Our first Activ5 Multiplayer Game: ActivSumo


Great news! You can now enjoy even more games with your Activ5! If you enjoy playing multiplayer video games and competing with your friends and family, we have some great news. We just launched ActivSumo, a game which allows you to compete in a sumo match against a digital or real life opponent.

Best of all ActivSumo is our first multiplayer game! In ActivSumo, as in the classic Japanese sport, opponents struggle to push each other out of the ring. Just as in real life, victory requires a combination of strength and dexterity.

ActivSumo brings a whole new dimension to the “one-on-one fight” genre, because you must use your muscle force to beat your opponent so each “match” is a real workout. You can play Sumo with anyone  – even if they’re much stronger or weaker than you. This is because the game incorporates Activ5’s calibration technology to create a level playing field for both players.

Now for the first time you can compete against your friends and really put your strength to the test! Of course, you’ll need two Activ5 devices to play in multiplayer mode. Just connect both devices via Bluetooth and you will be ready to start competing.

Download the new Sumo game from the Games section in your Activ5 app or by simply searching “Activ5 Sumo” in the App or Play Store.

We hope you enjoy this new addition! Comment below and let us know if you have other game ideas you like to see added to the Activ5 game library!

 

Introducing a new Activ5 Game: Ski


Introducing a new Activ5 Game: Ski

Great news folks!  Your Activ5 iOS app is getting a strength boost with a brand new Activ5 game.

It is well known that isometrics is a big part of what makes skiing such an effective workout. Which is why integrating it into the Activ5 app was an obvious and inevitable decision from the very start.

We have now added the much-anticipated Activ5 game, “Ski,” which allows you to simultaneously play and exercise from our core app. Who said fitness can’t be fun?

To try it out, simply go into Preferences in your Activ5 app and under “Exercise Theme” select “Ski”. You’re all set to hit the slopes!

In addition, – especially for our international users – our app now supports metric units, so you can now measure your muscle power in kilograms as well as pounds. You will also notice a series of other improvements, including a new exercise curve tutorial and better tracking for your workouts, making your path to better fitness even easier.

As always, if you enjoy the app and our Activ5 games, don’t forget to leave us a review! We appreciate your feedback.

Stay tuned for more exciting features!

How a Few Minutes of Isometric Exercise Can Make a Big Difference


How a Few Minutes of Isometric Exercise Can Make a Big Difference

It’s so easy to let regular exercise sessions slip away during day-to-day life. Even when you have the best of intentions, a multitude of factors can seem to conspire against you. We all lead very busy lives, after all, so finding the time to go to the gym or go out for a run can be a very real challenge.

Isometrics –Your Everyday Exercise

That’s where isometric exercise comes in. As opposed to concentric and eccentric exercise, which respectively shorten and lengthen muscles, isometric exercise is a low-impact exercise that tenses muscles without changing their length. When done correctly, isometric exercise actually activates more muscle than either concentric or eccentric movement. It’s static, low impact, easy on joints, requires no equipment and builds muscle stability — important for maintaining strength if you’re injured or too busy to work out often. Best of all, you can do isometric exercise in short workout sessions –as little as five minutes at a time — and still see demonstrable gains.

Isometric exercise is a foundational element of both yoga and Pilates. If you lift weights, isometrics can also help you get through the sticking points of certain lifts. Simply place a stationary bar or weight at the point where you struggle the most, and then push against that point for a few seconds with maximal muscle activation to train your strength there.

People have been doing isometrics for thousands of years, but scientists haven’t spent much time researching it until recently. Since then, they’ve found it has many benefits, including:

  • Saving time. Each “rep” of isometric exercise involves contracting the muscles involved for only three to 10 seconds, so it’s easy to get several high-energy sets done at home, at the office or even while waiting in line.
  • Improving body awareness. Taking dynamic movement out of exercises allows you to focus on your breathing and become more aware of which muscles are working to contract and which are turning off or having trouble engaging.
  • Lowering blood pressure. Regular isometric training can encourage “significant and clinically meaningful” drops in blood pressure readings, particularly for people who start with high blood pressure levels or prehypertension.
  • Reducing pain. For people who are injured or have previously existing pain, isometric exercise can relieve that pain in a variety of areas, including the lower back and knees.

Minutes a Day With Activ5

Coming out in January 2017, Activ5 is a new, Bluetooth-enabled isometric training device from ActivBody. Throughout the day, it will prompt you to complete short exercise sessions of about five minutes each. It can work as either an accompaniment to normal training at the gym or a way to ease into more daily activity. Since you use the device as part of each exercise, it can measure your muscle activation and integrate the data it collects with your smartphone.

With 50 different exercises and countless mix-and-match routines, Activ5 will work to keep you on your toes and help you stay fit even when time is tight.

Common Isometric Exercises

Isometric training is easy to customize to your fitness level and the time you have available. You can even do it in your office clothes! A few of the most common isometric exercises are:

  • The plank. Supported by your hands or forearms, the plank builds stability throughout your core, including your abs and upper back.
  • Prayer pose. Simply press your palms together, as in prayer, and squeeze as hard as you can. You’ll feel your chest turn on as well as your forearms and biceps.
  • Squat. Hold the position actively, keeping your legs engaged and sticking your chest out to keep your back straight and tall.