SUMMARY - RESEARCH RELATED TO FITNESS BENEFITS WITH T-BOW
Hugener, D. and Reidt, S., 2005-2006
of Movement and Sports Sciences de la Universidad de Zurich
Research carried out by D. Hugener and S. Reidt about the TBOW
showed interesting results for their studies at the 'lnstitut für
Bewegungs- und Sportwissenschaften' Institute of Movement and
Sports Sciences at the 'Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule'
[Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ)] Switzerland.
During their study of a group of male and female adults the T-BOW
was used twice for 45 minutes as a training device during an 8 week
period. The condition was that the test person had not been training
regularly (or no more than once a week).
The test measured the results for the heart and cardiovascular
system, strength and balancing abilities. A marked improvement in all
areas was recorded, shown by comparison of the results at the
beginning and end of the course.
Measurements for heart and cardiovascular system:
- resting pulse
- pulse after 2 mins. fast walking, 2 mins. jogging, 2 mins. fast jogging
- recovery pulse after 1 min., 2 mins.
- time for pulse to reach 100 per min. again
Endurance Improvement after training (HR as
indicator): 5-10 beats/minute lower pulse rates
and faster recovery in tests when course finished
Measurements for strength: dynamic movements
- abdominal muscles
- back muscles
- pectoral and triceps muscles
- leg muscles (stretching)
- muscles at the side of torso
- muscles that stabilize torso
Strength improvement after training: 20 - 95%
Measurements for ability to balance:
- balancing for 20 secs. on a wooden plank crossways and
lengthways without holding on to something or the plank touching
Balance improvement after training: 30% average
Furthermore, the participants were questioned about subjective
criteria. All participants unanimously declared the programe to have
been integral, very varied and most enjoyable. Many said they had
arrived tired but emerged from the training fit and energized.
Subjective feeling after the T-BOW training: everybody had a
lot of fun and a great bodyfeeling after the training
The T-BOW training was also compared to other group trainings
The integrity of the program was very obvious. There is to date no
other training program with just one piece of equipment, which
engages heart and cardiovascular exercises together with training for
balance, strength and mobility.
The increased radius of movement for the abdominal muscles on
account of the curvature of the T-BOW has also been proven.
However, further studies with more people are necessary to confirm
these results and guarantee objectivity and reliability.
Surveys at fitness and leisure centres and schools showed that
stacking the T-BOW in relatively small spaces is considered as a
Information taken from:
Sandra Bonacina (2006). T-BOW Workout Instructor Manual 2006.