjoyed a family night out at the Tulsa Drillers. The Drillers are the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in Tulsa and play at ONEOK Field. The Tulsa professional baseball club is the oldest professional sports franchise in the city of Tulsa. Professional baseball began in Tulsa in 1905 and has now been played for over 100 years.
Thankfully the weather cooperated for us and we were able to sit out on the Tiki Deck and enjoy our hamburgers, hot dogs and other goodies! The Oklahoma heat previously was too much to handle most days so the welcomed “chill” of somewhere in the 90’s was awesome for us. The kids played and enjoyed cookies, adults enjoyed the game, food and the fireworks show after. Take a look at some of our pictures and meet some of our SCIFIT family members.
From left to right: The Carder's, Scott & Stacy (SCIFIT internal sales support) and The Clemmons's, Jessica (SCIFIT internal sales support) & Justin
The Korner Family: Bryan (SCIFIT CFO), Lisa and Sara
The Lincoln/Stull Family: Ross & Eldonna Lincoln (parents of Jason) and Jason Stull (SCIFIT internal sales support)
The McKnight Family: Aaron, Jeff (SCIFIT Engineering Manager), Cindy and Nathan
The Hebenstreit Family: Mark (SCIFIT receiving), Lauren and Jennifer
SCIFIT's view of the game from the Tiki Deck
SCIFIT CEO, Larry Born, logged over 3,000 miles of training since January 1st in preparation for the Tulsa Tough cycling event earlier this month. His training was composed of long rides, heat acclimation, climbing and teamwork. It also included many miles of interval training on the SCIFIT ISO1000 Upright Bike. Larry's goal: Finish the Mondo Fondo 127 mile bike race in under six hours and take home the commemorative jersey.
For those not familiar with the conditions for a Tulsa bike race in June, I have three words: hot, humid and hilly (this race included 4,000 feet of climbing). Larry was going at a good pace but he started cramping at 85 miles and had to drop off from the group. This cost him more time than he had to spare and without his team, he ended up finishing with a time of 6:25 (still pretty impressive in my book).
Others fared a little better. Twelve of Larry's sixteen teammates finished in under six hours. The professional team that Larry hosted at his home, Team Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Cycling, won the Saturday race and placed one of their riders in the top five of the final point standings.
Larry may not have achieved his goal for this race, but he has not lost his winning spirit. "There's always next year," he says with a smile. Larry's next challenge is the Triple Bypass, a 120 mile race in Colorado in July. Good luck Larry!
P.S. - These incredible photos are courtesy of our very own Corey Disler, VP Sales. Thanks Corey!
You can almost feel the energy as Tulsa, Oklahoma prepares for Tulsa Tough, the annual three-day bike race. Live music and local vendors will be on hand to serve the thousands of cyclists and spectators.
The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is a three day cycling festival designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles while showcasing the beautiful city of Tulsa. Tulsa Tough offers events and spectating opportunities for everyone with professional and amateur races, recreational and tour rides.
SCIFIT CEO, Larry Born will not only be racing this weekend, but also hosting a professional racing team in his home. We will update you next week on Larry's race results. If you are in the Tulsa area, come on over for an action packed weekend.
David Clark Design of Tulsa, Oklahoma recently won an ADDY award for the work they did on our beautiful SCIFIT fitness equipment catalog. They really listened to us from the beginning and spent a lot of time understanding SCIFIT and our message of improvement through exercise. They saw SCIFIT through our eyes and it showed on every page of the catalog.
Congratulations on this honor and thanks again to the award-winning team:
David Clark, Art Director
Laura Crouch, Copywriter
Trey Thaxton, Designer
John Amatucci – Amatucci Photography, Photographer
Resource One, Printer
Click here to view the SCIFIT catalog.
