Just over one year ago we posted an article on the ROM machine . In case you don’t know what the ROM machine is its an exercise machine which it’s creators claim will make you fit through using it only 4 minutes a day. It claims to burn more calories in four minutes than from an hour on a treadmill. Oh yeah, and it costs $15,000 to buy. It sounds crazy but ads for the ROM machine are seen on a consistent basic in many credible magazines including Discover. Most athletes consider these claims crazy but a vocal minority staunchly stand up for the ROM including one who wrote in to Trainharder. Here are his comments below. Feel free to comment!
About a month ago I saw ignorant comments about the Rom-machine. This was my reply:
I am a healthclubowner and a groupexercise instructor and I studied medicine psychology and have done acsm ace and afaa certifications. With all this important knowledge and more then 10 years of teaching experience you can imagine I concidered myself quite an expert on exercise and related subjects ten years ago when I saw this adverticement telling me about this ‘perfect’ exercisemachine and also telling me that I was a stubborn expert blinded by professional tunnelvision for not seeing the truth in the Rom-theory.
I am glad I wasn’t too much of an expert not to be triggered by the add and I ordered documentation. Imagine ten years ago telling that a HIT training could offer the same cardiovascular results as 30 minutes jogging.
Now ten years later the odds have changed. HIT research is booming and all the things MR. Temme (manufacturor of the ROM)has been telling the world for almost 20 years where proven right by TNO (a independent Dutch science institute) and presented at the ASCM annual meeting may last year.
If you have any respect for yourself being an expert just read your literature and know the facts found in the last few years before starting to attack people who are so vital for progression.
Come on boys and girls, try the leap of faith and jump over you shadows to discover a new world of other ways to reach the same goals.
I did ten years ago when I bought my first Rom-machine.
Sure you will not become an olympic athlete by training on the Rom(but even this kind of athlete will experience a hell of a workout)but you will have the means to reach out to 80% of the general population and give them a real option to get and stay fit enough to have a bigger change to stay healty. All other efforts ( groupexercise weight training jogging etc etc etc)have had years to prove not to be the live-lasting answer for the bigger part of the population.
Consider we are only enhanced(or if you like degenerated)apes. Have you ever seen an ape running for more then a few minutes!(eating and sleeping YES)Offering long duration exercise is a violation against our biology and as such made for failure. Not only our physiology but also our psyche is made for short intensive action. Sure we can force our body in doing something like jogging for hours but that doesn’t make it OK. The only reason a runner is feeling like walking on clouds after an hour running is our body making endorfine to save itself. The body thinks it’s in danger being eaten by a sabertooth tiger and tries everything to keep on going. TORTURE!
Biologically HIT training is the answer.
HIT training normally is a thing for trained athletes but with the Rom it’s now safe and available for everybody.
Expensive? When you compare it with a tighbuster Yes. When you compare it with other professional fitness machinery NO.
Especially when you take into consideration how much an average person spends in money and time on all kind of conventional machinery and healthclubs and never have any lasting results but an empty wallet and disappointments.
So I stopped behaving like an autistic politician not paying attention to the needs and possibilities of the majority of my members. Some experts choose to behave like religious fanatics. They own the one and only truth, I chose not to be one of them and so can you.
I jumped and I invite you to jump too,
Boris Sala, healthclub owner AND a Proud Rom owner.
PS Some suggested reading:
Triggering of Sudden Death from Cardiac Causes by Vigorous Exertion Albert et al, NEJM, 343 (19), 1355-1361.
“These prospective data from a study of U.S. male physicians suggest that habitual vigorous exercise diminishes the risk of sudden death during vigorous exertion.” Very intense exercise-training is extremely potent and time efficient: a reminder
Coyle, E.F. (2005). JAP, 98 (6), 1983-1984.
“The findings of Burgomaster et al. (2005) challenge the concept that aerobic endurance performance is only enhanced by aerobic endurance training. On the surface, this concept seems logical, but it has been long ago proven wrong both in the realm of athletics as well as muscle biochemistry.”
Although more comprehensive inquiry is necessary, present evidence suggests that, when exercise is performed above the minimum intensity threshold, the total volume of training (kcal) accomplished is an important factor in fitness development and maintenance. That is, improvement will be similar for activities performed at a lower intensity-longer duration compared with higher intensity-shorter duration if the total energy cost of the activities is similar.”
(Medicine and science in sports&exercise)