Why do Speedflex sessions also include ‘traditional’ exercise stations?
The Speedflex system is highly advanced in what it can help the human body to achieve. However, as a safety mechanism, the machine only allows for movements in one plane (up and down). In order to give Speedflex users a work out that engages the entire body, specific, low risk exercises are added into sessions. By adding more stations sessions are more varied and Trainers are always able to physiologically challenge the body so it will never become accustomed to the exercise, allowing for constant improvement and progression.
How do we calculate your calorie burn?
Speedflex uses heart rate monitoring software to analyse your training in real time, providing you with feedback on your heart rate (maximum and average) and energy expenditure (calories you have burnt) while you exercise.
The software calculates your energy expenditure based on prediction equations that have been evaluated in a series of research projects. The equation takes into account a number of factors which includes: body weight, height, age, gender and your heart rate during exercise.
The amount of energy that you expend during exercise depends on the intensity and duration of the activity. The higher the intensity and the longer the duration of the exercise, the higher the energy expenditure will be. Energy expenditure is also dependent on body weight; a heavier person consumes more energy than a lighter one when performing the same exercise because the mass that the person needs to move is greater. Furthermore, the larger the muscle mass used in the exercise the greater the energy expended.
By taking into account individual factors the software can produce a better estimation of your calorie burn during your Speedflex session than you would get from say, running on the treadmill in the gym.
How often should I exercise?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) adults between the age of 18 and 64 years old should complete 150 minutes of moderate to vigorously intense exercise per week which equates to around three Speedflex sessions. This should also be supported by some muscle strengthening activity (resistance training) which is also offered in a Speedflex session.
How long will it take to see the effects of training?
In reality, everyone’s body is unique and responds to exercise in different ways. For example, changes in body composition and weight loss are often related to diet. In general, when completing the recommended levels of exercise (three Speedflex sessions a week) you should start to notice a change in your body at around four to six weeks of training.