By Andy Baxter, MES, PRCS
Physical therapists and athletic trainers have been struggling for years to replicate multi-plane resistance movements by nailing bands to walls and tying them around chairs, but they could never achieve the same consistent and reliable settings and measurements found in the SCIFIT Function C3. Studies show that multi-plane resistance can reduce the risk of injury by minimizing harmful loading conditions. This unique combination of resistance in two planes of the body makes additional therapy and prehabilitation exercises easy to perform and can meet the varied needs of both patients and athletes.
There are several benefits of this type of multi-plane resistance.
- Multi-plane resistance gets the patient out of the dominant plane. Introducing resistance in the non-dominant neuromuscular plane “tricks the brain” into recruiting supportive musculature, reinforcing proper biomechanical form intuitively.
- In the SCIFIT Function C3, the multi-plane resistance displaces axial load and reduces shear while recruiting more muscle groups than single plane resistance.
- The optional Humac360 identifies and protects against ballistic movements, keeping the load in the muscle and away from the joint and ensuring neuromuscular adaptation and control. It also provides greater quality (intensity) of work – greater stimulus with less resistance, so it is safer.
- We often mask things with speed and momentum. The Function C3 teaches better mechanics. The slow, controlled movements provide a better quality of work at a lower level of resistance for safer exercise and better results.
Three Compound Movements
The Function C3 from SCIFIT provides three compound movements commonly found in rehabilitation, exercise and sports training.
1. Compound Trunk Extension (CTE)
What makes the CTE truly unique lies in the mechanics of what is typically wrong with a traditional stiff legged dead lift – the vertical load doesn’t stay in the vertical plane. As the upper body descends it flexes forward (eccentric phase), out of the vertical plane and away from the fulcrum (pivot point) of the hip. The further from the hip the upper body gets relative to the feet, the greater the load on the lumbosacral (spine) region. With the CTE, during the eccentric phase the horizontal plane resistance pulls the hips back keeping the vertical load truly vertical, at the same time displacing that load and maintaining a neutral combined center of gravity (CCOG). During the concentric phase, the dominant pattern in a traditional stiff legged dead lift is to pull
up in the vertical plane. The CTE introduces resistance in the horizontal plane, forcing the brain to think about pushing
the hips forward, recruiting the hip, gluteal and hamstring muscles, displacing the load on the spinal erectors.
2. Compound Core Flexion (CCF)
The CCF movement contributes to total core/spine stability and health. This exercise is ideal for hip and back patients and athletes who emphasize rotational movements. Compound Core Flexion introduces resistance in the transverse plane by pulling hips forward and pushing hips back through the movement, displacing the load between the abdominals and hip flexors. With CCF, the flexion is the concentric phase and the extension is the eccentric phase.
3. Terminal Knee Extension (TKE)
With the TKE, the dominant pattern is in the horizontal plane, as is a normal terminal knee extension. There is also vertical plane load in the users own body weight. What makes the TKE superior to a standard, foot-flat-on-the-floor version is the patented Bio-Flex™ foot bed. The patient is driving the knee back in the horizontal plane while driving the heel down in the vertical plane. Because of the orientation and resistance provided by the Bio-Flex foot bed, the vertical plane resistance becomes dynamic in that the user actively pushes the heel down, firing the glutes, in addition to the medial quad, reducing shear in the knee. This movement is ideal for prevention of ACL injuries, especially for young athletes participating in explosive sports such as baseball, basketball, volleyball and soccer.
Reduce Shear | Reduce Pain
One final note – when you reduce shear you reduce pain. Many of our clients have painful degenerative arthritic conditions and many are post-surgical with total joint replacement. Pain is the primary deterrent to the effective treatment of osteoarthritis. The overwhelming comment that I get from my clients after using the Function C3 is, “there’s no pain!” We see post surgical spine and knee clients currently that have limited function and ROM, but can perform these movements, get stronger and increase ROM pain free.
Andy Baxter, MES, PRCS is the owner and CEO of Ageless Fitness Systems™ and inventor of the Function C3. He is a medical exercise specialist, post-rehab conditioning specialist, and personal trainer. He has 22 years experience owning and operating facilities in New York, California, and Oregon.
Currently available in the USA only.