About the SURGE®
The Surge® is "living resistance" that builds an athletic core which can take anything life and sport can dish out through intense and dynamic training.
The Surge® sets the new standard in the fitness industry today. The Surge goes far above and beyond traditional strength training equipment.
For years there have been 3 standards in strength training, machines, barbells and dumbbells. Go into any gym and you will see tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment dedicated to these 3 genres of training. Each has a fundamental problem.
Machines have several flaws. They have a preset movement and a limited range of motion. The machine targets one specific muscle group while leaving the rest of the body unchallenged.
Barbells, while more applicable than machines, also have setbacks. Barbells have a balanced weight. Users put equal amounts of weight on each side and lift or press the barbell. This balance does not fully engage the core of the body.
Dumbbells offer more "freedom" in movement then both machines and barbells. Dumbbells also offer some use of unbalanced training, but still have one fundamental flaw that it shares with both barbells and machines…
THE WEIGHTS ARE STABLE!!!
In our daily lives we rarely deal with moving stable, balanced objects. Whether it’s a police officer taking down a suspect, or a mother picking up her child, almost nothing in our lives is stable and balanced.
This is what sets the Surge® apart. The Surge uses "living resistance" to create a dynamic movement process that mimics real world movements for your real world life. The fluid shift in the Surge creates an unbalanced, unstable condition that causes the body to constantly adapt to changing forces.
What about slosh pipes?
In the past few years some people have desired to have a dynamic movement workout and have made “slosh pipes” of their own. These pipes were rudimentary in design and function. They were made of PVC pipe filled with water and capped on the ends. The diameter of the pipe was limited to what the local hardware store carried (usually only 3-4 inch diameter). To get a sufficient weight these pipes had to be 8 to 10 feet long! Just finding somewhere with enough room to use the slosh pipe was difficult enough, not to mention finding somewhere to store it! This also limits any group training in gyms because of its size. The amount of exercises someone could do with a slosh pipe is extremely limited. The length of the pipe and the lack of handles meant only a few exercise were possible in a large open space. To hold the water and keep the pipe from leaking, the pipe is sealed with two caps and PVC glue. This means that once filled with water and capped, the pipe is sealed forever. There is no ability to adjust the amount of water, further limiting the slosh pipe even more.
The Surge® takes these baby steps of the slosh pipe and expands them to the first steps on the moon. The diameter of the Surge is 8 inches compared to the max diameter of 4 inches on a slosh pipe. When you double the diameter of a pipe you QUADRUPLE the volume, because of this, the Surge is only 42 inches long compared to 10 feet for a slosh pipe! This allows the Surge to be used anywhere the user wants to work out. It also makes it possible for personal trainers and gym owners to train multiple clients inside a gym. The Surge’s fill cap allows for the filling and emptying of water to adjust to each user’s personal needs. The Surge also has a fill gauge to take out the guess work on how much water weight is in the product. Finally, the most revolutionary part of the Surge is the patented dual handles. These handles take the Surge to another dimension of physical fitness. The dual vertical and horizontal handles allow hundreds of different movements! The handles also act like baffles, causing the water to “crash” from one end to the other creating an even more dynamic movement of the water. Any possible movement that a person would do in the real world (and some movements that they wouldn’t) can be done with the Surge.
Dynamic-Fluid Resistance Training
Most athletes, trainers and fitness enthusiasts are continually in search of new, cutting-edge training methods to improve health, fitness and performance. The Surge® is a specialized training device that utilizes fluid to create a "dynamic" form of resistance. This forces the user to challenge both traditional exercises, as well as sport and activity specific movement patterns. As a result, this training apparatus provides a very unique challenge to the joints and stabilizing structures to resist and control the unpredictable nature of the shifting water within this device.
What is Dynamic-Fluid Resistance Training?
Dynamic-fluid resistance training is the use of specialized, water-filled, device that is used to create an “active” or unstable form of resistance that must be controlled by the user. As the concept of functional training has grown in popularity, the use of water-filled implementation training has become more accepted amongst strength and conditioning, as well as fitness professionals. Other forms of “active resistance” include heavy ropes, chains, and sandbags. As these devices are moved, the mass of the device invariably shifts as it is more unstable than a traditional barbell or dumbbell. These shifts cause disruptions in the normal movement path of an exercise and increase the demands placed on the muscles of the trunk and joint stabilizers to counteract postural disturbances. It has been hypothesized that utilizing such training devices may provide enhanced proprioceptive input, thereby improving joint position sense and kinesthetic awareness. It stands to reason that this augmented neural input may improve core stability and postural control by bolstering neuromuscular communication via augmented feed-forward and feed-back mechanisms (Bird & Stuart, 2012). By enhancing the stability of the core and the specific joints required to stabilize a movement, more efficient movement can be produced at the joints required to be mobile to execute a task as the agonists, antagonists, and stabilizer muscles function in a more organized and synergistic fashion.