Old Style Muscle Building
Back in the late 1960’s a German named Gert F Koelbel, invented an exercise device called the Tensolator which later on was renamed the Bullworker. This device was based on using the principles of Isometrics or Static Contraction.
Bullworker sales took off like a turbo charged skyrocket, reaching sales of 4 million by the middle of the 1980’s.
What’s remarkable about this is that they never used T.V. advertising. The Bullworker was mostly sold from ads in comic books, some wrestling and bodybuilding magazines.
Even the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali used the exerciser and became one of their spokes model. Our current Governor of California Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger also used and modeled for the Bullworker. As well as Bruce Lee and a host of other celiberties of it’s day.
In addition the German Olympic Power Lifting team of that time trained with the Bullworker and some feel that the incredible results and medals they achieved was mostly due to their Bullworker training. But, The most visible proponent of the Bullworker was actually Bruce Lee who at that time was a weight-training fanatic, until he injured his body doing an exercise called “Good Mornings.”
Warning Will Robinson
If you don’t know what a “good morning” is, let me describe the movement. Take a barbell and place it behind your neck and then bend forward from the waist to till your head is at approximately waist high.
Today no one should do that exercise since it has been recognized as a very dangerous exercise. So, why haven’t you heard of this muscle building miracle?
Steroids And Isometrics
Well, even thou Bob Hoffman and many of the U.S. Olympic Power lifting were using the principles of Isometrics and achieved many wins. Isometrics fell into disfavor. This is fairly common in the fitness community. It seems we’re always on to the next fad or novelty. Today Isometrics, which is one of the few training methods that actually was backed by science (Muller, Hettinger Isometric Studies) has made a resurgence and so has the Bullworker.
Better Than Ever
Since the patent for the product ran out years ago and a resurgence perhaps due to baby boomers a new “hybrid” Bullworker has recently emerged. It’s called the Bully Xtreme Home Gym and it offers all the features of the old Bullworkers and then some.
Of course there has been much more learned regarding the proper way to build muscle mass, so their training program has been totally redesigned, including adding the knowledge and expertise of an NPC Nationals Champion and NPC Judge.
Because over 29 different exercises can be done in a seated position this has made the Bully Xtreme a very popular home gym for people that are incapable due to injury, disability or distance to finally get a an incredible muscle building workout in their home. In fact anyone any age can use this portable home gym and besides it’s a piece of history.
Incredible as it seems this exerciser gets the job done