Lifting Weights Will Never Be The Same
Feeling a little antisocial. Well now, you no longer need a spotter while working out.
Imagine you're bench pressing by yourself without the help of a spotter. The weight becomes heavier and your arms are turning to jell-o. You push as hard as you can, but the weight simply won't budge. So you just let go of the bar, inches from your face. And it stays in place.
Well, I didn't write that first paragraph as some sort of cruel, misguided joke. Thanks to Prospot Fitness and its remarkable Grip & Go technology, the aforementioned situation is not only possible, but also safe.
A few years ago, a start-up fitness company, Prospot, came out with a revolutionary technology for both household and commercial weight systems. Advanced technology is usually reserved for cardiovascular machines, but Prospot decided to reinvent the wheel.
In 2000, Prospot first introduced its patented Grip & Go technology. The P-100 system consisted of enough barbells and cables for the weekend warrior to the savviest of lifters. A system of cables ands pulleys meant that any desired range of motion could be met. From a clean and jerk to a basic press, the cables were flexible enough to handle any exercise. But the key to the P-100's success was the barbell. A tiny cable embedded in the bar could be gripped by the fingertips. If the bar was let go, the sensor would trip and the fiber optic cables connected to the bar would stiffen and stop the plummeting weight within 1/100 of a millisecond. In other words, once the bar is let go, the weight stops instantly.
Compared to, say, a smith machine, the P-100 introduced new technology to a market that has been pretty much the same for the last 25 years. A smith machine uses the same basic premise, with a barbell and other weight training devices all in one frame. The bar was held inside the frame, but a spotter was still needed in case the lifter could not hoist the weight. The bar only moved vertically. The P-100 was the ultimate choice to use at home because it eliminated the spotter. Now all you had to do to get in a workout was walk to the machine, instead of scheduling a time with a partner to hit the gym. The bar could move in any direction and provide a greater variety of exercises.
But we live in a society of instant oatmeal and photographs. What has Prospot done for us lately? The P-100 has since involved into the P-600, with more features, but little change to the technology.
In early 2007, Prospot will unveil a project that has been in the making for three years, the P-400 dumbbell system. The P-400 dumbbell system takes the Grab & Go technology one step further. The P-400 dumbbells work just like the barbell, with sensors in each dumbbell that is attached to the cable and pulley system. Unlike most machines where the cable is attached to the weight stack, the cables attached to the P-400 are used solely for support. The cables don't interfere with the range of motion being used. They simply stop the weight when necessary. For example, if you were lying on your back to perform a basic press, the weights would be attached to the cables that hover overhead. Because the cables are on top of the weight, they don't interfere at all with the workout. When you finish the set, simply let go of the weight.
A typical scene at the gym usually contains some obnoxious meathead grunting through a set and then spiking their weights to the floor like they just scored the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. The P-400 dumbbell system would eliminate this and many other problems associated with free weights. With unrestricted movement, the user can execute any exercise associated with regular dumbbells. The key to building or maintaining muscles is through slow, controlled movements that target specific areas. Throwing the weight around with the full force of the body is bad for the muscles and usually results in tears or sprains.
There are those who prefer free weights and those who prefer machines. Critics of free weights complained that lifting without support was a dangerous way to work out, and that is true. Free weights offered a less restrictive workout, but the risk was much higher. In March 2005, former Pittsburgh Steeler Dave Little suffered a heart arrhythmia while bench pressing at his Miami home, which caused him to drop a 250-pound barbell onto his chest that rolled onto his neck and suffocated him. Unfortunately, there are many other tales like this one. Situations that could have easily been avoided that result in tragedy. The truth is, most people don't know their limitations and that is why these things occur. There is always the chance that a freak accident could take a life.
For roughly the same price as any other home gym, the P-400 is a smart investment. Plus their products come with a lifetime guarantee. The gap between free weights and machines is now significantly closer. The P-400 offers the quality of a free weight workout with the safety and comfort of a machine. With its line of ground breaking products, Prospot has found itself the perfect niche in the weight lifting community.
Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed tells the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com how to take the risk out of working out alone.