Last Updated on 11 February 2021 by Ray Plumlee
Many of us have chosen to work out in order to maintain our health, our flexibility, our strength, or build our bodies. But working out can be boring. There is just so much bending and flexing you can do without going mad. In addition, we may consider the use of various apparatus to enhance our training, quickening and increasing the desired results. But what devices can be beneficial?
The Bullworker is one such device, invented by German inventor Gert F. Holbel and marketed throughout the world since 1962. Over nine million of the rather simple machines have been sold worldwide.
The Bullworker is a simple device in design. The device consists of two telescoping cylinders containing springs and covered with a flexible material. A hand grip is attached to each end of the device, with a cable connected to either side of these grips, running from end to end. You can use the device in two different ways: first, by gripping the hand grips on each end and compressing the cylinder, or, secondly, by clutching the cables and pulling in opposite directions. The compression on the internal spring results in the desired resistance. Although the device itself weighs only about four pounds, it can provide a range of up to 150 pounds (68kg) of resistance.
The Bullworker is an isometric exercise device. The word comes from Greek roots – “iso” meaning equal, and “Metria” meaning measuring. Isometric exercises are so named because the muscle is not stretched or changed in length, or the joint moved, during exercise. This type of exercise is thousands of years old, dating back to certain static hold used in yoga training and martial arts. Benefits are derived inducing muscle contractions through resistance. Because little or no movement is required, this type of exercise can be performed in a minimal amount of space, so no dedicated area is needed. The Mayo Clinic has reported that isometric exercise may enhance muscle stabilization and increase muscle strength in those suffering from arthritis, or in people who have a limited range of motion. In 2014, this institution also reported that isometric exercise training lowers blood pressure and resting heart rate. Perhaps lowering the risk of heart disease.
The original device, as described above, is still the basis of the Bullworker line, but a smaller device has been added. If you are comparing the Bullworker to more classic training equipment, consider the original Classic device as “barbell” caliber, with the higher resistance of up to 150 pounds (68 kg), and the newer device, the Steel-Bow, as a “dumbbell” type alternative. The Steel-Bow device comes with interchangeable springs, providing various levels of resistance ranging from zero to 100 pounds (0-45 kg). Besides the Steel-Bow, a variety of other products have been added over time to the line. You can add an Iso-Core Bow Extension kit which contains three extension, of varying lengths, to provide you with an added range of motion for your Classic Bullworker. This kit also contains a Steel-Bow. The Bow Classic Deluxe Combo combines the classic device with the Iso-Core extension system, and the Iso-Bow, a small, extremely portable isometric exercise device designed to provide pain relief and burn fat.
As anyone who has shopped for exercise equipment can attest, fitness does not seem to come cheaply. You can wind up spending hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on equipment which happens to catch your eye while surfing through a series of late night infomercials. While such equipment may be worth it, depending on your commitment level, it will come as some relief to you to learn that the Bullworker line of products is no where near as large an investment. The least expensive item in the line, the small Iso-Bow, markets for under twenty dollars, while the most expensive collection of devices comes in about one hundred and fifty dollars. When compared to some other products, with their extended payment plans, such an investment in your fitness seems minor. Granted, this equipment doesn’t play music, or make you feel like you’re cycling through the Swiss Alps or down the Pacific Coast Highway. It simply provides you with an efficient workout in a limited space, with, according to many testimonials, surprisingly beneficial results. You can take the money you save and put it toward that trip to Malibu or Switzerland, if you prefer!
The Bullworker devices are available at a variety of venues, most notably at their official site. Here you will find a variety of products available, from the devices themselves to supporting literature, customer testimonials, and a blog you may wish to peruse. You can also find tips on combining this primarily isometric form of exercise with what some may consider the more common isotonic forms. Read the blog and the testimonials. Watch the videos and picture yourself going through the various routines. But you are not limited to this site alone. You may also like to check out Ebay and, of course, Amazon. You may find the customer reviews on these sites to be more impartial than those found on the official site, but all reviews seem to be generally positive. Also, I would advise you to peruse the web. These devices are so popular that there is no shortage of information out there.
As with any type of workout equipment, you should be aware, as goes without saying, that results will vary. And this variety will, as is also usual, depend upon your commitment to training. Do not take on more than you are willing to do. And set reasonable goals. Read the literature, and decide what is, and is not, reasonably possible, given the equipment you decide upon, and the effort you are ready and willing to make. Nothing will sabotage a fitness regimen faster than the discouragement you will experience when your goals are not met within a reasonable time frame. Don’t fall victim to over-expectation and under-performance. The Bullworker range of isometric exercise equipment is easily adaptable to all levels of physical ability, and can provide results varying from a simple improvement in range of movement, to dramatic changes in body image – which makes them an ideal product for practically anyone.