Activ5 Isometric Based Exercise - No Impact Muscle Activation - Portable Full-Body Workout and Strength Training Device with Free Coaching App
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- GET STRONGER - Isometric exercise is associated with an increase in muscle bulk, upper and lower body strength, increase in bone density
- BENEFITS OVER AEROBIC EXERCISE - Stretching and aerobic exercising alone have proven to be a less effective form of training than isometric strength training in bone fractures
- LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE - Scientific evidence suggests that isometrics, as part of healthy lifestyle, may help lower blood pressure
- SAVES YOU TIME - Isometrics provides a full body workout when you don’t have time to get to the gym
- EXERCISE ANYWHERE - Workout at home, at your desk or on the plane or in the hotel when traveling
- IMPROVE STAMINA - Isometric strength training can have beneficial effects on performance during endurance events.
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From the manufacturer
Activbody aspires to keep the world activ through fitness and health technologies designed to make exercise fun, convenient and trackable.
A revolution in daily fitness, wellness and rehabilitation, Activ5 is one of the first-of-its-kind, wireless-enabled, isometric-based strength training device that coaches users through 5-minute, low-impact, full-body workouts.
- Casual Fitness
- Physical Therapy
- Sports Performance
- Wellness Programs
Activ5 Isometric Based Exercise - No Impact Muscle Activation
Portable Full-Body Workout and Strength Training Device with Free Coaching App
Activ5 allows anyone at any fitness level to exercise virtually anywhere through five-minute full body workouts, all while tracking, guiding and even entertaining them.
Activ5 is ideal for everyone from working and traveling professionals who often sit, to seniors, children, or physical therapy patients. Activ5 is one of the first of its kind fitness gadget to provide isometric exercise and monitor the users progress through its companion Activ5 Training App.
- Safe, No Impact Muscle Activation
- Increase Strength, Tone Your Body, Prevent Atrophy
- Efficient 5-Minute Workouts
- Flexible Seated & Standing Exercises
- Portable for Desk, Home, Plane & Hotel Use
- Fun Games & Challenges
Activ5 is fitness innovation ideal for everyone from working professionals who sit all day, to travelers, seniors, busy moms or simply those who find it challenging to fit in daily activity.
Physical therapists can now track their patients’ compliance and progress by analyzing data gathered during their PT sessions or at-home exercises. Therapists can measure force used by the patient’s injured area, customize workouts based on the patient’s strength level, and set goals to help them recover efficiently and effectively.
Activ5 helps sports teams measure, quantify and improve muscle function. In one application, coaches can test muscle endurance of specific muscle groups, measure left/right symmetry, and measure peak muscle force and force over time. Activ5 accurately measures muscle function in isometric and gym-based exercises to identify and close performance gaps and help gain a competitive edge.
Activ5 provides employees an easy way to work out their muscles, even while sitting at their desks. Wellness managers can track progress through the Activ5 Dashboard.
Full body exercises in seated, standing and advanced positions designed into workouts addressing company and individual wellness, rehabilitation and personal fitness needs.
How Activ5 Works
The free Activ5 Training App coaches users through 100+ unique workouts.
One side of your body applies opposing pressure to the other, acting as resistance weight.
Muscle contractions are held for a sustained period and applied along gamified tracking screens.
Activ5 measures Strength, Precision and Reaction performance.
Tone & Increase Strength
Increase strength, tone your body, and increase energy and metabolism to drive healthy weight loss.
Activ5 exercises are calibrated to every user’s unique strength level, including to muscle capability after injuries, making Activ5 perfect for kids to seniors.
Safe & Efficient
Unlike gym-based exercises, isometric exercises are no-impact and require sustaining muscle contractions for an extended period of time, making them highly efficient.
Activ5 is portable and enables 5-minute workouts in seated and standing positions for convenient use at your desk, at home and when traveling.
From the Manufacturer
Activ5 is a portable workout device and mobile app that coaches you through low impact, isometric based workouts in as little as 5 minutes per day. With over 100 five-minute workouts, Activ5 exercises are fast and fun, and designed to keep you active throughout the day. Activ5 is uniquely customizable to every user’s strength level. Activ5 will deliver increased muscle strength and provide full body toning from both sitting and standing positions, while also tracking your results.
