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Ellington Darden, Ph.D.

X-Force, FIBO, and Wow!


FIBO is the largest fitness trade show in Europe. Held annually in Essen, Germany (this year from April 23-26), exhibitors numbered 517 from 40 different countries and the visitors were more than 48,800.

X-Force of Sweden invited me to attend the show with them and I appreciate their technology and devotion to strength training.

For those wondering, FIBO stands for FITNESS/BODIES.

I've attended many trade shows, such as those sponsored by IHRSA, the American College of Sportsmedicine, the American Medical Association, the Mr. Olympia, the Super Bowl, and even the Olympic Games, but I've never attended exhibits quite like FIBO.

Related to fitness, it had a little bit of almost everything: martial arts, bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman events, women's fitness, aerobics, spinning, cycling, swimming, nutritional supplements, fat-loss accessories, recreational activities, sleep products, strength-training equipment, clothing, shoes, training aids, massage, and locker-room products.

During the four days of FIBO, I visited every booth that was related to strength training and I must say that there was only one that had the sought-after Wow Factor. The wow factor relates to the first impression. In other words, there's something about a product that makes the person go . . . Wow.

Well, X-Force machines had that response. Not only during the first impression, but while the machines were being applied.

First, a tilting weight stack gets a person's attention. He or she has never seen anything like that before.

Second, an individual must then experience a tilting machine or two. On the first repetition — when the weight stack returns to the vertical position with 40 percent more resistance on the negative phase — there's an immediate Wow look on the trainee's face that's real.

More than 1,000 people visited the X-Force booth at FIBO and the vast majority of them left with eye-opening, enthused, first and second impressions.

Mats Thulin — the inventor, owner, and president of X-Force — realizes that there's an increasing need to have the equipment available for interested people to see and try. As a result, he plans to have a showroom and training area available by August 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. It won't be until the spring of 2010 before a similar showroom is established in the United States. A professionally made video, however, detailing the equipment and how it functions, will soon be online.

Below, I'm attaching some photos of interest that I took at FIBO.

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Jym1985

http://www.youtube.com/...h?v=fzhylT1hPxA

found a vid on youtube, showing how x-force equipment works.
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karthik2504

Thank you so much for the FIBO report Dr.Darden. Eagerly awaiting to see the pics.
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Ellington Darden

To generate interest, the X-Force Pec Angle Press was displayed encapsulated in plastic near one of the main entrances of the FIBO Trade Show.
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The X-Force booth at FIBO contained 22 machines. Here's a side view, immediately before the opening on day 1.
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The big "X" on the back of the display area was an impressive work of art.
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Located 50 yards from the X-Force booth, European bodybuilders, sponsored by All Stars Fitness Products, were available for training discussions and photos.
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The X-Force "Wow Factor" was in plain sight on the face of this man as he completed his first repetition on the Leg Quadriceps machine.
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The X-Force Biceps Curl machine is in the ready position, waiting to be tried.
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Once you reach the contracted position on the X-Force Abdominal Crunch machine, the negative resistance makes your abdominals contract like nothing you've experienced in the past.
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Dutch bodybuilder, Luc Chabot, gives his approval to the Deltoid Press machine.
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Dr. Bjorn Alber instructs a trainee in the single-arm way to perform the Lat Back Row machine.
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oldwarhorse

After dabbling in negative chins I realized how great negatives were. If you could make the tilting stack in such a way that a foot pedal could make the change in angle would that bring the cost down?
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Ellington Darden

It's possible to design a machine with such a foot pedal. But the problem is the lag time -- the time that it takes for you to leg press the weight stack back to the vertical position.

Just like in performing negative chins and dips, as you get fatigued, the lag time gets longer and longer. With enough weight attached to your body, you soon start doing a series of 1-repetition sets. And that becomes dangerous.

The motor on the X-Force machine, allows you to turn the weight stack in 1/2 second or less. Doing so takes the lag time down so it's insignificant.

Ellington
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lesterware

Very simple and cool machines. I would definetely incorporate some of them into my studio.
Lester Ware
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Jay711

Ellington Darden wrote:
Once you reach the contracted position on the X-Force Abdominal Crunch machine, the negative resistance makes your abdominals contract like nothing you've experienced in the past.


Hey, that's me on this Abdominal machine. ;-D Can't believe as I've seen it!
For me the Highlight on this years Fibo, except the X-Force machines, was to met You Ellington Darden in person. It was a really great experience but I wished I've had a little bit more time to talk with you. I've read a lot of your books and still go on. For me The New HIT was one of the best books about Training I've ever read and I can't wait to get your new book.
I recently startet to do workshops and seminars about HIT and the Nautilus Training in our and some other gyms here in Germany where I work as a Trainer and Physical Therapist. And your books are always good inspirations for my work as a Trainer.

Yours Faithfully
Jan
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Ellington Darden

Thanks, Jan, for your comments.

I hope to soon have some shots of Dorian Yates, as he visited the X-Force booth at FIBO and shared some interesting experiences with me.

Ellington
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Bill Sekerak

California, USA

It looks like another leap in the development of resistance training at last.

It is going to be real hard for the anti-machine luddites to ignore or denigrate this true advance.

I hope the company does well in these tough economic times.

Are they planning to sell stock ?
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Jay711

I only have two photos of Dorian and you.
Unfortunately, they're not the best. :-(
Here, Dorian is trying the Abdominal machine.
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Jay711

Dorian&Ellington #2
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Jay711

Ellington and me at the X-Force booth. Thank you for this picture!
Do you already know if you will be at the FIBO again in 2010?
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Ellington Darden

Six-time Mr. Olympia winner, Dorian Yates, spent about 10 minutes at the X-Force booth trying various machines. Dorian told me that he's got the backing in England to begin opening Dorian Yates' gyms.

I've used a number of Dorian's competition photos in my bodybuilding books and I've been impressed with his training style.

Ellington
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raytate

North Carolina, USA

Ellington, Thank you for reporting on the show and the photos. Ray
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Jan,

X-Force has decided to go to FIBO again in 2010. It should be another interesting show.

Ellington
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Joel H

Hi Ellington!
Just wanted to say hi and thank you for teaching me plenty at FIBO,it was inspiring and I really appriciated it. Its always interesting to talk to you and Bj?rn and hopefully ill see you soon again!

Best Regards,
Joel Hallstr?m, the swedish physiotherapist in the X-force booth
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