Features & Benefits
Features and Benefits of the Axis Weight Bars:
The best benefit of an Axis Bar is when you actually hold it.
Benefits of Training with an Axis Bar:
- Unmatched Muscle Gains
- Unrivaled Strength Increases
- Full Upper Body and Core Muscle Recruitment
- Higher Neural Plasticity (Muscle Memory)
- Complete Muscle Symmetry
- No Joint Pain (Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder)
- Reduce Risk of Injury
- Best Forearm and Grip Strength Trainer
- Unlock Nervous System
- Simultaneous Upper Body and Abdominal/Core Muscle Workout
- Relieve Stress of Back and Spine
- Strengthen Muscles and Nerve Connections
- Strengthen Neural Pathways
- Relive Stress Off Spine and Low Back
Terms To Remember:
- Rotational Torque
- Concave, convex
- Supinate, Pronate
To describe the bar and the application I like to use a few basic words such as these terms you see above.
Axis: A straight line about which a body or geometric object rotates or may be conceived to rotate.
Offset: Is an engineering term to describe when a weight is away from the center. In this case because the weights are added at one end of the bar, the weight of the bar is offset from center. Normal bars put all the weight near the base of the palm, by being offset the weight is pushed out to the fingertips.
Neuro-Facial: Pertaining to the nerve and nerve surfaces turned on by the brain to help the body preform a certain body function or movement.
Rotational Torque (or torque): refers to when a force is applied (in this case weights) it causes the whole Axis Bar to want to rotate in your hand instead of just falling to the ground.
Leverage is what happens when a weight that is pushed farther away from the center or axis of the hand causes more force. In this case the weight on the bar has been pushed away from the palm creating more leverage with the same amount of weight. This is why a little bit of weight on this bar feels like a lot.
Concave and convex can be used to describe which part of the bar you are describing. With the supinate grip the concave part faces up and the convex part faces down. Each bar has a concave and a convex side.
Supinate and Pronate refers to the position of the hand. Supinate is when the palm is facing up and pronate is when the palm is facing down.
What is an Axis Bar?
An Axis Bar is the first weight training equipment made available that uses the natural bio-mechanics of the body to work with the nervous system. This equipment forces the nervous system to fire symmetrically and evenly throughout the upper body. This even firing across all of the joints and nerves of your muscles, allows your body to recruit more muscles in your lift. This helps you balance out smaller tertiary muscles that are neglected by conventional weight training. Once the weak link in your muscle chain is strengthened your nervous system will allow you to use your full muscle strength potential. Axis Bars are the best equipment available to become bigger and stronger like never before.
Axis Bars use rotation and torque to force the user to incorporate his or her thumb into the lift. The thumb is the vital part of this neural facial connection. The thumb is what activates this connection all throughout the upper body and even into the core.
Axis Bars are designed to make sure you can’t cheat yourself. We have moved the “Axis” of the weight you are going to lift out of the center of your hand and pushed it out to your fingertips. This makes sure you have to use your thumb. Otherwise, the bar will slide around in your hand and you won’t be able to lift properly. Kind of a built in personal trainer.
Axis Bars are the best way to maximize your strength. You will be able to use less weight yet get stronger. Less weight will reduce the risk of you getting injured but with our unmatched muscle recruitment that our equipment provides, you will get stronger. You will also get stronger quicker and break through weight plateaus you might be having trouble with.
Axis Bars also train the brain. When you use Axis equipment, you start maximizing your own body’s neural facial connections. These connections with the proper training will get stronger just like a muscle will. That means when you go to pick up a conventional weight bar your muscle memory or neural plasticity will be higher and more muscles will automatically fire due to that strong Axis Bar trained connection.
Remember: Brain=Spine=Core=Extremities and it’s a two way street. Axis Bars turn on the neural pathways to make these connections stronger. Thus, making you healthier and stronger!
Why Axis Bars?
- Axis Bars are scientifically backed by doctors of neurology with amazing results in needle EMG studies.
- Axis Bars will allow smaller muscles that are neglected by conventional weight training to grow faster and get stronger. Once weaker muscles in the muscle chain catch up in strength all your other bigger muscles can grow bigger and stronger. No More Plateauing!
- The nervous system protects your muscles and joints from injury. When one link in the chain is weak your nervous system will in turn protect the body by reducing strength in other muscles to try and prevent injury. Axis Bars will help this by tapping into the same neural connection used to protect your body and fire it symmetrically to strengthen those neglected weaker muscles.
