ViPR unites strength and motion training in a tube

Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:59am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It looks like just a perforated rubber pipe but when the ViPR is flipped, hoisted, rolled, dragged and thrown in endless variation advocates say it may be the most versatile fitness tool on the gym floor.

"You look at it and think, 'what am I going to do with this?' " said David Harris, vice president of Personal Training at Equinox chain of fitness centers, which has used the ViPR in personal training and group fitness settings since 2010.

"Then you start moving it in fundamental patterns that can progress to more complex moves," he said. "You can do a lot of things with that cylinder."

Users can stand it on end, tilt it, raise it overhead, or shift it side to side and that's just for starters. Harris said the tubular shape lets you work some muscles while stretching others simultaneously.

"The length allows you to do those two things at one time. It brings you back to what your body hasn't done."

The ViPR (Vitality, Performance, Reconditioning) comes in varying weights from four kilograms (8.8 pounds) to 20 kilograms (44 pounds), Harris said, so any exerciser, from a marathoner to a professional team player to weekend warrior, can achieve the promised full-body workout.

But what really makes it versatile, Harris said, is that it's based in movement.

"Most gym equipment functions on a fixed plane," Harris said. "Dumbbells, barbells, chest presses work on a fixed path. ViPR has versatility in movement pattern. It's used in a dynamic way and there's an element of play and game in it."   Continued...