LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2014 – TAO-Wellness, a startup with offices in California and Nevada, is providing a way to turn downtime into exercise timeTM. Introducing TAO, the world’s first mobile, isometric exercise system. With TAO, exercise at your desk, on the airplane, while watching TV or watching the kids. TAO-Wellness will present TAO at South Hall 2, Booth #26712 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas.
The patented TAO system includes the handheld device, called the TAO WellShellTM, and a comprehensive app for Android and iOS devices. The TAO approach to fitness and wellness focuses on simplicity, balance, and harmony.
Isometrics, the science of applying pressure, has been used for thousands of years to improve muscle strength, tone and circulation which is why it is so fundamental to today’s most popular fitness programs like Pilates, Plank Exercising, and the 7-Minute Scientific Workout. However, TAO takes it a step further by adding a dynamic element. It makes you vary the pressure by coaching you through your workout, and then electronically capturing the results. TAO-Wellness has coined the scientific term for this type of exercise as “variobicsTM.”
“Our vision is to provides every individual with a simple, effective, motivating and time saving way to enhance fitness and wellness – anywhere, anytime,” says Dr. Kosta Yanev, CEO and Co-Founder of TAO-Wellness.
How it Works
You push, TAO resists. TAO comes with more than 50 isometric exercises explained clearly in the phone app. Simply hold the TAO WellShell in your hands (against your thighs, between your knees, etc . . .) and just press itTM. Push hard. TAO’s app coaches you to press more or press less, and when to hold and for how long. It shows a path for you to follow and measures the force you apply. It also tells you when to rest and how many reps to do.
Updating Isometric Exercise
TAO’s exercises allow you to convert wasted time into healthy activity.
“Most people are so busy that despite wanting to be more fit, they lead sedentary lives. Squeezing an hour in for jogging is not easy, especially on a daily basis. For these people, pedometers and trackers don’t solve the problem,“ says Philo Northrup, President and Co-Founder of TAO-Wellness.
TAO solves the problem for busy people by taking isometrics to a new level. TAO coaches you (audibly and visually through the app) to vary the pressure, giving you clear, measurable goals, and then crediting you for your good, calorie-burning work.
Here’s an example: work out your abdominals by pushing the TAO WellShell with both hands against the top of your thigh. TAO coaches you audibly via the app to press harder, or ease up slightly; how to hold and for how long; when to rest and when to start your next rep. The TAO app logs the exercise and the calories burned.
Fitness and Activity Tracker
TAO, the first-of-its kind mobile, isometric device, is paired with an effective method to measure and track results with the corresponding TAO app. It motivates and coaches you through exercise, and keeps track of steps, calorie intake, heart rate, sleep patterns and more. It even offers a gamification feature to help you through your fitness routine – instead of following your exercise graph, you can control a downhill skier and compete with your friends.
TAO also provides a simple way to input meals and all your activities from soccer practice and yoga to walking the dog.
TAO WellShell Design
Stylish and ergonomic, the TAO WellShell is designed to fit into the user’s hands, and it is tough enough to endure the pressure of the vigorous and measured isometric exercises TAO coaches you through. The contour and clearly outlined pads guide the user on how to properly hold the device. The TTP (Tilt, Tap, Press) navigation introduces a new way of buttonless interaction with the device through a combination of gestures.
For a personal demo of TAO, please stop by South Hall 2, Booth #26712 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. For more information, please head to www.tao-wellness.com.