- Training with Axis Bars will help strengthen and develop a stronger brain to muscle relationship. This allows for muscles to get bigger, fire faster, and become stronger.
- Axis Bars allow fuller muscle contractions not only in amplitude but in frequency as well.
The muscles that contract and extend the fingers and thumbs are the Flexors and the Extensors. A palm up wrist curl uses the flexors, and a palm down wrist curl uses the extensors. These muscles connect at the elbow. Then the muscles in the bicep are used to move the forearms and hand up and down. In the anterior side of the arm there are two bicep heads, and underneath those is the brachialis muscle. Looking at the diagram, you can see the flexor muscles that come from the thumb keep gong past the elbow and connect to the same fascia as the brachialis. This is why the thumb is so important. The nervous system automatically contracts the brachialis muscles when the thumb is flexed in the supinate position and other positions.
The supinate grip (palm facing up) is contoured around the bar and the weight load is offset to the outside. When this happens it creates rotational torque of the bar forcing the fingers to have to push against the end of the bar, forcing the flexor muscles to contract. Additionally the thumb has to contract in order to keep the bar from falling out of the hands. If you look at the diagrams I attached: Some of the forearm muscles go into the elbow which in turn is connected to the bicep muscle. This activation of those muscles is done via the Thumb. When the thumb is contracted in this supinate position the brain also contracts the muscles in the bicep. This is called a Neuro-Fascial connection. This is very important because normal bars do not require the thumb to have to contract very much. Curling and benching don’t need the thumb at all with a normal bar. This connection forces the brachialis muscle and the other tissues to be more stimulated than when using a normal bar.
The bar is held with the convex side up. While pronating the bar, it forces the fingers to squeeze really hard in order to hold onto the bar. At the same time the thumb has to push against the other side to prevent the bar from falling out of your grip. This works the extensor muscles to keep the hand level while working the flexor muscles to squeeze the fingers.
BearClaw. (Refers to a unique grip you can only do with an Axis Bar.)
It’s called a “BearClaw” because your hand looks like it is making a claw shape. With this Grip the weight is still away from the palm and a little downward. The concave part faces outward and the convex part faces your body. The hand is in the pronate position and the hand is pushed against the convex side with the fingertips inside the concave part. The thumb is positioned underneath all the way to the end where the weight is. With this grip the thumb is hyper activated to push the weight up and the fingers have to squeeze to keep the bar from rotating forward. Curling the bar in this position really hits the flexors and extensors while getting a great benefit with the thumb.
Inside Convex Pronate. (Refers to reverse pronate grip on the Axis Bar)
This grip has the convex side up but the weight load is flipped 180 degrees to put the weight close to the palm. The thumb is wrapped underneath the weight and the fingers are over the convex part. This puts all the weight onto the thumb and the fingers have to contract to push it against the thumb to keep the bar from falling out. The thumb and finger flexors have to work really hard to hold the bar.
This movement uses any of the above grips to hold the bar, but instead of curling and pushing the bar, you simply rest your forearms on your knees or a bench and curl only your forearms. This allows you to focus only and the forearms and not the arms.
The ergonomics of Axis Bars are unique and functional. With curling and arm usage there is no wrist pain, which is commonly found in straight bars. This eliminates the need for an EZ bar curl. Additionally with these bars, you can strengthen the muscles in the hand to offset the effects of carpal tunnel.
Elbow and Arm symmetry are also a huge benefit. By using the Axis Bars, you are activating muscles that are normally weak with conventional lifting. The forearms, the Brachialis, and the neuro-fascial connection running from the thumb all the way to the chest. Many injuries in sports like baseball’s “pitchers elbow” can be prevented by using these bars and strengthening the muscles that are weak and causing an imbalance. The elbow and muscles become more symmetrical and remove weaknesses that cause injuries. Imbalances are what cause injuries. Just like doing abs and never lifting your lower back will cause back problems, training and strengthening muscles in the arms more than other muscles will cause injuries. Many of these problems exist due to conventional straight bar arm and bench training.
Forearm strength with this equipment is unmatched. It is the most natural and anatomically beneficial way of training the forearms. As long as humans have been on this planet we were lifting rocks and moving objects with our hands in various grips. We never grabbed a bar and curled it over and over again. Our bodies are made for multiple muscle training. There is simply not a better device around that trains the forearms better.