The Story Behind The Axle

Like all great ideas, this one started with a sketch on a napkin.

In the summer of 2014, co-founders Andrew Page and Anuj Patel were discussing the limitations of gym equipment. They needed something to provide their clients with a full body workout that emphasized the random nature of real world human movement and mimicked the types of routines used by athletes. The fitness industry was saturated with complex machinery and expensive equipment that worked muscle groups in isolation. Very little attention was paid to equipment that would enhance total body performance and balance.

So they decided to built it themselves.

Sketching out their initial idea on the back of a napkin, they then spent the next year turning their idea into reality. They spoke to over 50 different experts from wide ranging fields such as metallurgy and biomechanical engineering and read every research report or academic study they could come across related to the benefits of dynamic human movement. They started off by prototyping dozens of different designs, ultimately coming up with the design for the Axle after several months of work.

The Axle itself is deceptively simple- machined from premium materials such as high strength aluminum and magnesium, with lightweight wheels all designed to easily disassemble for convenient storage. But the secret to the Axle lies in its patented design composed of many individual parts that work in tandem to deliver an unparalleled workout experience. The length of the bar, the size of the wheels, the rolling resistance and the weight of the Axle itself were all carefully calibrated with over 500 hours of testing to ensure a premium experience for users of all athletic abilities. 

Using the very best materials, Andrew and Anuj engineered a piece of equipment unlike no other and in tandem developed a unique athletically focused workout that leverages the Axle to lengthen and tone specific muscle groups used by athletes in a high intensity class that burns over 750 calories in only a 50 minute session. By challenging themselves to build something better, The Axle Workout was born.

The 7 Best Types of Functional Training

Unilateral Training  

Why work one side of the body at a time? Working out one side of your body, or unilateral training is a foundational component of the #AXLEworkout because it provides so many unique benefits. 

Balance Muscle Systems - strength differences between sides of the body (ie between left and right leg) can vary as much as 30% 

Greater Muscle Fiber Recruitment - unilateral training helps the body recruit up to 15% more muscle fibers for more strength and stability

Core Stabilization - unilateral exercises with #theAXLE destabilizes the body, causing deep trunk stabilizers to fire in order to bring it back to center

Functional Strength - The #AXLEworkout is all about building functional strength.  Walking and running are in their essence unilateral exercises (one leg then the other)

Plyometrics

Jump Training aka Plyometrics is a fundamental component of every AXLE Workout. Controlled plyometric training has played an integral role in improving modern day athletic performance. 

1) Build Power - increase speed and explosiveness

2) Boost Metabolism - increase heart rate and develop energy systems

3) Build Fast-Twitch Muscle Fibers - jumping actually changes the kinds of muscle fibers in your bio mechanical makeup

4) Metabolic Effect - jump training creates lasting effects in muscle that utilizes more calories. 

Isometric Training

Muscle tissue contracts in a few different ways. It can shorten, it can lengthen, or it can engage in a fixed position, known as isometric contraction. The AXLE Workout feature a variety of Isometric Training exercises because it yields unique benefits fo muscles that shortening/lengthening exercises do not.

1) Greatest Motor Unit Activation

2) Extends Duration of Muscle Tension

3) Induces Muscle Hypertrophy

4. Stimulated Deep Core Muscle Recruitment

Trunk Training

The Trunk of the human body consists of eight different muscle groups that perform spinal rotation, flexion, extension and most commonly stabilization of the spine itself. Trunk training is beneficial primarily because it teaches the body to stabilize prior to performing upper or lower extremity movements, thus protecting the human body's central structure.

1) Strengthen Muscles Connecting Pelvis, Ribcage and Spine

2) Lengthen (stretch) Muscles To Develop Mobility Through Trunk

3) Train Trunk Muscles To Activate Before Upper And Lower Extremity Movement Occurs

4) Reduce Chance For Spinal and Pelvic Injury

Metabolic Training

Metabolic training can best be described as the structure of exercise intensity, duration and rest periods specific to the desired training effect on the human body. Training programs are most commonly designed to maximize the efficiency of a particular energy and muscle system. The AXLE workout is carefully structured to target and enhance all three of the body's main energy systems:

1) Phosphagen System - Provides energy for 'all out' exertion with up to 10 seconds worth of activity.  This system is specifically targeted during Complex III.

2) Glycolytic System (Anaerobic) - Provides energy for high exertion from 1 to 4 minutes of activity.  This system is specifically targeted during Complex I and II.

3) Aerobic System - Provides energy for medium to low intensity exertion for extended bouts of activity.  The Aerobic System is targeted specifically in Complexes IV, V and VI when energy sources from the first two energy systems are depleted.

Small Group Training

One of the unique features of The AXLE Workout is that is its designed for a small group setting. Given that participants typically experience 30 different exercises in a given class, clear instruction and form correction are critical to help participants get the results they desire. Our team works to ensure that every class:

1) Has no greater than an 8-1 instructor to participant ratio.

2) Has its own 'demo', an experienced participant separate from the main instructor who keeps the count and maintains the beat.

3) Provides coaching from the instructor on proper form for each participant.

4) Offers 1-2 modifications for each exercise to increase or dial-down the difficulty.

Core Stabilization

Prior to completing any explosive or forceful movement with the upper or lower extremities, the human body must stabilize its core in order to maximize force and protect itself from injury.  The core can best be described as the torso muscles that act to stabilize the spinal column.  Here are some important reasons the core must stabilize first:

1) Stabilizing the spinal column to protect from injury

2) Creating a stable center from which the upper body, lower body or both can generate optimum force

3) Creating a stable center from which the upper body, lower body or both can act with optimum precision

4) Balancing the center of the body in preparation for actions in the immediate future

During the Axle Workout we consciously practice core stabilization by reminding participants to "tighten" or "engage" the core before completing the exercise.  Each class features six different exercises that specifically target core stabilization.  Come check one out!