ViPR: Workout for Whole Body Integration
is an acronym for Vitality, Performance and Re-Conditioning.
VITALITY: A renewed sense of energy and movement possibility – purposeful and
PERFORMANCE: Performing at the highest level possible, with plenty to spare
RECONDITIONING: Regaining the power to move effectively and efficiently once
ViPR bridges the gap between movement and strength. Lift it, carry it, drag it,
roll it, flip it, throw it, or even step on it. It’s the ultimate functional,
whole-body training tool, combining the programming of a traditional resistance
workout together with the physical agility needed for an optimal sports or
Michol Dalcourt, ViPR creator says “ViPR was created from a need to foster
purposeful motion and blend strength training with functional training and
movement. Movement is fundamental. And what makes up effective movement is a
blend of lifting, shifting, and twisting. Integrated movements like these become
incredibly effective at producing results when combined with load.”
ViPR bridges the gap between movement and strength training. It combines
full-body movement with load, enhancing the vitality, performance and
reconditioning goals of clients and athletes. ViPR introduces a new concept in
fitness and sports conditioning – Loaded Movement Training.
Loaded Movement Training combines task-oriented movement patterning with
resistance training. Agility and strength come from moving the body in a
multitude of purposeful tasks with load, just like back on the farm.
ViPR was inspired by farm kids who moved with load in daily life and who were
stronger than any other competitors in sport. With ViPR, we can produce
farm-strengthened bodies anywhere, without ever setting foot on a farm, without
doing a single chore, in a fun, safe and effective way.
As ViPR creator Michol Dalcourt explains, the science of movement supports
integrating Loaded Movement Training using ViPR into current training protocols
for all fitness goals.
By studying the body and its adaptations, we know that Loaded Movement Training
with ViPR effectively challenges and conditions muscle, fascia, nerves, skin and
other systems of the body. Science shows that moving with load improves balance,
agility and dynamic strength, to reach goals such as weight management, improved
functionality in daily life and enhanced performance in sport.
*Increased functional mobility and agility
*Improvement in multi-directional stability, strength and power
*Enhanced balance, timing and coordination
*Increased calorie burn during and after workouts
can be found in the fitness and training facilities of:
NHL hockey teams
Major league baseball teams
NFL football teams
NBA basketball teams
Premiership football (soccer) teams
Premiership rugby teams
Formula 1 drivers
ViPR uses the four pillars of human movement: gravity-into-ground loading,
stretch-to-shorten, multi-directional movement, and using the entire body for
Training with ViPR’s whole-body integration programming (WBI) allows the body to
perform in a multi-directional fashion. ViPR allows movement to be loaded
(variable load transfer), allowing a positiv
e transfer into life’s activities and physical demands.
ViPR will allow you to get even more flexible with your workout: lift and carry
it, drag or roll it, flip it, throw or even step on it – there are limitless
ways to implement ViPR into your routine!
ViPR also integrates seamlessly with existing club tools, such as BOSU, TRX,
benches, step and speed ladders. The special design enables it to be used inside
and out – with elite athletes and beginners alike – and as an adjunct tool in a
training session or all by itself. ViPR requires no maintenance and can be
easily stored away.
ViPR fuses the functionality of seven tools – barbell, dumbbell, Kettlebell,
stability ball, medicine ball, balance devices and speed ladders – together,
creating a huge “Swiss Army knife” programming potential.
ViPR is made from a durable rubber compound, making it safer to use than steel
free weights and easy to maintain and store. ViPR is available to use in seven
weights ranging from 4kg to 20kg, so it’s suitable for everyone at any level of
There are currently 9,000 developed exercises. Each exercise is equally
adaptable for participants at beginner or expert level.
The Benefits of using the ViPR
Effective whole body workout
Increased Calorie burn
Movement and Coordination are improved.
Weights the ViPR use: ViPR’s come in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 & 20 KGs.
ViPR is one of the very few pieces of equipment that is truly versatile. It can
be used for strength and power as well as rehabilitation, balance, agility and
sports performance. ViPR combines the utility of a Barbell, Dumbbell, Kettlebell,
Medicine Ball, Stability Ball, Balance tools and speed ladders therefore
increasing your exercise library using one tool. ViPR can be used on any indoor
floor surface as well as outdoors and in the water.
