U.S. patent 6,375,601
VersaBack™Low Back Exercise SystemReduce Low Back Pain and InstabilityThe VersaBack combines a specially shaped Swiss ball with a supportive frame to form an exercise station for low back strengthening and rehabilitation. The VersaBack's unique configuration also make it a versatile support for many other core strengthening exercises. Regular use of the VersaBack will strengthen muscles that stabilize your spine, which can help significantly reduce low back pain.What Makes This a Better Fitness Product?The primary cause of low back pain is instability of the lumbar spine, which is often the result of low back muscles that have been weakened by extended periods of sitting. One of the most effective ways to strengthen these muscles is to perform the reverse hyperextension exercise (which is illustrated in the following section). The VersaBack does a better job of supporting your body for this exercise than any other fitness product. The VersaBack's elevated height also makes it very easy to get on or off of this device, even when you're compromised by low back pain.To perform the reverse hyperextension exercise, lay face-down across the center of the VersaBack, with your stomach over the center of the ball. Grasp one of the rungs of the VersaBack frame, and allow your feet to rest against the ground. While you're in this position, you should be able to relax your back and torso and feel a comfortable stretch. Then slowly contract the muscles of your back, to raise your legs to a horizontal position. Repeat for several slow, controlled repetitions.You can change the difficulty of this exercise, simply by changing where you position your body across the ball. Move your hips further away from the rungs to increase the difficulty; closer to the rungs to decrease the difficulty.During this exercise, the contoured and compliant surface of the VersaBack's peanut-shaped ball stays in contact with your pelvis and torso, which supports and stabilizes your spine, and allows you to fully contract your lower back muscles. EMG testing has confirmed that the VersaBack is several times more effective than other exercises for recruiting the use of these muscles.
Other VersaBack Exercises
This versatile training tool can be used for many other types of core-strengthening exercises, including the ones shown below. These exercises will further strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine, and help prevent future low back pain.
The VersaBack provides a comfortable and secure support for performing ab exercises.
Side Leg Lift
The unique shape of the VersaBack's ball comfortably cradles your pelvis as you perform various hip exercises.
Remove the VersaBack's ball from its frame to perform all types of standard Swiss ball exercises.
The stable surface of the VersaBack makes an ideal support for doing hip and leg stretches and performing one-legged squats.
Perchè il VersaBack è meglio di una Swiss Ball?
La Swiss Ball (a volte chiamate physioballs) sono diventate molto popolari per l'allenamento di equilibrio e stabilità. Le Swiss Ball diminuiscono la stabilità di un esercizio, questo costringe il corpo a contrarre rapidamente più muscoli per mantenere l'equilibrio e la forma corretta. Purtroppo, le palle svizzere danno troppa instabilità in alcuni esercizi e possono mettere alcuni individui a rischio di ulteriori lesioni.
Il VersaBack utilizza una caratteristica migliore della Swiss Ball - la superficie superiore è flessibile - oltre ad essere sostenuta da una base elevata. Questo rende il VersaBack più facile da usare e più semplice per salire e scendere dall'attrezzo, evita alla palla di rotolare via sotto il corpo e permette di eseguire una vasta gamma di esercizi.
Da notare che la palla del VersaBack può anche essere rimossa dal telaio, consentendo così di eseguire più esercizi.