Up Against A Wall
Looks can be deceiving; this is definitely true of the Kinesis® wall.
Just looking this flat piece of equipment, it seems so harmless and easy, until you start pulling. After a couple minutes, I can almost guarantee you would beg to differ.
Translated literally, the word “Kinesis®” means “movement” in Greek, which explains the device perfectly.
The 25 foot long by 8 foot high machine is a system of pulleys and cables, but unlike normal cable machines at the gym, this one can rotate 360 degrees, allowing for a very effective, low impact workout.
Not only does this all for an endless amount of possible exercises (over 250 to choose from), but it is a full-body workout: burning calories, toning muscles, improving range of motion, and also improving balance and coordination.
Depending on what you want to accomplish, by adjusting weight levels and speed/range of movement, it can be a cardio or strength training machine. And because of how versatile the exercises are, those who are interested in Pilates-style exercises, sport-specific training and even who are going through rehab or physical therapy can use it.
Kinesis® Circuit training combines four Kinesis® modules – Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. During the circuit, I moved from one module to the next.
In the alpha module I combined a cable cross movement for my upper body with a squat for my legs, which raised my heart rate. These compound movements went on through the module, so after 30 minutes, I felt like I had worked out twice as long.
However, because of the fluidity and the 360 degree dynamic movement of the cables I could see how this system would be perfect for all levels of fitness.
Since the Kinesis® system is still pretty new, it can only be found in a few gyms across the United States. Many of them will incorporate the system into a larger cardio or strength building class.