Science behind XCO®
XCO®-trainer is a revolutionary training tool for use at home and in fitness programs.
Science behind XCO®
XCO®-Trainer is a Dutch innovation, developed by physio and manual therapist Jan Hermans. It is so unique and special that the invention is registered in international patents and scientifically supported by universities and research institutes. The training program is a worldwide success in gyms and among top athletes.
The XCO®-Trainer is a practical aluminium tube filled with special granulate. XCO® means ‘extreme core’, which refers to the core of your body. This is also the area you train with the XCO®. While exercising the granulate moves back and forth with every movement you make. Because the granulate ‘overshoots’ at the beginning of the backward movement, the muscles and especially the connective tissue in and around the muscles get an extra mechanical load. This special effect called Reactive Impact distinguishes the XCO®-Trainer from training with ordinary fitness equipment. The result? An increased load capacity of the connective tissue, better core stability and more muscle strength.
About Jan Hermans
For 44 years I have been a paramedic (physio- and manual therapist) and I treat a variety of (pain) complaints to the posture and musculoskeletal system. It strikes me that the lion’s share of the (pain) complaints comes from threatening and/or real damage to the connective tissue: think of the connective tissue in and around the muscles, tendons, transition tendon/bone tissue and the capsule/bandage device of the joints.
There are many different products and devices for training the muscles, but there is almost nothing specifically aimed at increasing the load-bearing capacity of the connective tissue. This while it is precisely from this that many (pain) complaints arise. I have devised a simple principle that is ideal for restoring the original three-dimensional structure of the connective tissue fibers. On this basis, I have been working since 1988 on the development of a manageable and affordable product: the XCO®-Trainer. In October 2003 I won the ID-NL Year Award “Invention of the Year” in the category People, Construction and Environment.
The XCO®-Trainer is a well thought-out and effective training tool aimed at increasing the load-bearing capacity of the connective tissue. It reduces the susceptibility to injury, increases performance and optimizes natural recovery.
The effectiveness of XCO® has been researched and substantiated by various international universities and institutes.
A study by The Hague University of Professional Education (2005) showed that XCO®:
- leads to 39% more muscle activity
- ensures reactive impact
- is beneficial for deeper connective tissue
A study by the Institute of Medical Physics Friedrich -Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Simon von Stengel, 2007) into the influence of XCO®-Trainers on energy consumption, oxygen uptake and heart rate during running and running:
- a higher heart rate
- increased use of oxygen
- higher energy consumption
- higher fat burning
- higher calorie burning by 33%