The Most Efficient Exercise & Muscle Triggering Machine I’ve Ever Used – Massive Strength Building Results In Just 15-20 Minutes Per Week – With Mike Pullano of ARX.

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You may have heard me talking lately about the “giant robot” in my gym – an advanced piece of exercise equipment built with a powerful two-horsepower engine. It is the primary means by which I have been becoming “strong as a bull” of late with only three 20-minute strength training sessions per week.

I've known about this crazy machine for years, but finally got one installed in my gym about 12 weeks ago and the results have been unparalleled.

It's called the ARX.

The ARX – which stands for Adaptive Resistance Exercise – is a mashup of single set-to-failure training and superslow training that can be used for extreme efficiency strength training or for rehab. The ARX technology “biohacks” strength training with a computer-controlled, motorized resistance that matches any force you produce, giving you a perfect rep with every rep.

Unlike a traditional weight training machine that requires you to adjust the weight with pins or plates, there is no need to set the resistance while using ARX. Instead, the machine applies opposing resistance in direct proportion to what you are producing at each moment in time throughout an entire rep. The entire effort for that one single set to failure is then measured and displayed by the software in real-time.

The ARX OMNI – which I own – allows for over a dozen motions, including the squat, deadlift, pulldown, row, overhead press, and chest press, while the smaller ARX ALPHA allows for leg press, chest press, row, calf raises, and torso extension and flexion, both with significant strength, bone-density, and muscle-building results in as little as one workout per week.

Recently, the ARX came up in “The Future Of Biohacking Fitness, Longevity, Recovery & More With Beth McDougall.” and in this podcast, I interview Mike Pullano about all things ARX. Mike Pullano is the Chief Product Officer at ARX, the world's leader in computer-controlled, motorized resistance technology. After an Achilles tendon injury sidelined his fitness routine, Mike found a passion for biomechanics and physiology. In his search for better fitness solutions, he discovered an early prototype of ARX. Blown away by the results, Mike joined the ARX team in 2014 to help develop Adaptive Resistance™ technology for its introduction to the market.

Bringing an extensive background in product development, customer experience, and marketing, Mike oversees end-to-end product creation from design to delivery for ARX’s renowned offerings. He holds a bachelor’s in science in Sports, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike currently lives in Austin, Texas where he spends 11 minutes and 46 seconds exercising per week, using the rest of his time exploring the world of human performance, golfing, hunting, and playing music.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Introduction…04:51

  • Ben likens exercising on the ARX to fighting a giant robot in the gym
  • Chest Press

  • Pull-down

  • Deadlift

  • Overhead Press

  • Row

  • Squat

-The science behind ARX and its development…09:00

  • Mike trains 11min. and 47 sec. once or twice per week
  • Ben’s best practice and sweet spot
  • AirDyne
  • ARX is a resistant exercise machine that uses motors instead of weights
    • Controlled by computer software
    • Instantaneous feedback on the screen
  • Has a 2 horsepower motor
  • Two types of the machine
    • OMNI – cable driven

    • ALPHA – sled based, no cables

 -How was the ARX invented?…14:20
  • The idea to use motors instead of weights has been around since the 70s and 80s
    • The technology wasn’t mature enough and cost-effective enough
  • Arthur Jones and Nautilus
  • A very crude version of what we have today was created in 2010-2012 
    • Years of development and testing 
  • In 2015-2016 the present version was created

-How does the concept of the single set to failure work?…16:42

 –What are the other effects of this style of training?…25:26

  • Adaptive Resistance
  • Metabolic fatigue
  • Benefits of strength, muscle hypertrophy, metabolic conditioning
    • Lifting weights can focus only on one of those three goals
    • Watching it play out on the screen with numbers
  • Frequency of workout sweet spot
    • When starting out – twice a week, compound movements, 2 minutes of tension
    • When you are 50% stronger – the machine adapts, and longer rest periods
  • The machine shows the numbers – is there improvement or not?
    • Optimize depending on your goal

-What are the key workouts that are good for most people?…33:48

  • Ben’s goal is full-body strength
  • Maximum eccentric load
  • Watching your learning curve and development on the screen
  • The machine scales up or down and adapts to your needs

 –ARX Modalities and how to understand data on the screen…45:17

  • ARX YouTube channel 
  • Travel Time – the amount of time per rep, adjustable
  • Pause Time – resting time, depends on your goal
  • Number of wraps – is there an ideal time per set
  • Super Human Radio podcast with Carl Lanore
  • More traditional sets of exercise
  • Main things to pay attention to on the screen and how to understand them
  • How to know when to stop – achieving 30% of fatigue
  • Inroad – how much have I fatigued
  • OMNI and ALPHA machines
    • ALPHA – crushes on efficiency
    • OMNI – slightly more complicated

 –Things to combine with ARX machine…58:57

-Special deals and discounts on the ARX…1:10:53

  • Discounts on shipping
  • Custom coaching program
  • Dimensions and set up
    • Alpha – 7 ft. x 3 ft.
    • Omni – 11 ft. x 3.5 ft.

-And much more…

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5 thoughts on “The Most Efficient Exercise & Muscle Triggering Machine I’ve Ever Used – Massive Strength Building Results In Just 15-20 Minutes Per Week – With Mike Pullano of ARX.

  1. Brian says:

    It would be nice to own an ARX but at $43K+ it’s obviously not marketed towards even the most ardent exercise enthusiast! In fact most people probably wouldn’t be able to spend $4,300 on one piece of gym gear. BUT, for those who can and do….no problem ENJOY!

  2. best says:

    @ Pascal it’s more advanced, you seemed to have missed the adaptive part on the eccentric. Jay Schroeder has some impressive numbers in his students with eccentric loads. Only some athletes utilize his ‘PIPES’ to excel the norm.

    A cheaper alternative would be get a yogaband (non-elastic) and do max intensity for 30+ sec with really short breaks in correct angles for each muscle. This is the fastes way after ARX, loaded stretching, it’s from Neurocentric Athlete Training, Dr. Eric Cobb. Still do both when I have to money.

    1. Olivier says:

      So May be the Isochain from coach Paul Wade could be efficient
      Which is somehow more affordable for the

  3. Olivier says:

    Another awesome dream machine
    But I ll stick with x3 bar for the moment.
    And a kind of carol bike protocol alternating between cycling and rowing.
    Also have you already had a Word about the coolmitt stuff? Seems to have great impact on training.

    From France friendly

  4. Cute, only costs 100x more than a resistance band setup that allows the same exercises, including belt squats.

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