The difference between flywheel training and free weights
We all know free weights like kettlebells and dumbbells from the gym. They have been around for as long as we can remember and work great for basic strength exercises. Still, there are 3 major drawbacks to free weights when we compare them to flywheel training. In this blog you will read three advantages of flywheel training compared to free weights!
Not yet familiar with flywheel training? Read HERE what flywheel training is!
Flywheel training automatically adjusts the resistance
If you've ever been to a gym you've no doubt seen that big rack with free weights. The dumbbells often start at 0.5 kilos and gradually increase to sometimes more than 50 kilos. Each person needs a different weight depending on his or her level. You also need different weights per exercise. You are stronger in your legs than in your arms, and it may well be that your sports buddy has a different level than you. So it makes sense that there is such a large rack of dumbbells and kettlebells in the fitness.
In flywheel training you only need one compact and mobile device. You determine the intensity yourself. If you gently pull the cord, you will experience much less resistance than if you pull the cord quickly. Flywheel training with the Kynett ONE creates a resistance between 0 and 100 kilos, depending on how hard you pull. As a result, you only need one device to replace the entire weight rack of the fitness. An additional advantage is that you never have to think about the weight you want to use, you can get started right away!
Flywheel training is independent of gravity
Free weights are heavy because gravity pulls the weight to Earth. You can therefore train your muscles in one direction only, which is opposite to gravity. So you will always train your muscles to push a weight away from the ground. However, there are a lot of muscles and movements that cannot be trained in this direction. Just think of horizontal movements such as a fore and backhand when playing tennis, a jab when boxing, or simply throwing a ball. Vertical movements in which you push a weight towards the ground are also not possible with dumbbells or kettlebells.
This is different in flywheel training. Click on the links above to see how flywheel training makes it possible to train muscles and movements that do not go against gravity. Hang the flywheel low for the kettlebell feeling, hang it half high for horizontal movements and hang the flywheel at eye level to train a movement towards the ground!
Flywheel training is twice as effective
With loose weights like dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells you mainly train your muscles concentrically. That is, you use your muscles to lift the weight. Lowering free weights is very simple, due to gravity they fall automatically. Although you can lower them slowly, this will never be a challenge (something you can lift can also be lowered).
Flywheel training works just like a yo-yo. When pulling you experience the same concentric resistance as with free weights. Due to the fast rotating flywheel, the Kynett ONE will also pull back after your pulling movement, just like with a yo-yo. The harder you pull the cord, the harder the flywheel will pull back afterwards. You will have to slow down the pull back. As a result, you train not only when pulling, but also when slowing down the pull back. The latter movement has been scientifically proven to be more effective in building strong muscles!