In his search for the latest innovations and like-minded peers, zai's Benedikt meets interesting people with extraordinary ideas. In January 2023, he met with Jan Urfer and tested his innovative fitness device. Sensopro was named company of the year by the fitness magazine Fitness Tribune. The same year, NBA star Kevin Durant bought a Sensopro Luna for his rehab. And Daniel Craig trained with it on the film set of James Bond. Follow this conversation about exercise and movement.
Jan: In general, we want to build a machine that helps people to develop and maintain a healthy, well-coordinated musculoskeletal system. And that is for young, old, hobby sportswomen or professionals. In everyday life, we make surprisingly few movements compared to our possibilities. We hardly use the variety of movement patterns available to us. As a result, we lose performance capabilities. By training with the equipment, we can regain them.
Jan: With just a few minutes on the equipment, we take people away from the table, from the car, from the workbench. We let them experience movements that amaze them, make them feel good, and train them to move in various ways.
Jan: We stimulate motor memory. We want to remember what responding openly to impulses and gravity in different situations means.
Jan: You can answer that yourself right away. How did it feel? Why were you bobbing, laughing, sweating?
Jan: That is the challenge. We remove the familiar element of solid ground to restore your symmetry. It may sound strange, but the body must face the challenge of standing on swaying ground. The body must deal with an unknown surface and realign itself.
Jan: We challenge the musculoskeletal system by changing a familiar situation and making it more difficult. That sharpens the nervous system. Because if we sit all day and don't move from place to place, we impoverish ourselves sensorimotorly. The movement in our equipment opens up a game with gravity.
Jan: I can sympathize with you. There are many parallels between zai skiing and training on Sensopro equipment, even if the function is different. We offer therapy and training. On the slopes, the goal is much more differentiated; for example, you don't have to bend and stretch your knees over the full range of motion at all costs. But what connects us is searching and finding movements outside the known. That's the only way we can increase our radius of movement.
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