Regardless of the person working out ViPR, there needs to be a progression of
weight increase or decrease in whatever exercise he or she is doing because the
ViPR works in all three planes of movement. This will also depend on whether you
are looking for strength gains or movement range increases. When you take into
account the gravity and ground reaction forces as well as the lever length and
distance you are moving the ViPR, the weight you are lifting does not remain
constant and increases as it reacts against these forces. We find that the most
popular weights are the 6kg and the 12kg as these give our clients variety and
incremental increases. We are then able to do all of the exercises with
progressive gains in all areas of strength and movement.
ViPR Has Been Voted The Most Popular Workout In The UK For 2010. It just gives
you so much variety! You can move it in any direction, build strength, speed,
flexibility and endurance working the body together as a unit so there is no
isolation. It replicates everyday activity and movement making you stronger and
more flexible. It really is strength training meeting effective movement
training. The heart rate goes up, burns heaps of calories, challenges the whole
body, has heaps of variety and most of all it is great fun.
Under the ViPR 20kg weight equates up to 5 times or greater its weight depending
on the angle and direction of the lift. So while it may be easy to bicep curl or
overhead press in a linear motion, as soon as we change the lifting pattern the
gravity and reaction forces pulling against the weight and your body make it
much heavier to lift, shift, pull or rotate. The 20kg weight is used in training
elite athletes for explosive and power moves and even they struggle to complete
or sustain many repetitions consistently with this weight. The intensity it
creates while utilising Whole Body Integration (WBI) gets results fast for a
stronger more efficient body.
Using the ViPR brings together the principles of WBI (Whole Body Integration)
where the body has to function as a unit and this creates accelerated
adaptations, loading movement for everyday life. The ViPR was developed to train
for optimal function of the body. It blends strength with movement by
reconditioning the body for high performance levels.
ViPR is currently being used by the British Armed Forces, American Armed forces,
American Fire Services, and some of the top sporting teams in the world
including the London Irish Rugby Club, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys etc
The ViPR is available in 7 different weights and suitable for everyone. The
weights range from 4kg – 20kg. The ViPR is made of rubber and has specially
moulded hand grips for dual grip, narrow or wide. You can also place your hands
through the ends or use the single handle on the other side for a grip. This
allows maximum variety and comfort for clients to lift, shovel, push, pull,
rotate and throw while integrating the whole body through movement at the same
In ViPR there is definitely no limit in its application. There are currently
over 9000 exercise variations and more exercises continually being developed.
ViPR’s secret is its basic system that allows you to regress or progress each
exercise depending on your clients ability. As soon as you change one of these
variables, you have a completely new exercise that focuses and integrates the
whole body. All you do is change one or more of the following variables: The
Hand Grip, Foot Stance, Range of Motion and Threshold.
ACE Expert Review
In an era where the concept of “functional training” has garnered tremendous
attention and popularity, the most effective training tools are those that
combine purposeful motion and resistance with functional movement and training.
A review of our activities of daily living and the movements performed
repeatedly (e.g., putting away groceries, playing with children, working in the
yard) makes it clear that those same movements need to be trained under load.
Unfortunately, traditional gym equipment and exercises are devoid of this
functionality, focusing more upon muscle isolation rather than whole-body
integration (or emphasizing one over the other). While muscle-isolation training
is sometimes desired or needed within an exercise program, the attainment of
true movement efficiency and optimizing health-fitness-performance goals depends
largely upon incorporating integrated (whole-body) movement in all three planes
of motion (directions). ViPR offers the versatility of accommodating
muscle-isolation exercises while offering the freedom to move
three-dimensionally during almost any movement pattern (i.e., lift, press, shift
or twist) anytime or anywhere. This versatility and the range of available tube
weights can meet the needs and training goals of most clients—from the
post-rehabilitation client to the performance athlete and the multiple goals of
those in between (e.g., toning, weight loss or improved fitness). However, the
user must fully understand the scope of its application and design exercise
progressions appropriately. It is important to avoid making the mistake of
progressing prematurely to heavier tubes before progressing to the complexity
and efficiency of the movement patterns.
Dated 24 January 2014