I would like to thank @CougarRed (again) for sharing his experience and knowledge about the Synapse CCR - which eventually made me research the equipment and buying it! As things turned out - I happen to love the Synapse. The inroad is significant and represents a new feel compared to traditional equipment. And yes, I get annihilated by it sometimes, as the recommended set continue for 90 secs. Obviously, it’s just another tool in the trainee’s toolbox - but it does offer something different. Bear in mind though, you have to like slower reps to enjoy it. And yes - it is a pulley system of sorts.
I believe the Synapse may be of interest to any trainee looking for a portable system, that can produce significant force without risk, accentuate the negative and provide quality time under tension.
Much to my surprise it actually works! There is a learning curve though, to become comfortable and getting the most out of the movements/excercises. Working unilaterally only makes you focus harder on the muscle under load. Also, you often maintain a “half lunge” stance in order to be able to prolong the rep - to reach full contraction/extension. Over the course of a workout, the legs get murdered.
The rep tempo is best kept over 2-3 seconds on both positive and negative, to be able to apply enough force - though you probably can experiment up to about 10 secs in either direction. I feel that 4-6 seconds in either direction is ideal.
Now, this device actually makes it possible for me to train time efficiently - full body in 30 mins - making the training happen - which is what it’s all about. Also, its great with something new that keeps you motivated. As much as I love the gym, this is actually a good 2nd best alternative. Maybe a bit expensive on first impression, but if it lasts long enough, and you can spare the $ - it may be worth it.
I would be very interested to hear what Dr Darden @Ellington_Darden thinks about it - or if anyone else have tried it? Please share your experience.
@CougarRed : Can you please expand a bit on the use of resistance bands with the Synapse? Do you fit them to the anchor?
To any mods - This is NOT intended to be a sales pitch of any kind. More my personal review of the Synapse. Not for everyone. If you think this is borderline sales - feel free to remove it. After all, the gym is always the best option, in my opinion. This is just another way of training.