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The ROM – Cross Train In Only 4 Minutes

The ROM – Cross Train In Only 4 Minutes

ROM - The 4-Minute Cross Trainer (Image courtesy ROM)
By Andrew Liszewski

The ROM is one serious looking piece of exercise equipment and it better be given the claims its creators make about it. Apparently just a 4 minute workout out on the ROM is equal to spending about 45 minutes on a regular treadmill. And because it uses 55% of the body’s muscles during the workout you can actually burn about 465 calories in that short amount of time.

If you find that hard to believe you’re not alone. The ROM’s website seems devoted to convincing people that their cross-trainer is the real thing and that fitness ‘experts’ don’t really know what they’re talking about. I’m not willing to make a judgement call here since I’m no fitness expert myself but at $14,615 you’d probably want to be pretty sure it actually works as claimed before dropping that much coin.

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  • Kouroth

    I always though a stiff suite would be the best way to work out. Just make all movements harder to do. Strap it on then do something fun like paint-ball or fake skiing or just working in the garden.

  • Wacko

    I wonder why they don’t put their video on Youtube or something. Why free DVD/VHS only?

  • Boris

    About a month ago I saw ignorant comments about the Rom-machine on a blog. This was my reply:

    I am a healthclubowner and a groupexercise instructor and I studied medicine psychology and have done acsm ace and afaa certifications. With all this important knowledge and more then 10 years of teaching experience you can imagine I concidered myself quite an expert on exercise and related subjects ten years ago when I saw this adverticement telling me about this ‘perfect’ exercisemachine and also telling me that I was a stubborn expert blinded by professional tunnelvision for not seeing the truth in the Rom-theory.
    I am glad I wasn’t too much of an expert not to be triggered by the add and I ordered documentation. Imagine ten years ago telling that a HIT training could offer the same cardiovascular results as 30 minutes jogging.

    Now ten years later the odds have changed. HIT research is booming and all the things MR. Temme ( the manufacturer of the ROM) has been telling the world for almost 20 years where proven right by TNO (a independent Dutch science institute) and presented at the ASCM annual meeting may last year.

    If you have any respect for yourself being an expert just read your literature and know the facts found in the last few years before starting to attack people who are so vital for progression.

    Come on boys and girls, try the leap of faith and jump over you shadows to discover a new world of other ways to reach the same goals.
    I did ten years ago when I bought my first Rom-machine.

    Sure you will not become an olympic athlete by training on the Rom(but even this kind of athlete will experience a hell of a workout)but you will have the means to reach out to 80% of the general population and give them a real option to get and stay fit enough to have a bigger change to stay healty. All other efforts ( groupexercise weight training jogging etc etc etc)have had years to prove not to be the live-lasting answer for the bigger part of the population.
    Consider we are only enhanced(or if you like degenerated)apes. Have you ever seen an ape running for more then a few minutes!(eating and sleeping YES)Offering long duration exercise is a violation against our biology and as such made for failure. Not only our physiology but also our psyche is made for short intensive action. Sure we can force our body in doing something like jogging for hours but that doesn’t make it OK. The only reason a runner is feeling like walking on clouds after an hour running is our body making endorfine to save itself. The body thinks it’s in danger being eaten by a sabertooth tiger and tries everything to keep on going. TORTURE!

    Biologically HIT training is the answer.

    HIT training normally is a thing for trained athletes but with the Rom it’s now safe and available for everybody.

    Expensive? When you compare it with a tighbuster Yes. When you compare it with other professional fitness machinery NO.
    Especially when you take into consideration how much an average person spends in money and time on all kind of conventional machinery and healthclubs and never have any lasting results but an empty wallet and disappointments.

    So I stopped behaving like an autistic politician not paying attention to the needs and possibilities of the majority of my members. Some experts choose to behave like religious fanatics. They own the one and only truth, I chose not to be one of them and so can you.

    I jumped and I invite you to jump too,

    Boris Sala, healthclub owner AND a Proud Rom owner.

    PS Some suggested reading:

    Triggering of Sudden Death
    from Cardiac Causes by
    Vigorous Exertion
    Albert et al, NEJM, 343 (19), 1355-1361.
    Conclusion
    “These prospective data from a
    study of U.S. male physicians
    suggest that habitual vigorous
    exercise diminishes the risk of
    sudden death during vigorous
    exertion.”

    Very intense exercise-training
    is extremely potent and time
    efficient: a reminder
    Coyle, E.F. (2005). JAP, 98 (6), 1983-1984.
    “The findings of Burgomaster et
    al. (2005) challenge the concept
    that aerobic endurance performance
    is only enhanced by
    aerobic endurance training. On
    the surface, this concept seems
    logical, but it has been long ago
    proven wrong both in the
    realm of athletics as well as
    muscle biochemistry.”

    Although more comprehensive inquiry is necessary,
    present evidence suggests that, when exercise is
    performed above the minimum intensity threshold, the
    total volume of training (kcal) accomplished is an
    important factor in fitness development and
    maintenance. That is, improvement will be similar for
    activities performed at a lower intensity-longer duration
    compared with higher intensity-shorter duration if the
    total energy cost of the activities is similar.”
    (Medicine and science in sports&exercise)

    http://www.hitfit.ca/content/images/H.I.T-Research_Paper2.pdf

    http://www.fastexercise.com/pdf/High-Intensity_Exercise_on_the_ROM.pdf

    http://www.fastexercise.com/pdf/Effects_on_Muscle.pdf