Isometric exercise has been practiced for over 5,000 years and is the strength building foundation of both yoga and Pilates. What distinguishes isometrics from other forms of muscle exercise is you tense your muscles against a static object (such as the floor) or against other muscles, so your joints are static, but your muscles are working. Because Activ5 isometric exercises are discrete and static, you can perform them at your desk, while watching TV, or on a plane, making powerful workouts available to you anytime, anywhere as part of a healthier lifestyle.
Activ5 is a 'Tiny Gym in Your Pocket' that effectively tones and strengthens muscles. Activ5 has a durable design that measures more than 200 lbs of force and has proven to increase strength by an average of 30% over 6 weeks through short, five-minute workouts a few times a day.
Available on iOS and Android operating systems, the Activ5 Companion App features more than 100 seated, standing and advanced fast and fun low-impact workouts, enabling users of any age and fitness level to achieve the benefits of strength training with ease.
The Activ5 App personalizes over 100 workouts to each user’s fitness level, tracks progress and allows users to exercise while playing games such as Elude, Creep, Jump, Polygon Swap, Rocko Jump, and Color Dash, designed by independent gaming studios.
Activbody aspires to make the world healthier with fitness and health technologies designed to make exercise fun and convenient. Its cornerstone product, Activ5, allows almost anyone at any fitness level to exercise virtually anywhere through five-minute full body workouts, all while tracking, guiding and entertaining them.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Exercise Anywhere Device!
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Activbody was born out of founder Dr. Kosta Yanev’s desire to create fitness solutions that could help him integrate regular exercise into his life. The demands of work, family and travel made it difficult for Kosta to regularly attend a gym, and the fitness products he tried weren’t truly portable or flexible, so Kosta invented the Activ5, a pocket sized smart device that enables you to get a full body muscle workout anywhere in just a few minutes. Today, Activbody is “actively” growing to share Activ5 with the world, with team members in Southern California, Bulgaria, London and Paris.
What makes your product special?
Activ5 has proven to deliver an average strength increase of 30% over 6 weeks exercising just 15 minutes per day. Activ5 enables users to do quick burst, 5 minute isometrics based workouts. Isometrics are a type of low-impact strength training where the angle of the joints and muscle length do not change during contraction – for example a plank. Scientific research has shown that isometric exercise is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to build strength, accelerate fat burning and tone the body. Studies show the benefits of isometrics for a healthier lifestyle include: increased energy and endurance, reducing the risks of high blood pressure, assisting with weight loss as well as bad habit relief (such as smoking), among others.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best part of launching Activ5 has been experiencing the reactions and results from users. We commissioned a third party study to track the results of Activ5. Over 6 weeks users increased muscle strength by an average of 30% and top performing users lost inches off their waist and lost a meaningful amount of weight, most of which was pure body fat. It’s one thing to read academic and medical studies on the benefits of isometrics, and experience results among the team, but when you listen to consumers discuss how your product has made their lives better, it’s truly satisfying.
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Basically, the Activ5 device is a palm-sized object that you squeeze in a variety of isometric exercises. There are sensors in the device that record how hard you are squeezing, and via a Bluetooth connection to the free app, you can record your progress. The device runs off one AAA battery (included and is user replaceable). Depending on usage, you can expect one battery to last six to twelve months.
The base package comes with the Activ5 device, a stand for your mobile phone, a quick-start guide, and a small fitness towel. I got the deluxe package, which also includes a foam roller, exercise mat, water bottle, hand grip (adjustable from 20 pounds to 90 pounds), and a more portable stand for your phone (one that folds up for travel). The foam roller, exercise mat, water bottle, towel, and hand grip are of good quality, but if you regularly workout, it is likely you already have these extras. However, especially if you are just starting to workout, then having the deluxe package may be worth it to you, since it contains everything you need to get started.
The stand is meant to hold your phone while you workout, since watching the app on your phone’s screen is key to exercising with the Activ5. Note that you don’t have to use your phone, but the app orientation is locked into portrait mode, so if you use the app on your tablet, you’ll need a way to stand the tablet in portrait mode.
