eGym Strength training equipment & ESPH

eGym strength training now available in Harley Street and South London

Committed to pushing the boundaries in exercise training and physiotherapy, ESPH have just completed the installation of a full range of eGym equipment in both Harley Street and East Dulwich. ESPH will be the first centre in London to utilise the equipment in support of exercise and rehabilitation.

eGym, combining training, technology & science

resized-mnqetThe eGym strength training kit is designed, engineered and made in Germany and uses the latest sports science and telemetry to provide users with an enhanced, personalised and adaptive training experience. The workstations optimise your time with personalised settings reducing error and injury and integrated touchscreens which provide tailored visuals of workouts and enable real-time feedback on performance and effort; all of which is synced to the cloud allowing you to keep a track of your progress on your smartphone and other devices.

resized-w461iUsers are provided with a wristband containing a chip which captures profiling information which is then used to set training plans. With the integration of RFID technology each work station automatically adjusts to pre-agreed training settings on detection of the user’s chip. leg-extensionThe workstation’s touchscreen visually guides users through how to effectively control the rate of movement of the resistance which assists on establishing good practice in controlling the concentric and eccentric muscle movements. A complete workout can be achieved in around 30 mins. leg-extension-load

eGym instant feedback for user, trainer & physio

The ease of data collection and visibility is vital to assist the trainer or physiotherapist in monitoring performance and adjusting training levels to optimise effectiveness. Figures obtained can be compared against other users, or even for a competitive workout league table.

resized-iknffA circuit, comprising six machines (seated row, chest press, lat pulldown, leg press, leg extension and leg curl) is available at the East Dulwich site. eGym Harley StreetThe ESPH Harley Street site features four stations selected to focus on building lower limb strength. Already hip replacement and knee surgery clients have been using the stations under the guidance of the physios.

Overall benefits of eGym Strength Training:


eGym – start your personalised training experience

Please do not hesitate to contact ESPH to discuss your client’s needs and how ESPH can utilise the eGym, and the wide range of alternative training and rehab facilities available.

Why not experience the eGym personalized, adaptive training experience first-hand by booking an induction? Please call to book at East Dulwich or Harley Street: 0207 907 1900


Key benefits of eGym:

Fast log-ons: RFID technology allows members to quickly and easily log on to each exercise station.

Automatic station settings: Following an initial adjustment, the exercise stations are set automatically. This is designed to prevent incorrect and potentially harmful seating positions.

Touchscreen: Each exercise station has a touch-operation screen which displays the optimal sequence of movements.

Electric motor: The integrated electric motor adjusts the training resistance dynamically and supports the use of different training methods on the exercise stations.

Multiarticular adjustment points: The multiarticular design of the eGym exercise stations ensures ergonomic and orthopaedically correct training.

Internet connection: All stations are connected to the Internet and automatically transmit training data to the Trainer app and the user’s account.

Safe training: The exercise stations guide users through the sequence of movements and explain the correct technique.

A new training experience: eGym makes fitness more varied, effective and healthier – increasing the fun factor of training.

Optimal organisation: Intelligent software helps to streamline customer management processes and workflows.

eGym power equipment introduction


To understand the science behind eGym’s development please follow these links:


  • Circuit training improves VO2 max similar to exclusive endurance training.

○ Camargo, M.D.; Stein, R.; Ribeiro, J.P.; Schvartzman, P.R.; Rizzatti, M.O.; Schaan, B.D. (2007). Circuit weight training and cardiac morphology: A trial with magnetic resonance imaging. Br J Sports Med , Vol.42(2), p.141145. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17586582

  • Circuit training improves strength and endurance simultaneously.

○ Kaikkonen, H.; Yrjama, M.; Siljander, E.; Byman, P.; Laukkanen, R. (2000). The effect of heart rate controlled low resistance circuit weight training and endurance training on maximal aerobic power in sedentary adults. Scand J Med Sci Sports 10, Vol.10(4), p.211–215. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10898265


  • Just an individualised stimulus leads to the desired training success.

○ Ingebrigtsen, J., Holtermann, A., & Roeleveld, K. (2009). Effects of load and contraction velocity during threeweek biceps curls training on isometric and isokinetic performance. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 23(6), p.16701676

○ Kraemer, W.J. and Ratamess, N.A. (2004). Fundamentals of resistance training: progression and exercise presciption. Med Sci Sports Exerc, Vol.36(4), p.674688. http://www.portalsaudebrasil.com/artigospsb/ativfis025.pdf

○ Fleck, S. and Kraemer, W. (2014). Designing Resistance Training Programs. ISBN13: 9780736081702 . http://www.humankinetics.com


  • Suitable for beginners and training returners due to less muscle soreness.

