Simone and Lisa at The Fitness Centre, Maraval. Photos Stephen Doobay

Tools

An introduction to the VIPER, Vitality, Performance & Reconditioning!

By By Simone Gonzales Ace certified Personal Trainer & Health Coach, Bachelor in Sport Studies – Exercise Science

You're probably thinking 'What is this rubber tube Lisa and Simone are using'? Another fitness gadget? Those were some of the initial remarks of my clients when first seeing the ViPR in use by neighbouring personal trainers. It looks a bit cumbersome and could on first sight not attract your attention. But, take my word for it, do not knock the ViPR as a fitness tool until you have used it. As a fitness enthusiast myself, I'm looking for the next good workout. To my dear friends of fitness, this one fulfils that desire in more ways than one.

ViPR stands for Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning; delivering exactly the type of exercise experience you can have. It was invented at least 3 years ago by Michol Dalcourt, Personal Trainer and Adjunct Professor in Exercise Science at the University of San Francisco. The ViPR is constructed from molded rubber and comes in a variety of colour-coordinated weights from 4kg (8.8lbs) to 20kg (44lbs). It can be lifted, shifted, tilted, dragged, slammed, carried, flipped and rolled on in all possible directions. "ViPR was created from a need to evolve training tools, foster purposeful motion and blend strength training with functional training and movement. Movement is fundamental" says Dalcourt. Basically, Dalcourt's approach is one of whole body integration and functional training, training that mimics our activities of daily living and at this time of year in preparation for Carnival, training that can get us to move efficiently and effectively. "Training these movements under load/resistance allows the body's musculature system to train in tandem with movement and thus raises your metabolic rate, increases caloric expenditure, and works the muscles through resistance, endurance and strength training."

My clients definitely appreciate the tool for its diversity. I asked a few of my clients including, Lisa Bourne and Maureen Mills-Serrette to say whether they liked the ViPR and this is what they had to say. "I loved the ViPR from first use. I love weight lifting and although the ViPR routines incorporate cardio based movement, the weight of the ViPR allowed me to feel like I still received a challenging weight-bearing workout in the routines," replied Lisa. Maureen, the slightly more cautious of the two, was even surprised at her own response. She responded "The ViPR is one fitness tool that I actually like…. I like it because it can be dragged, stepped on, lifted or flipped to provide a total body workout. This makes training fun. I will call it a "two-in-one" workout as it provides resistance training as well as cardio. The ViPR should be included into a fitness programme". All other clients agreed it is a challenging yet rewarding form of exercise.

Personal Trainer Colin Sebright who introduced me to the ViPR a year ago, says he loves the fact the the ViPR makes the body move three dimensionally (3-D) utilising all the planes of motion. Personal trainers Marilena Westcott and David Ghany both agreed that it is one of the most versatile fitness tools they have used. For me the factor of 'play' exists, making training a bit more appealing to those of us who may be more challenged by regular exercise.

In summary, the ViPR epitomises the concept of whole body integration - for every action and movement performed you are using your entire body to effectively create motion. This is consistent with the fundamental design of the body. It is suitable for all ages and your core is always engaged!

Unfortunately for us, the ViPR is not readily available for purchase here in T&T but can be ordered through this email contact abroad alina.c@fitpro.com or by contacting Colin Sebright at The Fitness Centre Ltd, Diego Martin at 637-7765. Personal trainers, if you haven't got the ViPR yet, please do; your clients would love you for it. Fitness folks, it's definitely worth a try! Hopefully, we have introduced to our readers a fitness tool that many will be using in the near future for their preparation for Carnival and throughout the year. The pictures shown are just some variations of the ViPR in use. For additional information, see website: viprfit.com. Thanks again to the Fitness Centre Ltd in Maraval.

Patrice Roberts missed the ViPR workout this week, but see her using the Rip Trainer soon!

See American Council on Exercise (ACE) reviews — https://www.acefitness.org/reviews/review-detail.aspx?reviewitemid=135

Next Week: Weight Maintenance and

Weight Gain at Carnival time!!

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Patrice's Fit Tip and Fitness Trivia Corner Drink sufficient water daily. Pre-hydrate, hydrate and post hydrate for your workouts. Having a glass or bottle to sip from all day makes it easy to stay hydrated. See link for water recommendations! http://www.drlenkravitz.com/Articles/waterDLK.html Trivia: What is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the transmission of infectious organisms? Answer: Wash your hands.

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