THE KEISER FT
WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Keiser FT is the most sophisticated piece of equipment in the BearWolf facility.
Watch the video below to get an understanding of what makes it different.
Essentially, the key thing that separates the KEISER FT from the pack is that it uses compressed air for resistance. This benefits you in the following ways
Keiser machines are built to go fast! Anyone that has tried sharp movements on a regular cable machine will have certainly hit a ‘dead spot’ where the weight changes direction and creates a moment of weightlessness. This doesn’t happen on the FT as the tension is constant, allowing you to accelerate to your hearts desire and test your power.
This has great applications to strength and sport, making it ideal for any client.
The weight goes up in 100 gram increments. This allows you to be very specific on your resistance. Those that are rehabbing and injury, or looking to create control and pattern movements need this accuracy to target weaker or at risk muscles.
We briefly mentioned ‘dead spots’ on your typical cable machine. After this moment of weightlessness you should also expect sudden loading of the muscles/joints as gravity kicks in and the weight loads back onto the cable. Again, this doesn’t happen on the Keiser as the tension is constant, allowing for smooth movement.
The speed and fluidity of the resistance, along with the adjustable arms and attachments, gives you a huge scope of variety with your training. This keeps exercises fresh and fun, allowing you to get the most from the journey.
Most equipment allows you to change the resistance, few allow you to do it mid repetition. Coaches can increase the weight to emphasise the negative phase of a rep or can reduce weight for smooth drop sets.
The Keiser FT monitors the power of each rep and puts it into context of your peak power. This allows you to monitor and progress your numbers, but also to train in specific power ranges to achieve different effects.
UNDERSTANDING THE DISPLAY
Watch this brief video to understand the display on the Keiser FT
This is measured in kilograms and increases/decreases in 100 gram increments. Use the yellow buttons below to adjust.
The number of reps performed.
The maximum power generated in your set, this is established on a rep by rep basis.
The percentage of your peak power that the current rep achieved. When a new peak is established, this will show 100.
As we know, the Keiser is capable of some intricate, specific and complex movements. These are great, but like with all things in the gym, we need to get comfortable with the basics first.
Below are a series of exercises that you should be comfortable with, before scaling up the difficulty.
Remember that many of these can be done with single arm variations, with different handles and at different heights with the adjustable arms.
LOWER BODY EXERCISES
Go onto your dashboard and you can select the template KEISER FOUNDATIONAL MOVEMENTS in order to see a sample workout. Watch the video demonstrations and see how we have constructed a workout using the exercises above.
Once you are familiar with the foundation movements - Experiment.
Check out the video below of Francis exploring the possibilities of the Keiser.
Dedicate time to try out a new attachment, limit yourself to it and try get a full body workout. Play around with it yourself and you will get a feel of what works, what flows and what doesn’t. It truly is the best way to maximise the potential for this machine. Have fun with it.
If you have any further questions about the Keiser, speak to us in the gym, or drop us a message below.