○ Newham, D.J.; Mills, K.R.; Quigley, B.M.; Edwards, R.H. (1983). Pain and fatigue after concentric and eccentric muscle contractions. Clinical Science , Vol.64(1), p.5562. http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/6822050

○ Newham, D.J.; McPhail, G.; Mills, K.R.; Edwards, R.H.T. (1983). Ultrastructural changes after concentric and eccentric contractions of human muscle. Journal of the Neurological Sciences , Vol.61(1), p.109122. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0022510X83900588

  • Heart rate gets elevated higher in concentric compared to excentric.

○ Mayer, F.; Axmann, D.; Horstmann, T.; Niess, A.; Striegel, H.; Ruf, J.; Dickhuth, H.H. (1999). Metabolic and cardiocirculatory reactions after concentric and eccentric exercise of the shoulder. Int J Sports Med , Vol.20(8), p.52731. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10606216

  • Leads to reduction of muscle and tendon injuries.

○ Kaminski, T.W.; Wabbersen, C.V.; Murphy, R.M. (1998). Concentric versus enhanced eccentric hamstring strength training: Clinical implications. J Athl Train , Vol.33(3), p.21621. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16558513

○ Croisier, JL.; Frothomme, B.; FoidartDesalle, M.; Godon, B.; Crielaard, LM. (2001). Treatment of recurrent tendinitis by isokinetic eccentric exercises. Isokinetics and Exercise Science , Vol.9(3), p.133141. http://iospress.metapress.com/content/dn0dg6ml4wyfm14r/


The four eGym specific training types (regular, negativ, adative, isokinetic) are periodized and combined with goal specific training parameters based on the following training principles:


Goal: Increase muscle volume

  • Eccentric enhanced resistance for a better muscle growth stimulus

○ Norrbrand, L., Fluckey, J. D., Pozzo, M., Tesch, P. A. (2008). Resistance training using eccentric overload induces early adaptations in skeletal muscle size. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 102(3), S. 271281. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17926060

○ Farthing, J. P. & Chilibeck, P. D. (2003). The effects of eccentric and concentric training at different velocities on muscle hypertrophy. European Journal of Applied Physiology, S.89(6), 578586. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12756571

  • Isokinetic Training is more effective in resolving muscle imbalances as isotonic training

○ GolikPeric, D.; Drapsin, M.; Obradovic, B.; Drid, P. (2011). ShortTerm

Isokinetic Training Versus Isotonic Training: Effects on Asymmetry in Strength of Thigh Muscles. J Hum Kinet , Vol.30, p.29–35. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23486358

  • Ideal for people with orthopedic problems

○ Gur, H.; Cakun, N.; Akova, N.; Okay, E.; Kucukoglu, S. (2002). Concentric versus combined concentric – eccentric isokinetic training: effects on functional capacity and symptoms in patients with osteoarthrosis of the knee. Archive of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , Vol.83(3), p.308–316. http://www.archivespmr.org/article/S00039993(02)691609/abstract7


Goal: Gently increase strength for activities of daily life (“active aging”)

  • Highspeed of concentric movement and loads that optimizes muscle power output to improve functional capacity, muscle performance and quality of life among elderly

○ Reid, K.F., Martin, K.I., Doros, G., Clark, D.J., Hau, C., Patten, C., Phillips, E.M., Frontera, W.R., Fielding, R.A.. (2015). Comparative effects of light or heavy resistance power training for improving lower extremity power 10 and physical performance in mobility limited older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci ; 70(3): p.37480. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25199912


Goal: Gaining muscles and losing fat at the same time

  • Low to moderate load resistance training to muscle failure for muscle growth and high total calorie consumption

○ Schoenfeld, B.J., Peterson, M.D., Ogborn, D., Contreras, B., Sonmez, G.T. (2015). Effects of Lowvs.High Load Resistance Training on Muscle Strength and Hypertrophy in Well Trained Men. J Strength Cond Res; 29(10): p.295463. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25853914

Acknowledgements: eGym for additional information and links to papers cited. 

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