ViPR may look like a humble rubber tube but, not only is it virtually indestructible, it comes with an amazing array of exercises that makes it suitable for everything from back-to-basics programming to elite-level conditioning - attributes that Virgin Active have been quick to adopt in launching it to gym users.

ViPR, which comes in seven different weights from 4-20kg, can be carried, dragged, thrown, rolled, stepped on and flipped. Much more flexible than traditional fixed and free weights, the new bit of kit allows fitness to be tailored to real-world needs - from carrying bags of shopping to sports-specific strength needs.

The inventor of ViPR, Michol Dalcourt , is renowned across the fitness industry as an expert in functional performance training. In creating ViPR, he sought to address the inadequacies of fixed and free weights, "which didn't provide enough load for transfer into life's activities or for life's demands."

With members at Virgin Active health clubs hooked on equipment like the Swiss ball, the chain's fitness coaches anticipate an equally enthusiastic reception to ViPR and started demonstrating its multitude of moves to clients at their new Classic Club, Twickenham Stadium, in October.

Nick Hudson, National Fitness Manager for Virgin Active, said: "We pride ourselves on providing members with the latest innovation in order to keep them motivated and excited about coming to our clubs. ViPR provides a variety of workout options, teaching the body to work in an effective way both in and out of the gym."

Andy Jackson, Global Commercial Director at FitPro (worldwide ViPR distributors) was pleased by the early response of the fitness industry to ViPR: "We know that ViPR, with its innovation, application and inspiration, is being welcomed by national chains, independent venues and local authorities alike. We're sure that they in turn will get a tremendous response from their clients and members."


What are the training benefits of ViPR?

ViPR uses the four pillars of human movement: gravity infused, stretch-to-shorten, tri-planar and integrated.

ViPR is designed to

  • provide an effective whole-body workout
  • build muscle and burn calories through strength and movement training
  • be versatile – it can be lifted, dragged, thrown, stepped on
  • be safe as it’s made from rubber
  • be suitable for all ages and abilities

What makes ViPR unique?

ViPR – Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning

A truly functional, whole-body training tool.

It mimics barbell, dumbbell, stability ball, medicine ball, balance device and speed ladder workouts and covers over 9,000 developed exercises equally adaptable for beginners, expert and elite users.

ViPR Training for Personal Trainers

ViPR training is currently taking the fitness industry by storm and a wide range of Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers are now using this system to enhance their client’s health and fitness profile. Representing Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning, this new approach to ‘functional training’ provides participants with a varied yet effective way to develop muscular strength and power in a functional capacity. Furthermore, Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors trained to use this system will have another tool at their disposal to promote participation in exercise and fitness training.

ViPR is extremely durable piece of kit which allows you to drag it, throw it, step on it, lift it, or use it to perform almost any movement that you can think of. ViPR has evolved from traditional free-weight training and employs whole body ‘integrated’ exercises and movements to develop usable and transferable motor programs which support daily and sporting activities. Because of the high intensity nature of ViPR training and its whole body approach, ViPR is also a great system for busting those calories!

According to Michol Dalcourt the creator of ViPR, this system “was created from a need to evolve training tools, foster purposeful motion and blend strength training with functional training and movement. Movement is fundamental and what makes up effective movement is a blend of lifting, shifting and twisting”

Day to day activities are rarely performed in a single plane of movement and yet most gym-based exercises, especially resistance machines encourage such movements. Traditional gym workouts also split muscles into groups according to their pushing or pulling action, and challenge them in isolation within a workout or over a number of workouts. With ViPR training however, muscle groups are not worked in isolation, rather they are integrated to create, develop and enhance ‘whole body’ functional movements that actually reflect daily and sporting movements.

Research supporting ViPR claims that no muscle works on its own, regardless of how hard one tries to isolate it. By embracing this concept, training is able to become more functional, transferable and relevant to activities of daily living and the demands of competitive sport. Whole body integration is the key with ViPR and this system is widely believed to help reduce the incidence of injuries, assist with weight management, increase daily and sporting performing and above all, provide an effective exercise modality that any age and gender can enjoy.


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