Intricate Resistance Settings
Club owners would generally agree a strength training machine needs to be functional to a wide array of people with different training goals and different levels of strength. This diversity amortizes the investment over a wider group. Progressive resistance is additionally required to prevent members from reaching the dreaded "plateau" -- when they stop getting results, and they stop belonging to the gym.
Like hydraulic pistons, the Magnatech™ system also resists proportionally to the force being placed upon it. According to Puryear, "The harder you try to push, the harder it will push against you."
Adjustable Resistance Settings From The Seated Position
|Beyond just the mechanics of the proportional resistance of the system, the essence of the HOGGAN Sprint Circuit lies in its adjustable resistance setting. This is where HOGGAN sets the new gold standard.
A knob selector has infinite settings going from minimum of 0 to maximum of 10. The low numbers are ideal for beginners, women, juniors, and seniors. The very high numbers are for athletes and advanced trainers.
Thanks to Magnatech™ technology, there are an infinite number of settings between the scale of 0 -10, all a user has to do is turn the knob slightly to get a slight increase in resistance. Thus, users can progress at their own speed.
As to how it all works, Ryan Dean Hoggan explains: "When you turn the knob, you're changing the position of the force field. The knob is very easy to turn as well."
The adjustment knob on the HOGGAN Sprint machines is conveniently located within easy reach of the user when sitting on the machine. Those few hydraulic machines that do have adjustments on their pistons generally have them near to floor, which is not very user friendly.
Since progressive resistance is important to keep members from reaching a training plateau and dropping out of fitness, HOGGAN equipped each machine with an adjustable resistance knob that is easily reached from the seated position.
According to Barnhart, "Yes, on hydraulic machines, to make adjustments, you have to lean way over or reach behind you, making it difficult to use. With HOGGAN it's right up front."
Since machines can't service members when they're out of order, Magnatech™ offers great news to club owners. The resistance is provided by a force field. Consequently, there is no rubbing or friction to wear out a seal or a piston. "The Magnatech™ resistance is a friction-free resistance system, it's nothing people will have to service, lubricate, or worry about leaking on the floor," said Ryan Dean Hoggan.
Optional Biometric Feedback System
Club owners also have the option of adding an electronic feedback system to their HOGGAN Sprint Circuit, which provides members vital biometric feedback, with the screen located adjacent to the adjustment knob for accessibility. The system tracks and displays total repetitions, time per rep and heart rate using a telemetric chest belt, providing a convenient way for members to track their progress and to continually monitor their heart rate to stay in their training zone.
No Seat Adjustments Necessary, Just Sit and Go
Probably daunting to a first time user after seeing weight stacks and pins and all those pulleys are the seat settings. On many machines, there is one setting for elevation and another for the angle of the back, all pretty confusing to a neophyte.
The design parameters of the HOGGAN Sprint Circuit are highly intuitive and eliminate intimidation - in that regard, they scored high praises. "When my members sit on the HOGGAN piece, it just fits them; the movement is simple to figure out. Although we do, we wouldn't even have to show them how to use it, they can figure it out on by looking at it, that's how simple it can be, "says Barnhart. "If you actually came in our gym and watched for half an hour and see how the members respond to the equipment, they're not intimidated by it. That's the big thing. "
The HOGGAN Sprint Circuit is designed so that there are no adjustments, just sit and go. This means a single circuit can be used for petite women, burley men, and even juniors as pictured above.
||HOGGAN solves this problem with a cleverly designed stationary seating position that caters to all body types. According to Puryear, "One seat position fits all. You just sit in it and go. HOGGAN had that for a long time, even before Magnatech. You slide your body on, it's in the right position, and you can go.
That's what I like. With other types of equipment, you have to elevate the seat, move the arm bar, and adjust the back. Which pin is it? You spend half the time just adjusting the machine."
According to Barnhart, "The movement is a 'strict movement'. With the HOGGAN line, it doesn't allow you to cheat and it doesn't allow you to bend a body part or move to hurt yourself because it's on a guidance system. You can put totally inexperienced individuals on the machine and it's pretty self explanatory. You don't have to worry about them hurting themselves, just teach them how to breathe, and show them the pace of the movement so they get the resistance they need and the amount of reps required for what they want to accomplish."
Superior Look, Fit and Finish
The finishing touch of the HOGGAN Sprint Circuit is to make it extremely attractive and to hide the advanced mechanics "under the hood". The engineers went through great effort to maximize the biomechanics while not compromising on appearances.
The company did a lot of testing and research on what designs were considered attractive to the general population. The body and design was a big part of the look, fit and finish and overall core purpose of the line. With designers on staff having experience in the consumer business, the HOGGAN Sprint Circuit was designed from the ground up for consumer satisfaction.
"Even though hydraulic machines are a step up from weight stacks in removing at least some of the intimidation factors, they still have a cylinder that's moving up and down and have exposed welded frames that look convoluted. They still come across as looking really basic, scary and intimidating, "said Ryan Dean Hoggan, "Our engineers have incorporated a lot of round curves and made a very sleek design. There's absolutely nothing on the outside of the machine that's intimidating."
For those clubs that wish to personalize their equipment, or want matching décor, HOGGAN does customization on the colors, branding and labeling as well. More…