(ARX) adaptive resistance exercise Gilbert, Arizona
An adult human’s bone density typically peaks around age twenty-five to thirty and begins to slowly and naturally decline from this point on due to the aging process. When we see faster-than-normal decreases in bone strength and bone mineral density, we say that person has “osteoporosis.” Osteoporosis already affects millions worldwide and the incidence of osteoporosis and injuries related to it are increasing at a rapid rate. The image below shows the increase in hip fractures directly due to weak, brittle bones throughout the world.
With this rapid increase imminent, let’s look at exactly how human’s bone density is regulated via something called “Wolff’s Law”:
Wolff’s Law: Bone in a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. If loading on a bone increases, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger to be able to handle that loading. The opposite is true as well: if the loading on a bone decreases, the bone will become weaker over time.
You could say that your body works on the, “use it or lose it” mentality, where if you are NOT loading your bones regularly, your body will NOT choose to continue to rebuild those bones over time. Your body will only build bones strong enough to handle the environment it lives in. If your environment does not require you to be able to sustain heavy loading, your body will feel no pressure to continue to build bone and osteoporosis will begin.
It should also be noted that tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues also respond to mechanical loading in a similar fashion.
The primary tool used to rehabilitate people with osteoporosis is the safe application of mechanical tension. (aka: exercise) When the proper amount of resistance (loading) is applied to your bones, tendons, and ligaments, they will gradually begin to reconstruct themselves to become stronger, more resilient, and ultimately have a higher resistance to injury.
So what’s the best and safest way to provide our bones, ligaments, and tendons with the correct amount of loading?
Answer: resistance exercise with ARX technology.
ARX can perfectly load any and every user to exactly their optimal level and do so without worry of injury in the process. One of the best ways to load the bones, tendons, and ligaments is with “overload negatives” (aka: large eccentric contractions) where your body is required to handle the highest level of SAFE loading it can handle and thus respond positively by building bigger, stronger bones.
This unique ability to load on the negative of any movement is what makes ARX the best tool in the world to safely and effectively maintain your bone density and integrity.