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The Exercise hardware consists of three sections: the Arm-Leg, Multifunction and the Back-Station. Each of these stations function through passive hydraulics that are integrated with the CES computer. these stations are also uniquely designed to provide for specific needs of various parts of the body. All stations are equipped to accommodate different body types or sizes with maximum comfort.

2.1 Hydraulics

The hydraulic resistive unit is mounted to the frame and gear mechanism inside the shroud of each station. These units translate the programmed resistance and speed from the computer to the bars. The programmable hydraulic resistance mechanism offers certain advantages over traditional weight training equipment. Weights have intertia - that is, it takes more effort to get them moving than to keep them moving. In weight training, subjects often use a large initial effort to start the weights moving, and then "coast" to the end of the stroke. The Ariel CES has very low inertia. The hydraulic resistance requires continuous muscular effort throughout the range of motion, resulting in more effective training. Also, the ARIEL CES offers exceptional saqfety and quitness of operation. Since resistance is achieved through passive hydraulics, the bar will immediately stop when released. There are no weight stacks to fall back to their resting position with a resulting rapid and dangerous movement of the bar. When training in a rehabilitation environment, a subject may immediately cease exercising if pain occurs without having to lower heavy weights. The hydraulic mechanism is inherently quiet as well - there is no "clang" as when weights hit the stack at the end of each repetition.

2.2 The Arm-Leg Station

The Arm-Leg Station is used for single joint exercises such as curls, leg extensions and flexion. The chair has a unique design that allows for a wide range of positions. The seat is adjusted separately from the backrest and can be adjusted from a level position to a 60 degree upward tilt by turning the wheel located behind the chair. The back rest can be adjusted into three positions; vertical, reclined and flat. Two seat belts are provided to allow for the stabilization of the upper legs and the torso. The right and left bars mounted on the axis of rotation can be removed for unilateral exercise, or to accommodate attachments. The shinpads, used to secure the lower leg during exercise, can be removed so that the bar inside can be used for handles to perform upper body exercises. The shin pads can also be attached to the lower part of the bar to isolate arm movement for biceps-triceps exercises.

2.2 The Multifunction Station

The Multifunction Station is used for multi-joint exercises such as bench press, squats, lifting, sit-ups, curls and inverted leg press. The bench of the Multifunction Station includes a seat belt that allows the user to secure themselves to the bench. The shoulder pads allow for shoulder exercises such as the squat. The bench can be tilted up and down in the front and rear in several positions. It can also be slid forward and backward as needed or can even be removed for more convenient use by wheelchair users. A roller bar is located at the forward portion of the bench to stabilize or support the user's legs during various exercises.

2.3 Back Station

The Back Station fills a great need for an effective tool in treating spinal injuries and conditions. It provides the necessary resistance and support to condition the supportive muscles of the torso. An innovative chair structure allows for the conditioning of muscle groups that are difficult to isolate and is ergonomically designed for lumbar extension and abdominal flexion. It specifically isolates the abdominal-lumbar areas with simple adjustments.

Lumbar extension and abdominal flexion can be tested, quantified and exercised independently. The Bask Station is designed for additional attachments, such as lift testing and lateral back flexion/extension and protocols can be designed to mimic specific lifting situations.

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