To use the Activ5 you must download the app and create an account (be sure you do this while you have internet connectivity — ie, before you get on the plane! The free app is available for iOS and Android), then connect the device to the app via Bluetooth (the max range between the Activ5 and your phone is about seven feet). Once connected, you can choose from a variety of 5-minute full-body workouts. For example, one morning full-body workout has 16 exercises, and each exercise is meant to be done for 15 seconds. This might not sound like much, but when you are squeezing the device, 15 seconds can be a long time. Exercises in that workout include squat crush, standing chest press, lunge crush, tuck crush, and plank crush. There are also workouts that focus on specific body parts (eg, upper body, or even just your biceps), yoga/pilates, and workouts for when you are in the office, on a plane, etc. There are even games to “gamefy” your workouts. In one game, for example, you must fly a rocket ship to avoid obstacles by squeezing the Activ5—the harder you squeeze the faster your ship goes.
The app keeps track of your workouts, including date, exercises done, workout length, performance for each exercise, and weekly total equivalent weight lifted, including average max power, average exercise precision (how closely you were able to keep your marker to the exercise curve), total weight lifted, body strength balance, total exercises performed and total active time. For each exercise you create a “benchmark,” which is basically you performing the exercise with max effort. This calibrates the exercise to your strength level. You only have to do this one time — thereafter, when you perform that exercise, the app will guide you by varying the amount of effort you must expend squeezing the Activ5. You see on the screen a curve that scrolls by, and you try to keep your marker on the curve by squeezing the Activ5—if the curve goes up, you need to squeeze harder; if the curve goes down, you squeeze less. Each exercise lasts about 15 seconds, and once you finish, the app shows you how well you did, and your results are added to your profile history. You can then repeat the exercise for multiple reps or move on to the next one in your program.
One nice feature is that the app allows you to create multiple profiles so that more than one person can exercise with the same Activ5 device. And there is a “guest” mode where your puzzled office colleague can give it a try without messing up your stats.
As with anything, if you are consistent you will make progress. But I do have to say that the exercises were more effective than I had thought they were going to be. For someone who already has an exercise program, then think of this Activ5 as a way to supplement what you are already doing. Do you lift weights? Then you can get in a morning or evening yoga routine combined with Activ5 isometric exercises. Do you run? Then add some strength exercises, especially for the upper-body with the Activ5. Did you do a core workout at the gym in the morning? Then add in some additional Activ5 core exercises throughout the day to help “grease the groove,” which is the idea that one way to improve strength is to repeat an exercise multiple times throughout the day. You get the idea.
But for me, the Activ5 really shines when on travel (plane, hotel, train, etc) or when cooped up in the office all day. All you need is the device, which is easy to pack, and your phone. While there are exercises you can perform that need a lot of space, you can actually perform an entire workout routine just by sitting in your chair. For example, there’s the chest press, shoulder press, leg press, lat pull, zen chest press, toe raise, inner thigh squeeze, outer thigh squeeze, oblique crunch, and calf raise.
On a recent cramped flight from Europe to the US, where takeoff and other delays kept us on the plane for much longer than necessary, instead of watching a movie like the passengers around me, I got in a workout. This helped me relax and, perhaps not coincidentally, afterwards I was able to catch a few hours of sleep. When we landed, I felt more refreshed than I think I would have been had I not been able to exercise while on the plane.
All in all, this quirky exercise device and app really work. Though you might not be familiar with isometric exercises, the exercises, workouts, and coaching sessions are well thought out. Also, the app interface makes doing the exercise fun and challenging. The Activ5 certainly won’t replace your kettlebell, but it does allow you to get in extra workouts, especially when on travel or in the office.
Don’t even think of swinging your kettlebell on the plane. But exercising with the Activ5? No problem.
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-User friendly device and app
-One button on and off
-Always strikes up a competition among my friends and coworkers
-You don't have to rearrange your furniture to work out at home or at the office
-Allows me to compare my strength from one day to the next
-Even though I still use the gym, I love logging my max strength week to week
-The guest mode is the coolest. You can let your weak friends and family try it and not impact your stats.
-The free games are super fun and you will find yourself actually tired/sore after a couple minutes
-BEST PART - you don't have to charge this thing....it's a single AAA batter and you just replace it when it dies. I have had the activ5 for at least 3 weeks now and after daily use I haven't had to change the battery that it came with.
I actually was sharing it with a coworker this week and it turned into a full-fledged competition to see who could get a better score on the game apps. No joke, 2 hours later we were all pretty spent and felt like we had a serious workout even though it felt more like we were just playing around. This thing - and the apps they connect to - are super fun!
I just bought another one for my mom too because she likes non-weight training exercise and this thing is perfect for that.