The Top 10 Reasons the Inertia Wave Is a Cool Tool
Composed by Phil Earnhardt. Phil studied Electrical Engineering at MIT. For the last 20 years, he has studied Biotensegrity from an engineering perspective and worked with manual and movement professionals.
10. Hand strength is important. While we cannot change the size of our hands, we can improve our hand strength. The Inertia Wave does that! When moving with the Inertia Wave, we tensionally engage our hands with oscillating movement in all directions. The Inertia Wave increases our hand strength, and relieves the chronically-held hand tensions of desktop warriors.
9. Inertia Wave provides a highly intense workout in a 3-pound package. The resistance of the workout is generated by the user: the exerciser is working against the inertia of the waves that they are creating. In a classical mechanical impedance model, this energy is called “reactance”. The wave-nature of the Inertia Wave exercises makes for a very material-efﬁcient and cost-efﬁcient workout.
8. While IW workouts have similar motions to Battle Rope workouts, the Inertia Wave feels much more alive. You are pulsing energy into the lines, and the lines are pulsing energy back at you. In terms of that stored-energy impedance model, the IW has a “Q Factor” (or Quality Factor) of around 10.
7. The Quality Factor of Battle Ropes is far less than 1. This doesn’t mean that Battle Ropes are a “bad” workout, but it does mean that Inertia Workouts are far more interesting.
6. The Inertia Wave is safe and easy to deploy most anywhere. The nylon anchors we sell on our website work well for most situations, and specialized anchors are available at Amazon and other sporting goods supply vendors.
5. It’s easy to travel with the Inertia Wave. If you’re going on a week-log trip, consider bagging the elastomeres in your luggage.
4. Inertia Wave exercises are both a muscular and neurological workout. I particularly like jumps during the “oxygen thief” exercises, because our CNS has to ﬁgure out how to pulse the lines when our feet are off the ground.
3. Inertia Wave exercises are extremely low impact. Since you can pump much energy into the Inertia Wave, HIIT exercises can have arbitrary intensity. The last work segment of your Inertia Wave workout may be the longest 20 seconds of your life.
2. The Inertia Wave is great for developing symmetrical strength and coordination. Your “inertia wave” (exercise #1) will almost certainly have a higher amplitude on one side, and your “super typhoon” (exercise #6) will have a strong and a weak side. The line doesn’t judge, but it will give you immediate feedback on how you are moving.
1. When you play with the Inertia Wave, you’ll feel awkward. You may feel silly. You’ll make mistakes. When pulsing sideways, you’ll have the lines slap against each other — killing their inertia — and you’ll have to start over again. You’ll surprise yourself with your progress. If you’re not careful, you may ﬁnd yourself having fun.
The greatest benifit for general population is its test resultants. The Inertia Wave burned 46-48 calories in a three-minute bout. CHECK OUT MORE VIDEOS HERE
- A Formal Analysis for 20 years @ MIT Phil Earnhardt.